The Vision and Success Opportunity Challenge is a forum created by Princewills Trust, where young boys and girls from Rivers State, Nigeria, pitch ideas and strategies for furthering their vision and success in life. The challenge is designed to help current Nigerian university undergraduates and postgraduates imagine realistic career models and investigate how to shift from concept to reality.
The prize for the successful winners remains a paid trip to tour the city of Dubai. The aim of this trip is to show the benefits of Vision and Steadfastness and to open the eyes of the winners to endless possibilities, using the Dubai model as a case study. The winners are expected to arrive in Dubai in March to coincide with the last month of the World EXPO 2020, currently holding in Dubai. The winners of the 1stedition recently returned to Nigeria after a 6-day Dubai experience.
To participate, students are required to develop and submit a business pitch around their expertise or vision. The business pitches may be novel or an offshoot of current research plans or visions. It needs to be the original work of the student and each student is required to work alone for this challenge. The challenge will have two rounds which include a review of their pitch and a presentation round to DET judges.
The process will be monitored and scrutinised by representatives of Princewill Trust, the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and educational consultant, CLR Education Consulting
Tonye Princewill, founder of the Princewills Trust, emphasised further: “I am so glad the next season of the Dubai challenge is underway, and I look forward to seeing more young people take advantage of this opportunity to shift their mindsets and move to the next level in performance.
I am also glad to see the familiar faces, both the Dubai department for Economy and Tourism (DET) and CLR Education brought back into the project. We worked so well with Stella Fubara and Nneka Oduah and their teams. This is reflected in Season 1. I expected nothing less; and foresee even more, in season 2.
Even though I have brought a lot of young people to Dubai in the past; I was doing it on my own. The introduction of the Dubai challenge, in collaboration with DET and CLR, allows us expand the scope, reach more young people and provide an insight very few can dream of.
To move this next challenge, up one level, we have relied heavily on the honest feedback from the amazing students from season 1. It is their selfless feedback that will go a long way, to make season 2, a priceless one.”
Salim Ali Mohamed Dahman, Senior Manager Campaigns, (DET), had this to say about the initiative: “The generosity of Princewills Trust has enabled the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism to partner with them for another exciting trip to Dubai. The first set of students were able to experience culture, architecture, operational excellence, hospitality, and Expo 2020. We hope this challenge will identify more students with leadership and vision qualities.”
About Princewills Trust: The Princewills Trust is a non-governmental organization set up by Prince Tonye Princewill. It is focused primarily on the improvement of human capacity, by any means possible; and has a host of novel projects and uniquely adapted intervention programmes from 2002 to date. The Trust is deeply committed to providing humane services and the sustainable empowerment of the talented, the skillful and the hard-working people, particularly in Rivers State, Nigeria.
Over the years its outreach has extended to women empowerment programmes, medical missions, disaster recovery, scholarships, adapted orphanage programmes, skill acquisition programmes, talent hunts and youth mentoring. Princewills Trust has also been at the forefront of flood relief, primary health care programmes, photography, rural women development, ICT, and film making.
Even though the formal registration of the Princewill Trust took place in June, 2012, the activities started in 2002 and were borne out of the very compelling need for the Royal family of the Ancient Kalabari Kingdom to ameliorate first, the sufferings of her subjects and then the people of the wider Niger Delta region, who have been subjected to very devastating levels of poverty and deprivation.
About Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET): Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), formally known as the Dubai’s Department for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DTCM, is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development, and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector. It markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the Dubai Tourism portfolio include Dubai Business Events, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment.
With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, DET’s mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai among global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the emirate.