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Press Release: 

The OpenGov Social Impact Challenge Finalists Announced. 

For Immediate Release. 

The organisers of the OpenGov Social Impact Challenge (OSIC) has announced the finalists of the competition.  The finalists comprise of 20 individuals who propositioned different  ideas and solutions for social impact; covering open government, citizen participation and engagement, institutional efficiency and accountability. etc.  A list of the finalists is available below. 

The  20 finalists (10 each for Abuja and Lagos)  will proceed to the next stage of the project by  participating in a 5 Day Accelerated BootCamp where experts, mentors, seasoned social entrepreneurs and program staffers will work with them to further refine their solutions. The Bootcamp presents an opportunity to improve  their ideas; using top of the line resources and tools that will help them to map out the best practical and sustainable path to achieve scale and impact for their ideas. 

Olalekan Oshunkoya of eCove remarks, “the numbers of applications received despite the short application timeline shows the extraordinary passion and ingenuity of young Nigerians, their hunger and readiness to be actively involved in solving the score s of challenges facing our society. Our team is excited and look forward to working with the finalists to develop, refine and scale their ideas for real impact“. 

The OpenGov Social Impact Challenge (OSIC) is a competition that seeks to identify practical, original and social impact ideas (especially those that promote open government, accountability and improved citizen engagement – broadly defined) promoted by emerging social entrepreneurs across Nigeria. Designed as a pilot, the program is presented as a platform that gives emerging social entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase their solutions and access some resources (mentorship, training, and workspace) and potentially funding. 

OSIC is presented as a collaboration between eCoveSpaces Abuja and Civic Hive, Lagos, both Global Affiliates of the Open Gov Hub Washington DC, USA. The project is part of an effort to promote open government, active citizenship and social entrepreneurship in Nigeria.  More details on the project can be found on the project website at 

Editors Note: 

About eCove: Promoted by CitizenCommons,eCove is a community of social entrepreneurs and social change-makers passionate about changing the world through new ideas, innovation and collaboration. We are more than a workspace, we are an incubator, a community space, a business lounge, change-makers hub. Our community offers varying opportunities for emerging and established social entrepreneurs, civic leaders and social innovators to find innovative approaches of solving societal challenges, anchored on the core values of active citizenship, accountability, transparency, collaboration enabled by technology. 

About Civic Hive : Civic Hive is BudgIT’s civic innovation cultural center whose mandate is to strengthen civic innovation in Nigeria, support existing non-profits in the use of design and technology, raise new civic-tech leaders with innovative and unrelenting spirit and also provide co-working space to people and ideas that transform Nigeria. Civic Hive does not discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, age, sexual orientation or ethnic origins. 

For Further Media Contact

Olalekan Oshunkoya 



Abuja  Finalists 

  1. Areo, Olumide  (Open Government)
  2. Jonas, Godfrey  (Citizen Engagement) 
  3. Ajongbolo, Oluwagbenga  (Civic Participation)
  4. Oche, Ton  (Citizen Engagement)
  5. Joshua, Issac  (Civic Participation)
  6. Amalu, Chidimma (Citizen Engagement)
  7. Akpobi, Ufuoma (Civic Participation)
  8. Abdullahi, Michael (Civic Participation)
  9. Azor, Chris (Open Government)
  10. Adindu, Jane (Open Government)

Lagos Finalists 

  1. Akinola, Emmanuella  (Civic Participation)
  2. Babalola, Abigeal (Open Government)
  3. Olla, John (Institutional Efficiency)
  4. Adeyanju, Isaiah (Civic Participation)
  5. Nkokelonye, Adaeze (Civic Participation)  
  6. Ogunsola, Samuel (Citizen Engagement)
  7. Popoola, Joel  (Citizen Engagement)
  8. Akpabio, Emediong (Governance)
  9. Tijani, Israel (Governance)

Nwafor, Nelson Nnanna (Open Government)

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