THE MARCH 8TH INITIATIVE

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THE MARCH 8TH INITIATIVE MSME BUSINESS AND HEALTH REWARD GRANT; SHORTLIST AND SCREENING PROCESS

The March 8th Initiative is geared towards inspiring and promoting communal, entrepreneurial and public-spirited endeavours within Nigeria, in honour of the birthday of His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON.

The initiative which is in its second edition, was reorganised into 4 categories to provide more opportunities for young Nigerian entrepreneurs between 18 and 35 years. Applications opened on March 8th to receive one-off business grants, ranging from N100, 000 to N1, 000,000, and covered varying stages of small business growth.

This year’s March 8th Initiative also recognises health workers nationwide who, in the face of a global pandemic, demonstrated exemplary courage, compassion, diligence, hard work and professionalism in carrying out their duties. Nigerians were required to nominate health workers who have shown these qualities for a reward of N1 Million under a Health Grant Reward Category that acknowledges their invaluable service, and Nigerians promptly took up the challenge.

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An ophthalmological intervention is also slated to hold later this year under the auspices of the March 8th initiative and the details will be announced soon.

At 11:59pm on Sunday, the 14th of March, 2021, the application portals closed and all entries received for this year’s March 8th initiative were compiled according to their pre-arranged categories. The initiative received over 35,000 entries in total from various states in Nigeria and across all categories.


The process of shortlisting the applications has started. The screening stages are as follows:
  1. A comprehensive entry pre-screening process (March 2021),
  2. A final shortlist (April 2021),
  3. Verification of shortlisted finalists (May 2021), and
  4. The announcement of winners (May 2021).

To ensure a high level of transparency and integrity, the shortlist process is being carried out by independent evaluators consisting of highly reputable Nigerians at home and in the diaspora.

This year, the March 8th Initiative will make available grants to 448 individuals and businesses in Nigeria.