Lagos - A Nigerian Pop Star, 2face Idibia, is introducing the ‘2face Peace Awards’ to promote peace and support young Nigerians involved in peace projects in their communities.
Idibia told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos that six winners would be selected for the awards.
According to him, the six categories are Women-led Peace Building,Youth Peace Building, and Peace building in the environment (for those having conflicts over resources).
Others award categories are Projects on urban violence and community peace building, the use of technology or Social Media for peace building and Mediation directed at reducing violence against women and girls.
The pop star said that N1million would be presented to each winner, along with opportunities to attend key global peace summits and exchange programmes in 2014.
Idibia said that almost a quarter of the world lived in areas affected by military or civil conflicts.
He however noted that there were young people who were busy building bridges across communities.
"These young people are mostly unnoticed but you will find them working hard in various places, educating people and helping to manage conflicts and promoting peace.
"They have become community leaders in peace building, reconciliation and post -conflict reconstruction, thereby establishing themselves as the next generation of leaders.
"As we march towards Nigeria's centenary celebrations in 2014, more than anything else, we choose to celebrate these young unsung heroes, who are active in their communities, promoting peace.
"We want to celebrate them through the '2face Peace Awards', Idibia told NAN.
The singer said he would mentor the winners, assist them in sourcing funds and add his financial donation for them to continue with the peace projects in their communities.
Idibia said the judges would assess applicants, based on impact of their projects, innovative-ness and sustainability overtime.
According to him, the winners will be announced during the UN Peace Day event, scheduled for September 21 2013.