The March 8th Initiative is organised to inspire and promote communal, entrepreneurial and public-spirited endeavours within Nigeria in honour of the birthday of His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON. Last year, 100 young entrepreneurs received business-defining grants that helped grow and advance enterprise.

This year, the March 8th Initiative is expanding in terms of reach and scope. First, the Entrepreneurship Programme has been reorganised into 4 categories providing more opportunities for young Nigerians between 18 and 35 years old.

In addition, the March 8th Initiative recognises health workers nationwide who, in an extremely difficult time, continue to exhibit compassion, diligence, hard work and professionalism in carrying out their duties. Individuals are requested to nominate any health worker who has shown these qualities for a reward of N1 Million under a Health Grant Reward Category that acknowledges their invaluable service to our communities.

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The March 8th Initiative’s MSME Grant for Small Businesses which kicked off last year with over 26,000 applications is back again this year to give one-off business grants, between N100,000 and N1,000,000 to small businesses in Nigeria.

Following its tradition of entrepreneurial empowerment, this year’s instalment of the March 8th initiative will spotlight growing businesses, supporting various stages of their entrepreneurial growth with funding to help their business take flight.

This Entrepreneurial Programme features four broad categories that cover varying stages of small business growth as follows: Big Idea Business Challenge, Business Support Challenge, Catalyst Support Challenge to Bold Innovation Challenge.

Entries open at 12.00am on Monday, the 8th of March, 2021 and close at 11:59pm on Sunday, the 14th of March, 2021.

All entries except those for My Big Idea Business Challenge must be submitted at

Submit according to the category you are applying for.

So, hurry over to for more information, and to nominate the deserving health worker of your choice, as well as to apply for any of the grant categories that is applicable to your business stage.