Winners Emerged in Abuja International Housing Show Youth Competition

Winners have emerged in the Abuja International Housing Show, AIHS for 2021. A 2020 graduate of Urban and Regional Planning, Yusuf Usman is the team leader of the first position.

The AIHS youth competition on affordable housing designs and ideas 2021 was birthed in the wake of the country’s need for affordable housing in the country which is one of the persisting issues of high national priority.

The convener of the Abuja International Housing Show, Festus Adebayo, while speaking during the unveiling of the competition in July, noted that affordability often eludes many populations including low- and middle-income earners such as teachers, military personnel, health care workers, and most civil servants. He emphasised that the Affordable Housing Designs and Ideas Competition will focus on a new generation of thinkers on the concept of delivering affordable homes.

The competition kicked off on August 6, 2021 with over two hundred (200) youths indicating interest to participate. On Friday, 27th August 2021, thirty six (36) entries scaled through to contest anonymously at the first stage which lasted over a month. On Friday 10th September 2021 the second stage of the competition began with only eleven (11) qualified entries and on Friday 15th October 2021, the Jury announced that only eight entries qualified for the third stage. At every stage entries were submitted anonymously with a unique code to ensure fairness in the evaluation process.

Meanwhile, on the 5th of December 2021, the Jury announced three winners of the competition, they are: 1ST Prize Winner – YC46, Team Leader – Yusuf Usman (2020 Urban & Regional Planning graduate), Team members: Adamu, Mahfuza Abubakar, Idris, Attahiru Muhammad, Mujahid Haruna Garba, Ameh B. Odachi, Mujahid Elnafaty. 2ND Prize Winner – YC 24, Attah Arome Eldad; 3RD Prize Winner – YC 42, Abdullahi Ali Ahmad.

The AIHS Affordable Housing Designs and Ideas Competition 2021 has drawn technical partnership from Professional Bodies and had highly skilled experts in the Housing Industry as members of the evaluation Committee and Jury. The youth competition enjoys sponsorship from the Federal Mortgage Bank Of Nigeria, Family Homes Funds Ltd, Brains and Hammers Ltd, Modern Shelter Ltd, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria, Millard Fuller Foundation, Black Orchad among Others.

The committee and jury included Arc. Sam Odia, a leading affordable housing developer in Nigeria as the Chairman, and many eminent professionals in the construction industry, Engr. Harmony Kunu, Arc. (Mrs) Bamidele Falako, Tpl Lekwa O Ezutah, Engr. Jumoke Adegunle, Arc. Adewunmi Okupe, Qs (Mrs) Mercy Iyortyer, Barr. Festus Adebayo as members, and Adegoke Prince Folorunsho.

Full list of winners


Team Leader – Yusuf Usman

2020 Urban & Regional Planning graduate

Currently serving at NYSC

Team members:

  1.       Adamu, Mahfuza Abubakar
  2.       Idris, Attahiru Muhammad
  3.       Mujahid Haruna Garba
  4.       Ameh B. Odachi
  5.       Mujahid Elnafaty

2ND – YC 24

Attah Arome Eldad

2015 Graduate of Architecture

YC 42 – 3RD

Abdullahi Ali Ahmad

2020 graduate of Architectural Technology

Currently serving at NYSC


1st winner

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

2nd Winner

Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State, Nigeria.

3rd Winner

Federal polytechnic Kaura Namoda

Abuja International Housing Show has emerged the largest housing and construction event showcase out of Nigeria to serve the world in 15 years, with proven record of excellence in meeting the teeming needs of the built industry and the market it serves in a most dynamic way.

The International Housing Show/Exhibition features Products Presentation, Exhibition of Building Technology for affordable housing from different parts of the world, home interiors, modern construction equipment, chemical and paints products, mortgage services, housing projects, interactive forums with high net-worth participants, culminating in Nigeria Housing Awards 2021.

Source: African Housing News

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