In a bid to motivate and encourage young Nigerians, Junior Chamber International (JCI) Nigeria celebrated young business owners and social entrepreneurs from all over the country at The Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) award ceremony in Victoria Island, Lagos over the weekend.
TOYP, a global initiative of the Junior Chamber International which is being replicated in Nigeria, concentrates on formally recognizing young persons who are making giant strides in their chosen fields and creating positive impact on other people, their community and the society at large.
This year’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) were Adebola Olomo, Oresanwo Lolade, Odjenima Atinuke, Araba Steven Omogbolahan, Uyi-Aivinhenyo Patricia, AbdulkadirMukhtar, Onitiju Ibukun, Akintayo Stephen, Steve Harris and Olawale Rotimi.
According to the organisers, out of 130 nominations received, 20 were selected. They were further screened by a panel. The public then voted for the final 10. The process was anchored by the JCI’s TOYP Team, panel and a team from the international auditing firm – KPMG
TOYP Chairperson, Adetola Juyitan, said: “This year’s TOYP is coming with an unprecedented class, which is reflected through the quality of shortlisted nominees, the quality of the judges, the audit process managed by KPMG, the organisation of the grand finale of the event, among other things“.
According to her, “Junior Chamber International, Nigeria has been participating at the international level over the years, and beyond hosting the edition, we will be taking advantage of the platform of this year’s programme to re-reinforce the presence of JCI in Nigeria“.
Highlight of the ceremony was when Nigerian Urban-Highlife and pop singer, Adekunle Gold thrilled the audience with his hit songs; Orente and Sade.
The awards ceremony was graced by crème de la crème of the society and the senior members of the JCI Nigeria including Dele Alakija, who represented his mother, Folorunsho Alakija, Chairperson of JCI Nigeria Senate, JCI Senator Jokotade Odunuga, JCI Senator Kalada Apiafi, JCI Senator Olumide Ajomale, JCI General Legal Counsel, Paschal Dike, JCI Senator Oladele Ogunlana and JCI Senator Kunbi Wuraola.
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