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Nigerians have been called to nominate prospective young Nigerians who are advancing the cause of human and global development for the 2021 ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (TOYP), that is also known as JCI Nigeria TOYP.
Junior Chamber International (JCI) made the call, explaining that the nomination process for the TOYP commences from December 15th, 2020 via the organisation’s web portal www.toyp.jci.ng and would last for forty-five days slated to close by January 31, 2021.
TOYP Chairperson, Oluwakemi Irinoye said that the criteria for application enable nominees who are young Nigerians, and have attained national prominence before the age of 40, and not JCI members alone.
Explained she: “The process requires procedure that allows for the nomination of any young Nigerian, who resides in or out of Nigeria and is between the ages of 18 and 40”.
Irionye further urged the general public to use the link www.toyp.jci.ng to nominate any outstanding young person with distinguished records in categories that include business, economic, entrepreneurial accomplishment, political, legal and/or governmental affairs, academic leadership and/or accomplishment, and cultural achievement.
Other categories she mentioned are moral, environmental leadership, contribution to children, world peace, human rights, voluntary leadership, science, technological development, personal improvement or accomplishment in medical innovation.
She said the award selection process entailed a panel of eminent and credible Nigerians from different works of life that would streamline the nominees to just thirty.
Said Irionye: “This will be done after the close of the nomination process. Subsequently, the last ten finalists will emerge through a public voting process monitored by an audit firm and they will be recognised during a special TOYP award ceremony slated for August 12, 2021.
Winners in these categories will be further nominated for the World JCI TOYP where they get to be honoured worldwide if they are eventually selected.
The 2021 National President of the organisation, Abiola Olorunnisola said that JCI Nigeria as an organisation believed that recognising young people raises their status of being socially responsible leaders in the world as their stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity inspire young people to be better leaders and create better societies.
JCI is a membership-based, non-profit organisation of young active citizens between the ages of 18 and 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. JCI forms a vibrant global community of nearly 200,000 active citizens and a rich alumni body.
Previous recipients of the awards on the global stage are Mr. Ray Ekpu (1988), Dr. Modupe Osho (1996), Dr. Ola Orekunrin (2013), Imrana Alhaji Buba (2017), Adepeju Opeyemi Jaiyeoba (2017), Jacinta Uramah (2018) and Samson Itodo in 2019.
Other winners of the award include individuals like, Rt. (Hon.) Rotimi Amechi, Mrs Ibukun Awosika, Shina Peters, Daddy Showkey, Richard Mofe Damijo, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, Gbenga Sesan, Kanu Nwankwo, Kafayat Shafau, Linda Ikeji, Japheth Omojuwa.