By Ahmed Rahma
Young Nigerians advancing the cause of human and global development can now be nominated for the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award, the organisers, the Junior Chamber International, Nigeria, have disclosed.
According to the national president of the JCI, Mr Abiola Olorunnisola, the organisation believes that recognizing 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.
He said the nomination process for the TOYP, which is set to last for 45 days, commenced on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, and will close on Sunday, January 31, 2021, and the nomination would occur online.
The TOYP Chairperson, Ms Oluwakemi Irinoye, while speaking on the process, urged the general public to access TOYP’s website to nominate any outstanding young person with distinguished records in business, economic, entrepreneurial accomplishment.
She stated that nominees must be young Nigerians that have attained national prominence before the age of 40.
“The process requires a 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,” she explained.
Ms Irionye further mentioned that the award selection process entails a panel of eminent and credible Nigerians from different works of life that will streamline the nominees to just thirty.
“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 recognized 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,” she explained further.
JCI is a membership-based, non-profit organization of young active citizens between the ages of 18 and 40 that 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.
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JCI Nigeria Opens Nomination for TOYP Award