The search for this year’s edition of the Junior Chamber International Ten Outstanding Young Persons (JCI TOYP) of Nigeria Programme has already begun with nomination expected to end on January 31, 2018.
The organizers of the award programme, The Junior Chamber International Nigeria disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday. The TOYP Programme is a Junior Chamber International initiative to formally recognize young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change.
The award seeks to recognize outstanding achievement of young Nigerians who are under 40 for their hard work and, exemplary leadership in different areas of human endeavour that ranges from science, human right, entrepreneurship and health.
A statement from the leadership of the organization in Lagos noted that preparations for the award has already begun in earnest as it is very well set in motion to make this year’s edition an outstanding programme.
According to the 2018 JCI TOYP Chairperson, Oluwatoyin Atanda, this year’s edition so far has exceeded past achievements receivingover 1000 nominations with the possibility of the figure doubling as the submission date draws nearer.
Oluwatoyin disclosed that the essence of the award programme was borne out of the need to celebrate a new generation of young leaders who are doing exemplary work in advancing their communities. She noted that the celebration alone would serve as great inspiration to young Nigerians especially at a time when there is a dearth of young leaders to look up to.
“The JCI TOYP serves to formally recognize young people under 40 who create positive change in the world by excelling in their chosen field. By recognizing these people, we raise the status of socially responsible leaders in this world and motivate their peers to seek excellence” she said.
Oluwatoyinfurther noted thatnominationsare open to Nigerian youths of all creed and race adding that they are entitled to choose young leaders of their choice in the different categories that have been highlighted for the award.
To participate in the nomination process, interested youths are expected to visit the website www.toyp.jci.ngand click on the ‘nomination tab’ to enlist their selection according to the award criteria.
Notable personalities that have won the awards include Rt. (Hon.) Rotimi Amaechi, Richard MofeDamijo, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, Gbenga Sesan, KanuNwankwo, KafayatShafau, Linda Ikeji, Japheth Omojuwa to mention a few.