In a bid to motivate and encourage young Nigerians, Junior Chamber International (JCI) Nigeria celebrated ten young business owners and social entrepreneurs from all over the country at her ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons’ (TOYP) award ceremony held on Saturday 26th September, 2015 at the prestigious ‘The Incubator’, Dideolu Street, Victoria Island, Lagos State.
Nominations were thrown open and received via the TOYP website (www.toyp.jci.ng). Out of over hundred (100) nominations received, the TOYP Nominations Team reviewed the nominations received and were eventually screened down to thirty (30) using different set parameters. The thirty nominees were eventually screened down to twenty (20) out of which the public then voted for the final ten (10). The process was managed by the JCI’s TOYP Team, panel and a team from the international auditing firm, KPMG.
This year’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) were Adebola Olomo, Oresanwo Lolade, Odjenima Atinuke, Araba Steven Omogbolahan, Uyi-Aivinhenyo Patricia, Abdul-Kadir Mukhtar, Onitiju Ibukun, Akintayo Stephen, Steve Harris, and Olawale Rotimi.
The awards ceremony was graced by some dignitaries 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. The audience were thrilled by highlife singer, Adekunle Gold, who performed his hit songs; Orente and Sade.
The Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Award is a global initiative which is being replicated in Nigeria. The initiative concentrates on formally recognizing young people who are making waves in their chosen fields and creating positive impact on other people, their community, and the society at large.