Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the year 1997

JCI TOYP serves to formally recognize young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change. By recognizing these young people, JCI raises the status of socially responsible leaders in this world. The honorees motivate their peers to seek excellence and serve others. Their stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity inspire young people to be better leaders and create better societies.

Since 1983, JCI has honored nearly 300 individuals from 57 nations. Past recipients of national awards include such well-known personalities as John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Elvis Presley, Jackie Chan, Wayne Gretzky and many more, all named before the age of 40 and before they had achieved national prominence. Honorees selected in past years have represented the heights of progress in numerous human endeavors. Many have gone on to even greater achievements. All have continued to serve humanity in a great variety of ways.

Young men and women may be nominated in one of ten categories. The honorees will be selected by an international panel of distinguished judges. Up to ten honorees will be selected from all nominations received, regardless of category entered.

1997 Honorees

1 Frank Nneji Business, Economic and/or Entrepreneurial Accomplishments
2 Fagbemi Olasunkanmi Lateef Political, Legal and/or Governmental Affairs
3 Micheal Nkwor Okobia Academic Leadership and/or Accomplishment
4 Femi Anikulapo-Kuti Cultural Achievement
5 Akpezi Ogbuigwe Moral and/or Environmental Leadership
6 Tom Jackson Orage Contribution to Children, World Peace and/or Human Rights
7 Celestine E. Ikuenobe Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership
8 Gregory Umennawuike Scientific and/or Technological Development
9 Asemota Omoruyi Personal Improvement and/or Accomplishment
10 Yemi Ori Personal Improvement and/or Accomplishment


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