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Fadina urges JCI to create a knowledge city as TOYP voting begins


President, JCI Nigeria, Adeniyi Balogun (lkeft); Chairperson, 2018 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) awards, Toyin Atanda; member of Panel of Judges, JCI TOYP 2018, Prince Lekan Fadina and  Executive Vice President (South West), JCI Nigeria, Abiola Olorunnisola during the unveiling of finalists for the JCI TOYP held in Lagos on Sunday.

Member, Panel of Judges, Junior Chamber International Ten Outstanding Young Persons for 2018 (JCI-TOYP), Lekan Fadina, has urged members of JCI in the country to create a platform that would serve as a depository of knowledge where young Nigerians can tap into and achieve economic prosperity.

Speaking during the unveiling of 30 nominees for JCI TOYP award, Fadina, a JCI alumnus, highlighted the importance of investing in youths and building successors for the nation, adding that that JCI values laid foundation to what he is and has achieved in life.

He lamented that the contemporary Nigerian youths are not accessing the right information and knowledge that will expose them to the fundamentals of politics, economics, and culture of modern society.


He therefore charged members of the group to meaningfully engage all the nominees and see how they can rally to impact other young people. “We must create a knowledge city or society in Nigeria and JCI must play a key role. We must invest in youth development by creating awareness, sharing experiences and offering training opportunities.

“Out of the 1800 nominees, 50 were shortlisted and 30 streamlined, we are hoping to get the best 10 at the end of the voting exercise. What happens to all the nominees that do not make it to the finals? There is need to put all their thoughts in a basket of knowledge, in a way that it will benefit the youths and the society because the nominees are all amazing young people doing well in their various fields, until then we will be convinced you are actually developing the society and the world.”

JCI Nigeria, an affiliate of Junior Chamber International, was founded on march 9, 1957 through Otunba Bola Adewunmi, a young man who travelled to the United States as a reporter, where he joined and learnt more about JCI. On returning to Nigeria, he assembled young men of like minds to start the JCI movement in Nigeria. The first meeting was held on 9th March 1957 at the Brostow Hotel, Lagos.

The not-for-profit organisation trusts on her active citizen’s base; young leaders and entrepreneurs that are committed towards creating impact in their communities.
Chairperson, 2018 JCI TOYP awards, Toyin Atanda, said that the award recognizes young outstanding people doing exceptionally well in their chosen fields.

The 10 categories for the TOYP awards include: Business, economic and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment; political, legal and/or governmental affairs; academic leadership and/or accomplishment; cultural achievement; moral and/or environmental leadership; contribution to children, world peace and/or human rights; humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership; scientific and/or technological development; personal improvement and/or accomplishment; and medical innovation.

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