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Search for JCI 10 outstanding young persons continues


Ojo Babatunde Richard, President of Junior Chamber International

The search for this year’s edition of the Junior Chamber International 10 Outstanding Young Persons (JCI TOYP) of Nigeria Programme has already begun with nomination expected to end on January 31, 2018.

The initiative is to 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 hardwork and, exemplary leadership in different areas of human endeavour that ranges from science, human right, entrepreneurship and health.

According to the 2018 JCI TOYP chairperson, Oluwatoyin Atanda, this year’s edition has received more than 1,000 nominations with the possibility of the figure doubling as the submission date draws nearer.

Oluwatoyin disclosed that the essence of the award 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.

Oluwatoyin further noted that nominations are 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.

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