The Junior Chamber International Nigeria (JCIN) on Tuesday, January 9, 2019, announced t0he commencement of nominations for its annual ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Nigeria’ also known as JCIN TOYP.
The nomination which will be done online by everyone interested was made known to the public in a press statement duly signed by Oluwatosin Ligali, the chairperson of the 2019 Planning Committee.
While explaining the purpose of the award as envisioned by the non-profit organization, Oluwatoyin Atanda, the 2018 Chairperson of JCIN TOYP, expressed that the award is to formally recognize young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change.
“Ten Outstanding Young Persons (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 the world. These outstanding young persons’ stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity inspire young people to be better leaders and create better societies,” she explained.
The organizers stressed that registration started on Monday, January 8, 2019, via the web portal, https://toyp.jci.ng/nominations, and will last for just 30 days, February 8, 2019.
It was disclosed that nominees must have achieved national prominence before the age of 40, adding that it is open to all Nigerians.
“The general public is advised to use the link https://toyp.jci.ng/nominations to nominate any outstanding young person between 18 and 40 that must have distinguish him/herself in any categories such as; 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,” the organisers said.
On the selection process, Oluwatosin Ligali outlined that a selection panel of eminent and credible Nigerians from different works of life are scheduled to be selected as judges to streamline the nominees to just 30 after nomination must have been concluded.
“Ladies and gentlemen, these 30 nominees would be meticulously shortlisted based on JCI values. In JCI, we believe that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life; that the brotherhood of man transcends sovereignty of Nations; that economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise; that earth’s great treasure lies in human personality and that service to humanity is the best work of life,” Oluwatoyin said.
Since its inception, the programme has recognised individuals like Rotimi Amechi, Shina Peters, Daddy Showkey, Dr. Ola Orekunrin, Richard Mofe Damijo, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, Gbenga Sesan, Kanu Nwankwo, Kafayat Shafau, Linda Ikeji, Japheth Omojuwa, amongst others.