JCI Nigeria holds her Ten Outstanding Young Person (TOYP) Awards every year to recognise and applaud great efforts at nation-building and global impact among enterprising young leaders across Nigeria. This award system honours excellence and leadership strides from people between the ages of 18 – 40 and focuses on glorifying the seen and yet unseen works of these inspiring personalities.
Past recipients of the national awards include such well-known personalities as, Ibukun Awosika, Gbenga Sesan, Kanu Nwankwo, Rt. (Hon.) Rotimi Amechi, Richard Mofe Damijo, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, Kafayat Shafau, Linda Ikeji, Japheth Omojuwa and Adebowale Adedayo. The awardees are then nominated for the JCI TOYP award (International) where 10 outstanding young persons are selected globally. So far, we have had five (5) recipients at the international stage namely Ray Ekpu (1988), Dr. Modupe Osho (1996), Dr. Ola Orekunrin (2013), Imrana Alhaji Buba (2017), Adepeju Opeyemi Jaiyeoba (2017) and Temie Giwa-Tubosun(2021), all named before the age of 40.
Each of these inspiring TOYPs will now serve as brand ambassador for JCI Nigeria. As they continue to overcome unique challenges, they not only bring awareness to their own personal goals but shine a spotlight on the JCI mission as well, thanks to their thorough understanding of JCI’s goals to develop enterprising young leaders for this fast changing world through the four areas of opportunity. Their mission will be, over the course of the next 12 months, to use their aura and networks to enhance JCI’s brand awareness and visibility, recruit new members, motivate existing ones and open doors to new corporate partners.