Award to honor ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year



Bukola Alada

Academic Leadership Category

Chioma Ukpabi

Business, Economic and Entrepreneurial Category

Joel Ogunsola

Scientific and/or Technological Development Category

Abiodun Oluwaseun

Political & Legal Category

Victoria Nwanna

Personal Improvement Category

Babatunde Bale

Medical Innovation Category

Oladiwura (‘Diwura) Oladepo

Humanitarian and Voluntary Category

Adebowale Adedayo

Cultural Achievement Category

Tunde Onakoya

Children, Gender and World Peace Category

Intissar Bashir Kurfi

Moral and Environmental Category


The JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Nigeria (JCIN TOYP) program honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission, and they serve as stellar examples of entrepreneurial spirit and ethical leadership.

Whether through a business, scientific endeavors or their impact on society, these young active citizens turn challenges into opportunities on a local and national level. The final ten TOYP nominees were honored during the 2021 International Youth Day celebration held at Ibadan, Oyo State.

Narrowing the 2021 JCI TOYP top twenty finalists to the final ten honorees is done by both public voting, and an esteemed panel of judges, which was comprised of Dr Gloria Udoh, Social Performance Manager at Shell Nigeria; Taiwo Mise, an astute Nigerian Diplomat; Prof. Gloria Chukwudebe, Dean School of computing and information Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri; JCI Senator Jokotade Odebunmi, CEO Aqualib limited and the 2003 President, JCI Nigeria; Dr Abdulkadir Mukhtar, associate Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering Department, Federal University of Technology Minna; Augie-Kuta, Special Adviser on Digital Communications strategy to the Federal Minister of Finance; Akintunde Oyebode, Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Ekiti State.

Although the competition was fierce between the 20 highly qualified front-runners, eventually ten very worthy leaders took the lead. From medical innovation to personal improvement, each winner has displayed that they are truly worthy of this prestigious award.

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.

380National Winners
7International Winners
10Award Categories