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.

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.

380National Winners
7International Winners
10Award Categories