As part of its commitment towards appreciating and supporting Youth who actively strive to make positive changes within their communities, Nokia and LEAP Africa have announced readiness to honour an additional ten young Nigerians through the 6th Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards.

This year’s event which held at the Shell Hall at Lagos’ Muson Centre, Victoria Island, was graced by eminent personalities from the private sector, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives from development organisations, as well as members of leading media agencies.

The event was chaired by Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the CBN Governor and a serving member on LEAP’S Advisory board while Mr. Sesan Awoniki, CEO of Anchor International Consulting was the Keynote Speaker.

According to the Communications Manager Nokia Nigeria & West Africa, Mrs. Ngozi Ife Anene said the partnership with LEAP Africa presents a unique opportunity for the youths.

Following a national advertising campaign youths applied for the awards and Nokia said that the applications were meticulously screened and following rigorous deliberations by a team of world-class judges, ten youth from the six (6) geopolitical zones in Nigeria with change initiatives focused on business and economic development, environment, education, law and human rights, health, media, arts and culture and science and technology were selected. The winners will receive seventy thousand naira (N70,000) to support their work in their communities.

This edition of the Awards celebrated a total of 10 outstanding Nigerian Youths including Anyaegbu Francis of Youth in Transit organization; Aboderin Tunde of Mobile Cinema for Climate Action; Alo Yejide of Young Mind Empowerment Initiative; Akin Rotimi of African Youth Unite for Change;    Adesokan Balkiss of Brand it Nigeria; Isikwenu Oghenefego of Inspiro Communications and Media;     Inalegwu Frank Uji of Society for Life and Human Development Initiative; Odiase Emmnuel of Smoke Free Nigerian Initiative; Okelola Olumayokun of G54 Environmental Project Group and Okafor Nonso Peter of Operation Quit the Street Campaign.

Speaking at the event, Communications Manager Nokia Nigeria, Ngozi Ife Anene, commended the efforts of the awardees for their various contributions to the country in ways they knew best. “Nokia’s belief in the power of youth has been demonstrated in the company’s sponsorship of the Youth Leadership Programme for the past five years. Nokia identifies with the passion of these young adults and would continue to encourage and support their dreams of seeing changes in this country”, Anene said.

Mrs. Anene further described Nokia’s relationship between LEAP Africa and IYF as “a partnership that we value greatly” one which has encouraged Nokia to do more.

“Our successful partnership with LEAP Africa is proof that corporates can have a positive impact on societies” she explained.  In fact our partnership with LEAP has expanded to reach more youth: we have just commenced a high school leadership programme this year, called Leadership, Ethics and Civics, or LEC, which will bring life skills and civics awareness to teens.”

The event which was funded by the International Youth Foundation has showcased the amazing efforts of 45 Nigerian Youth since 2004.

Nokia continues to collaborate with suitable partners like LEAP Africa to prepare young people to become capable, caring and confident, better able to embrace opportunities created by the demanding and highly technological global economy. It has been an active contributor to youth and education in more than 15 countries in Africa.

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