No few than 15 outstanding young people were recognized across different categories at the just concluded Lagos Youths Awards tagged “The Working Tribe”. The award which held December 26th 2021 at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja Lagos happens to be the maiden edition of such with young people across the state gracing the occasion.
The award, which is designed to celebrate exemplary young people in the centre of excellence is an initiative of BBN360, a thriving media company based in Lagos, Nigeria, in collaboration with some youth-based non-profit organizations.
The first set of Awards were given to Aminat Idrees (Most Outstanding Young Person in Sports); Damilola Oduolowu (Media Personality of the Year); Khadijah Okunnu-Lamidi (Most Outstanding Young Entrepreneur); Odunayo Eweniyi (Most Outstanding Young Person in Tech); and Aisha Raheem-Bolarinwa (Most Outstanding Young Person in Agriculture).
The Speaker of the Nigerian Youth Parliament who was the Guest Speaker charge the youth on how best to utilise their enormous numeric advantage by equipping and positioning themselves for governnace.
The Speaker further said other Interest group such as Artisans, Market women Transport Unions would always have something to leverage on during election period and would continually have the listening ears of those in governance as politicians have continually seen them to be consistent and have the only key that unlock electoral victories inspite of them not have the numbers of the Youths.
“It’s high time we get it right as Youth of the most populous nation in Africa. Get your PVC and have a say and a seat on the table”
The next Awards were presented to the winners which include; Most Outstanding Young Person in Arts/Literature, Dami Ajayi; Most Outstanding Young Person in Entertainment, Mr Macaroni; Youth Advocate of the Year, Olalekan Biliamin; Youth Brand of the Year, LASWA; Most Outstanding Young Person in Person In Legal Practice, Tolu Olaloye; and Most Outstanding Young Person in Health, Dr Tunde Ajayi.
The last set of Awards were given to Most Outstanding Young Person in Governance, Chairman of Kosofe LGA, Hon Moyosore Ogunlewe; two winners emerged as the Most Outstanding Young Person in Public Service as the duo of Bisola Olusanya and Mukhtaar Tijani were awarded respectively as Mobolaji Ogunlende emerged Young Person of the Year.
Also present at the event is the honourable commissioner, ministry of youths, Lagos State in person of Mr Segun Dawodu who said his love and passion for the Youths were one of the reasons he graced the occasion.
In his words, the Mr Dawodu said “Those of our youths who have excelled in one area of the recognized and rewarded for what they’re doing and this is one thing you are doing and it will encourage others to do more than others before them.”
He also said “No matter what anybody tells me today, I tell them our youths have great abilities, all what we’ve to do has government is to guide and assist them, create a secure environment for them to do whatever they want to do. Most especially, our youths are very enterprising, they know how to conduct their businesses no matter how small it is and what needs to be done is for us as government is to come to guide you and stand with you and let others know that we’ve youths that we can rely on and can be proud of.”
“I can tell you that Mr Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo Olu has constantly charged not just me as the commissioner for Youths but other ministries to come up with programs of benefits geared towards the development of the Youths. In Lagos State you will notice that a lot of agencies and bodies are coming up with youth related programs and even the local governments are engaging the Youths, the Youths are a greater population hence we cannot but guide our youths.”
He also noted that the ministry have been able to come up with a lot of programs this year as against last year and some of these ideas came from the Youths as well. He however said that there will be much more programs geared towards the Youths in 2022 stating that the government will continue to interact with the Youths in order to ensure the programs are the ones that will be beneficial to the Youths.