UI Alumnus Nominated for JCI National Award

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[Ibadan]–John Oluwadero, a 2015 Alumnus of the University of Ibadan, has been nominated as one of the Top 30 finalist for the Junior Chamber International JIC Ten Outstanding Young Person in Nigeria (TOYP) National Award.

TOYP programme serves to formally recognize young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change. John who currently serve as the President/CEO of Building Nations Initiative (BNI) is nominated for the Children, World Peace and Human Right Category of Award.

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Through BNI’s Quality Education for All project, John has led teams of young people to donate books, learning materials and set up library facilities in five schools in rural communities of Ekiti and Oyo State benefiting a total of 3260 students (2185 boys and 1075 girls).  BNI’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Livelihood project has trained 532 young people on StartUp Entrepreneurship through our Annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (2011-2016).

In August 2017, John led BNI team to establish values learning and skills development centre for children and young people. The community youth centre named Nation Builders Centre is headquartered at the University of Ibadan with Outreach Posts in Lagos, Abuja, Akure and Ado-Ekiti.

He has served as the Africa Regional Representative for the Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development and Peace Working Group where he currently serve as the Advocacy Focal Person covering for the 53 Commonwealth countries. In this capacity, He led teams of young people to implement the #Sport4DevelopmentNG Advocacy Campaign which aims at advocating the use of Sports for promoting peace and sustainable development while mobilizing advocacy support for the Nigeria Sports Bill sponsored by Dr. Abubakar Kannike at the National Assembly.

Owing to the outstanding success of the campaign, he was invited by Commonwealth Secretariat to the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting in Uganda where he spoke to Youth Leaders and Commonwealth Secretary General Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland on the advocacy goal of #Sport4DevelopmentNG Campaign especially as regard peace-building in the context of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250. In October 2017, he was invited by the House Committee on Sports of the National Assembly to present CYSDP #Sport4DevelopmentNG Advocacy position at the Public Hearing for the Nigeria Sports Bill. CYSDP recommend and advocate that government establish a national youth working group on Sports for Development and Peace according to the UNESCO Sports Policy and Outcome of 8th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting.

John is a Fellow of President Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) West Africa Regional Leadership Centre; Nominee 2015 Africa Youth Award and a recipient of several other Awards such as 2016 Queen Young Leaders Award and Fifteen Outstanding Persons Award (FOPA) awarded by Junior Chambers International, University of Ibadan. He has been named as one of the 30 Emerging African Leaders for 2018 by the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

His outstanding contribution to youth development practice has been recognized by the Commonwealth and published in the Commonwealth Young Achievers Book launched at the 2015 Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting, Malta.

He is advocating the role of Sports for promoting peace and sustainable development as a Commonwealth Youth delegate at the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting in London.

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