Speaker of the Oyo state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, has emerged as one of the most influential young people in Africa.
The Africa Youth Awards was launched in 2014 to recognise and appreciate young Africans who have selflessly dedicated their lives to make sure the future of the continent is optimistic.
The awards are given to young Africans who have excelled in various disciplines including law and governance, leadership and civil Society, science and technology, sports, business, entertainment industry, lifestyle, media, personal development academia and social enterprise philanthropy.
While reacting, Rt Hon. Ogundoyin said, “I considered this recognition as one of the 100 most influential young people in Africa by the Africa Youth Awards, as a great honour to me, the good people of Oyo State and other Nigerian youths making positive and significant differences in governance.
“While congratulating other young Nigerians and Africans on this list across categories, I implored us to see this honour as encouragement and a challenge to more in terms of bringing improved innovation and strategies into leadership and service in Africa. “
Sharing insights on the publication, Prince Akpah, founding president of Africa Youth Awards, mentioned that this year’s list features a record of 52 females and 48 males from 32 countries and is an attestation of the works put forth by young people who are passionate about changing the narrative of the African continent.
Notable among the 2019 honourees are Burna Boy, African Union Youth Envoy; Aya Chebbi, Sierra Leone’s First Lady; H.E. Fatima Maada Bio, Global Teacher Prize Winner; Peter Tabichi, Davido, African Fashion Fund founder; Roberta Annan, Governor of Nandi County, H.E. Stephen Sang and Sudanese activist Alaa Salah.
Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana lead with representations on the list with 15, 11, 9 & 8 honourees respectively.