Rewards For Excellence: 22 Personalities Shine At Osun Youth Ambassador’s Awards
It was a gathering of who is who across Osun state and beyond at the third edition of the Osun Youth Ambassador’s Awards where 22 personalities were rewarded for their selfless roles and contributions to the development of Osun state and other parts of the country.
The award ceremony held on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Atlantis Civic Centre, Osogbo, Osun state with twenty-two personalities bagging awards in honour of their contributions to the society.
The event was organised by the Youth Reformers Initiative and was graced by traditional rulers, government functionaries, politicians, technocrats, youths of Osun, Political Office Holders, Entrepreneurs, Community and Religious leaders, media practitioners and other invited guests.
Some of the traditional rulers such as the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi (TELU 1) and His Royal Majesty, The Olowu of Kuta, Oba AbdulHammed Adekunle Makama (Tegbosun 3) presented various awards to the recipients.
The Guest speaker, Dr. Dayo Sobowale (mNSE, R.Eng) while addressing the topic: “Personal Development: Panacea To Impoverished Youth In The Community,” advised youths to strive towards liberating themselves despite the insensitivity of the government.
According to Sobowale, youths should be hardworking and encourage skills acquisition that would make them employers of labour.
Sobowale of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, further charged youths to emancipate themselves through personal development stressing that most of the youths are living in abject poverty because they have been unable to develop themselves and take the bull by its horns.
Speaking earlier in her welcome address, the convener of YRI, Aminat Alake Ajibola, said the award event was the third edition and it has always been specially and specifically organized to acknowledge the positive contributions of great, illustrious and industrious Sons and Daughters of Osun state who have distinguished themselves in their chosen field of endeavours.
She said, “these award receipients are the people whose impacts and contribution to their community and fatherland has created for them a niche of excellence, on whose benchmark and commendable threshold we gathered to celebrate their feats, accomplishments as a way of inspiring and encouraging other youths, enhancing their capacity to do more in days and years to come.
“Our taste to contribute meaningfully to the sociopolitical space in orientation, culture, in education and economic frontiers and a clue to birth global recognition for excellence, to showcase the best products of our dear state, to impress the rewards of hard and smart works on coming and future generations is the major drive upon which we are annually committed to advance the course of this initiative.
“The misplacement of priorities in our immediate society is noticeable everywhere; in schools, religious centres, homes, offices which has overstretched the boarders of true reflection of youths. our creativity is dwindling, productivity abysmally low, urge for instant wealth without labour, drug abuse and other negative social vices calls for concern by all major stakeholders of the Osun and Nigeria project. Despite the above picture, we still have forward looking Nigerians who are forthright in their dealings and committed to a genuine cause which will advance the human race positively. They are our Ambassadors, they are our pride, they are the prestigious recipients of the OYAA 2018.
“We subjected ourselves to first, discipline and courageous mentality to present the best, one major reason why we have carefully shortlisted sons and daughters of our state whose entries among the several hundreds received are standing tall. We are most delighted to have worked with a great team in the selection process who disallow primordial, religious and ethnic sentiments to take preeminence over competence, outstanding excellence and value based impacts. Our standards are ethically professional,” Ajibola said.
Some of those that were honoured include, Olalekan Abdul-Rahaman Badmus, Adewale Adediran, Oluwatoyin Black, Barr. Obiwusi Olusegun Adebowale, Al-Mubarak Abiola Uthman Kewuyemi, Hon. Fateema Mahammed, Kazeem Hamodu Olalekan, Engr. Kunsy Akin Ogunshakin, Dr. Adeleke Atilola Atilade and Alhaji Jeleel Lekan Salam.
Others are Basiru Saheed Akintunde, Apoeso Ifedayo, Com .Ishola Olorungbebe, Elisabeth Ayomide-Babalola, Alhaji Ajani Ajikobi, Fashua Funmilayo Dupe, Kazeem Romoke Opeyemi, Bello Adegboyega Basheer, Bukola Idowu, Ogunwede Alice Gbemisola, Olori tola Bamidele and Adesola Funmilayo Ruth.