Covenant Graduate Wins JCI Outstanding Young Person of Nigeria Award
A Covenant graduate, Miss Naomi Ekpoki Onesenema, has emerged winner of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Top Outstanding Young Person of Nigeria Award.
Naomi, who was a honoree under the category ‘Contribution to Children, World Peace and/or Human Rights’, was one of the 10 recipients of the JCI awards selected from among 30 finalists out of the over 1,700 nominations.
The award was presented to her by the Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Lagos, Ronald Kayanja at the awards ceremony that featured other dignitaries including wife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun; the European Union Head of Delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Amb. Ketil Karlson; and Public Affairs Officer of the US Consulate Nigeria in Lagos, Mr. Russell Brooks.
Naomi thanked Covenant for voting for her through the social media platforms, just as she expressed gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant, Professor AAA. Atayero, for his encouragement and support over time.
“I sincerely appreciate each person that voted for me and reached out to others to vote with or without my knowing. It is really a blessing to see that so many people believe in the vision God has given me and want to see it thrive; we would always achieve more when we work together in synergy. I appreciate God for your lives and I pray from my heart that you would receive so much support as well and even more,” said Naomi.
For her, the JCI award came barely two years after she won the highly coveted Future Africa Leaders Awards (FALA) Star Prize for 2017 as a 500-Level student of Electrical and Information Engineering of Covenant. According to the FALA organisers, Believers' Loveworld Incorporated, the social activist was meritoriously awarded FALA’s Star Prize for the year 2017 for her admirable and far-reaching feats locally and internationally, in helping at-risk youths.
Determined to put an end to the increasing number of out-of-school children affected in Nigeria, Naomi started Senema Love Foundation (SLF) in 2013 at the age of 15. SLF, which is focused on education and skills acquisition, provides scholarships, school supplies, teaching aides, and voluntary teaching services to underprivileged children, particularly surviving victims of Boko Haram.
As a result of the activities of SLF, over 1500 children in her community receive education and support. She’s also involved in raising her voice for girls of school age, who suffer from Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) due to early marriage or female genital mutilation.
Naomi is a vibrant Christian and has made children and youth evangelism a top priority and a major part of her work.