The Nigerian two past leaders, late Obafemi Awolowo and Shehu Shagari, grand children, Seyi Awolowo and Bello Shagari, have been recognized and awarded by Ooni of Ife, Ojaja II, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, for been outstanding young people that have been contributing their quotas to development of Nigeria.
On the list of awardees Founder Project Enable Africa, and Executive Director of Stanforte Edge, Olusola Owonikoko, also received recognition for promoting and running liability people inclusion program such that is aim at encouraging people consider to be vulnerable .
Meanwhile, the award was in recognition of young Nigerians outstanding works and intervention towards development of the country, their immediate community as well as people with special needs.
With two grandsons of the late leaders, Owonikoko was recognized for outstanding works he has been doing through his organisation, where he promotes digital and social inclusion for persons with disabilities.
Project Enable Africa pioneered the first-ever Inclusion Hub in Nigeria; a disability-focused digital program that equips persons with disabilities with skills and opportunities in information and communication technologies, as well as access to technologies.
Olusola Owonikoko holds a Master’s degree in Globalisation, Business and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. He also has a Certificates in Civic Leadership from Wagner College, New York and the West African Civil Society Institute, Accra.
Owonikoko is a 2014 United States Carrington Youth Fellow; 2014 Fellow of the Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship; 2015 Fellow of the Civil Society Leadership Institute; 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow; 2016 Associate Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative; 2016 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur; a 2017 Scholar at the Institute of Development Studies; a 2017 United States Alumni Engagement Innovation Funds winner; 2018 Google Impact Challenge Funds winner; and 2019 IE University Africa Center Social Innovator, invited to the inaugural Social Innovators’ Retreat in Spain.
Other young Nigerians that received the Royal African Youth Leadership Award of the Ooni of Ife includes Honourable Seun Fakorede, the Commissioner of Youth and Sport, Oyo State, Channels TV Political Correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, among many others.