Career Professionals Shine at British Council Alumni Awards
The British Council in partnership with UK higher education institutions has beamed its torch of recognition on career professionals and entrepreneurs who have studied in UK higher education institutions within the last 15 years.
The organisers recently unveiled the finalists and eventual winners for the prestigious award, following nomination ceremonies in 14 countries around the world. This year’s edition is scheduled to take place across Egypt, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.
The eventual winners were Anas Balarabe Yazid who won the Entrepreneurial Award, Fatimoh Oyiza Ademoh who won the Social Impact Award and Olanrewaju Akinsola who clinched the Professional Achievement Award.
The finalists were selected from a total of over 1200 applicants all over the world; many of whom were nominated by their host UK universities.
In Nigeria, over 200 applications were received across these three award categories:
Professional Achievement Award
Recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who have demonstrated the highest level of integrity and character in their professional career.
Successful applicants in this category are active in initiating, or contributing to, innovative new business opportunities with strong growth prospects.
Social Impact Award
The Social Impact Award acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.
After a careful review by the panel of judges, 14 finalists were selected across the categories in Nigeria. Below are the finalists:
Bryony Inge, Alumni Campaign Manager at the British Council affirmed that it was inspiring to hear how alumni are using their UK education experience to make a positive difference to their professions, communities and countries around the world.
“We had more than 1000 excellent nominations and selecting the finalists was difficult. They are a representation of so many outstanding alumni doing amazing things, and they all deserve to be celebrated. These alumni are a credit to their universities and will serve as an inspiration to the next generation of international students.”
In the same vein, Connie Price, Country Director, British Council Nigeria expressed her excitement at the prospect of having the 2nd Alumni Awards in Nigeria.
“The award honours the success of individuals whose achievements here in Nigeria have been, in some measure, influenced by their experience of studying at a UK university. We celebrate with them and congratulate them not only on their impressive professional successes but in their capacity as ‘ambassadors’ for UK higher education.”
Legendary shoe designer and UK alumnus Professor Jimmy Choo, OBE, is Global Ambassador of the Alumni Awards and was vocal in his endorsement of the awards.
“I’m delighted to support the Alumni Awards 2017 as Global Ambassador. Studying in the UK was an experience that changed my life and contributed to my success today. It is an honour to be supporting the outstanding UK university alumni by sharing their success stories and positive impact on the world.”
The British Council is UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, which creates international opportunities for people in the UK and other countries and builds trust across all worldwide stakeholders.