The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) recently published its list of the Top 100 civil society leaders in Nigeria to celebrate the energy, innovation, leadership, resilience, and courage of individuals who are “using their influence, ideas, example, talent and discoveries to shape our country and world.”
According to the Network’s Secretariat, the final list of civil society leaders were selected through a nomination process that began in November 2020 and ended in June 2021. Following internal reviews by a judging panel, the Network announced on December 2, 2021, the final 100 leaders that had been selected from all over the country representing a diverse group of social sector leaders and experts in health, gender equality, agriculture, education, philanthropy, and others.
With the myriad of challenges facing Nigeria, civil society organisations continue to play an important role in addressing multiple socio-economic challenges and contribute largely to progress in progress in democracy and development. Recognizing the role that these leaders and their organizations play is important in amplifying the availability of capacity and leadership credibility in Nigeria’s development sector.
Among those recognized on this list and representing NIgeria’s philanthropy sector include:
- Katja Schiller Nwator – Founder, Philanthropy Circuit
- Osayi Alile – CEO, ACT Foundation
- Mosun Layode – Executive Director, African Philanthropy Forum
- Udo Jude Ilo – Country Officer, Open Society Initiative for West Africa
- Kole Shettima – Director, MacArthur Foundation
View the full list of the 100 Civil Society Leaders in Nigeria here. Congratulations to all those who were nominated, you serve as inspiration to social changemakers around the world.
The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) is the first generic membership body for civil society organisations in Nigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues. Established in 1992, NNNGO represents over 3,369 organisations ranging from small groups working at the local level, to larger networks working at the national level.