It is with great joy that I present to you the winner of the Most Loved Emerging Nigerian Leaders Contest for the month of February 2018. The contest is a monthly scheme put in place by the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics, Inc.(CSAAEINC) as a means of evaluating the social media presence of Emerging Nigerian Leaders, marketing them to the public and making their societal contributions and potentials more visible to the world.

Each contestant is to present his profile containing whats he is doing for Nigeria currently, his big dream, why he joined CSAAEINC and how CSAAEINC is helping him draw close to his big dream. These profiles are then uploaded on CSAAEINC’s social media handles and the public is invited to like the page and comment ‘Most Loved ENL’ beneath the favorite participant’s profile.

It was after this rigorous exercise that Akodi Peterson Abuche emerged the winner of the February edition. Peterson is a 3rd year chemical engineering student of Federal University Of Technology, Minna. He is a native of Omabo village, Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State working on the community development project ‘Innovative Bee Keeping Technology.’ Abuche has the big dream of becoming the minister of petroleum someday. In his words,” I joined CSAAEINC to get thoroughly trained in strategic leadership to champion my big dream of becoming the minister of petroleum…CSAAEINC has changed my life positively. I used to be very passive when it comes to matters involving nation building. The organization has debunked a mindset of lethargy and carelessness. The journey to a better Africa is a collective one; all hands must be on deck”

Other contestants include: Onyemofolu Bonaventure Mmesoma from Oko in Orumba North Local Government Area Of Anambra State. Bonaventure dreams of becoming the minister of education and he is working on the community development project ‘Revolutionizing the Nigerian Educational System’. He is currently a 3rd year biochemistry student of Michael Okpara University Umudike.

Umar Omowumi Maryann, an indigene of New Bussa in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State. Omowumi is a 4th year biochemistry student of Ahmed Bello University, Zaria working on the community development project ‘Combating Malnutrition in infants’ and dreams of becoming the minister of health.

Paul Onyeulor, the current national group leader of CSAAEINC’s Emerging Nigerian Leaders Program and a 2nd year pure and applied mathematics student of University Of Jos also took part in the contest. He dreams of becoming the president of Nigeria someday and he is working on the community development project: ‘Community of Readers.’ Paul is a native of Oborji Village in Abo Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State.

Finally, Agagbe Kelvin Terlumun, a native of Gwer-West Local Government Area of Benue State. Kelvin is currently a 3rd year agricultural education student of Federal University of Agriculture, Markudi. Kelvin dreams of becoming the governor of his state someday and is working on a community development project tagged:‘Good Governance Campaign’

We say congratulation to Peterson and well-done to the rest of the contestants. We also invite the general public to join us in the March edition of the contest and help their favorite contestants go home with our prizes.

Uja, Joy Chigozie
Reporting for CSAAEINC.