The Yemisi Ransome-Kuti Leadership Award
Read about our 2015 winner at http://www.nnngo.org/profiling-yrk-award-winner-living-the-life/
The Yemisi Ransome-Kuti (YRK) Leadership Award was established in March 2015 to honour outstanding Nigerians working in the not-for-profit sector who exemplify the leadership ideals of Ms. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, a civil society activist and founding Executive Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO).
Endowed by World Hope Foundation a Nigerian and United States of America based Foundation; the YRK Leadership Award will be presented to an individual whose leadership within the Nigerian 3rd sector space, activities, causes or organizations have improved community life in any part of the Country. For sustainability the Board of the NNNGO will source for additional funds from reputable organisations, individuals or domestic/international donors.
Ms. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti is the founder of the Nigeria Network of NGOs, a Network that has grown from 60 members in 1992 to 1800 in 2015 (March). She continues to be an active and distinguished actor in Nigeria’s civil society, philanthropic, socio-economic and political life. Her achievements in growing and raising the profile of the not-for-profit sector including her many achievements as a civil rights activist stands in tribute to the ideals this award celebrates.
Every year, starting in 2015, NNNGO will work with individuals and organizations across Nigeria’s not-for-profit sector to identify a recipient who is a shinning light for our sector. Winners of the YRK Award will set a good example for members of the Network, organizations and individuals working in our sector. Recognizing this beacon of achievement in our sector strengthens and uplifts the not-for-profit community.
The YRK Leadership Awards was established by the Nigeria Network of NGOs and endowed by World Hope Foundation (a member of NNNGO) to honour Ms. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti for her service as founding Executive Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs and for her outstanding record of leadership in the not-for-profit sector and for the country. The Award is presented to individuals who, in their own way, exemplify Ms. Ramsome-Kuti’s ideas and example of leadership. The award and awardees will reflect a high standard of leadership within the sector.
Leaders working in or with the 3rd sector, and who have been nominated for the YRK Award shares our vision of a not-for-profit sector that works to bring development to the door steps of the common man and woman through their active participation. Civil society occupies a unique role in our society, YRK Award nominees, while active in a thematic area are also committed to the growth of our sector.
They are social entrepreneurs who engage and collaborate as they work to promote sustainable change in their areas of focus. They are vision driven and able to take on complex and challenging issues raising public consciousness and capacitating others to raise their voice and take on similar challenges. YRK nominees are transformational leaders who work across borders to motivate and mobilize those they lead and to significantly raise the profile and impact of the broader civil society sector in Nigeria.
Each year, we will seek a pool of nominees from the NNNGO membership that reflects the scope and value of our sector and its contributions to Nigerian communities. Nominees worthy of the YRK awards will be individuals whose activities and impact is widely felt in their areas of focus, community or region. The Award winner will receive a plaque and 50,000 Naira prize money and will receive 1 year of free technology support from TechLooms, our technology partners.
The YRK Leadership Award recognizes living Nigerians:
Who through their body of work and activities have made significant contributions to the not-for-profit and philanthropic community in Nigeria
- With transformational leadership qualities
- Who have mobilized and unified people, institutions and causes
- Whose efforts have brought development to the masses or citizenry
- Are visionaries, have empowered communities and constituencies, inspired action and strengthened people participation
- They are mentors, who have raised the capacity of others within the community for the common good of all and continued to be a role model for the younger generation
- Award recipients will be members of the Network in good standing
- The winner must be present at the award ceremony which will be held during the NNNGO Annual Conference
In order to ensure equal opportunity a strict deadline for the nomination form and letters will be enforced. Nomination related information will not be released to anyone other than the individual who submitted it. Nominators will receive a confirmation email from NNNGO on their submissions; we will not contact the nominee during the process. The nominee must be a member of the Network in good standing.
An electronic nomination form is submitted along with 3 mandatory letters of support sent to email@example.com. The mandatory letters (limited to 2pages per letter) will come from persons who can offer fresh perspectives on the nominee’s work. Usually this will not be individuals working or representing the same organization as the nominee. The mandatory letters of support with come from an unrelated organization or individual who is intimately familiar with the nominee’s contributions and impact. Self nomination or peer nominations are accepted.
The mandatory letter of support not longer than 2 pages will address why the nominee deserves to be considered for the award and outline the candidate’s leadership records, concrete examples of their transformational leadership and influencing. Letters are expected from an individual not an organization. Letters should be addressed to the YRK Leadership Award Committee, signed and submitted as PDF attachments with the name of the nominee as the subject line.
Nominees will be asked for supporting materials when they are short listed. Supporting materials expected include but not limited to:
- Biographical information
- New stories and brief writings
- Resumes/CV not longer than 5 pages.
- Links to multimedia materials (online videos)
A high profile selection committee drawn from civil society, government and the private sector including the NNNGO Board will have the opportunity of reviewing short listed applications and selecting the final winner.
The committee will announce its decision in the last quarter of the year with a press release on the NNNGO e-newsletter and website, social media platforms and in a national newspaper, as well as an email to the entire membership of the Network regarding the selection.
The award ceremony will be held for one hour within the NNNGO Annual Conference. The ceremony will start with a key note address by a high profiled speaker selected from amongst the Nigerian society. Usually the speaker will be chosen and invited directly by Ms. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti from amongst her pool of contacts and Networks or by Members of the Board of Trustees of NNNGO.
The Keynote address will focus on issues of leadership and governance within the not-for-profit sector. Ms. Ransome-Kuti will have the honour of doing the opening remarks at the awards and also introduce the Keynote speaker.
After the keynote address, the Board Chair of the Network will take participants through the award and nomination process following which the winner will be announced by the Board Chair. Both Ms. Ransome-Kuti and the Keynote speaker will present the winner with both the plaque and prize money.
The winner will be expected to give the closing remarks and the awards will come to an end with lunch and drinks. The award will be timed an hour before lunch.