In recognition of his immense contribution to the development of the African continent, vice chancellor, Technical University (TechU) Ibadan, Prof Ayobami Salami has been awarded the Pan African Excellence in Leadership prize.
The prize was awarded by the Initiative for Positive Influence on African Youths (IPAY), a continental youth organisation headquartered in Uganda.Prof. Salami, according to the group was honoured for his iconic contributions to societal and human capital development.
They averred that Salami has distinguished himself as a successful administrator, scholar and a passionate mentor to African youths.During his address at the conferment ceremony, the Ivorian vice chairman of the association, Kwasi Akin, said the recipient emerged through a rigorous procedure that involved series of multilayered screening among the diverse members of the organisation.
“We want to say that without fear or favour, Prof. Salami has been found worthy to receive the Pan African Prize for Excellence in Leadership, in acknowledgement of his immense contributions to nation-building, community development, effective service delivery to the continent, remarkable patriotism, selfless and dedicated service to God, humanity, country and Africa”
Responding, Prof Salami commended the organisers for their integrity and thoughtfulness, noting that they have demonstrated that all hope is not lost for the African continent.“Yours is a shining example that with genuine initiatives, African youths can be galvanized, mentored and redirected towards positive societal engineering”.This is the second award Prof. Salami is receiving in one week, having earlier been honoured alongside the university chancellor, Chief Tunde Afolabi, as distinguished citizens and role models by the Oyo State Model Education System Intervention (OYOMESI) for their contribution to the development of the sector.Prof. Salami, a seasoned university administrator, is a globally renowned environmental scientist with an illustrious career spanning several countries within and outside Africa.
From Left: Professor Ayobami Salami, Vice Chancellor, The Technical University, Ibadan receiving the Pan-Africa Excellence in Leadership Award from Ambassador Kwasi Akin, an Ivorian and Vice Chairman, Initiative for Positive Influence on African Youths