The Founder of Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Afe Babalola won the 2018 Obafemi Awolowo Leadership prize award.
The legal luminary was announced as the winner by the Chairman of the selection committee and Former Secretary General, Commonwealth of Nation, Emeka Anyaoku at the the unveiling of the new look Tribune at Sheraton Hotel Lagos.
Anyaoku, described Afe Babalola has someone who had distinguished himself in the provision of quality education just like the sage, advocacy for the masses through legal intervention and other means and, therefore, deserves the award.”
His emergence as the latest winner of the prestigious award came four years after former South-African President, Mr Thabo Mbeki, won the award in 2014.
Meanwhile, the Nobel Prize winner, Professor Wole Soyinka, won the award in 2012, with Chief Afe Babalola emerging as the third distinguished personality to win the award in 2018.
“I am happy that my contributions in the field of education is being rewarded by the reputable Obafemi Awolowo Foundation. That I am found worthy to be equated with the sterling leadership qualities of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, especially in the area of education excites me and I am encouraged,” Afe stated.
“I understand that the Obafemi Awolowo Leadership Prize has only been won by two persons, Professor Wole Soyinka and former South African President, Dr Thabo Mbeki, since inception. This speaks to the profundity of the award.” he further expressed,
Afe Urged well-spirited individuals to join him in the task of building the nation, especially in giving back to the society, in order to make it better than it was.
“Like I keep saying, I want Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of giving. Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti is about giving back to the society in order to make it better than one met it. he admonished.
“Harvard University, Oxford University, among others, were donated by well-spirited individuals. Wealthy and public-spirited Nigerians are admonished to do more in the area of giving back to the society,” he said.