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The Diana Legacy Awards Appoints Temitope Jemerigbe Into Eminent Jury


The Diana Legacy Awards, endowed in memory of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, has appointed Temitope Jemerigbe, the Chief Executive Officer of DKK Nigeria into the Jury for the 2021 Legacy Awards, slated to hold at Althorp House on 9 December 2021.

Jemerigbe, the only African to be so nominated for the role since the institution of the award four years ago, joins 19 other notable personalities selected from all over the world, including Lord Spencer, brother of Princess Diana; Lord Dr Michael Hastings CBE, Chancellor of Regent’s University London and Professor of Leadership at the Stephen L Covey Institute at the University of Utah; Sean Doyle, Chief Executive and Chairman of British Airways; Dr Sameer Hinduja, Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlanta University; Rosie Nixon, Editor-in-Chief of HELLO! Magazine; Dame Rachel De Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England among others.

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The independent international and diverse judging panel, chaired by Lord Spencer, will later this month select the 20 eventual winners from a pool of nominations shortlisted for the awards. These eventual Legacy Award recipients will have access to a programme that provides them with the opportunity to enhance their skills in four key areas of leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology for good.

Jemerigbe, who is also the Chairman for Women in Advertising, AAAN, expressed her excitement at the nomination and thanked the organizers for finding her worthy of the honour.

“I feel greatly honoured and I thank the organizers of the award for this nomination. It is even more exciting being, not only the first, but the only African to be so nominated in the Award’s four-year existence. The role will afford me the privilege to read and evaluate what the younger generation, the world over, is doing through their social and humanitarian work to uplift their societies, even in these trying times occasioned by the corona virus pandemic.”

Tessy Ojo CBE, Chief Executive, The Diana Award, noted the clout that this year’s award has, and expressed her gratitude to both Lord Spencer – for hosting the event and Gilead Sciences – for sponsoring the Awards for the third year running.

“Hosting the Legacy Awards at Diana, Princess of Wales’ family home is especially poignant as we mark what would have been her 60th birthday.  In a year that has seen young people’s lives disrupted by the Pandemic it is even more important that we honour, celebrate but also invest in those young people from across the world, who through their selfless trailblazing efforts have changed lives in their communities. We are incredibly grateful to both Lord Spencer for hosting this event as well as Gilead Sciences, who for the third year running, are sponsoring the Legacy Awards.”

The Diana Legacy Awards is a unique mentoring development programme tailored for the young people. The annual award, which is funded by Gilead Sciences, sees twenty young people, from across the world, awarded for their social and humanitarian work. The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex presented the inaugural legacy awards at St. James’ Palace in 2017.

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