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 third sector space, activities, causes or organisations have improved community life in any part of the Country. For sustainability, the Board of 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, since 2015, NNNGO has been working with individuals and organisations across Nigeria’s not-for-profit sector to identify recipients who are shinning lights for our sector. Winners of the YRK Award will set a good example for members of the Network, organisations and individuals working in our sector. Recognizing this beacon of achievement in our sector strengthens and uplifts the not-for-profit community.