Representative Bamidele Salam will tomorrow, Thursday, 17th June, 2021 receive the prestigious African Leadership Award in the ‘Defender of Democracy Category’ from The Nigeria Project Ambassadors Initiative during it’s 2021 Emerging Leaders Conference.


Rep. Salam represent Ede north, Ede south, Egbedore and Ejigbo federal constituency of Osun state in the National Assembly.


In a letter notifying him of the Award in an event to hold at Merit House Maitam- Abuja, the Executive Director of the Organisation, Jeremiah Agala said the award is in recognition of the perfecting touch he has brought to bear in the overall task of deepening the roots of democratic governance in Nigeria.


He specifically said the federal lawmaker was recognized by “The African Leadership Award for his exceptional and outstanding strength in the fight for democracy, the courage to defend democratic practices, the rule of Law, human rights, non-discrimination, gender equality and their Exceptional, Excellent exemplary leadership.


The honoree represent the very best of Africa in view of his commitment and contributions in actions and words to promote peace, defend the freedom of their people, contribute to the economy, enhance our democratic ideals and engaging meaningfully in the growth and development of the nation.


Part of the letter reads:

“Your contributions to education, empowerment, leadership and development using your platform is unprecedented. You are an ardent believer in the ability of Nigeria to rise above its slumber and you have pursued that believe. Your leadership qualities are rare in the African leadership clime.


Your passion, doggedness, commitment, diligence, transparency and accountability are exemplary, hence your nomination for the 2021 African Leadership Award in the Defender of Democracy Award Category.


“You have fought the cause of the victims and voiceless, you have restored hope to the hopeless. You have been the peoples advocate.


“You have championed advocacies for women, the less privileged and the vulnerable and everyone in society. You have embarked on empowerment projects that have directly impacted the lives of the down trodden.


“You have been fair and selfless. You have charted a course others dread and you have sustained it over the years. You have sponsored bills and motions that benefit the ordinary Nigerian breaking ethno-religious barriers.


“You are a role model to the young and a beacon of hope to the aged.


“This award is based on very strong recommendations from the Christian Legislators Fellowship. Sir, you exemplify our mandate which is to raise the next generation of diligent, dogged, excellent, exceptional and independent, young and aspiring leaders from Nigeria and Africa to the rest of the world whose contribution to repositioning the Nigeria Leadership structures & economy can be tangible”.


Rep. Salam is billed to serve as Special Guest of Honour and to also deliver a goodwill message as well as join other dignitaries in unveiling the Change Ambassadors at the event.


The Emerging Leaders Conference is a platform that seeks to discover mentor and empower aspiring young leaders, to pursue excellence, integrity and consistency while presenting them with invaluable networking opportunities and platforms with key leadership practitioners, tapping from their wealth of experience and positioning for a takeover. The conference will address the leadership, governance, development and innovation needs of the youths.


The 2021 Emerging Leaders Conference provides a detailed and analytical teaching and conversation platform that inspires, motivate and equip emerging Leaders.