Nikki Laoye has been awarded the Humanitarian Personality of the Year by World Hope Foundation at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos on August 19, 2015 (World Humanitarian Day).
The plaque is a gold plated ‘Hands of Love’ award and was presented to the actress by Mr. Fola Kudehinbu, MD Fountain Initiative for Social Development (FISD) and supported by the main speaker of the event, Mr. Oyebisi Oluseyi, Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs and Mr. Oludotun Olugbemi (CEO/Founder, World Hope Foundation).
This is the third humanitarian award Nikki is receiving for her selfless work with disables people and persons of National concern (Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees).
Oyenike Laoye, known professionally as Nikki Laoye, is a Nigerian recording artist, singer, humanitarian, songwriter, dancer and occasional actress, renowned for her musical expressions and stage performances.
Her passion for humanitarian activities attracted the attention of the Nigerian National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), who unveiled her as the celebrity ‘Voice of Refugees’ in Southwest Nigeria in 2013.
In October 2012, Laoye’s Angel 4 Life foundation, in conjunction with the Nigeria Association of the Blind (Lagos Chapter, Nigeria) celebrated the 2012 International White Cane Day.
On 25 December 2012 and 2013, the foundation hosted Christmas Day Out with Laoye providing a whole day trips and treats around the city of Lagos for physically challenged youths. The foundation also handles The Art in Me project, an empowerment initiative for creative physically challenged youths. With the help of a Guaranty Trust Bank Training school set, Angel 4 Life helped to build a fully functional music recording studio for physically challenged producer, Akeem at Modupe Cole Home, Yaba, Lagos.
In 2013, Laoye was given an honorary 234Giver Award for her advocacy and contribution to the social and educational development of the physically challenged in Nigeria. The award was presented by 234Give, Nigeria’s first online fundraising platform – a company dedicated to empowering individuals and companies to raise funds for causes that improve and uplift their communities.