The Prize is awarded to a Nigerian who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and good
governance. The recipient must be a Nigerian who has made relevant vital contributions within
the country or abroad. The recipient could be a former or current Head of Government (at
various tiers of government viz. federal, state or local), cabinet member
(minister/commissioner), Head of Government-Parastatal/Agency, 'Vice Chancellor of
University, Community Leader, and a contributor to good governance and leadership through
advocacy such as a human rights activist.
The Awolowo Prize consists of a medal, a certificate and a plaque. The emphasis is on the
intrinsic value of the award, which, itself, confers honour and recognition on the recipient as a
strong incentive for the pursuit of excellence in leadership and good governance in Nigeria.