Meet the Class of 2013! The Future Awards Africa releases list of 75 inspiring young nominees for Season 8 [FULL LIST]
by Daniel Essien
Finally, it’s here – the promised list the continent has been waiting for! After a full year receiving nominations from across Africa, the Central Working Committee (CWC) of The Future Awards Africa has today released the Nominees List for 2013.
“The list – of five nominees each – is released for 15 categories,” says a release from its secretariat this afternoon.
“We are beyond excited by the class of 2013 especially because the huge majority are previously unknown to the public,” said Ohimai Atafo, who is chair of the CWC. “Their profiles will be uploaded on www.thefutureafrica.com/awards from this afternoon, and then the one month judging process begins immediately with the Board of Judges and the Independent Audit Committee including distinguished Nigerians like the Mnet chief executive Biola Alabi, the founder of LEAP Africa, Ndidi Nwuneli, and others. Inspiration indeed begins here.
The nominees will be hosted to an invitation-only reception by the Consul-General of the United States in Lagos, Nigeria tomorrow.
NOMINEES FOR THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA 2013
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN ADVOCACY & ACTIVISM
Anu Olusola (27)
Jake Okechukwu (25)
Orode Uduaghan-Okpu (24)
Tobore Oro Edema (24)
Maryam Augie (28)
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Modestus Chijoke Idoko (20)
Chikezie Nwaoha (29)
Yewande Akinola (28)
Chuka Ofili (31), Emotu Balogun (27), Kene Udeze (24), and Clive Ayonye (23)
Hugo Obi (32)
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN COMMUNITY ACTION
Rita Omovbude (32)
Bolajoko Fadipe (30)
Dr. Okeke Kanayo (30)
Monica Onuoha (30)
Ife Adebayo (30)
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN NEW MEDIA
Kingsley Ezeani (23)
Ediong Umoh (26)
John Obidi (27)
Modupeola Abiola (31)
Fifehanmi Bankole (30)
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN ENTERTAINMENT TALENT
Ice Prince (28)
OC Ukeje (32)
El Mafrex (29)
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN ENTERTAINMENT ENTERPRISE
Nominees in this category will be announced in conjunction with the British Council for ‘The International Young Media Entrepreneur of the Year Award Prize.’
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN JOURNALISM
Ugochi Anyaka (29)
Monica Mark (29)
Toyosi Ogunseye (29)
Ben Ezeamalu (30)
Jude Zoho (29)
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN BUSINESS
Saheed Jumar (28)
Gbenga Ogunmakinde (28)
Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola (28)
Nonyelum Ibeh (27)
Melody Okwuazu (22)
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN PUBLIC SERVICE
Blessing Liman (29)
Fareeda Ibrahim (29)
Dr. Adanna Chukwuma (31)
Joycee Awojoodu (23)
Ekong Ekong Imona (32)
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Barbara Iyayi (32)
Osita Abana (28)
Adim Isiakpona (28)
Kayode Temenu (29)
Jadesola Osiberu (27)
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN AGRICULTURE
Zanau Hassan Maikasuwa (31)
Olawale Isaiah Ojo (24)
Precious Peter Nweke (31)
Abraham Ojoh (22)
Adbdulazeez Yusuf (29)
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN FASHION & STYLE
Vera Akporeha (23)
Wanger Ayu (26)
Yomi Makun (27)
Agbani Darego (31)
Aisha Bello (24)
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN ARTS & CULTURE
Toyin Odutola (28)
Njideka Akunyili (30)
Anthony Anth Ezeokoye (23)
Kenneth Gyang (27)
Ishaya Bako (27)
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN ENTERPRISE SUPPORT
Isoken Ogiewonyi (26) and Wonuola Odunsi (29)
Ijeoma Okeagu (30)
Gbolahan Fagbilere (30)
Chibuike Aguene (30)
Ayodeji Adewunmi (29), Opeyemi Awoyemi (25), and Olalekan Olude (29)
THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN EDUCATION
Gossy Ukanwoke (25)
Adebayo Degbembgo (30)
Olufunbi Falayi (27)
Otto Orondaam (26)
Oriahi Anderson (25)
*Nominees aged 32 were 31 in the period under review, which is 2012/2013.
*There will be no public voting for this edition of The Future Awards Africa.
*Members of the public have the standard one-week period for complaints and observations about any of the nominees to be forwarded to the committee. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +234 802 222 6712.
The 2013 edition of The Future Awards Africa holds in August 2013, in partnership with the Youth Office of the African Union Commission.
Nominees for the biggest prize, the African Young Person of the Year 2013 will also be announced tomorrow, Thursday, July 11 after the 1st ordinary session of the meeting of the commission’s Bureau of COMY IV in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. The Brazzaville meeting is a follow up of the 4th Conference of Ministers of the African Union, in charge of youth development.
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Editor’s Note: Anthony Anth Ezeokoye’s age was earlier wrongly stated as 30 years old. He has actually 23 years old. Apologies for the error.