Celebrating the Class of 2013: US Consulate hosts nominees of The Future Awards Africa 2013 at Invitation-Only Dinner today

by Daniel Essien

Jeffrey_Hawkins, U.S. Consul General, Lagos

The United States Consulate is hosting the nominees of The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) 2013 to an exclusive reception in Lagos, Nigeria.

The invitation-only dinner holds on Thursday, 11 July at the Ikoyi, Lagos residence of the Consul-General, Jeffery Hawkins.

“We are excited to have the United States’ government officials recognize the exceptional quality of the nominees and the awards and to host this exclusive event,” said Chude Jideonwo, Executive Director of The Future Project. “We look forward to a beautiful evening, and a purposeful interaction.”

The reception is another highlight in the schedule of exclusive events to celebrate and deepen the work of the awards nominees – drawn from across the country and abroad.

Earlier this week, the Central Working Committee had also announced a groundbreaking partnership with the British Council to present ‘The International Young Media Entrepreneur of the Year 2013’.

“We are certainly looking forward to hosting and celebrating the nominees of The Future Awards Africa,” said Mr. Hawkins. He will be speaking with the nominees on ‘Young People & Taking The Lead on Africa’s Future’.

[CLICK: See the list of nominees for The Future Awards Africa 2013]

“Every year, we are over-whelmed by the sheer intensity of achievement and inspiration that we find from our nominees,” said Chude Jideonwo. “We are excited to continue to heighten that tradition, especially since the awards are now continental. We look forward to joining the US Consulate in celebrating the exceptional leaders, innovators, change-makers, and entrepreneurs that are nominees for The Future Awards Africa 2013, and to present them as role models to Africa’s teeming youth population.”

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The 2013 edition of The Future Awards Africa is held 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 on Thursday, 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.

The awards event holds in August 2013. There will be no public voting for this edition of The Future Awards Africa.

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For more information, visit @TFAAfrica on Twitter or the website www.thefutureafrica.com/awards.

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