by Isi Esene
The Future Awards Africa 2013 will be formally opened by Nigeria’s
President Goodluck Jonathan at a special event celebrating the ‘Best
100′ – past winners at State House, Abuja, on Sunday 15 December. The
series of events will hold across the week until the 2013 awards
ceremony, which holds on the 20th of December.
On Sunday, President Goodluck Jonathan will host 100 of the Future Awards’ most distinguished alumni at State House to celebrate past winners and the awards going pan-African for the first time. The Future Awards recognise and reward the success and achievements of young people living in Africa. This year 85 young Africans from countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Liberia have been nominated to receive awards. The Awards are presented in partnership with Microsoft, the British Council, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Youth Development, the Tony Elumelu Foundation and Access Bank.
Among the top 100 alumni is actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, named by
TIME magazine this year as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. The alumni will be joined by some of the continent’s most prominent businesspeople, philanthropists and politicians including Jim Ovia, founder of Zenith Bank and Visafone, economist, banker and investor, Tony O. Elumelu, Chairman of Channels Television, John Momoh, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwunmi Adesina, and Nigeria’s Minister of Sport, Bolaji Abdullahi. Nigerian TV presenter Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, presenter of Rubbin’ Minds, the popular TV talk-show for young Nigerians will present the evening’s events.
Chude Jideonwo, executive director of The Future Project and co-founder of The Future Awards Africa, commented, “The Future Awards Africa have inspired a new generation of leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs over the past eight years. This year marks an exciting new phase for the awards and we are delighted that The Future Awards Africa will be going continental for the first time. We’re looking forward to seeing the Awards touch thousands of lives across our great continent and hope that the Awards leave behind a legacy that will be recognised for years to come.”
The Future Awards Africa, described by the World Bank as “The Nobel
Prize for young Africans”, are awarded to young people aged between 18 and 31 years old in 15 separate categories, including: advocacy and activism, business, agriculture, education and fashion. In just eight years, the Awards have produced over 120 winners and 1,200 nominees in Nigeria and each year the Future Awards Africa’s online platform engages and inspires more than 20 million young people across Africa through its direct and online media engagement.
The Best 100 event is held in partnership with Microsoft, the British
Council, the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, and the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Devices and services giant, Microsoft will also launch its jobs and employability portal, Aiki.ng at the event.
Celebrating 100 of the brightest and best nominees and winners over the past 8 years
Profiles of all the honourees are available on thefutureafrica.com/awards
Abdulkareem Baba Aminu
Bright “Basketmouth” Okpocha
Olude Lekan/Ayodeji Adewunmi/Opeyemi Awoyemi
Teju “Babyface” Oyelakin
Tobias and Titus Igwe
Tolu “Toolz” Oniru
Jerry Ukechukwu Eze
Steve “Yaw” Onu
Toyin “TY” Bello
Peter and Paul “Psquare” Okoye
Kemi “Lala” Akindoju
Michael “Don Jazzy” Ajere
Dapo “D’banj” Oyebanjo
Bukola “Asa” Elemide
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie