by Akintomiwa Agbaje
The LifeHouse yesterday hosted the past judges of The Future Africa Awards & Summit (TFAAS) at an exclusive media and VIP cocktail. The evening of fine wine and jazz held at the upscale The Wheatbaker in Lagos, Nigeria and also witnessed the induction of the judges inTo the TFAAS Advisory Council for Nigeria.
“The Future Africa Awards & Summit in the last eight years has been proud of its record of impact with the Nigerian audience and the youth population,” said Mfon Ekpo, who is Vice-Chair of the TFAAS Central Working Committee. “That success has enabled its expansion into a pan-African movement with an active presence in at least 24 states across the continent. These strides would not be possible without the steady support of our high-profile brain trust, including the Board of Trustees, the Board of Judges and the Independent Audit Committee.
“Their extensive experience, credibility and expertise has been invaluable in structuring the process for impact and for sustainability. More important, they believed in this vision when it was still only at its beginnings. As the tenures for the existing boards lapse this year, we have, activated an extensive restructuring to ensure deeper impact. To this extend, we have formally inducted into our expanded Advisory Council.”
Said Ugoma Adegoke, who is chief executive of The Lifehouse, hosts of the event: “Tonight is not just to network and relax but to recognize the efforts of TFAAS in steering the course of their generation and giving the Nigerian youth a voice.”
Members of The Future Africa Award & Summit Advisory Council (Nigeria) include, Enitan Denloye; Director of Communications Etisalat Nigeria, Betty Irabor; Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of Genevieve Magazine, Olusegun Adeniyi; Chairman of the Editorial Board of ThisDay, Folake Ani-Mumuney; Head of Corporate Communication and Marketing First Bank Nigeria, Toni Kan; Managing Partner of Radi8 Creative, Dr. Reuben Abati; Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, and Nkiru Olumide-Ojo; Head of Corporate Communication Stanbic IBTC.
“I am elated to see everyone gathered here tonight all for Africa,” said Adebola Williams, a co-founder of the awards. “The Future Awards started 9 years ago, the first 7 years was used in gaining ground in Nigeria, last year, which was the 8th edition saw the awards go continental and this year which is the 9th edition we intend to consolidate that outreach through expanding our brain trust, including this advisory council.”
A minute silence was held in memory of late legal practitioner and member of the Independent Audit Committee, Efere Ozako, in whose Lagos office the awards began and whose company was pro-bono legal representative for parent brand, Red Media Africa.
“I recall 9 years ago when I first Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams, as two young men with a vision for the youths and today we acknowledge the great works of these young men,” said Bolanle Austen-Peters, chief executive of Terra Kulture and a member of the Advisory Council. “The Future Award is probably the most credible award platform we have today in Nigeria and it’s a very remarkable feat to achieve. I commend the transparency in setting up the Advisory Council, Nigeria for the award and the project, and the rigorous process it takes when it comes to nominations and the eventual winners emerging.”
Guests at the event included publisher of TW, Adesuwa Oyenokwe, French Consular General to Nigeria, Francois Sastowrne; CEO of InVivo Partners, Ngozi Edozien; designer and TFAAS central working committee co-chair, Mai Atafo; founder of LEAP Africa, Ndidi Nwuneli, Director of Communications Etisalat Nigeria, Enitan Denloye, writer and PR entrepreneur Toni Kan, OC Ukeje, Gideon Okeke, Shade Ladipo, Munachii Abi, Lala Akindoju Ruby Gyang, Omena Daniels amongst others.
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