The Future Awards kicks off national tour… Winners visit secondary schools and universities across the country

Rapper, M.I Abaga interacting with students at The Future Awards School Seminar

by Isi Esene

As part of the post-awards activities for its 7th Season, The Future Awards Central Working Committee has begun its annual seminars across secondary schools and universities around the country. The seminars kicked off on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 and will run until January 2013.

“The Future Awards is a year-long season where there is an unending thread of events devoted to our core values of leadership, enterprise and active citizenship,” said Chude Jideonwo, who is executive director of The Future Project. “And beyond the awards, we are passionate about ensuring that a critical mass of young people engage directly with the wide range of winners: their stories of inspiration, value-creation and belief in self and country. As a bottom-top, grassroots-driven idea, beyond inspiring hope and faith, this is a practical youth-driven platform that ensures a multiplier-effect of positively engaged young people and a strengthened Nigerian economy.”

The national tour has already visited Premier College, Ronik International School, International School Lagos, Aunty Ayo Secondary School, Mayflower School Ikenne, with more schools on the calendar.

“We are glad that to be chosen as one of the privileged schools to host the winners of The Future Awards,” said the principal of Premier College. “And we are grateful to the organisers for giving our students this eye opening opportunity on improving themselves and adding value to their communities and Nigeria.”

The seminars will visit Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, Kaduna, Abuja, Benin, Anambra, amongst others.

Denrele Edun (Winner, On Air Personality Television 2012) with students of Aunty Ayo International School

With outreaches to Ghana, Ethiopia, and South Africa, The Future Awards has been described by the World Bank as “The Nobel Prize for Young Africans” and in six years, has produced 126 winners and over 1,000 nominees. Our mission at The Future Awards is to inspire leadership and build enterprise. With its umbrella The Future Project, it has been in the forefront of inspiring a new generation of leaders/leadership and entrepreneurs for Nigeria, working with the Africa Union, the US Government, the British Council, the Ministry of Youth Development, the Nigerian Presidency amongst other organs.

Winners of The Future Awards 2012 are:

Best Use of Advocacy – Babafemi Oyediran

Best Use of New Media – Gidi_Traffic (Kaptin Ndoko)

Creative Artiste of the Year – Bayo Omoboriowo

Designer of the Year – Toju Foyeh

Excellence in Service (Government) – Hadiza Abdullahi

Excellence in Service (Journalism) – Alkasim Abdulkadir

Excellence in Service (Corporate) – Ngozi Nkwoji

Innovator of the Year (Science and Technology) – Seun Onigbinde (BudgIT)

Innovator of the Year (Education) – Otto Orondaam (Slum2School Project)

Entrepreneur of the Year (General) – Ola Orekunrin (Flying Doctors Nigeria)

Entrepreneur of the Year (Agriculture) – Tochukwu Ikpegbu

Entrepreneur of the Year (Communication and Media) – Uyi Omokaro

Entrepreneur of the Year (Entertainment) – Michael Collins

Entrepreneur of the Year (Technology) – Jason Njoku

On-Air-Personality (Radio) – Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru

On-Air-Personality (TV) – Denrele Edun

Musician of the Year – Wizkid

Actor of the Year – Tonto Dikeh

Producer of the Year (Music) – Jeremiah ‘J. Sleek’ Shelika

Producer of the Year (Screen) – Clarence Peters

Young Person of the Year – Idris Akinbanjo

Otto Orondaam (Winner, Innovator of the Year Education 2012) having an interactive session with students

The seminars are hosted by The Future Project, a social enterprise set up based on a strong, practical commitment to human and capital development, especially in Nigeria. It is also committed to finding effective and innovative ways of addressing social issues.

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