Last Sunday’s Rubbin’ Minds brought the future into the Channels Television studios, the guests were past winners of The Future Awards (TFA) who were there to narrate their experience since winning the prestigious youth awards.
The edition titled ‘The Future is here‘ had Uche Nnaji, Tolu Sangosanya, and Lala Akindoju who gave their compelling stories of unique talent, hardwork, achievemnets, and the impact the TFA has made on their lives.
Akindoju, who won TFA Actor of the year prize in 2010 said she was a full science student until about two months to her school leaving examinations when she realised she was not fulfilled with her choice of vocation.
She said, “I started acting in my second year [in higher institution], acting is what I’ve always loved and I’m doing it. Knowing that it was what I wanted to do for a living didn’t come until my final year.”
Tolu Sagosanya, who was the winner of the Best Use of Advocacy category in 2010, said it was her experience with death which led her to her vocation.
She advised people not to get discouraged in whatever vocation they have chosen saying the first event she organised in 2005 turned out to be a flop, but she did not relent in her efforts to be the change she desires to see in the society.
“When, the first event failed, I was going to say that’s not my calling, but someone said ‘so that’s how you’re going to give up like a chicken’… I said, I’d rather die. I felt the satisfaction that I got from giving and I continued,” she said.
Akindoju narrated the shock she felt when she was not only nominated but also went on to win the awards.
She said, “When I was nominated for The Future Awards, I was shocked… and I won… I was like ‘Oh, my god!'”
Nnaji, who was the Entrepreneur of the Year, 2009, said winning the award brought him recognition and it keeps him going whenever he needs inspiration.
Lala Akindoju concluded the panel discussions by advising on the importance of self-belief.
“You need to believe in yourself and find that thing that is peculiar to you,” she concludes.