Guests at 12th edition of The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) watched as two young men, Oluyemi Oluwaseun Imole and Akanji Abayomi Gideon picked up their TFAA Prize for Education for their efforts towards bridging a gap in education using computer literacy.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Education has, in the last two years, being endowed by the University of Sussex and the partnership is about to take a major leap as winners in the Education category will now be awarded scholarships of up to £5,000 to study in the Brighton-based university.
Vice Chancellor of the University of Sussex, Adam Tickell who was present at the event spoke with YNaija on the growing relationship the university has with TFAA. “We think TFP has a really strong commitment to youth development and empowerment and that’s exactly what Sussex Uni stands for as well,” Tickell said.
Although the University of Sussex cannot boast of a large community of Nigerian students, VC Adam Tickell insists that the community is “active and noisy” and “the university’s relationship with Nigeria goes far beyond mere student admission”.
Beyond TFAA, the University of Sussex has a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Universities Commission and is developing another with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). On these partnerships, Tickell said, “We do work ranging from youth development in schools right through to working with the University of Lagos. We have great partnerships because we learn from Nigeria as much as Nigeria can learn from us and that’s what is fantastic”.
Tosin Oguntuase, a PhD student at Sussex and music artiste who also attended the awards said, “I’m really inspired by what TFAA is doing and I would love to win something, either in music or in education really soon”.