It’s no longer news that our own oyeakd (Oye Akideinde) got nominated for the Future Awards‘ Professional of The Year (Corporate) [please vote here]. The Future Awards has announced the all-star line-up for its annual Nominees Reception for charity.
All the nominees in the 21 categories will be celebrated at an invitation-only media and VIP Nominees Reception on Sunday 19 December 2010 – where they will also be inducted into the elite The Future Alumni Network. The event will also be an opportunity to raise money for Love on the Streets, an NGO working with disadvantaged children of the Dustbin Estate, Lagos.
Performers at the event include MAMA Best New Act Mo’Cheddah, Chydinma, Tiwa Savage, Waje, Ice Prince and Wizkid. There will also be the annual Get Your Green On! Fashion show where some of the awards’ official clothiers will unveil from collections themed around green. This year’s designers include MAI, Zebra, House of Nwocha, Sally Bawa Lagos and iamISIGO. The event will be anchored by MTV Base’s Cynthia Okpala and Tinsel’s Chris Attoh.
The general public is reminded that there is a period when complaints about any nominee can be made to the Central Working Committee about the ages, substance of achievement, or any claims or any of the nominees that can be validly contradicted. The two-week complaint window closes on Sunday.
“We certainly have had more than a few complaints about the ages of one or two nominees. We sincerely appreciate those reactions and the fact that people feel so strongly about this awards process confirms to us that people believe in what we are doing,” said Chude Jideonwo, the awards’ Creative Director. “Over the years we have had to withdraw the nominations of a few nominees who have been unable to prove their actual ages; indeed The Future Awards is one of the very few processes that actually demands proof of nominees’ claims.”
“However, it is to be noted that nominees have submitted legal documents that corroborate the ages they have given. And unless complainants are able to direct us to documents and evidence that disprove them, we have no choice but to respect legally admissible proofs. More than that, the beauty of this award for many young Nigerians is to find that many achievers who have done so much great work are so young – and we hope that the rest will be able to draw inspiration from these true life stories of excellence and achievement.”
Profiles of all the nominees will be up on www.thefuturenigeria.com on Tuesday, 21 December so members of the public can share their stories. Public voting ends on December 31, 2010.