Serenaded by the breathtaking musical performances from the Oleku crooner Ice Prince and the artistic delivery from Burnaboy, Praiz and Di’az, the audience at the 2013 edition of the AYE awards was held spellbound. Bovi and Chigul had the audience in tears with their awesome performances as the anchors of the show.
It was a one-of-a-kind event as the second edition of the Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards held at the International Conference Center Abuja. It was a night that will be remembered by so many for many reasons; the musical performances, the awards and the networking among the rich and upwardly mobile.
The audience was duly welcomed in an address by the founder of the AYE awards, Dr Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed while the key note speech was delivered by the Director of SMEs, Bank of Industry Mr. Abdul Ganiyu Mohammed standing in for Managing Director of Bank of Industry,(BOI), Mrs. Evelyn Oputu.
In a harmonious environment and a humorous atmosphere, the winners of the diverse categories were presented their awards. Awards were given out in a total of 13 categories with 3 honorary awards also given out to Mr Nuhu Kwajafa (Philanthropy), Mr Charles Igho Sanomi (Outstanding entrepreneurship, male) and Mrs Latifat Balogun (outstanding entrepreneurship, female).
The Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards was initiated by the Fusion Lifestyle Limited in 2012 to reward the Young entrepreneurs who are coming up with ingenious business ideas and solutions and providing services which in the past could only be accessed outside the country or the state. These new generation of entrepreneurs are young, fresh and driven. They are those who are breaking out of the mold, thinking outside the box and coming up with ideas that are providing jobs, generating income and driving the economy at large.