The Future Awards Africa nominees were hosted to an exclusive nominees reception by the United States Consul-General, John Bray, at his residence in Lagos, on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.
He recognized the strides achieved by The Future Awards Africa over the past ten years and commended the inspiring contribution of young Africans who are making a difference in their communities and globally.
“I am delighted that my first act in Nigeria is recognizing young people who are doing amazing work, these young leaders of The Future Awards Africa are the best of the best not only in Africa but in the world.” Bray said.
“In my view, the future of Africa is its youth. In putting together The Future Award Africa (TFAA), Adebola and Chude have done extraordinary work in the past decade celebrating young Africans from not just Nigeria but across Africa. This year, the theme of The Future Awards Africa is #AfricaNeedsYou which will see the platform visit 100 cities across the continent spotlighting the issues and showing how people can help. Africa shouldn’t just rise in theory but practically by each and every one of us lending a hand to one another.” Bray concluded.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of certificates to nominees present. Nominees at the event include Enow Awah Georges Stevens, Latasha Ame Moagi, Ukinebo Dare, Adesoji Solanke, Cynthia Onwuchuruba, Olufunbi Falaye, Olumuyiwa Okediran, Sakar Uchechukwu, Edmund Duodu Atweri, Elijah Amoo Addo , Abiola Olaniran, Obiefule Iroabueke, Sadiu Dankata, Ifeanyi Aniagoh and Eze Ifedi Ralph.
Adebola Williams, co-founder of The Future Project spoke about the nomination process and also commended the nominees on their innovative contributions to the growth of Africa in a heartfelt speech at the event.
“For us, the real award is those people whose lives have been changed through The Future Awards Africa,” said Adebola Williams. “That is why it is important that we go to the furthest to find amazing stories through national and continental media platforms, social media, credible organisations, professional associations and more we seek out these brilliant Africans. Followed by a rigorous four chain judging process. Everyone nominated and here tonight is an outstanding young person across the continent,” he continued.
This year’s campaign is geared towards tackling issues facing the youth via a 100 cities tour across the continent to create #TFAAHubs which would serve as centres for community support.
The winners of the 10th edition of the TFAA would be announced at a grand event on December 6, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.
About The Future Awards Africa
The Future Awards Africa has been called the ‘Nobel Prize for Young Africans’, and the ‘most important youth awards’ by Forbes. It is a set of prizes given annually to celebrate and accelerate innovation, creativity and enterprise amongst young Africans aged 18 – 31. It has produced over 150 winners and over 1550 nominees since its first edition in 2006.
It is presented in conjunction with The Future Project, which has a mandate to build empowered citizens across Africa, through (inclusive) enterprise and (active) citizenship. This focus on Human Capital Development is informed by our value proposition: Africa’s growth needs a generation of young people who are gainfully employed and able to demand and secure better leadership.
Our projects include Aiki.ng, an employability portal presented with Microsoft; the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders, #StartupsAfrica, Intern4Jobs, The m-Hub, The Future Enterprise Support Scheme and The Future Africa Awards & Summit, described as ‘The Nobel Prize for Young Africans’.
With a network of funders and partners including the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Ford Foundation, the US Government, First Bank, MTN, The Canadian Embassy, HP, the Nigerian Government and the British Council, our work has spanned Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon, Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast and Kenya.
Founded by the Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams, TFP is supervised by a Global Board of Advisors drawn from Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East, including the Senior Advisor at one of the world’s leading financial advisory and asset management firms, Lazard LTD, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Senior Economic Advisor with the Open Society Foundations, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili; co-founder of ONE, Jamie Drummond and the Chief of Cabinet with the Africa Development Bank, Anne Kabagambe.