In an attempt to fulfill its commitment to youth development in Africa, organizers of the biggest youth awards in Africa, The Future Awards Africa, have successfully launched a series of media and community activities. The event is expected to run from March through May 2019, in preparation for this year’s edition of the event.
The tour intends to create a platform which would allow recent winners to share their stories and give back to the community through career guidance and mentorship. The activities are expected to cover Lagos, Oyo and Ogun states.
The Chief Operating Officer of The Future Project, Bukonla Adebakin, said: “There are no easy routes to anywhere worth going. Therefore, Nigerian youths will have to basically shape their future and the direction of our nation. I am excited to see our alumni tell their stories to everyone”.
“It’s a really exciting time for us as we highlight our incredible plans for this year and for the High school students”.
The alumni toured media stakeholders such as Wazobia and Cool FM, Kiss FM, Nigerian info, and Wazobia Max in Lagos. They also went on a tour to secondary schools like Community Senior Grammar School, Surulere Lagos; British International School, Victoria Island, Lagos; Supreme Education Foundation, Magodo, Lagos; Fountain Heights College, Surulere, Lagos; George and Duke School, Oyo; and Taidob College, Ogun.
The Director of Faculty for Communications at the British International School, Lagos, Pauline Tomlin, said; “At British International School, we strive to ensure our students are equipped with necessary tools needed to make an informed decision about their career. We were excited to host alumni of the Future Awards Africa, as it was a great platform provided for our students to listen to role models in different disciplines”.
Award alumni, who participated in the tour are: Tosin Ogundadegbe – Style Infidel – 2018 winner of The Future Awards Africa Prize in Fashion; Emmanuel Oyeleke, Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize in Photography 2018; The Future Awards Africa Prize in On-Air Personality (TV) 2018, and Ken Nwadiogbu, nominee, The Future Awards Africa Prize in Creativity 2018.
Others who stormed the tour were Hauwa Ojeifo, nominee, The Future Awards Africa Prize for Advocacy 2018; Folu Storms, winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize for On-Air Personality (Radio) 2018; Vanessa Onwughalu, nominee, The Future Awards Africa Prize for Beauty 2017; Harry Itie, nominee, Awards Prize for Journalism 2017; Tiwalola Olanubi, nominee, Awards Prize for New Media 2017.
Over the years, the award has received international recognition. It has been referred to by Forbes as the ‘Nobel Prize for Young Africans’, and the ‘most important youth awards’.
The award is a set of prizes awarded annually to celebrate and accelerate innovation, enterprise, and creativity amongst young Africans aged 18 – 31. It has recorded over 150 winners and over 1550 nominees under its belt, since its first edition in 2006.
It is presented in collaboration with The Future Project, which has a mission to build empowered citizens across Africa, through (active) citizenship and (inclusive) enterprise. This aim on Human Capital Development is informed by our value proposition: Africa’s growth requires a generation of young people who are gainfully employed and are able to demand and secure better leadership.
Other projects by the group include #StartupsAfrica, Intern4Jobs, YMonitor.org presented with National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Aiki.ng, an employability portal presented with Microsoft; the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders, The Future Enterprise Support Scheme and The Future Awards Africa, described as ‘The Nobel Prize for Young Africans’.