The Future Awards Africa holds reception for 2017 nominees




Nominees for The Future Awards Africa 2017 were yesterday hosted to a reception at Banana Island, Lagos. Supported by the Ford Foundation, the event also saw the presentation of certificates to the nominees.

Anchored by Gbenga Aborowa, the reception is one of the events leading up to the 12th edition of the Awards set for Saturday, 9 December, 2017 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman, Central Working Committee, The Future Awards Africa, Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi said, “We revamped the awards this year to focus on Nigeria, to present and recognise young people who are creating better narratives and stories about the country through their work. While we seek to inspire Africans through experiences and motivation, we will also be showcasing Nigeria to the world through exceptional individuals leading the charge and impacting their communities.”




Personalities at the event include Ubi Franklin, Bovi, Akah Nnani, Olive Emordi, Mary Njoku, Eunice Omole, Ini Dima Okojie, and Emem Ema. Peter Okoye was guest speaker at the reception while artiste, Jeff Akoh performed.

Covering 21 categories with 105 nominees selected by The Central Working Committee, the TFAA seek to acknowledge inspiring young Nigerians aged 18-31 making a difference through social enterprise, social good, and creativity.

The Future Awards Africa 2017 is powered by The Future Project, with support from Ford Foundation and refreshed by 7Up.

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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, YMonitor.org presented with National Endowment for Democracy (NED), The Future Enterprise Support Scheme and The Future Awards Africa, described as ‘The Nobel Prize for Young Africans’.

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 Coordinating Minister of the Nigerian Economy, 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.





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