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Future Awards Africa announces call for nomination 2020 in partnership with AU Commission

The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) has partnered with the African Union Commission towards achieving 1 million By 2021 Initiative.

The initiative which was launched in April 2019 at the African Union Commission by the Chairperson of the AUC H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, intends to deliver at least 1 million opportunities to young Africans in the areas of Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Engagement by 2021.

The partnership provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on young Africans who are providing exceptional solutions in their communities within the four thematic areas of the initiative. To achieve this objective, the AUC is embarking on a continental tour to entrench young Africans in community engagement efforts.

“We are very pleased about the partnership especially because it will go a long way in touching young people in communities we rely on reaching through partners. The tour across the continent will see us engage with brilliant Africans and we are excited to see how that will have a cascading effect,” said Ms. Amanda Chukwudozie, the Youth Engagement Officer in the Youth Division at the AUC.

“This partnership will be one of the ways the ethos of the AUC will be brought to life and brings us closer to achieving the goals of Agenda 2063 which seeks to achieve an Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people,” she concluded.

Since its inaugural edition in 2005, TFAA has built and supported a vibrant network of inspiring youth in the leadership space, with thousands of members who have achieved distinction against barriers of tribe, economic instability, religious differences, and government policies.

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According to the Chief Operating Officer, The Future Awards Africa, Bukonla Adebakin, “This year, we present ‘The Convocation’ as a way of passing the torch and reminding ourselves to fulfill our promise of building a better Africa. For us, this means that the first set of awardees have all passed the age benchmark of 31. We are proud to identify and select stars across Africa, and we are privileged to be a part of their stories even before the world begins to recognize their efforts.

“As we embark on an Africa-wide tour, we are definitely excited to find new nominees for the new edition. The search continues for young achievers fulfilling the promise of the continent, and The Future Awards Africa is proud to demonstrate the rich and diverse examples of positive change catalyzed by these young ideas,” she added.

With the Community Action Award as an Africa-wide category, the public is encouraged to nominate trailblazers in their communities between 18 and 31 years for the 15 categories, ranging from Enterprise, Art, Wellbeing, Content Creation, Professional service, Music, and more. Eligible persons must have made considerable impact within the last year and should have easily-accessible documentation of their achievements.

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Nominations can be made by visiting and the details of the nominations can be viewed here

The Future Awards Africa 2020, in partnership with the African Union Commission, is brought to you by RED | For Africa and The Future Project with support from Follow @TFAAfrica to keep up with the latest news on TFAA.


Note to Editor

Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent for the next 50 years. It’s built on and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.

One Million By 2021 is an initiative that aims to concretely reach millions of African youth across the continent with opportunities and interventions in the key areas of Employment, Entrepreneurship, Education, and Engagement (4Es), which will accelerate socioeconomic development on the continent.

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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, an employability portal presented with Microsoft; the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders, #StartupsAfrica, Intern4Jobs, 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’

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