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Mark Okoye, Yemi Alade, Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama and others emerge winners of The Future Awards Africa 2016

Africa’s biggest youth event, The Future Awards Africa came to a triumphant climax on Sunday when it held its annual ceremony, now in its 11th year.

We were introduced to the key players shaping the future in the 105 nominees identified across 21 categories. The event was well attended by Nigeria’s political, cultural, media and entertainment elite. The keynote speech was given by the President Elect of The Republic of Ghana, Dr. Nana Akufo-Addo.

However, there could only be 21 winners. The biggest prize of the night went to Nigeria’s youngest commissioner, Mark Okoye, who heads the Economic Planning and Budget Development Team in Anambra State. Okoye brings tenure as a senior member of the investment banking division at Afrinvest (West Africa) Limited where he was instrumental in executing numerous capital raising and financial advisory transactions to his new position,leaving  an illustrious investment banking career, to join the Anambra State Economic Think-Tank.

See the full list of TFAA winners below:

Somkele Iyamah- Idhalama 28

Winner, The Future Awards and EbonyLife Prize for Acting 2016

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Adebayo Oke-Lawal 26

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize for Fashion

Theodora Mogo 24

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize for Beauty

Yemi Alade 27

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music

Dr. Salihu Dansuki 29

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize in Professional Service 2016

Ifeanyi Orajaka 28

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize in Business | Endowed by the Bank of Industry

Kehinde Paul 28

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize in Sports

Godwin Benson 27

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize for Education | Endowed by University of Sussex

Abiola Olaniran

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize for Technology | Endowed by Intel

 

Tosin Ajibade

Winner, The Future Awards and EbonyLife Prize for New Media

 

Bidemi Zakariyau

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize for Media Enterprise

Asuquo Ekpenyong 31

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize in Public Service

 

Adenrele Sonariwo 30

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts & Culture

Evans Akanno 27

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Creative Professional

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Bukola Bolarinwa 28

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize for Advocacy | Endowed by Guinness

 

Julius Adewopo 31

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize in Agriculture

Adeola Osunkojo 30

Winner, The Future Awards and EbonyLife Prize for Screen Producer

Chika Oduah 30

Winner, The Future Awards and EbonyLife Prize for Journalism

Bolanle Olukanni 27

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize for On Air Personality (visual)

Ayo Thompson 30

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize for On Air Personality (audio) 2016

Mark Okoye 31

Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year

To find out more about the winners, go towww.http://thefutureafrica.com/

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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.

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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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