Press Release: The Future Awards Africa Unveils List Of Finalists, Announces Week-Long Celebration

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    The Future Awards Africa Unveils List Of Finalists

    With excitement building up to The Future Awards Africa 2013, the Central Working Committee (CWC) has unveiled the shortlist of three nominees per category for the Awards scheduled to take place soon.

    “It has been an intense period of judging and review,” says Chude Jideonwo, Executive Director of The Future Project. “After the nominations, there was a period of intense research and verification of nominees before the final selection process, thanks to the Independent Audit Committee and the Board of Judges.  They worked tirelessly over two months and are thoroughly proud of the resulting final nominees.”

    Members of the Independent Audit Committee include the chief executive of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu; politician Jimi Agbaje; Stanbic IBTC director Yemi Osindero; and LEAP Africa founder Ndidi Nwuneli amongst others.

    Chude Jideonwo, TFA Convener
    Chude Jideonwo, TFA Convener

    “All the nominees deserve to win and we are immensely inspired by them,” Jideonwo noted. “However, the vetting process has been daunting, and the intense scrutiny that successful nominees have gone through has been illuminating for them as well. We stressed the importance of a combination of structure, quantifiable measures of success and impact, to get the most inspiring and worthy to rise to the top.”

    The Awards, presented in partnership with the African Union Commission, the Tony Elumelu Foundation and Microsoft, will mark the end of a three-city, week-long celebration of the Africa Union at 50 and Nigeria at 100 starting with the induction of 100 ‘Guardians of the Future’ by President Goodluck Jonathan. The Awards will be televised exclusively for Africa Magic.

    Media Partners include Channels TV, Silverbird TV, Nigeria Info, TW, Ventures Africa, and Guardian Life. Online Partners are BellaNaija, LindaIkejiBlog, Information Nigeria, Premium Times, 360Nobs, NigeriaNewsDesk, LadunLiadiBlog, and Jobberman. Official Media Partners are Cool FM, Wazobia FM and Y!/YNaija.com, and the official television partner is Africa Magic.

    For more information, visit @TFAAfrica on Twitter or the website www.thefutureafrica.com/awards. The official hashtag for the event is #TFAA2013

    THE LIST

    THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA  PRIZE IN ADVOCACY & ACTIVISM

    Orode Uduaghan-Okpu (24)

    Tobore Oro Edema (24)

    Maryam Augie (28)

     

    THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

    Chikezie Nwaoha (29)

    Yewande Akinola (28)

    Hugo Obi (32)

    THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE IN COMMUNITY ACTION

    Dr. Okeke Kanayo (30)

    Monica Onuoha (30)

    Ife Adebayo (30)

     Ife Adebayo

    THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE IN NEW MEDIA

    Kingsley Ezeani (23)

    Ediong Umoh (26)

    John Obidi (27)

     

    THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE IN ENTERTAINMENT TALENT

    OC Ukeje

    Ice Prince (28)

    OC Ukeje (32)

    Omawumi (31)

    YOUNG MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD (IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BRITISH COUNCIL)

    Uche Pedro

    Lydia Sobogun

    Kenneth Gyang

    Olawale Adetula

    Kemi Adetiba

     THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE IN JOURNALISM

    Monica Mark (29)

    Toyosi Ogunseye (29)

    Ben Ezeamalu (30)

    THE TONY O. ELUMELU PRIZE IN BUSINESS

    Saheed Jumar (28)

    Melody Okwuazu (22)

    Nonyelum Ibeh (27)

     

    THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE IN PUBLIC SERVICE

    Dr. Adanna Chukwuma (31)

    Joycee Awojoodu (27)

    Ekong Ekong Imona (32)

    THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

    Osita Abana (28)

    Adim Isiakpona (28)

    Kayode Temenu (29)

     

    THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE IN AGRICULTURE

    Olawale Isaiah Ojo (24)

    Precious Peter Nweke (31)

    Abraham Ojoh (22)

    THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE IN FASHION & STYLE

    Vera Akporeha (23)

    Yomi Makun (27)

    Aisha Bello (24)

    THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE IN ARTS & CULTURE

    Njideka Akunyili (30)

    Anthony Anth Ezeokoye (30)

    Kenneth Gyang (27)

    THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE IN ENTERPRISE SUPPORT

    Isoken Ogiewonyi (26) and Wonuola Odunsi (29)

    Chibuike Aguene (30)

    Ayodeji Adewunmi (29), Opeyemi Awoyemi (25), and Olalekan Olude (29)

     THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE IN EDUCATION

    Gossy Ukanwoke (25)

    Olufunbi Falayi (27)

    Otto Orondaam (26)

    YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR – THE AFRICA PRIZE

    Saran 2a

    Kariuki Gathitu – Kenya (27)

    Foglabenchi Lily Haritu – Cameroon (27)

    Peter and Paul Okoye – Nigeria (31)

    Ludwick Marishane  – South Africa (22)

    William Kamkwamba – Malawi (25)

    Ashish J. Thakkar – Uganda (32)

    Saran Kaba Jones – Liberia (31)

    Moctar Dembélé – Burkina Faso (22)

    Grace Ihejiamaizu – Nigeria (22)

    Patrick Ngowi – Tanzania (28)

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