It’s finally here! The Future Awards
Africa unveils list of finalists, announces
week-long celebration

, 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.
“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 Y!/YNaija.com, 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 the official television partner is Africa
Magic.
For more information, visit @TFAAfrica on Twitter or
the website http://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)
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
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
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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