The Future Awards Africa unveils list of Finalists, announces week-long celebration

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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 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 and follow @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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