The eleventh edition of the Future Awards 2016- considered Africa’s biggest youth event, has come and gone leaving a burden of high expectations on the shoulders of award winners considered to be the future in the various categories in which they emerged winners.
The awards ceremony staged at the Federal Palace Hotel witnessed a huge turn-out of young Nigerians and other African professionals who are making waves in their various fields of endeavour.
The nominees, aged between 18 and 32, are the key players, shaping the future, of today, in technology, arts and culture, business, fashion and every other sphere of our lives.
Present among the dignitaries who graced the occasion were Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi, Former Governor Peter Obi and Oby Ezekwesili among many others.
The award ceremony which was anchored by actor Wole Ojo and rapper MoCheddah saw other celebrities such as Toke Makinwa, DJ Obi, Eunice Emole, Kunle Afolayan, and Adiza Bawa Usman present awards to deserving winners on the night.
In his keynote address, Ghana’s President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo noted that African leaders should endeavour to secure the future of the youths by delivering policies that are people oriented.
He said “The Asian Tigers are where they are today because they invested in human capital especially the young ones and that’s the path Africa should tow. We have to invest in education and the empowerment of the youth.
“Africa has the youngest population in the world with most of them battling poverty and uncertainty. The Arab Spring has shown that a lack of jobs can alter social peace and stability and as leaders, we must tackle that anomaly”.
Continuing, Akufo-Addo added that empowering women and the girl child should also be looked into if Africa must survive and develop as a continent.
Concluding, Ghana’s president-elect said; “We can only secure the future, if we only we invest in it.
The awards ceremony was also lit up by lively performances by notable Nigerian musicians such as Timi Dakolo, who wowed the crowd with his husky voice, Simi, and HKN honcho, Davido.
Full list of TFAA 2016 winners:
CATEGORY 1: The Future Awards and EbonyLife Prize for Acting
Adesuwa Etomi, 30
Somkele Iyamah Idhalama, 28 (Winner)
Rahama Sadau, 24
Seun Ajayi, 31
Daniel K Daniel, 30
CATEGORY 2: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Fashion
Adebayo Oke-Lawal, 26 (Winner)
Wanger Ayu, 30
Ogugua Okonkwo, 29
Jane Micheal Ekanem, 30
Sandra Itu, 28
CATEGORY 3: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Beauty
Joycee Awojoodu, 28
Kehinde Smith, 25
Iroghama B. Obuoforibo, 31
Olajide David ‘ST.OLA’ Okerayi, 25
Theodora ‘Doranne’ Anne Mogo, 27 (Winner)
CATEGORY 4: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music
Yemi Alade, 27 (Winner)
Oluwatosin ‘Mr Eazi’ Ajibade, 25
Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, 26
Oluwatobiloba “Kiss Danielz” Daniel Anidugbe, 23
Augustine ‘Tekno’ Miles Kelechi, 22
CATEGORY 5: The Future Awards Africa Prize in Professional Service
Ify Afe, 29
Kenneth Okwor, 24
Solomon Ojeagbase, 30
Dr Salihu Dasuki Nakande, 29 (Winner)
Chidiogo Akunyili, 31
CATEGORY 6: The Future Awards Africa Prize in Business
Seun Sangoleye, 30
Yasmin Bello-Osagie/Afua Osei, 27/29
Seyi Abolaji, 32
Ifeanyi Orajaka, 28 (Winner)
Affiong William, 30
CATEGORY 7: The Future Awards Africa Prize in Sports
Seye Ogunlewe, 25
Odion Ighalo, 27
Omolayo Bose, 27
Kehinde Paul, 28 (Winner)
Kelechi Promise Iheanacho, 20
CATEGORY 8: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Education
Olumide Ogunlana and Chukwuwezam Obanor, 26/27
Ezeakor Chineye, 28
Arese Ugwu, 31
Godwin Benson, 27 (Winner)
Izunna Okafor, 22
CATEGORY 9: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Technology
Shola Akinlade, 31
Olaniran Abiola, 27 (Winner)
Oluyomi Ojo, 25
Andrew Airelobhegbei, 23
Dele Bakare, 27
CATEGORY 10: The Futures Awards and EbonyLife Prize for New Media
Tosin Ajibade, 29 (Winner)
Femi Bakare and Adeyeri Michael, 26/27
Ebenezer Wikina, 23
Bizzle Oshikoya, 30
Bashir Ahmed, 25
CATEGORY 11: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Media Enterprise
Bankole Oluwafemi, 29
Adaora Mbelu, 30
Bidemi Zakariyau, 27 (Winner)
Fatima Togbe, 29
Samuel Ajiboye, 25
CATEGORY 12: The Future Awards Africa Prize in Public Service
Asuquo Ekpenyong, 31 (Winner)
Aliyu Giwa, 31
Esther Agbarakwe, 31
Obieze Nwanna Nzewunwa, 31
Ruqayya Nasir, Sani 28
CATEGORY 13: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts & Culture
Emmanuel Oyeleke, 29
Ndidi Emiefele, 29
Aderenle Sonariwo, 29 (Winner)
Osa Okunkpolor, 27
Eniola Idera Wunmi, 23
CATEGORY 14: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Creative Professional
Obi “DJ Obi” Ajuonuma, 26
Florence “DJ Cuppy” Ifeoluwa Otedola, 24
Evans Akanno, 27 (Winner)
Isioma Osaje, 25
George Okoro, 30
CATEGORY 15: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Advocacy
Wadi Ben-Hiki, 19
Bukola Bolarinwa, 28 (Winner)
Samson Itodo, 30
Toks Bakare, 31
Imrana Alhaji Buba, 23
CATEGORY 16: The Future Awards Africa Prize in Agriculture
Julius Adewopo, 31 (Winner)
Abamu Joseph, 25
Shola Ladoja, 31
HAMMAN YERIMA Wabi, 24
Ronke Aderinoye, 30
CATEGORY 17: The Futures Awards and EbonyLife Prize for Screen Producer
Chukwuka Egorh/James Omokwe, 28/32
Mary Remmy Njoku, 31
Asurf Oluseyi, 32
Adeola Oshikojo, 30 (Winner)
Usman Ahmad Kabara, 31
CATEGORY 18: The Futures Awards and EbonyLife Prize for Journalism
Fisayo Soyombo, 27
Eromo Egbejule, 26
Ogechi Ekeanyanwu, 31
Yemisi Adegoke, 28
Chika Sandra Oduah, 30 (Winner)
CATEGORY 19: The Future Awards and EbonyLife Prize for On Air Personality (Visual)
Bolanle Olukanni, 27 (Winner)
Stephanie Coker, 27
Ehis Okoguale, 29
Chukwuebuka ‘Chuey chu’ Okoye, 25
Victor Mathias, 29
CATEGORY 20: The Future Awards and EbonyLife Prize for On Air Personality (Audio)
Rolake Bello, 30
Ayo Thompson (Winner)
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