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D’BANJ, TARA FELA DUROTOYE, CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE… NOW IDRIS AKINBANJO PASSES ON THE MANTLE: WHO WILL BE YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR 2013 AT THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA 2013

All roads lead to Port Harcourt River State for the Future Awards Africa  this Friday, 20 December 2013 where Africa’s biggest youth event will  hold. The event kicked off a week of celebration with honoring its #Best100 at  an event hosted by President Goodluck Jonathan in the State House, Abuja to commemorate Nigeria at 100. The winners across 15 categories and  Young Person of the Year – The Africa Prize will be announced this  weekend. “We are excited to see who will be chosen as the ultimate role model for  young Nigerians this year,” says Chude Jideonwo, executive director of  The Future Project. “We have an elite list across the continent, and all  of them are winners. We look forward to an inspiring evening in Port  Harcourt.”

Past winners include NASA scholar Tosin Otitoju (2006), make-up  entrepreneur Tara Fela-Durotoye (2007), author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2008), musician Dbanj (2009), scientist Ify Aniebo (2010), agriculture entrepreneur Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu (2011) and investigative journalist  Idris Akinbanjo (2012).

Nominees for The Future Awards Africa Young Person of the Year 2013 are:

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)

The awards are hosted by the Rivers State Government and held in
partnership with Microsoft, the British Council, the Federal Ministry of
Youth Development, Access Bank and the Tony Elumelu Foundation.
Microsoft will also be launching its jobs and employability portal,
Aiki.ng at the awards.

For more information, visit www.thefutureafrica.com/awards. The official
hashtag for the event is #TFAA2013.

See the full nominee list below:

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)

 
Otto Orondaam (26)

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