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By now everyone should know what the Future Awards are. For those who don’t, this is an awards show aimed at honouring and celebrating Young Nigerians (aged between 18 – 31) who are making tremendous impacts in various fields.

The awards were launched in 2006 and recently the 2nd Edition (The Future Awards 2007) took place on Sunday, 14th of January 2007 at the Muson Centre Lagos.
It was a fabulous by all accounts. Well organized, colourful, glamorous and most of all, inspiring.

What might surprise you is that the event was organized by the RedSTRAT team –
Emilia Asim-Ita, Adebola Williams and Chude Jideonwo.
These three young people are so accomplished that I will like to tell you about but I do not even know where to start.

Emilia is one of the brains behind SLEEK, publishers of the SLEEK Magazine, and the guys behind the Creative Academii

Adebola is the Producer of Nigeria International, which shows on the NTA Network, AIT Nigeria and U.S. and BEN TV in the U.K.

Chude is the hands-down the best interviewer in Nigeria! I am not even exaggerating. Read his interviews and you will agree with me immediately (Check out the 2006 Big Brother Nigerian magazine or any recent issue of True Love West Africa). Chude published his first novel, His Father’s Knickers, when he was 13. He presently writes Sons & Daughters in Sunday THISDAY, for True Love West Africa and TAKAii.

To find out more about the RedSTRAT Team, Click HERE
Anyway, here is the list of the 2007 winners as well as exclusive photos from the event (Thanks Chude!!!!!!!!! You Rock!)

Young Person of the Year:
Tara Fela-Durotoye – Makeup entrepreneur, House of Tara and Orekelewa Makeup

Entrepreneur of the Year:
Funke Bucknor – CEO, Zapphaire Events

Entrepreneur of the Year (Beauty & Style):
Bola Balogun and Yemi Akerele – Exclusive Styling and Imaging Consultants

Model of the Year:
Doyin Haastrup

Best Use of Goodwill:

Actor of the Year:
Omono Imobhio – Accomplished Stage Actress

Journalist of the Year:
Shina Oyetayo – TELL

On-Air Personality of the Year:
Ikponwusan Osakioduwa (Wildchild) – Temptation Nigeria/Studio 53

Musician of the Year:

Professional of the Year:
Modupe Adefeso – Director, YDNX (Youth Dynamix – a subsidiary of LTC-JWT)

Producer of the Year:
Denrele Edun – Soundcity

Magazine of the Year:

Team of the Year:
MASK – Dance Troupe

Best Use of Technology:
Lanre Lawal – Multimedia guru (Winner of the inaugural International Young Design Entrepreneur of the Year IYDEY award)

Youth Advocacy:
Gbenga Sesan – Nigeria’s Information Technology Youth Ambassador

CONGRATS to the winners.
All the winners get a night for couples during the exclusive Winners After-Party for 50 at the enchanting Miccom Golf Resorts in Ada, Osun State, they also got phones from Celtel and Ericsson, goodie bags courtesy of Tiger Tem, a free one year membership of the British Council, a choice of books from Farafina, autographed copy of Kaine Agary’s book, Yellow Yellow, and one full day of pampering at the Venivici spa.

Olaotan Towry-Coker, CEO What’s New Magazine (Frontline Media) & Adeola Adewunmi, CEO of Bookworm

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, Founder/CEO LEAP Africa & Ebuka Obi Uchendu, Big Brother Nigeria

Lola Omotayo & Peter Okoye (P-Square)

Model, Isio Wanogho with her date

Chimamanda Adichie

Lanre Lawal, Winner – The Future Awards Best Use of Technology 2007, Katung Aduwak Winner – BBN & Nkiru Olumide-Ojo, Marketing and Public Relations Manager – Virgin Nigeria

Doyin Haastrup, Winner – The Future Awards Model of the Year 2007 ~ Michelle Ashionye Ugboh, Musician/TV Presenter

Buki de la Zaria, Designer/Creative Director – Azaria ~ Elizabeth Elorhor Isioho, CEO Beth Modelling Agency

Consultant, Fela Durotoye ~ Actress, Dakore Egbuson with IK (Wildchild), Winner – The Future Awards On-Air Personality of the Year 2007

Comedian, Basketmouth ~ Data Okorodudu, Designer JD7

Musician, Ego Ihenacho Ogbaru ~ Musician, Essence

Francisca, Big Brother Nigeria ~ Funlola Aofiyebi with Teju Babyface

MBGN Universe, Tienepre Oki ~ Paul (P-Square) with date

Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi with Tayo Fayomi ~ Maureen Osuji, Ify Ejikeme & Francisca Owumi – Big Brother Nigeria

Storm Records Musicians – Ikechukwu & Naeto C ~ Ifeoma Ejikeme & Basketmouth

Infinity ~ The Future Awards Professional of the Year Nominee, Lola Talabi

Katung, Winner Big Brother Nigeria with Ebuka ~ Music Producer, Cobhams

Denrele Edun, Winner – The Future Awards Producer of the Year 2007 ~ Emma Ugolee, Globacom

Dr Reuben Abati, Editor – The Guardian Newspaper ~ Dr.Pat Utomi, Lagos Business School/Bank PHB

Illrymz ~ Essence, Segun Obe and Ego singing the national anthem

Let me know if I misnamed any of the pics.

That’s it! Have a great week.
Pleaseeeee! Leave your comments and let us know what you think of the awards, the outfits, whatever pops into your mind. By the way, the dresscode was ‘a touch of green’.

Anyways, these young people are all amazing! Very inspiring and very fab!

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  1. Dammie

    January 29, 2007 at 6:22 am

    WoW!!!…..Kewl stuff!!!

    Have a lovely week!!!

  2. TaureanMinx

    January 29, 2007 at 7:10 am

    Nigerians… not a lot had a touch of green on but they all looked quite nice and well dressed for the event. Well covered Bella!

  3. t

    January 29, 2007 at 7:55 am

    Nice pictures. Very nice blog.

  4. Omosewa

    January 29, 2007 at 8:31 am

    First, the RedSTRATA team members are so inspiring. The awards looked like it was fun, thanks for posting pics, i feel like i was there, LOL. A lot of nice outfits, make-up on point, fabulous young Nigerians, really awesome. And the biggest thank you would be for posting Segun Obe’s pic, i used to have a HUGE crush on him, he’s too fine, LOL. Nice blog Bella Naija, you shd get a future award next year for this blog and it’s impact, it totally rocks! Have a great week:)

  5. Dimples

    January 29, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Oh nice post Bella!!!…the way u covered the event sef…one would think u were there…anyways I guess that why u are who u are?

    Nice to see the BBN peeps getting out and enjoying the celebrity status to the very end.

    Have a FAB week ahead all!!!

  6. Mona

    January 29, 2007 at 10:51 am

    Ab Fab! Not many ppl were wearing green though! Good coverage girl! xxx

  7. UJ da Igbo chic

    January 29, 2007 at 11:43 am

    What the heck is up with Ify’s lipstick? abi its to help her speak her fune better? Maureen looks like she’s added weight.
    I’m not feeling Ebuka’s shirt. Paul of Psquar’s hair really needs to go, cant he learn from his bro? Ooooh who is Isio Wanogho’s date? He’s hot!! Well looking at the way she’s looking at him, I think she thinks so too 🙁 I love Chimamanda’s ouutfit, and Michelle’s own and a host of others, my Naija folks are so fashionable!
    Can someone please tell folks that blond wigs dont always look right esp when you can see the front and when it just looks straight up tacky??? I wish more of our ladies would rock their own hair more often, and then people wonder why their head is bald underneath all that.

    Thanks for the pics bella!!!

  8. Anonymous

    January 29, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    I just Cant get over Lola and that P-Square dude..cringing.. Big ups Bella!

  9. undressed*polaroid

    January 29, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    nicely covered…

    Lola & P-square twin….it’s just all forms of wrong. It just doesnt add up…eeeek

  10. Uzo

    January 29, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Very well done Bella as usual.

  11. mystoriesmytestimonies

    January 29, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    wow…. i want to move back to naija …lol
    nice post bella…
    have a lovely week…

  12. naijagal

    January 29, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    bella! bella! how many times did I call on you! lol! love the pictures and the post good one lady!
    Naija is the place to be 🙂

  13. naijagal

    January 29, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    bella! bella! how many times did I call on you! lol! love the pictures and the post good one lady!
    Naija is the place to be 🙂

    Oh and Peter and Lola look so good together kudos to them:) rock on.

  14. Vera Ezimora

    January 29, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    Great post as usual.

    Not a lotta green sha. Outfits were okay. Cause I’m here in Yankee, I don’t ever see anything special in the english clothes Naija people wear 2 events. I’m talkin bout evening gowns, jeans, halter necks…. all that.

    I always love seeing them in trads. I think the trads r sooooo sexxxxy. Over all, I think I like Chimamanda’s dress the best. I didn’t see her standing in it, but even from her sitting position, i think it’s great.

    Some of the hair and make-up were down right horrifying sha… but anyways.

    I’m surprised Guy Horny hasn’t been here. He always makes it b4 I do. But today, I beat him 2 it.. yay!

  15. Guy Horny

    January 29, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Dont worry vera, I am right behind you. LOL

    This was a great even. was there and kept reliving the excitement for days.

    Nice post even a nicer blog

  16. Anonymous

    January 29, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    I think Ify lookde gorgeous, didn’t realise she was that pretty
    Bukandy is still foine as hell…pity about his shirt.
    That model chick and her bloke…damn his suit was tight hehe and so was he.
    Big up to Naija, they are doing big things.
    Thanks Bella, keep up the good work!

  17. Wale

    January 29, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    thanks for sharing the lovely info. didn’t see a lot of green. but it’s all good.

  18. azuka

    January 29, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    As always, you deliver. I’m just noticing the so-called lack of green. Not that it matters though — everyone looks good!

  19. Bluntremi

    January 29, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    Great Post Bella.
    Trust you to always get the information out there.

    @Vera…Lets not try to compare it to the Grammys or even Billboard Awards…HABA…they have been at it for YEARS!! Na small , small… And even in regards to fashion we are still in our beginning stages… Most likely they all wanted to look different , whether they achieve it or not is another story…

    Give them some time, you will be oh , so very surprised!!!

    Great job Bella!!

  20. Calabar Gal

    January 29, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Bella – R U a journalist? These ya posts na wa!!! Lovely!!!

  21. damsel

    January 30, 2007 at 12:51 am

    I love stuff like this. Makes me proud to be Nigerian when it can often be difficult to muster up Naija pride. I strongly believe that young people are the future of our lovely country and it is a good thing to see their/our efforts being recognized. Thanks Bella for loudly singing Naija praises. You do a great job!

  22. koshie

    January 30, 2007 at 2:21 am

    Menn.the hasn’t browse this place in while in ages. bella.. what’s poppin. the dudes featured in today’s post are really hot. esp. the first dude. can you link us up?
    what’s going on. give mummie a shout tonight she misses you a lot.

  23. tatafo!

    January 30, 2007 at 3:54 am

    isio and chimamanda look very nice!
    everyone looked pretty!

  24. angie

    January 30, 2007 at 9:59 am

    Wonderful post bella!
    Hmm i can see one or two cuties.can u hook a sista up…lol.
    I didn’t reali see so many green outfits though.

  25. Anonymous

    January 30, 2007 at 11:12 am

    I was at the event myself and I must say I’m guilty of no green. My friends and I were dressed in pink, purple, red, yellow and all sorts of colors besides green. It was a blast i tell you.


    January 30, 2007 at 12:59 pm


  27. Aba Boy

    January 30, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Never heard about these awards…Excellent…just like your posts. You must get that print magazine out!!

    Bella…What can I say…The best…

  28. Miss Chi Chi

    January 30, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    Nigerians are doing big things! keep up the good work!

  29. Wordsbody

    January 30, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    Isio Wanogho is utterly beautiful.

  30. Kpakpando

    January 30, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    See Doyin striking pose, O diro easy.. this is the same lagos i was melting in a few weeks ago, just how do they combat the friggin shine?

  31. Anonymous

    January 30, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    well done bella as always. i just have one question. How come there are little or no pictures of the actual winners? Tara Fela Durotoye, Funke Bucknor, Omoyemi Akerele, Bola Balogun, D Banj etc. Na so so socialites like Lola P Square we dey see. Na wah i beg make we see acheivers abi no pictures?

  32. Anonymous

    January 30, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    well done jare my sister i guess the real people no they pose for picture. but they for try make we see them sef

  33. Eminie

    January 31, 2007 at 8:14 am

    hello Bellla !
    this is really kool I guess I dont have to look for ‘shity people’ to get fabulous pictures on happenings around town !

  34. Nilla

    February 1, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Lovely post Missy!

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