For the first time in its five-year history, The Future Awards, called Nigeria’s biggest youth event, has introduced a Best Use of Science Category in addition to its Best Use of Technology category that has over the years produced technology innovators, advocates and entrepreneurs like United Nations IT Ambassador ‘Gbenga Sesan.
Announcing the category, its Creative Director, Chude Jideonwo, said “For many years, what we have done is try to mirror the breakthroughs that young people have made in different fields and to sustain them. However, this year we decided we have gotten to a level where we can take this further and stimulate activity in the field of science as well as draw attention, and ultimately support, to that small random army of young Nigerians across the country who are working in spite of the debilitating lack of structure in science – with innovation or invention.”
Nominations for the awards kicked off on the 1st of October and will continue till the 30th of November. Nominees must be Nigerian citizens and must be aged 18 – 31. If you want to nominate anyone, all you need to do is go to the website www.thefuturenigeria.com, click the ‘Nominate’ link and fill in information about the nominees’ work and why you think he/she should win. You will also find The Future Awards link at www.naijaborn.com
According to the website, explaining the broad criteria for this category, “Word out there is that there are not a long people interested in science, and with our academic environment seemingly wired against development in science, it is difficult to find young people with solid achievement in this area. But we don’t agree: under the broad categories of physics, chemistry and biology, we know there are a critical number of young Nigerians who are advancing impressive, practical innovations that can compare with the best around the world. This might also involve innovation or entrepreneurship in science.”
Other categories for the Awards this year include Best Use of Advocacy, Actor of the Year, Best Use of Technology, Business Owner of the Year, Comedian of the Year, Creative Artist of the Year, Journalist of the Year, Magazine of the Year, Model of the Year, Musician of the Year, Music Producer of the Year, On-air Personality of the Year (Radio), On-air Personality of the Year (TV), Professional of the Year, Screen Producer of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, Team of the Year, the biggest for Young Person of the Year, and a new category fort Excellence in Public Service.
“We are also beaming the search light on public service,” Jideonwo said in explaining the Excellence in Public Service category. “Again, for the same purpose as the Best Use of Science. Our awards seek to encourage young people to think of ideas outside of government, outside of convention and to add value that way. However, we acknowledge that it is counter-productive to ignore government, and it will be helpful if we have people in public service who have integrity, believe in productivity and apply new modern thinking to problem solving. Those are the kind of young people we want under the Excellence in Public Service category. Please go to www.thefuturenigeria.com”
The Future Awards team is still touring the country holding townhall meetings. Here are some photos from the Port Harcourt and Adamawa townhall meetings.