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The Best & The Brightest: Nominees List for The Future Awards 2010



TFA -voting Ad 2It has been over a month after the call for The Future Awards nominations was announced and now the list is here. The expanded list of categories adds a positive dimension to the nominations.
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Nominees List for The Future Awards 2010

Nominees List for The Future Awards 2010

It’s the definitive list of the brightest and best young Nigerians in the past year!

Actor of the Year

Omoni Oboli

Gideon Okeke

Mercy Johnson

Kemi Lala Akindoju

Tonto Dikeh

Ali Nuhu

Mercy Aigbe

Nonso Diobi

Best Use of Advocacy

Tunde David (YGC Africa)

Stephen Oguntoyinbo (Talk Village International)

Onodi Daniel Chinedu (Nigerian Youth Association, Benin Republic)

Ndubude Matthew Ekene (Nigeria Youth Fight Against Malaria)

Emmanuel Odiase (Smokefree Foundation)

Chuks Etuka (Will to Survive)

Isoke Aikpitanyi (Casa de Isoke)

Light Up Nigeria

Best Use of Science

Oteri Ogoghorie (0.1 Seconds Automatic Changeover)

Akintunde Babatunde (Novel tidal-flow constructed wetland system for wastewater treatment)

Ify Aniebo (Research in malaria)

Tunde Ojoye (Power Back Alarm)

Tosin Ogunrinde (Invention in robotics)

Okelola Mayokun (Research in climate change)

Godspower Oboide (Magnetic safety bumpers)

Kamal Olaleye (Power inverter innovation)

Best Use of Technology

Bode Pedro (Veda Technology)

Ike Orizu (

Olufemi Akande (iWorks)

Temi Kolawole (Antigravity)

Uche Eze (

Bade Adesemowo (Bincom)

GobbleAbba Studios

Jay Aloysius-Chukwuemeka (Bluelabs LLC)

Business Owner of the Year

Oghenekaro Agono (Tremor Perfect)

Erefe Fynecountry (Deheney Services)

Debola Lewis (Yvent Couture)

Ayo Arigbagbu (Dada Books)

Hassan Rilwan (Focal Point Publishing)

Henry Orajiaka (Motomedia)

Uyi Omokaro (DM2)

Sylvester Olusola Adade (Pearl Creations)

Creative Artist of the Year

Olanrewaju Oluwafemi

Onyeka Nwelue

Andrew Esiebo

Jumoke Verissimo

Babadeji Ogunnubi

Adekunle Samuel Owolabi

Yakaa Celestine

Richardson Oviebo

Excellence in Public Service

Dr. Iofarfa Tor-ayin (Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi)
Emmanuel Etim (UNFPA)

Jerry Uchechukwu Eze (UNFPA)

Dr. Idoko Abraham Braimah (General Hospital, Lagos)

Fatima Zara Modibbo (Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria)

Ngozi Iheukwumere (University Teaching Hospital, Ilorin)

Abdulrahman Aliyu (Abuja Investments Company Limited)

Oluwatoyin Jegede (Engineering Department, University of Lagos)

Journalist of the Year

Toyosi Ogunseye (The Punch)

Ruona Agbroko (NEXT)

Rachel Ogbu (Newswatch)

Chinedu Iroche (NEXT)

Segun Adeoye (TELL)

Amina Alhassan (Daily Trust)

Afolabi Oyekoya (Citypeople)

Funke Adetutu (BusinessDay)

Magazine of the Year


Soundcity Blast

The Applause






Model of the Year

Aminat Ayinde

Ibukun Jegede

Olubunmi Ademokoya

Tayo Ishola

Warebi Martha

Isi Atagamen

Bisi Sowemimo

Owobowale Ogunlaja

Musician of the Year

Dare Art-Alade

Wande Coal

Banky W



Rooftop MCs



Music Producer of the Year

Jesse Jagz

DJ Clem


K Solo

Tee Y Mix

Dokta Frabz

Terry G


On-Air Personality of the Year (Radio)

Tosyn Bucknor (Top Radio)

Matse Uwatse (Wazobia FM)

Toolz (Beat FM)

Amake and Charles (Hot FM)

Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi (Beat FM)

Gbemileke Oyinsan (Inspiration FM)

Bernie Ark (Cool FM Abuja)

Chuks Roberts (Cosmo FM Enugu)

On-Air Personality of the Year (TV)

Yvonne Ekwere (Silverbird TV)

Cynthia Okpala (MTV Base)

Adaure Achumba (Silverbird TV)

Denrele Edun (Soundcity)

Gloria Ebong (Channels TV)

Veronica Onuchi (HiSoccer)

Deji Falope (Street Dance)

Andre Blaze (Nigezie)

Professional of the Year

Franklin Ozekhome (Insight Communications)

Dr. Adedayo Osholowu (Lagos University Teaching University)

Simi Dosekun (Kachifo Limited)

Ifeanyi Ajuluchukwu (Access Bank)

Dipo Okuribido (Banwo & Ighodalo)

Fopefoluwa Adelowo (Goldman Sachs)

Aneto Okonkwo (Management Consultant)

Ifunnaya Maduka (Dean of Students, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls)

Screen Producer of the Year

Kemi Adetiba (Dragon Fly Productions)

Clarence Peters (Capital Productions)

Tola Odunsi (Storm Productions)

Imoh Umoren (Ultima Studios)

Chuka Ejorh (NeverMachine South Africa)

Yinka Obebe (Nigezie)

Gbenga Salu (Renders & Illusion)

Kenneth Gyang (“Finding Aisha”)

Sportsperson of the Year

Osaze Odemwingie (Football)

Kalu Uche (Football)

Mikel Obi (Football)

Ikechukwu Uche (Football)

Fatima Abinu (Lawn Tennis)

Obafemi Martins (Football)

Janet Dung (Athletics)

Aruna Quadri (Table Tennis)

Style Entrepreneur of the Year

Muyiwa Osindero (Clothesense)

Uche Nnaji (Ouch!)

Tobi Vincent (Alvince)

Linda Ikeji (Blackdove Communications)

Ugonna Umeruo (House of Nwaocha)

Adetola Olateju (Xquizit)

Biobelemoye Omoniyegha (Labelle’s Touch)

Funke Ogunde (Phunk Afrique)

Team of the Year

African Youths Unite for Change

Knighthouse Productions

Light Up Nigeria

Yellow Dog Productions

Salsa Federation in Nigeria

The Umusu Wives

Gbagyichild Entertainment

Glitz Youths

Young Person of the Year

Ik Osakioduwa (On Air Personality)

Toyosi Akerele (Youth Advocate)

Tolu Ogunlesi (Journalist)

Asa (Bukola Elemide) (Singer/Performer)

Ify Aniebo (Scientist)

Qudus Onikeku (Dance professional)

Stephanie Okereke (Actor/Movie Producer)

Cobhams Asuquo (Music Producer)

* All nominees are Nigerian citizens aged 18-31.
* For the next two weeks, any complaint about any of the nominees can be sent to [email protected] After that, no other complaints will be entertained.
* The two-month judging process begins immediately.
* Voting, which is 50% of the first stage of the judging process, begins immediately. You can get all the details on Voting ends December 31, 2009.
* The Nominees Reception holds on Thursday, 17 December, in Lagos.
* More information on the nominees and the judging process (including the Central Working Committee report) is on


  1. Ololo

    December 8, 2009 at 12:32 am

    WOW!!! This IS comprehensive! I have to catch my breath and take another look!

  2. Bola #1

    December 8, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Actor of the year, definately not Mercy Johnson. How come dem no vote Nse for thos award?

    Best use of Tech- definately Bella Naija

    Screen Producer- Gbenga Salu

  3. bukky

    December 8, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Praise the lord Tosyn bucknor and co are not on this year…I forget the name of their crew..Renegade crew…or is it Renegade inc

    Where is Bellanaija on this list o?

    Professional of the year?how is that chosen????

  4. hmmmm

    December 8, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Congrats!!!!! Can’t figure out how to vote on the website…if the voting section is up, it should be somewhere prominent with bells and whistles. Anyone else having this problem?

  5. Enrique

    December 8, 2009 at 7:50 am

    This is rich. And look at those science peoples! Meeehn…

  6. Keke

    December 8, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I want to vote! I want to vote! Bella congrats!!! I want to vote for you AND for IK AND for Omoni Oboli AND for Farafina’s Simi Dosekun! But the voting link isn’t up here!

  7. Roxy

    December 8, 2009 at 9:47 am

    wow, someone woke up with a tall glass of haterade.

    TosynB – congrats
    Gbemi – congrats
    Muiyiwa – congrats

    all eligible UnRulies have at least been nominated multiple times for Future Awards, and one would think people would be proud of young people dedicated to hardwork and achievement.

    Congrats to all

  8. bukky

    December 8, 2009 at 9:50 am

    oh i just saw Bella naija was nominated

  9. Tata

    December 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    See my mates! Kai, small time my mama go ask what i’ve been doing with my life

  10. bee

    December 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    The Dean of students for Oprah’s school in Joburg is nigerian and under 30?! Double wow!

  11. The reader

    December 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Why is Nse not on the list of nominees for actors? yet Tonto is???

  12. Chukwuma Obiora

    December 8, 2009 at 4:34 pm


  13. Tunde

    December 8, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Why is cynthia okplala in the list? She doesn’t even work for mtvbase anymore. Pls this girl needs to go and hide and stop showing herself. She likes too much publicity lol

  14. hmmmm

    December 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    ******VOTE HERE*****
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    ******VOTE HERE*****

  15. Babes

    December 8, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    thnk u so much love 4 dat comment, i was literally screaming wen i saw tontos name, y is she der, i like her shes gud but pls i wud go 4 Nse any day any time…. Tonto is…. oh well, i dnt know y shes der…….

  16. bee

    December 9, 2009 at 12:03 am

    I agree with you on that Cynthia girl o Tunde! But i still saw her on MTV which day sef o!

  17. luvlife

    December 9, 2009 at 12:50 am

    I’m quite certain she did not beg to be nominated…….what exactly is your beef?

  18. nameoh

    December 9, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Lets call a spade a spade people bella’s site is definitely not best use of technology. The site is too slow. Oya I said it

  19. William Azubuko

    December 9, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Vote for ONYEKA NWELUE under creative artist of the year..he duely deserve his young age…he he truely deserve it..ur vote counts alot.

  20. Mark

    December 9, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Congrats to all. I thought you had to be less than 30 to be nominated Ali Nuhu is over 30 and so is Omoni Oboli. So what is up with that? Nse is over 30 so she cant be on the list..

  21. Mark

    December 9, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Nse I guess is too old for the Future Awards

  22. Mark

    December 9, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Just saw that 31 is the limit. Omoni Oboli and Ali Nuhu need to quietly withdraw. What the hell is wrong with 9ja peeps. Anyway, wetin be my own sef, Funke Akindele won it last year..

  23. Bola

    December 9, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Omoni is not over the limit. She is 30.

  24. anon

    December 9, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Have you read the THE ABYSSINIAN BOY? I have and in as much as it was by a young guy, it was badly written with numerous gramatical errors and general bad editing of the story’s flow. Who else has actually read it? Interesting to know your thoughts

  25. ladi

    December 9, 2009 at 9:32 am

    how come you know their birthdays?

  26. Chukwuma Obiora

    December 9, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Thanks for your comment Anon on the book ‘The Abyssinian boy’ I said thanks because you are highly entitled to that. I do not know who you are or your achievements else I would have asked what you have achieved during your teens. We all know how Nigerian teenagers have all embraced social vices like 419, cyber crime, prostitution, pick pockets and others but here is a child who nurtured the art of writing at a very young age and came out with a novel at the age of 21. I do not claim he is perfect but people like him needs to be encouraged and for other youths to follow suit. One of the problems with Nigeria is that we want already made things, we want foreigners to do everything for us, we can’t grow home talents and that is why talents die prematurely in Nigeria. The future awards is not for established people, it is for young talents of the future that needs to be promoted. So let’s all vote Onyeka Nwelue as the creative artiste of the year and Ayo Arigbagbu as the business owner of the year.

  27. Kholofelo Morena

    December 10, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I’m a South African based film maker, please VOTE for Adekunle Samuel Owolabi as the Creative Artist of Year. He’s behind several documentaries we’ve produced in Africa especially the popular “SOJOURN SERIES” which was shot in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

  28. Martha Solis

    December 10, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Congratulations Adekunle Owolabi on your nomination. Remember i told you, your works will speak for you. I am proud of you

  29. Emeka

    December 10, 2009 at 10:41 am

    why is Christiana Adelana vj tana (channel o) not in this list, and why the hell is cynthia okpala in the list. Since that babe won mtv vj search with 1 million naira persin no fit hear word for her.

  30. fatima

    December 10, 2009 at 10:53 am

    cythia okpala works for kiss group not mtvbase.

  31. bukky

    December 10, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    the site is really slow o…no be small…but in all sa, the BN team is still trying and we get to read lots of fabulous articles on BN

  32. jolaoluwa

    December 10, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    he/she thought it was badly written, that’s the boy/girl’s opinion.
    Must everybody have a positive opinion about something.When you disagree with something people call you a hater and start writing long epistles na wa o!na by force!!

  33. Laolu

    December 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Evidently Nigerians are still passionate about Nigeria. This is sunlight!

  34. Catherine

    December 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Vote for Jerry Uchechukwu Eze – Excellence in Public Sector.
    vote nowwwwww

  35. hmmmm

    December 10, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    now that others have mentioned it and the chances of bella and/or her team noticing might increase, i must add that bella naija can be painfully slow sometimes. please, please, PLEASE improve upon it and your site could be that much closer to perfection.

    also, i think it’d be a good idea for you to create a poll or open thread where your readers can give you feedback as far as ways you can improve, what you can include, etc.

  36. Bella

    December 10, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks so much for the feedback.
    It is something that we are investing in and seeking a solution to.
    Will be resolved soon.
    As such a ‘media’ heavy site with lots of activity, its a challenge but it shall be resolved by the new year.
    Feel free to email any feedback to [email protected]

    To vote as per the future awards, click

  37. Prof

    December 10, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Onyeka onwelue for creative artist of the yr.he is a creative person..his work is speaking for him..why are critic him?vote for him..its not easy at his age..

  38. Chukwuma Obiora

    December 11, 2009 at 11:20 am He’s 21. Barely three months after his first novel, The Abyssinian Boy, (a book that took three months to be completed and four years to publish), was released into the market, a Danish film-maker, Lasse Lau of KRAN Film Collective, Belgium, indicated interest to make a movie out of it…….Think about that. Must it be foreigners that keep seeing the good in us, why can’t we see the good in us. Go to and vote Onyeka Nwelue as Creative Artist of the Year or SMS 33120.

  39. neogogochan

    December 11, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Just wanted to congratulate all the nominees!
    I work with Yellow Dog and this is a very exciting and unexpected honour for us! I hope you will support us by voting Yellow Dog for Team of the Year!!!

  40. vwera

    December 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    i think people should find out about things before they talk. where you there when these people were born? the age limit is 31 and omoni oboli is not over 31. the future awards is very credible incase you dont know and they verify stuff. I know when she first came into nollywood as a teenager in 96. if you do the maths, u’ll see she is under 31. So she got married early and had her kids early. does that make her over 30. my friend got married at 20 immediately after school and started having kids, if you see her, you wont even know she has kids so let her be. She started life early and the sky is her starting place. bringing down one’s age is so pld school. If you meet her, u’ll know she’s not the kind of person that will bring down her age for any reason. Ride on girl, i am solidly behind you. Nse is not on the list because she is older.

  41. vwera

    December 13, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    i just saw that the online voting is suspended for the weekend but you can still vote by telephone. to vote for my girl omoni; text TFA (space) omoni oboli (space) Actor of the year to 33120 (nigeria) 81696 (uk) 97605 (US). She’s a sweetheart and lets face it, the girl can act.

  42. vwera

    December 13, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    omoni is not over the limit. Ask people who know her from way back. The girl is an early starter and settled into marriage really early, lets not crucify her for that. Vote for her. she deserves it, to manage acting, being a wife and motherhood is not beans. she needs our love and support.

  43. opeyemi

    December 14, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    ovbiebo richardson is definately the best shot for the creative artist category. An outstanding, creative and endowed artist who has a unique way of expressing ideas and concepts in what is known as art. i believe and am sure he is worth giving the vote.

  44. kinkymayo

    December 20, 2009 at 5:17 am

    I think Bella naija deserves to be acknowledge for the service they render to people like me. bella naija is the only way I get to keep up with things that are happening back home in Nigeria…thanks Bella x

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