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Nominees “Go Green” at the Future Awards Reception for Charity – Ice Prince, Waje, Tiwa Savage, Mo’Cheddah, ChiDynma & Wizkid set to perform

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It’s operation “Get Your Green On” this weekend as RedSTRAT, organizers of the Future Awards, host all nominees in the 21 categories for the 6th Edition of the highly reputed awards. At the invitation-only media and VIP Nominees Reception slated for Sunday 19 December 2010, all nominees will be inducted into the elite ‘The Future Alumni Network’. It will also be an avenue to raise money for Love on the Streets, an NGO working with disadvantaged children of the Dustbin Estate, Lagos.

MAI, Zebra, House of Nwocha, Sally Bawa Lagos and iamISIGO are some of the popular names that will grace the annual ‘Get Your Green On!’ Fashion show where some of the awards’ official clothiers will unveil from collections in consonance with the theme colour. MTV Base’s Cynthia Okpala-Mbanefo and Tinsel’s Chris Attoh will be on hand to anchor the programme while youthful and vibrant tunes will envelop the atmosphere with performances by MAMA Best New Act, Mo’Cheddah, ChiDynma, Tiwa Savage, Waje, Ice Prince and Wizkid.

Addressing Public Concerns

In response to recent complaints making the rounds by some members of the public about some of the nominees, Chude Jideonwo, Redstrat’s Creative Director says, “We certainly have had more than a few complaints about the ages of one or two nominees. We sincerely appreciate those reactions and the fact that people feel so strongly about this awards process confirms to us that people believe in what we are doing… Over the years we have had to withdraw the nominations of a few nominees who have been unable to prove their actual ages; indeed, The Future Awards is one of the very few processes that actually demands proof of nominees’ claims.”

He says further about the present nominees, “…it is to be noted that nominees have submitted legal documents that corroborate the ages they have given. And unless complainants are able to direct us to documents and evidence that disprove them, we have no choice but to respect legally admissible proofs. More than that, the beauty of this award for many young Nigerians is to find that many achievers who have done so much great work are so young – and we hope that the rest will be able to draw inspiration from these true life stories of excellence and achievement.”

The organizers wish to remind the general public that the two-week complaint period, within which complaints about any nominee can be made to the Central Working Committee about their age, substance of achievement, or any other claims by the nominees that can be validly contradicted, elapses on Sunday 19 December 2010.

Profiles of all the nominees will be up on www.thefuturenigeria.com on Tuesday 21 December 2010 for members of the public to share their stories. Deadline for Public Voting is on Friday 31 December 2010.

50 Comments

  1. Sophie

    December 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Really??? legal documents to back up the claimed ages, chude jideono stop sounding like you are not a Nigerian. As if i cant be 21 again with legal documents to proof it in naija. Thank you but no we dont buy it.

    • Razz

      December 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm

      So my dear Sophie, are you just going to sit there and criticize? He has said that there’s no other way to prove people’s age besides the official documents they have (fake or not). Yes people make up weird certificates, but in the absence of any other way to prove it, what should they do? If they are to act on rumors and speculations for all the nominees then we might as well forget the awards fos everyone will come up with a reason why someone is older than they say they are, without proof!
      I’m getting sick of the negativity on this site’s comments. People never have anything good to say.
      Cut the organisers some slack and if u refuse to, then proffer solutions. Don’t just sit and continue to pull people down…

    • partyrider

      December 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm

      nice one razz

    • mee

      December 16, 2010 at 8:49 pm

      Very well said.

    • Peperempe

      December 17, 2010 at 11:59 am

      Okay since it is quite clear that the ages are suspect at best, and that the hands of the organisers are tied, the right thing to do would be to extend the age limit to 40, that way the age thing would be largely immaterial.

      Failing that, they can apply more discretion in selecting the nominees in the first place ( before asking for proof of age), because we all know that those can be easily faked. They could do some private investigation ( checking primary/ secondary school records, wassce results etc) for marginal prospective nominees before even contacting them.

      This is a serious issue and I don’t think Chude can just say that there is nothing they can do about it. The value of an award lies in its integrity and if the integrity of the Future Awards is continuously being called into question, then it will quickly become the next ThisDay Awards.

    • Bee Diva

      December 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm

      Negativity is whats pulling us down in this country..we refuse to acknowledge the positive things that are happening but keep dwelling on the negative ones without even trying to do anything to change it…tcchhhuuueewww…well said Razz…

  2. partyrider

    December 16, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    pls why is chris attoh anchoring the program..hes not nigerian,considering dis is nigerian future awards,making everytin srictly nigerian would be perfect..just my tot

  3. partyrider

    December 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    *strictly

  4. Teebaby

    December 16, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    LOL

  5. ebi

    December 16, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Why should they bring Chris Attoh all the way from Ghana, We have more than enough people who can anchor the programme properly here in naija.

  6. Omogidi

    December 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    THIS IS WHAT I HAVE TO SAY B4 THE FLOOD OF COMENTS START.
    I think its high time one of us, speaks up. we are hard working young people and because we get invited to alot of events doesnt mean we are not worth our salt. you guys are so negative and b4 u knw it, it will turn to hate. Dont hate on us cos we are popular. we work very hard and most times we attend events, we are only supporting a friend with their own project. someone said why is bobby taylor on this list! well am sure u dont even knw her and u opened ur unbrushed mouth to make that comment. well let me give u an insight, she is a woman of immense capabilities and can manage president good luck jonathan’s campaign train, thats how good she is, she is an excelent publicist. thats jst one example, i can go on n on with other nominees.
    We work very hard in our different areas of specialisation be it fashion designing or radio presenting. like MI said in his album ” IF WE MUST CHOP, THEN THEY MUST TALK” if there is no us then there will be no U!!!!! we are already popular but u are trying to be popular by commenting negatively abt us. u want us to be best dressed all the time, u want us to always be perfect at what we do. ARE U A PERFECT BEING? ARE U PERFECT AT UR OWN JOB? we dont knw u, and may never will because u are a secretary using ur office desktop to chat on facebook and talk rubbish on BN.
    LUV U GUYS!

    • say it as it is

      December 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm

      You started out making a good point but you spoilt it by making it personal.You have to understand that though some people are envious ,not everyone that criticizes is jealous of you.You come across as being proud.You must be ignorant to think you are better than people who comment here.The fact that we are all behind our computers posting comments here doesn’t mean we are not successful in our chosen fields. We all have a right to our opinion if you don’t like it ignore & move on.Don’t kill yourself with hypertension because of trivial issues!
      BTW i’m not a secretary

    • fokasibe

      December 17, 2010 at 8:22 am

      And anyone here who doesnt agree with your cause is a secretary using their office desktop to chat on facebook and talk rubbish on BN….

      Plain Narrow mindedness, that what you’ve shown. Mcheeewwwww!

    • partyrider

      December 16, 2010 at 10:58 pm

      you would have made ur point in a simple and polite way.u maybe angry but doesnt call for this initial gra gra u just showed here..and i totally disagree with ur statement “if there’s no us, there will be no you”
      who are u to even start with.mstcewwww.pocket ur pride no matter who u think u are and learn some manners..nonsense!
      nobody is asking for perfection from anybody,and sum pple make criticism so pple can step up their game not cos they are haters..and so u knw am no secretary and dis is my personal PC not for any office…mscthewwww

    • Oluwatoyin

      December 17, 2010 at 12:16 am

      cant hold back from writing…everybody has a right to his/her opinion..even if they are secretaries or even messengers using other pple’s laptop..they are human..take what is useful to u and discard what ever you feel is bad..u really sound like a wanna-be or a back-up star (someone that is always around a star helping to hold her/his phone or bag )

    • fokasibe

      December 17, 2010 at 8:20 am

      You my dear, are just plain silly! I doubt that you are even someone to reckon with….Come on her tryna feel like a celeb…SMH

      No point made jo!

    • Correction Ronnie

      December 17, 2010 at 9:17 am

      There’s nothing like “We don’t know you…AND MAY NEVER WILL….”

    • Noni

      December 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm

      LMAO…maybe that’s what he/she has been nominated for; “Outstanding contribution to ungrammatical/comical English by a young person”

    • Lade

      December 17, 2010 at 10:45 am

      Please if you know you cannot handle constructive criticisM, please go and find another profession! And i thought the saying was ‘if there is no you(public/fans), there would be no us( celebrities/ public figures)’? You have obviously twisted the saying to suit yourself. And please you can always Make your point without insulting people. And btw, i aM a legal practitioner!!

    • Peperempe

      December 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm

      I always knew Lagos was full of complexes but now I know that the problem is much worse than was feared. Your entire comment just makes you come across as insecure, angry and rather confused.

      Now if I was as pointlessly arrogant as you, I would have said that stylists,publicists,cut-and-join tailors and the like are nothing to be envious of. However as we all know, I am a humble secretary and oga is coming into the office so I have to end this comment now.

    • ebi

      December 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm

      please stop using your boss’s laptop. You made a good point, but spoilt it with your insecurities.

    • Dee

      December 20, 2010 at 4:37 pm

      Umm, I can’t even be mad at your thought process. What I’m mad at however, is your sentence construction and grammar. It is “I AM” or “I’M,” not “AM.” Next time you feel the need to be assertive, please ensure I don’t have to gag at every other sentence. Do I expect you to be perfect? No. However, I also don’t expect your posts to have a grade 4 readability.

      Enjoy!

  7. LYN

    December 16, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    WHO THE CUP FITS LET THE FFELLOW WEAR IT…HAHAHAHHA

  8. Straight4ward

    December 17, 2010 at 12:01 am

    NaWa!!….”we r already popular and you are not” what a shallow statement from a very small minded person!…so has being popular made your life any better?…seriously, some people can talk trash i swear. rubbish!

  9. Sophie

    December 17, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Ok ya’ll wanna bite me fresh coz i said whats real and something you cant deny. To the one who said do something, my posting comment here is also doing something, which is protesting ages of some very obvious older people (nominated). I will skip the ones i know personally and their ages and like you rightly said celebrate with them. I just thought if you call something future award for outstanding youths then it should be, it doesn’t necessarily have to be celebs.
    So i guess we all can start ignoring all the ills, injustice and inequality going on the country and keep celebrating.

  10. Girl

    December 17, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Sophie I’m going to need you to spell ‘prove’ correctly.

    • biola

      December 17, 2010 at 9:36 am

      LMAO!!! Tewww funny!!!

  11. Sophie

    December 17, 2010 at 6:12 am

    I’m going to need you to shut the front door!

  12. Omogidi

    December 17, 2010 at 7:08 am

    U have been making comments for months with out anyone saying anything,proud or not, secretary or not,desktop or laptop na u sabi!!!
    This is my own comment n like u said “We all have a right to our opinion if you don’t like it ignore & move on”. Hisssss!

    • Noni

      December 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm

      And people wonder why Nigeria has no direction, why things don’t seem to work in that country. The answer is simply our distorted and confused value system. When obviously uneducated, inarticulate and rude people like you, for whom society can only find use in some dodgy “entertainment” job, are then made to feel like they are the shining lights in the society.

      Even worse is the fact that the Future Awards has chosen to endorse this sad trend. No one disputes the fact that some of the “creative” people on the list deserve to be there, but America, England and Italy were not built by stylists!

  13. demolak

    December 17, 2010 at 8:51 am

    that omogidi person sef na wetin the person dey yarn?? “if there is o us, there will be no you.” Just like 9ice’s “we are not people, we are stars.” You had better eat some humble pie. Without us, there is no you more like it.

    • Ready

      December 18, 2010 at 9:41 am

      I disagreed with you on a previous post and I’m agreeing with you here…such is life 😀
      After reading “omogidi” (change of name needed after that obnoxious comment)’s comments, I left the site in the name of calming down but that was pointless so here goes…
      Omogidi, una don mara finish? Is that it? When you go to bed at night, do you feel like an omogidi knowing your pretentious words are forever in blogosphere? You should be ashamed of yourself. First, you most likely are not a celebrity…even if you are, here today, gone tomorrow, boo. Life is that fickle.
      Secondly, who gives a crap if we’re secretaries? Does that mean we can’t have opinion? Granted, some people are supremely rude and disrespectful, but if you can’t take the heat, then get the eff outta the kitchen.
      Lastly, while you are entitled to your opinion, albeit flawed, I hope you are aware that by writing the ridiculous things you did, you basically stooped as low as those very people you came on here to whine about. BTW, I would most definitely say this to you if ever I met you.

  14. @ Omogidi

    December 17, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Omo gidi you sound very frustrated and your comments are way off the mark…. Without us there is no u” is a strong assertion and one that is definitely untrue. I agree that some comments are harsh but you have done nothing to rise above them.
    From your comments and defensive stance, my guess is that even you doubt the substance of your achievements.

  15. ginika

    December 17, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Please can someone tell me which chydima is that? and kudos to Mo’chedda ma baby for life… keep the fire burning dear

  16. Inale

    December 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I get amazed myslef when people go on and on. The reason why the future awards guys published the names is for transparency. They even went the extra mile to say people can complain, and they are right no other awards in Nigeria does that. We should be proud that young people are setting the standards for our country.

  17. Peperempe

    December 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Bella please this new comment format is not it oh ( abi is it only me seeing this?)!!!

    Okay since it is quite clear that the ages are suspect at best, and that the hands of the organisers are tied, the right thing to do would be to extend the age limit to 40, that way the age thing would be largely immaterial.

    Failing that, they can apply more discretion in selecting the nominees in the first place ( before asking for proof of age), because we all know that those can be easily faked. They could do some private investigation ( checking primary/ secondary school records, wassce results etc) for marginal prospective nominees before even contacting them.

    This is a serious issue and I don’t think Chude can just say that there is nothing they can do about it. The value of an award lies in its integrity and if the integrity of the Future Awards is continuously being called into question, then it will quickly become the next ThisDay Awards.

    • partyrider

      December 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm

      is not just you seeing it oh..BN u guys should change it back or bring sumtin better

    • DUDU

      December 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      I’m not feeling the new comment box at all.Aaaaargh!!!!

    • Ready

      December 18, 2010 at 9:29 am

      Co-sign. I swear I refreshed my page several times trying to correct the problem. I frigging hate it…it hasn’t stopped me from making comments when I deem it necessary, but I’ve definitely been spending more time on other websites. I hate it, it’s not appealing, and it’s not the same experience as it was before. 360nobs’ comment page is much more attractive to read. Please do something about this dull appearance.

  18. Me

    December 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Whoever you are Omogidi, that was totally uncalled for and uncouth. People express themselves through the power of technology and they don’t have to be secretaries, what does it take to have a laptop these days, I am going too far what about BB. If you are a celebrity, pls you have put yourself out there to be talked about and that is what comes with fame, and point of correction there is a ME without you! Take a leaf from Scarlett Johnnson and Hubby’s recent divorce statement which they put out yesterday what they said was ‘While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated’ that is how to communicate for someone in the lime light and not the way you have put yourself across. It doesn’t have to be personal, you are the one that wants the celebrity lifestyle, if you choose it then you have to take the baggage along with it. Have a nice day.

  19. Ms. Sassy eyes

    December 17, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    HAHAHAHA HAAA HAAAAA. I love this site. Keep it coming people. Pure entertainment.

  20. loneky

    December 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I don’t get it. When did two wrongs now start making a right? We all are condemning whoever that made the above comments and we are not showing that we are any better. People claiming not to be secretaries and having their own PCs, gosh, I must say there’s no difference b/w the accuser and the accused. So secretaries are no longer human beings? Please let’s all begin to value others like we value ourselves. Think no highly of urself than others.

    • say it as it is

      December 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm

      sheesh…..take it easy dear.No one is looking down on secretaries.Just trying to point out that omogidi is making too many assumptions and comes across as being proud.I’ll advice you to read her post again then hopefully you’ll understand better.

    • nekiss

      December 21, 2010 at 6:19 pm

      I read her comment and it is well understood, but i am saying that her attackers are doing the same thing she did, no difference to me.

  21. kreamy

    December 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Una be clowns 4 dis site o. Lwkmd. As 4 omogidi “SMH”

  22. Oma

    December 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Being Famous doesn’t make you wealthy or Better than people who aren’t.
    If you see wealth,you no go fit talk sef.
    I think you have a [email protected] Omogidi and the earlier you deal with it the better.
    Let me help you.http://lifethroughomaseyes.blogspot.com

  23. ejogene

    December 18, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Omogidi you are just uneducated.

  24. The sentinel

    December 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Omogidi. If so brave, reveAl your self. It’s people like you that give others that don’t deserve it a bad name. Smh. You are quite sad really. And dint get it mixed up, without the public there are no celebrities. Although I doubt very much you are any kind of celeb with any kind of talent, probably one of those who spends their time looking for the next red carpet

  25. NNENNE

    December 19, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Years past,my ten year old cousin went to her class teacher to apply for the common entrance exam. She told the teacher that she was ten years old.Instead of filling in ten years for her, the teacher filled fifteen years.She looked so big and mature past her age, that the teacher could not believe her.On her way back from school, she told her younger sister what happened and that she does not understand why her teacher filled fifteeen years for her.When they got home, the younger sister told the father what happened.(My poor cousin, she had accepted her faith without question). The father was furious. The next day,he took my cousin’s birth certificate from the hospital she was born and went to her school.He confronted the teacher, demending to know why, he added five years to his daughter’s age.The teacher then appologised, saying that he was fooled by my cousin’s apperance and maturity.THIS IS A TRUE STORY. THE GIRL IN QUESTION DID NOT LIE ABOUT HER AGE!!

    Folks, some people do mature faster than others, due to their genes,diet… Some girls start their period at nine years while others start at sixteen.As I write this I know ten year olds that look like a typical seventeen year old in my village!!!I don’t lie about my age and whatever anyone tells me is their age I take it like that.Why should it bother me?

  26. Flygerian

    December 20, 2010 at 6:19 am

    @Omogidi….When i started reading the content of ur comment, i thought it reads meaning to me that there is no way, we can walk without the head being shaking but you later spoilt it with your arrogance dude, being a celebrity which i dont know you and i dont feel like knowing you,you must try as much as possible to take critisism,even you are being righteous in life,they would still condemn you since fingers are not equal.
    P.S .( Try to cut down the attitude of without you,there wouldn’t be us,every human beings are the same in the sight of Almighty God).

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