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Honouring & Celebrating Abuja’s Young Entrepreneurs! Vote Today for the Outstanding Nominees of the 2012 Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards



Fusion Lifestyle Limited in partnership with The Connector Limited present a first of its kind awards ceremony in Abuja FCT – The Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards (AYE Awards)

The idea for the awards was conceived following a notable rise in businesses owned by young individuals in the FCT, Abuja. The AYE Awards aims to recognize and celebrate the young individuals who have established and successfully managed businesses and have managed to stand out while doing so.

Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed (Founder Fusion Lifestyle Limited – The main organizers of the event) said ” The youth of Abuja are generally thought of as spoilt kids of rich parents who just live off their parents wealth. A lot of young people are however putting that stereotype to rest and coming up with ingenious business ideas and solutions, maintaining them and are in turn proving to be sources of inspiration to the younger generation as well as driving the economy. This wave of change is most noticeable in the ladies who are managing to balance successful businesses with family life. It therefore became imperative to put together an award ceremony of this nature to recognize and further encourage these out standing young people, there by motivating the younger ones and in essence creating a cycle of independence and self-reliance”

Nominations for the awards were called for from the general public and over a month (1st to 31st December 2011), over 6000 nominations were sent in. These were short listed into 5 per category based on the findings of a panel set up by the AYE Awards team. There are 11 categories in all and these are;

  • Fashion and Style
  • Health and Beauty
  • Food and Drink
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Business
  • Education
  • Media and Arts
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Philanthropy
  • Entertainment
  • The Abuja Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Three honorary awards will also be given to individuals for outstanding entrepreneurial skills and philanthropy.

Voting is on going and will run from the 1st of February to the 31st of March. Voting can be done on the official website of the awards – where the nominees profile and photographs are also available.

The organizers of the event say it will be one of the biggest events out of the FCT. The main award ceremony will hold on Tuesday 20th April 2012 at The Abuja International Conference Center and will feature a pre-event cocktail hour and the ceremony proper, which will be a night of glamour and entertainment with music, comedy, fashion and more on show. This will be preceded by the nominees dinner on the 18th of April.

The AYE awards is already gaining much publicity and has been featured on many websites as well as newspapers such as Tribune, Sun and Punch.

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  1. ejogene

    March 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Congrats to all of them!

  2. stella

    March 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm


  3. PD

    March 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm


  4. Francesca

    March 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Everyone is dressed beautifully!! Love the looks

  5. pynk

    March 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Congrats i guess. Another award show.

  6. Personal Shopper

    March 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

  7. UsaveOne

    March 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Bella you are not there why?

  8. faith

    March 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    why r there more women than men?….just two men?…one even looks like a woman…lol…na wa o…congrats to dem anyway…i wish dem well.

  9. Madun

    March 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    looks to me like a bunch of friends, awarding each other…but then what do i know? hahhahhah

  10. Tee

    March 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Woohoo, so many women 😀

  11. hotdame

    March 6, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Congratulations to all of them. Zumba boss lady….I see u. Am happy for u guys

  12. anonymous

    March 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

    niceeeeee but what is with studio 24 logo on every picture.the target logo.i was working there so i know the logo like a pastor knows his church.what ever happens to copyright cos am sure studio 24 didnt take this pics cos we dnt put just logo on pics.

  13. sandra

    March 6, 2012 at 10:23 am

    wish dem all well

  14. Miss D

    March 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

    All of them are friends of themselves ohhh! make una see wayo

    • onyx

      March 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Dear Miss D – every industry is incestous. By that, I mean that whatever industry you work in, you absolutely can’t avoid becoming very familiar with people offering the same or related services, whether it be as friend or foe. If you’re all chasing after the same projects, attending the same events and networking in the same circles then there are times that you either get to know and like a competitor or otherwise know a competitor without being friends but keeping yourself well acquainted with their going-ons. I work in the o&g industry and pretty much need to stay in contact with and updated about what everyone else in my field is doing at anytime. Heck, my company insists that I do that.

      Therefore, this clamouring of yours can get pretty old really quickly. Everyone is entitled to seek recognition for the hardwork they’ve put into their own business/job, no?

  15. sweetgal

    March 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    dey are all friends bt congrats anyway

  16. Miss D

    March 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Awwhh sorry onyx! they were friends way before business began. So its an award put by them and for them!

  17. kunbi

    March 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    heheheheh!!! PDP things, lmho @ for them by them

  18. geenarh hally

    March 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    i wish em d best and hope my TINU(J L WOMAN)wins

  19. namina

    March 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    My tinu JamesL baby! Pls help me vote.

  20. Little

    March 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    My friends & i will celebrate ourselves soon also using my company..Naija! nothing is ever straight!!!!

  21. tezy

    March 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    What happened to jennifer of diva’s style lounge..

  22. The AYE Awards

    March 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Dear Miss
    The awards were created by Fusion Lifestyle limited, not by any of the nominees, some of whom had never met one another before the day of the photo shoot. Abuja is a very small town and its impossible for people working in the same field not to know one another. Please do not make statements about the credibility of the awards ifyou do not have proof. We had over 6000 nominations from thr general public and we HAVE proof. Please just support if you can, or leave well alone. Thank you

  23. kunbi

    March 7, 2012 at 8:50 am

    ok we have heard thank u for d explanation. time to move on

    • Teema

      March 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Kunbi, you are a crook 🙂 lolz at PDP thingz and friends awarding friends. hehhehee

  24. Pote

    March 31, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    scam awards! a good initiative BUT sadly has pathetic political undertones. from all that i’m reading here, it shows that these awards have been rigged or planned to the satisfaction of the organizers. the real hustlers/entreprenuers out there in abuja who truly deserve the awards are nowhere to be found in the various categories. SMH. naija will never cease to amaze me.

  25. Pote

    March 31, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    lol, i’m feeling this kunbi

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