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Next Up Port Harcourt! The Next Future Awards Africa 2013 takes place in Rivers State | 20th December 2013



The Future Awards Africa Best 100 in Abuja  - BellaNaija - December2013001 (5)Africa’s biggest youth leadership platform, The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) kicked off a week of celebration yesterday with a formal launch of events by the Nigerian Federal Government. The launch was led by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo at an event at the State House, Abuja.

In addition to kicking off the week of celebrations, yesterday’s event also celebrated the TFAA Best 100 – some of the best young leaders that have been nominees of the awards since its inception in 2006.

We are grateful for the support of the Nigerian Federal Government in honouring its achieving young people,” said Adebola Williams, who is Director of Operations for the awards. “These are young people who, over the past decade and more, have blossomed and risen by themselves, in spite of the difficulties of living in this country and the challenges of leadership. The least our nation can do therefore is recognize them and honour them, so they can do even more and sustain this movement.”

Dignitaries at the event included Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, coordinating minister of the economy; Akinwumi Adesina, minister of agriculture; Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to the Federal Government; Mike Oghiadome, Chief of Staff to the President; Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, minister of sports and youth development; Tony O. Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holding; Ibukun Awosika, chairman of Sokoa Chair Centre; Ben Bruce, Silverbird chairman; John Momoh, Channels TV chairman; Adesuwa Onyenokwe, TW publisher; Toni Kan, Kabelo Makwane, Microsoft Director; among others.

This government has seen the importance of the youth, and places serious value on them. Through our transformation agenda, we are creating job opportunities for the youths; my administration is committed to increasing access to education,” said Vice President Namadi Sambo at the event. “As Nigerians, we know there’s more to be done, but yet, there’s plenty to celebrate.”

Also speaking, Ibukun Awosika, Founder and Chairperson of The Chair Centre Ltd said: “I salute the young people who will make my dream for Nigeria come true. What you can’t be today, you can’t create value for tomorrow, You force the system to respond to your creativity. I am also Very proud of Adebola and Chude, the organizers for how far they have come.”

The next stop for The Future Awards Africa after events in Lagos, Addis Ababa and Abuja is Port Harcourt, where this year’s edition of the awards will hold. This will be followed by School Seminars where students will be mentored and coached in practical sessions on career and talent, first in Port Harcourt and then in secondary schools across Nigeria. “We are glad to welcome The Future Awards Africa to Rivers again and to be a key partner for its week-long celebrations,” said Ibim Semenitari, Commissioner for information. “We look forward to continuing our work building the capacity and showcasing the immense talent of Port Harcourt’s youth.”

The awards are hosted by the Rivers State Government and held in partnership with Microsoft, the British Council, the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, Access Bank and the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Microsoft will also be launching its jobs and employability portal, at the awards.

The Future Awards Africa 2013 – Best 100 

Kola Oshinowo
Abdulkareem Baba Aminu
Bright “Basketmouth” Okpocha
Emem Ema
Emmanuel Etim
Esther Agbarakwe
Maupe Ogun
Mayokun Okelola
MI Abaga
Alexander Yangs
Ali Nuhu
Alkasim Abdulkadir
Chinwe Njoku
Uti Nwachukwu
Uyi Omakaro
Nmachi Jidenma
Nnaemeka Ikeguonu
Noble Igwe
OC Ukeje
Ohimai Amaize
Ola Orekunrin
Olude Lekan/Ayodeji Adewunmi/Opeyemi Awoyemi
Debola Lewis
Denrele Edun
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu
Bukola Adubi
Stephanie Linus
Tara Fela-Durotoye
Teju “Babyface” Oyelakin
Tobias and Titus Igwe
Tochukwu Ikpebu
Tolu Ogunlesi
Tolu “Toolz” Oniru
Tolu Sangosanya
Tomiwa Adesida
Femi Oyediran
Ferdinard Adimefe
Gideon Okeke
Hadiza Abdulahi
Idris Akinbajo
Ify Aniebo
Olumide Makanjuola
Japheth Omojuwa
Karo Agono
Kemi Adetiba
Jerry Ukechukwu Eze
Seun Osewa
Latashe Ngwube
Kenneth Gyang
Otto Orondaam
Perez Tigidam
Seun Onigbinde
Toyosi Ogunseye
Uche Jombo
Uche Nnaji
Wale Adetula
Chika Nwobi
Ndidi Nwuneli
Ojoma Ochai
Linda Ikeji
Banke Meshida-Lawal
Steve “Yaw” Onu
Toyin “TY” Bello
Andre Blaze
Yagazie Chukwumerije
Omawumi Megbele
IK Osakioduwa
Modupe Adefeso-Olateju
Aisha Augie-Kuta
Jason Njoku
Funke Akindele
Funke Bucknor-Obruthe
Genevieve Nnaji
Olamide Adedeji
Lamide Akintobi
Abisola Edun
Onye Ubanatu
Peter and Paul “Psquare” Okoye
Samuel Olatunji
Kemi “Lala” Akindoju
Lisa Folawiyo
Matse Uwatse
Toyosi Akerele
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
Vincent Enyeama
Ngozi Nkwoji
Tola Sunmonu
Akin Rotimi
Michael “Don Jazzy” Ajere
Dapo “D’banj” Oyebanjo
Dare Art-Alade
Zubair Abubakar
Bukola “Asa” Elemide
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Uche Pedro
Julie Odia
Funke Awobokun
Tunde Aladese
Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi
Cohbams Asuquo

View photos from the TFAA Best 100 event held in Abuja below and if you want all the stylish red carpet scoop, click here.

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Adebola Williams – Founding Partner of The Future Project

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Namadi Sambo – The Vice President of Nigeria

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Adesuwa Onyenokwe

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Akinwumi Adesina

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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Tony O. Elumelu

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Denrele Edun

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Stephanie Linus

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Toolz O

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Uche Jombo

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Tara Fela-Durotoye

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About The Future Awards Africa
In seven years, The Future Awards Africa has produced over 120 winners and 1,200 nominees across the world. Our mission at The Future Awards Africa is to inspire leadership and build enterprise. With its umbrella The Future Project, it has been in the forefront of inspiring a new generation of leaders/leadership and entrepreneurs for Nigeria, working with the Africa Union, the US Government, the British Council, the Ministry of Youth Development, the Nigerian Presidency among other organs.

Winners of the awards over the years include: D’banj, Don Jazzy, Mercy Johnson, Tolu Ogunlesi, Banky W, Seyi Law, Bridget Awosika, Ify Aniebo, Debola Lewis, Matse, Jesse Jagz, M.I, Linda Ikeji, Toolz, Cobhams Asuquo, Onye Obanatu, Lamide Akintobi, Mosumola Umoru, Toyosi Akerele, Funke Akindele, Uche Nnaji, Banke Meshida-Lawal, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche and others.

About Red Media Africa
Red Media Africa is a PR & Communication firm under the parent company, RED. An innovative media company focused on Africa, RED’s vision is to excite and empower an evolving generation through the media’s limitless possibilities. Built across tools and platforms, its Communication Division holds Red Media, Red Marketing and Red Media-SME Support; and its Content Division holds the Y! brands, including Y! TV, Y! TV, Y! Magazine,, Teen Y!,, Y! 2015, and the Y! Annual Black Ball/Y! 100Most Influential List.

It also anchors a development firm, The Future Project Africa, which presents Africa¹s leading youth platform, The Future Awards Africa, and other projects including the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders and The Future Enterprise Support Scheme.

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  1. oddy

    December 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    seriously some names here ?????????

    • Correct man

      December 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      The future in Nigeria is apparently tilted towards entertainment and journalism. Are these the only role models we want for our children in secondary and primary schools? What has happened to respectable doctors, lawyers and accountants, geologists, scientists and other professionals? I thought the awards were divided along professional lines when it started. Why do we now have an imbalance in favour of entertainers? They represent almost 90% of the people on this list to my mind. Looks like the guys at the Future awards project are bent on creating an entertainment only future for the country…

    • lola

      December 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      you said my mind,it is time for us to start celebrating people from other professions instead of concentrating 0only on entertainment.

    • Couture By Makioba

      December 16, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Mind reader, you just nailed it…. Secondly abt %90 are
      Lagos based… So it’s only in Lagos we have people that the much
      younger generations should look up to..

    • yoyo

      December 16, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Ola Orekunrin is a Doctor and Ify Aniebo is a

  2. madman

    December 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Congrats to all.

  3. Fola

    December 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Stella Oduah, the Honorable Minister of Aviation was there. I am wondering why her name was omitted above. Sunlight is still the best disinfectant. I also hope that the VP’s caution was taken by the attendees. Social Media should be used with decorum.

  4. elleven45

    December 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Noble Igwe? Like really?? I mean Really? Who would ever want him as a role model, at least not now maybe in the future.
    I give up.

  5. Anonymous

    December 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Please may we know the criteria for these award??? because on this list only a few people here are deserving like Tara fela durotoye, Orekunrin (Flying doctors), Tobias & Titus Igwe, Ndidi Nwuneli, Cobhams and perhaps about a few others but some names I beg to disagree. How about the Corporate world, they are so many of us contributing our quota to the society but go unrecognised but that’s ok. So just because you are on radio/ TV that makes you a future leader? Please how is Denrele, Uti contributing to the youth/society at large even Tobi Akintobi and Toolz? Please let us be informed so we can have a better appreciation of them

  6. futureawardsnobi

    December 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Noble Igwe
    Olamide Adedeji

    How convenient that you 3 bestfriends made the list.

    • hayzey

      December 16, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Whose 3 best friends??

  7. sisimacy

    December 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Nigeria and the stupid these recipients are the future right?apart from a few that really deserves.tara,flying doctors etcplease what meaningful development has toolz made or contributed.using her as an example.

  8. Titilayo T

    December 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Reading is so important. Seems like some of you might have missed that.

  9. Tope O

    December 17, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Some people’s brains are fried already TT, no mater how much you explain/write they will never get.
    I watch them comment on the blogs whenever and it’s sad.
    Congrats to all Honorees

  10. Ntewak Ekenson

    February 5, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    A bit disappointing i would say

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