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Future Awards: Wizkid, Mary Njoku, Aboyeji, Amaka Osakwe, Adekunle Get Young Person of the Year nominations Award

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Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun, Mary Njoku, Amaka Osakwe and Iyin Aboyeji have been announced as nominees for The Future Awards Africa’s highly-coveted ‘Young Person of the Year’ award. With the mandate to celebrate and accelerate innovation among Nigerians aged 18 – 31, the TFAA acknowledges inspiring young people making a difference through social enterprise, social good, and creativity. Arguably Nigeria’s most influential artiste this year, Wizkid released one of the biggest albums of the year, ‘Sounds from the other Side’. He recorded ‘One Dance’ with Canadian superstar, Drake and also signed a major publishing deal with international music giant Sony RCA records, while grabbing three awards at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards and a Grammy nomination. Mary Remmy Njoku – an actress and movie producer – is also the CEO of ROK Studios. Launching her production company in 2013 with $25,000 seed money, it has consistently grown – producing television series and films on a platform that has successfully launched two cable channels in Europe and Africa. Amaka Osakwe, the creator of Africa-focused fashion label Maki Oh, has established a reputation as one of the leading designers on the continent, with her outfits worn by international superstars like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kerry Washington and former United States First Lady, Michelle Obama. With the launch of Andela, Iyin Aboyeji committed himself to the task of nation building through personal innovation. Leaving the highly successful tech incubator to start Flutterwave, the tech startup has become a global sensation and winning the Fintech Award at the 2017 Apps Africa digital innovation awards. Silas Adekunle is the founder and CEO of Reach Robotics, a company developing the world’s first gaming robots. In partnership with the University of West England, Bristol, Silas managed the Prince’s Trust “Robotics in schools” program in Bristol, leading a team of engineering students into schools to develop the interest of young students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through robotics. Themed Nigeria’s New Tribe, The Future Awards Africa is set to hold on Saturday, 9 December, 2017 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos. ​​​​​​ ### About The Future Awards Africa The Future Awards Africa has been called the ‘Nobel Prize for Young Africans’, and the ‘most important youth awards’ by Forbes. It is a set of prizes given annually to celebrate and accelerate innovation, creativity and enterprise amongst young Africans aged 18 – 31. It has produced over 150 winners and over 1550 nominees since its first edition in 2006. It is presented in conjunction with The Future Project, which has a mandate to build empowered citizens across Africa, through (inclusive) enterprise and (active) citizenship. This focus on Human Capital Development is informed by our value proposition: Africa’s growth needs a generation of young people who are gainfully employed and able to demand and secure better leadership. Our projects include Aiki.ng, an employability portal presented with Microsoft; the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders, #StartupsAfrica, Intern4Jobs, YMonitor.org presented with National Endowment for Democracy (NED), The Future Enterprise Support Scheme and The Future Awards Africa, described as ‘The Nobel Prize for Young Africans’. Founded by the Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams, TFP is supervised by a Global Board of Advisors drawn from Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East, including the Coordinating Minister of the Nigerian Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Senior Economic Advisor with the Open Society Foundations, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili; co-founder of ONE, Jamie Drummond and the Chief of Cabinet with the Africa Development Bank, Anne Kabagambe. About Red Media Africa Red Media Africa (www.redmediaafrica.com) is the PR & Empowerment Marketing division under the parent brand, RED. It focuses on using inspiration, empowerment and action to help brands and organisations connect with their audiences, enhance their bottom-lines, and lead in their industries. It has 6 major practice areas: Corporate Practice, Technology Practice, SME Practice, Governance Practice, Faith Practice and the International Practice – with work for brands across Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. It has been recognised with multiple local and international awards including the Gold SABRE Awards for PR Campaigns and the Young Lions PR competition for the next generation of creatives.

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Adikwu Omoha is a lawyer, an Author, a blogger and an Online publisher. he has several intellectual works to his credit, presently he is a global partner and consultant with Home land security and prosperity system www.hspsgroup.org. Some of his intellectual works includes Enjoying your youthful and everyday life, practical guide to entrepreneurship, Jesus our Divine Advocate a perfect example for Lawyers.

Adikwu Omoha is a lawyer, an Author, a blogger and an Online publisher. he has several intellectual works to his credit, presently he is a global partner and consultant with Home land security and prosperity system www.hspsgroup.org. Some of his intellectual works includes Enjoying your youthful and everyday life, practical guide to entrepreneurship, Jesus our Divine Advocate a perfect example for Lawyers.

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