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The Future Awards Africa call for nominations, receives UN endorsement



Africa’s biggest youth awards scheduled for November has called for nominations just as it received the United Nations’ (UN) endorsement.

The organisers, The Future Project, said on Thursday in Lagos that the launch which held at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja saw Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN endorsing the prestigious Awards which has been described as the “Nobel Prize for Young Africans’’.

With the theme, “Nigeria’s New Tribe’’, The Future Awards Africa seeks to reward excellence and service among youth between the ages of 18 and 31.

“Over the years, the Awards has built a strong network of youth supporting each other in the leadership space, breaking boundaries to achieve distinction against barriers of tribe, religious differences, economic instability and government policies,’’ the said in a statement.

The statement quoted Ms. Mohammed as saying at the event that “even while we all acknowledge our socio-economic issues and challenges, our hope for the future is bound on the talent, creativity, and determination in every young Nigerian.

“They represent the much-needed agents of change — a new and perfect direction in giving back power to our youth – so, joining the new tribe should be a movement every young person should aspire to be a part of.

“We are doubling down on the theme, ‘Nigeria’s New Tribe’ as there’s no better time to identify, acknowledge, and showcase a new set of bright, young Nigerians leading the charge to establish a positive, new narrative for the continent.’’

Bukonla Adebakin, the Chief Operation Officer, The Future Project said, “We therefore, urge everyone to nominate outstanding young people in different communities across the country so as to inspire many others who need models of hard work, creativity, impact, and integrity to emulate.’’

The public is encouraged to nominate trailblazers from their communities in categories ranging from social activism, business and professional service to media and entertainment.

The statement said that to nominate, visit and follow @tfaafrica to keep up with the latest news on the Awards. Official hashtags for the 2019 edition are #TFAA2019 and #NigeriasNewTribe.

The Future Awards Africa 2019 categories for nomination include:

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Acting

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Advocacy

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Agriculture

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts (Visual and Applied)

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Business

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Community Action

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Education

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Fashion

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Film Making

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Journalism

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Media

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music

The Future Awards Africa Prize for On-Air Personality

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Photography

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Politics

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Professional Service

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Public Service

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Sport

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Technology

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year

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 1,550 nominees since its first edition in 2006.

The awards are 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.

The projects include, an employability portal presented with Microsoft; the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders.

Others ares #StartupsAfrica, Intern4Jobs, 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.


(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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