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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Nominations now open as Future Awards 2012 searches for young leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators.

On May 29, Nigeria’s biggest youth event ‘The Future Awards’ organised an elaborate media and VIP launch for its seventh season. The event, which coincided with the country’s Democracy Day celebrations, took place at the Koral Reef in Ikoyi, Lagos.

In attendance were past winners and judges of the awards including Tara Fela Durotoye (Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Person of the Year), Uche Nnaji (Style Entrepreneur of the Year) and Tolu Ogunlesi (Journalist of the Year) who interacted with the media on the impact and influence of the awards.
This year, the Awards – unveiled as The Future Awards for Leaders, Entrepreneurs and Innovators – is themed ‘Tear down these walls!’ emphasising how far and how hard young people have worked to build a new system of innovation and values in Nigeria. The event unveiled the TV promos, radio promos, print and outdoor advertising that will drive the media campaign.

 

 
“The Future Awards led the charge: presenting over 1000 Positive Role Models (especially outside of entertainment) to young Nigerians and Africans over the past years, we have succeeded in establishing faith in country amongst blocs of young people, fundamentally altered for good the way young Nigerians are viewed as leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs,” said a speech by Executive Director of The Future Project, Chude Jideonwo. “What do we need? We need for government to get out of the way – to stop being an obstacle to the revolution powered by these young people. We don’t really need government to create jobs; we need government to create the atmosphere for these brilliant minds to create jobs for themselves and for other Nigerians.

“Where are the investors ready to take risks on our own Facebook or Groupon? Where are the venture capitalists able to drive and to push these young people far and beyond what even they think they are capable of? Where are the hubs structured to give rise to a flurry of ideas that work? Those are the walls that limit many young people from doing all that they can do, from being all that they can be. And we say: it’s time to tear down these walls.”

To emphasise this year’s focus, there are still 21 awards categories, but there are broken into seven broad sections that include categories include CHANGE, CREATIVITY, INNOVATION, ENTERTAINMENT and ENTREPENEURSHIP.

The event was anchored by designer and editor, Ohimai Atafo, who is head of the award’s Central Working Committee. “The season starts immediately,” he said. “We begin the town hall meetings to the six geo-political zones; we will also have special town hall meetings to spotlight innovation in specific fields, there will of course be the Nominees Reception for Charity, all leading to the awards in August – we are excited!”

Also announced were the media partners for Season 7. They include Cool FM, Wazobia FM, Nigeria 99.9 Info, Channels TV, TVC, Hip on TV, BellaNaija.com, Linda Ikeji, NET, Premium Times, FAB, Complete Fashion, TW, and LASAA. Official Media Partners are Africa Magic and Y! (www.ynaija.com).

The Future Awards 2012 will hold on August 26, 2012. Nominations are now on via www.facebook.com/TheFutureAwards. Nominations end at midnight on June 30, 2012.

FULL LIST OF CATEGORIES
Change
Best Use of Advocacy
Best Use of New Media
Creativity
Creative Artist of the Year
Designer of the Year
Excellence in Service
Excellence in Service – Government
Excellence in Service – Journalism
Excellence in Service – Corporate
Innovation
Innovator of the Year – Science & Technology
Innovator of the Year – Education
Entertainment
Actor of the Year
Musician of the Year
Producer of the Year – Music
Producer of the Year – Screen
On-Air Personality – Radio
On-Air Personality – Television
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneur of the Year – Entertainment
Entrepreneur of the Year – Fashion
Entrepreneur of the Year – Technology
Entrepreneur of the Year – Media/Communication
Entrepreneur of the Year – General
The Ultimate Prize
Young Person of the Year

10 comments:

Duke Emeka said...

Cool. But these award goes to old people not young people as they say.linda hope they give you one oooo.else am not interested.

Anonymous said...

Solid! I like the new categories!

HEPHZIBAH said...

This is brilliant! My dear Leanda Lee, I have the feeling you'd be bagging an award aswell. On the other hand, I'm hoping that the town meetings in the different geo-political zones reaches out and cuts across every sector. Cos sometimes, it's like a same business same face kinda award.

ogie omo-irefo said...

NICE
http://omoirefo.blogspot.com.au/

Janded said...

Best Use of New Media - Bella Naija
Creative Artist of the Year - Tiwa
Actor of the Year - omotola
Musician of the Year - wizkid/Tiwa
Producer of the Year – Don jazzy
Entrepreneurship -
Entrepreneur of the Year – Entertainment - Linda Ikeji

Chikwe Olumide said...

Nigerians and protocols. I wonder what they wanna benefit from this kind of awards. Nigerian youths should stand up and demand for a better society for today and tomorrow, instead they are busy awarding themselves out of nothing. I just have to laugh in Spanish #jajajaja

Anonymous said...

d girl with mic looks like adaka/enwe.....seriously not kidding @all

SOLUTIONWAP said...

This is good, at least it will encourage youth

Anonymous said...

@ Chikwe Olumide, You are right!

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