The Future Awards Africa celebrates young people, between the ages of 18 and 31, who have made outstanding achievement in the year under consideration.
The #TFAA2018 is tonight and I have made a list of nominees who I think should win for each category.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Acting
1. Zainab Balogun (29)]
2. Maryam Booth (24)
3. Bisola Aiyeola (32)
4. Adesua Etomi (31)
5. Alex Ekubo (32)
This should be between Zainab and Adesua. I like both of them but I think Adesua would get this.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Advocacy
1. Charles Odii (30)
2. Hauwa Ojeifo (26)
3. Samira Sanusi (30)
4. Gospel Martins (30)
5. Uche Kenneth (31)
I’ve seen the works of Charles (SME 100 Nigeria), Hauwa (She Writes Woman) and Samira’s Sickle Cell Foundation. They are all amazing but I think Charles will get this. SME 100 Nigeria has continuously empowered youths.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Agriculture
1. Abdulfatah Sadiq (31)
2. Abubakar Sadiq Falalu (28)
3. Jesse Osiobe (31)
4. Oluwafemi Aliu (25)
5. Ayodele Sipasi Olalekan (31)
All amazing people but Ayodele Sipasi should win this. I’m passionate about protecting the environment and he’s doing this with “Protect Ozone”.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Business
1. Ladipo Lawani (30)
2. Sunkanmi Ola (26)
3. Chidi Ajaere (31)
4. Ronke Bamisedun (31)
5. Mohammed Jammal (31)
They have all put in the work that’s why they got nominated in the first place but I think Chidi Ajaere is taking this home. GIGM is doing amazing in business. I’ve seen it in almost every state I’ve been to.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Comedy
1. Samuel ‘Broda Shaggi’ Perry (25)
2. Gloria ‘Maraji’ Oloruntobi (21)
3. Mark Angel (27)
4. Lasisi Elenu (27)
5. Adeyela ‘Omo Ibadan’ Adebola (23)
Ah! If Maraji doesn’t win this, we will fight! I’m serious. Maraji is the Queen of them all. Content is 100! Presentation is 100! Please don’t touch this!
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Creativity
1. Ken Nwadiogbu (24)
2. Kingsley Ayogu (23)
3. Ayobola Kekere-Ekun (25)
4. Haneefa Adam (27)
5. Uche Ugo (31)
Yeah, I’m going to be biased here because my favorite is on this list. Uche Ugo should take this home. That is who I’m rooting for. Man is so creative.
He’s the Creative Director of UCHEUGO DIGITAL, a Creative Development Agency based in Lagos, Nigeria. He solves brand identity and design problems by creating experiences for startups, entertainment brands, personal brands and corporate brands. Uche has done creative jobs for your favorites. Yes! I said it! He’s also the founder of FanShopa, a Tech-entertainment company. I have worked with him and he totally deserves this.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Fashion
1. Tosin ‘Style-Infidel’ Ogundadegbe (30)
2. Ozinna Anumudu (26)
3. Papa ‘Maxivive’ Oyeyemi (26)
4. ‘Emmy Kasbit’ Emmanuel Okoro (28)
5. Amy Akudo ‘Shekudo’ Iheakanwa (29)
This is between Style-Infidel and Ozinna. They are both very good but I’m rooting for Ozinna. I hope she gets it.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Journalism
1. Hannah Ojo (30)
2. Linus Unah (26)
3. Kemi Busari (29)
4. Festus Iyorah (25)
5. Taiwo Adebulu (29)
Kemi Busari does investigative journalism like it’s a walk in the park but in reality it’s not. I’m giving this to her.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music
1. Damini ‘Burna Boy’ Ogulu (27)
2. Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye (30)
3. Niniola Apata (31)
4. Folarin Falz Falana (28)
5. Adekunle Gold (30)
6. Adewale ‘Mayorkun’ Mayowa Emmanuel (24)
This one is hard for me! Why do I have to pick? Swear, this could go to any of the nominees. They are all amazing but I want Simi to win it. She doesn’t only write her music, she engineers it and she does this for other artists too. She’s so good!
The Future Awards Africa Prize for New Media
1. Nkechi (Ink) Eze (29)
2. Hope Obeten (30)
3. Fisayo Fosudo (22)
4. John Obidi (32)
6. Chidi Okereke (30)
CHIDI OKEREKE! Don’t ask me any questions! Thanks and God bless.
No, I’m not going anywhere without telling you what this man is and what he has done. Listen!
Chidi Okereke is a Digital Communications Professional. He has helped brands and public services connect with their target audiences and tell better stories using Social and Digital media. He writes. He has been seen and heard on Local and International TV, Radio, Newspapers, Blogs, etc, where he talks about Gender Equality (Feminism), good governance, LGBT rights, Online Reputation Management, Public Relations, and so on.
He is the Editor in Chief of www.lists.ng and Team Lead at Thisruption Communications, a Digital Marketing Agency.
He’s my mentor and big brother! I’ve known this man for almost 9 years now and I Stan so hard! He deserves this!
The Future Awards Africa Prize for On Air Personality (Radio)
1. Awazi Angbalaga (24)
2. Sophia Anidugbe (28)
3. Cassandra George (24)
4. Foluwake ‘Folu Storms’ Ogunkeye (31)
6. Paul McPetros (24)
This is between Awazi and Folu Storms for me. But I think Folu is getting this.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for On-Air Personality (TV)
1. Tomike Alayande (23)
2. Idia Aisien (27)
3. Olive Emodi (29)
4. Victor Mathias (31)
5. Osasu Igbinedion (26)
Ah! Victor of Channels TV has this one. Even though I want to root for Idia and Osasu.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Photography
1. Tope ‘Horpload’ Adenola (29)
2. Emmanuel Oyeleke (30)
3. Damilola Onafuwa (27)
4. Chidi ‘Lex Ash’ Ashimole (27)
5. Fati Abubakar (32)
Fati is amazing. She’s doing this photography thing so well. Documenting events in Borno. I want her to win this. Lex Ash is my next choice if Fati doesn’t get it.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Technology
1. John Oke (24)
2. Adegoke Olubusi (25); Tito Ovia (25); and Dimeji Sofowora, (26)
3. Odunayo Eweniyi (25), Joshua Chibueze (25), Somtochukwu Ifezue (27)
4. Obi Omile Jr. (27)
5. Uchechukwu Emmanuel (25), Esumeh Aaron (25), Godwin Nwangele (24), Udeh Isaac Nnaemeka (26), and Kingsley Okereke (28)
Ah! My guys at Piggybankng. Odunayo, Joshua and Somtochukwu. Piggybankng still blows my mind. So innovative. I’m giving it to them.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Sports
1. Tobi Amusan (21)
2. Evelyn Akator (23)
3. Ahmed Musa (26)
4. Thursdaline Peters (31)
5. Ndidi Wilfred (21)
Awesome sports men and women! But Ahmed Musa is winning this.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Screen Producer
1. Nadine Ibrahim (24)
2. Faraday Okoro (31)
3. Michael Psalmist Akinrogunde (23)
4. Adelapo ‘Lowladee’ Adeleke (28)
5. Noni Salma (32)
I want Nadine to win this but I think Faraday is taking it home.
The Future Awards Africa Prize & University of Sussex for Education
1. Lubem Mtile, (29)
2. Wole Adedoyin (32)
3. Brenda McWilson (25)
4. Itodo Anthony (31)
5. Gideon Olanrewaju (25)
Are you on Twitter? Have you seen Brenda? I mean, have you seen here??? You haven’t? Okay, go check her out, come back and tell me why she doesn’t deserve this.
Scratch that! Brenda is a scholarship search strategist. She’s a human growth and success enthusiast.
Brenda has consistently supported youth development since I started following her on Twitter. She started this year with a slogan “2018 Must Obey”. People have gotten education/scholarship opportunities through her. She’s doing amazing and I am high-key rooting for her.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Professional Service
1. Uche Okafor (30)
2. Chinwe Egwim (31)
3. Catherine Kemi Onabanjo (31)
4. Mavi Mudiaga-Erhueh (28)
5. Temi Marcella Awogboro (31)
Awesome professionals. I think Temi Marcella is winning this.
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Public Service
1. Dami Ajayi (32)
2. Ebenezer Wikina (26)
3. Betta Edu (31)
4. Rukayat Mope Azeez-Lawal (31)
5. Daniel Philemon Saredau (30)
Betta Edu is doing amazing in Cross River. Dami Ajayi is good too! But I think Ebenezer Wikina should win this.
The Future Awards Prize for Young Person of the year
1. Davido Adeleke (26)
2. Samson Itodo (32)
3. Nemitari Ajienka (24)
4. Dr. Mahmoud Maina (32)
5. Tomi Adeyemi (25)
This one is really tough. Really really tough. Davido has had a terrific couple years, and grown from filling up huge arenas to starting a label with superstars in their own right. He will most likely win it. But the work Samson Itodo did with Not Too Young To Run is an important one for the country so he is also a strong contender. Tomi too is great, but with her recent run-in with the legendary Nora Roberts, she may be taken out of consideration. In summary, Davido should win this.
PS: This is my opinion but may the best man win! Congratulations to everyone, and goodluck to my faves!