The Future Awards Africa 2016 took place last night and the special black carpet and ceremony gave the term ‘star-studded’ a new meaning.
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.
Nigeria’s most inspiring youth, celebrities, captains of industry, cultural, political elite and leaders most in touch with Nigeria’s young generation were in attendance.
The elegant black carpet was graced by Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Betty Irabor, Mo Cheddah, Linda Ikeji, Osas Ighodaro, DJ Obi, Toke Makinwa, Ayo Makun, Dorcas Shola-Fapson, Bolanle Olukanni,Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, Ini Dima-Okojie, Uti Nwachukwu, Mimi Onalaja, Kunle Afolayan, Bovi, Baby Face, Omowunmi Akinnifesi, Wole Ojo, Uche Nnaji to name a few.
One of the unforgettable highlights from the event were the musical performances of Falana, Simi, Timi Dakolo and Davido, respectively bringing their A-game to entertain and thrill guests.
Davido who was unannounced by organisers before the show performed his classics ‘Dami Duro’, ‘Skelewu’ amongst others with a live band.
The evening ended on a high with Mark Okoye, the 30-year old Commissioner, Economic Planning and Budget Planning, Anambra State, winning the coveted TFAA Prize for Young Person of the Year.