By Dipo Olowookere
A total of 105 Nigerians between the ages of 18 to 31 have been shortlisted for The Future Awards Africa (TFAA), which enters its 12th edition this year.
Slated for Saturday, December 9, 2017, the prestigious ceremony with the theme ‘Nigeria’s New Tribe,’ is aimed to celebrate and accelerate innovation among young Nigerians.
TFAA acknowledges inspiring young people making a difference through social enterprise, social good, and creativity.
The Central Working Committee of the Awards selected five exceptional individuals for each of the 21 categories in contention this year in a broadcast aired on Channels TV, ONTV, Spice TV and Hip TV.
Selected from diverse backgrounds and affiliations, the nominees are set apart by their exceptional talent, commitment to hardwork and uncommon drive to impact the society and rewrite the African narrative.
“Emerging from an economic recession, Nigeria is currently at a defining moment. Through the actions and motivations of these nominees, we believe that our country is positioned for a better future – a Nigeria that will not be limited by tribe or religion but united by its immense possibilities,” said Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi, Chairman, Central Working Committee, TFAA.
Below are the nominees:
CATEGORY 1: FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ACTING
Samuel Ajibola (30)
Sambasa Nzeribe (29)
Bidemi Kosoko (29)
Akah Nnani (29)
Ini Idima Okojie (27)
CATEGORY 2: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR FASHION AND DESIGN
Joseph O. Ike and Ola Akindehinde (JZO Fashion) (31/26)
Bisola ‘Ladybiba’ Adeniyi (25)
Paolo Sisiano (29)
Muktar Onifade (26)
Olivia & Sylvia ‘Gozel Green’ Enekwe (31)
CATEGORY 3: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR BEAUTY
Grace Chinonso Okoli (24)
Jennifer Uloko (27)
Adetola Anita ‘Brows’ Adetoye (28)
Vanessa Onwughalu (27)
CATEGORY 4: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR MUSIC
Adekunle ‘Gold’ Kosoko (30)
David ‘Davido’ Adeleke (25)
Anidugbe ’Kiss Daniel’ Daniel (23)
Austin Miles ‘Teckno’ Kelechi (24)
Simisola ‘Simi’ Ogunleye (29)
CATEGORY 5: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Mohammed Sani Sani Madugu (22)
Ibijoke faborode (27)
O’tega Ogra (30)
Fiyin Williams (29)
Olamide Bada (29)
CATEGORY 6: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR BUSINESS
Osemwengie Victor Odion (30)
Nnamdi Stan – Ekeh (24)
Toyin Onigbanjo (29)
Bisola Borha (31)
Ubi Franklin (31)
CATEGORY 7: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE IN SPORTS
Asisat Oshoala (23)
Anthony Joshua (28)
Akhator Evelyn (22)
Alexandra Chuka Iwobi (21)
Victor Moses (26)
CATEGORY 8: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR EDUCATION; ENDOWED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
Mukhtar Dan-mallam (29)
Samson Abioye (late)/ Oluyemi Oluwaseun Imole / Akanji Abayomi Gideon (26/29/23)
Olaseni Cole (30)
Wole Adedoyin (31)
Claudine Adeyemi (28)
CATEGORY 9: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR TECHNOLOGY
Chris Kwekowe (24)
Tobi Ayeni (27)
Adebolu Ibukun (27)
Damilola Jegede (32)
Henry Obinugwu (28)
CATEGORY 10: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR NEW MEDIA
Richard ‘Nasty Boy’ Akuson (23)
Femi ‘Kraks’ Bakre (24)
Ademola ‘Expoze’ Adetona (29)
Delphine Okobah (29)
Dolapo ‘LowlaDee’ Adeleke (27)
CATEGORY 11: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR MEDIA ENTERPRISE
Timilehin Bello (25)
Oluwagbeminiyi Osidipe (31)
Tiwalola ‘TJ Dotts’ Olanubi (28)
Ijeoma Ndekwu (28)
Rick Nwanso (27)
CATEGORY 12: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE IN PUBLIC SERVICE
Adetola Onayemi (26)
Olufemi Olukayode ‘F. Shaw’ Adeyemi (32)
Joseph Ike (31)
Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi (30)
Dada Olabisi Mary (29)
CATEGORY 13: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ART & CULTURE
Nadine Ibrahim (23)
Tunde Alara (27)
Ayobami Adebayo (29)
Fola David (24)
Modupeola Fadugba (32)
CATEGORY 14: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR COMEDY
Otolorin Kehinde ‘Kenny Blaq’ Peter (25)
Victor Ebiye (24)
Olu ‘SLKomedy’ Salako (27)
Gloria ‘Maraji’ Oloruntobi (20)
Ereme ‘Twyse’ Abraham (26)
CATEGORY 15: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ADVOCACY
Imrana Alhaji Buba (24)
Victor Ugo (27)
Ayodeji Osowobi (27)
Mary Yakubu (23)
Hauwa Ojeifo (25)
CATEGORY 16: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR AGRICULTURE
Adetola Adeleke (31)
Sipasi Olalekan (30)
Nasir Yammama (27)
Kafilat Adedeji (29)
Okorode Christian (25)
CATEGORY 17: THE EDWIN GEORGE PRIZE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Kadara Enyeasi (23)
Tolani Alli (25)
Omoregie Osakpolor (27)
Yagazie Eguare (30)
Lakin Ogunbanwo (30)
CATEGORY 18: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR JOURNALISM
Nelly Ating (28)
Ayodeji Rotinwa (27)
Eromo Egbejule (27)
Mayowa Tijani (29)
Oladeinde Olawoyin (29)
CATEGORY 19: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ON AIR PERSONALITY (VISUAL)
Harry Itie (29)
Nancy Isime (25)
Olive Emodi (28)
Adesewa Josh (32)
Idia Aisen (26)
CATEGORY 20: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ON AIR PERSONALITY (AUDIO)
Irabor Okosun (29)
Ayeni Adu (31)
Tisan Jeremiah Bako (31)
Rosemary Ajuka (27)
Toyin Eleniyan (31)
CATEGORY 21: THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR
Mary ‘Remmy’ Njoku (32)
Iyin Aboyeji (26)
Ayodeji ‘Wizkid’ Balogun (27)
Silas Adekunle (25)
Amaka Osakwe (30)
18 Gulder Ultimate Search Contestants Comb Jungle for Akolo’s Secret
By Dipo Olowookere
The search for the secret buried by a mysterious craftsman named Akolo who once lived in a small town called Ijuka, which existed many centuries ago, has begun.
To comb the jungle for the lost secret kept in an iron chest of the late wise craftsman are 18 Nigerians who auditioned for the Gulder Ultimate Search (GUS) Season 12 recently across the key regions of the country.
These brave contestants are already facing challenges as they make their way to the jungle for this treasure hunt.
One question that may be brewing in the minds of readers at the moment could be; why are these GUS contestants after Akolo’s secret and what is its importance?
Every season, GUS takes viewers on a journey through time to seek out a treasure that many say are mere tales of legends. This season, The Age of Craftsmanship goes to Ijuka, where Akolo settled down amongst the blacksmiths and woodcarvers. He soon began to teach the best among the people because his skills were superior to theirs. His name spread beyond the town, but what drew the attention of many was his special brew.
Akolo’s brew was nothing like any that existed in the town. He used ingredients which no one had ever seen before that he got from trading his great works with European merchants. The king soon heard of his fame and appointed Akolo to be a member of his advisory council.
Although Akolo formed a close bond with the king, he never revealed the recipe of his brew. That was a secret Akolo guarded jealously. As the fame of his brew grew, trading routes began to pass through Ijuka, and many sought to taste his brew. Ijuka became a prosperous town, and soon enemies began to gather.
They were jealous of Akolo’s wisdom and his close bond with the king and wanted the secret of his brew for themselves. They tried several times to kill him but to no avail.
Fearing for his life, Akolo left the town for the mangrove forest with his secret brew recipe and all his knowledge, never to be seen again. Ijuka, a once prosperous town, suffered Akolo’s absence and was soon laid to waste by foreign invaders.
Now, the council of elders has chosen 18 brave warriors to go back in time to The Age of Craftsmanship to search for the iron chest containing Akolo’s secret. These 18 warriors have endured several challenges to prove they are worthy of retrieving the iron chest of the wise craftsman Akolo.
Which of them would find the chest and open it to reveal the secret of the craftsman?
To find out, viewers have to watch the show every Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv channel 151), Africa Magic Urban (DStv channel 153) and Africa Magic Family (DStv channel 154 & GOtv channel 2).
Omah Lay, Telz, Others to Join #YouTubeBlack Voices Music Class of 2022
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A roster of 54 artists, songwriters and producers from Nigeria and other countries have been selected to join the #YouTubeBlack Voices Music Class of 2022.
The #YouTubeBlack Voices Music Class of 2022 is a development programme designed to directly support and mentor Black artists, songwriters & producers worldwide.
The addition of songwriters and producers to the 2022 class demonstrates the continuation and expansion of YouTube’s efforts to support Black artists on the platform.
The programme, supported by the #YouTube Black Voices Fund, has creatives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, USA, the UK, South Africa and Kenya.
With the aim of equipping up-and-coming Black artists, songwriters & producers with the resources to succeed on YouTube, the class will be grouped into two programme streams: one for artists and one for songwriters and producers.
Class participants will each receive dedicated partner support, seed funding to invest in the development of their channels, and opportunities to participate in training and networking programs focused on production, fan engagement and wellbeing.
Over the next 6 months, they will also get opportunities to develop their catalogues and collaborate with other global artists, songwriters, and producers who have also been selected to take part in the programme.
“African music is taking the entire world by storm and the #YouTubeBlackVoices Fund is an opportunity to both celebrate and nurture African artistry and help songwriters, producers and artists share their craft with global audiences,” YouTube’s Head of Music, Sub-Saharan, Addy Awofisayo stated.
“Black culture is expansive and ever-changing and YouTube Music is committed to celebrating that experience through music,” Awofisayo added.
Four acts from Nigeria made the cut and they are Omah Lay, Singer-songwriter CKay, Producer P.Priime and singer Telz.
“My music speaks to the people that love me, the people I love and the people that have been through what I have been through.
“I see the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund having an impact on my career in different ways. It would allow me provide content about my musical journey to my fans, and in marketing them to a greater audience,” Omay Lay commented on his inclusion, while CKay said the “knowledge of instruments coupled with digital production is an integral part of my music-making process. My traditional South-Eastern origin explains my use of Igbo language in my music and my extensive knowledge of High-Life music.”
On his part, P.Priime disclosed that “I have so many ideas I’d love to bring to life and I know with the right resources and funding, I’d be able to achieve that,” while Telz sees the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund impacting his career in various ways — especially in bringing his ideas to life and helping him network with other creatives globally.
Temple Company Seals Marketing Deal With Zee World
By Sodeinde Temidayo David
A marketing deal has been signed between the Temple Company and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, owners of the Zee World TV channel.
It was gathered that Zee Entertainment picked the full-service creative agency based in Nigeria as its representative in the country and it is believed that it is to drive industry growth.
The Temple Company will interface with public sector organisations, looking to leverage its widely accepted platforms to their advantage.
According to the Indian television station, the partnership will present a unique advantage that decision-makers can leverage to better connect with Nigerians.
Speaking on the new deal, the founder of the Temple Company, Mr Idris Olorunnimbe, noted that the partnership was in line with the goal of the company to foster cross-border collaboration that will help drive growth for both Indo-Nigerian creative industries.
“We were ready for this collaboration long ago. When we launched The Temple Company, we had our job cut out to attract strategic collaborations that would impact positively on the creative economies across territories,” he noted.
In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer, Sub-Saharan African and Indian Islands, Zee Entertainment, Mr Somnath Malakar, expressed optimism about the partnership and noted that this deal will promote Zee Entertainment goal to present sectoral growth.
“We are certainly excited to partner with The Temple Company which positions us to collaboratively unlock the opportunities presenting themselves in Nigeria, the biggest and fastest-growing TV market in Africa,” Mr Malakar noted.
Zee World debuted on the Nigerian television scene in February 2015 and has over the years proved to be a favourite among Nigerian families, especially the females.
This follows the latest MPS data ratings, which noted that the channel commands a viewership base of up to one-fifth of the entire Nigerian Pay-TV landscape, making it a desired platform for advertisers.
Zee World channel has been ranked as Nigeria’s most-watched TV channel across all platforms.
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