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105 Young Nigerians Battle for The Future Awards Africa

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105 Young Nigerians Battle for The Future Awards Africa

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

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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)

Ifeyinwa Ojekwe

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

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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)

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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)

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Who Leaves Nigerian Idol Among Top Five Contestants?

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By Dipo Olowookere

The contest on the popular television music talent hunt show, Nigerian Idol, is heating up as the day for unveiling the winner, July 11, 2021, draws closer.

Last week, Kingdom Kroseide, Faith Onyeje, Comfort Alalade, Akunna Okey and Francis Atela made it to the top five as Emmanuel Elijah was evicted from the show.

The five surviving music acts wowed the viewers and the judges with their performances and the quartet of Obi Asika, Seyi Shay, DJ Sose and Mr P, who were judges last week, encouraged the contestants to put in their best as the contest continues.

Kingdom, who performed the jazz genre song Feeling Good by Nina Simone and Pop lyrics Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars, got a standing ovation from the judges.

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He took control of the stage with much excitement from the judges and the audience and commendation from Seyi Shay who said “your vocal performance was amazing, you are the strongest vocalist in this competition,” while Mr P enthused that “this is your kingdom, you will shine and go places.”

It was quite exciting with the contenders displaying exceptional skills in their stage performances to make it to the next episode on June 20 (today).

Faith sang Someone you Loved and Would rather go Blind, with comments from Seyi Shay eulogising him saying “you look incredible, I love your vocals,” and Obi Asika with the words “you deserve to be part of the top five, you sang the song beautifully.”

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Mr P was not left out as he advised that Faith should not stop playing the guitar as it adds colour to his rendition.

Comfort, who also sang beautifully, thrilled the judges and the audience with the songs Think out Loud and Save the Last Dance for Me, as Akunna performed Put a Spell on You by Nina Simone and Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus.

Francis also excited the judges with Too Good at Goodbyes and Hello by Lionel Richie, with DJ Sose impressed by his performance, saying, “You brought Las Vegas to Lasgidi.” An elated Seyi Shay said “well done.”

With five left in the competition, viewers are already getting tensed as to who will again be voted out when the show airs on Sunday evening on DStv and GOtv.

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Rite Foods Tasks Nigerian Idol Contestants to Have ‘Rite’ Energy, Mindset

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By Dipo Olowookere

Contestants of the ongoing Nigerian Idol have been tasked to have the Rite energy and mindset as they perform to get the support of the viewers to clinch the coveted prize.

This charge was given by Ms Boluwatife Adedugbe, the Brand Manager of Rite Foods Limited, makers of the popular Bigi Drinks, headline sponsor of the music talent hunt competition.

She gave the advice when the company received some Nigerian Idol contestants on Friday, June 4, 2021, and she intimated the future music stars on the organisation’s corporate culture, taking them through the corporate journey and footprints in the Nigerian economy, and most importantly, the entertainment sector.

“All of you are winners for making it to this point. I would like you all to imbibe the ‘Rite’ energy in your next performances,” Ms Adedugbe said.

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Business Post gathered seven contestants of the Nigerian Idol season 6 visited the corporate headquarters of Rite Foods at Opebi Ikeja, Lagos and they were Akunna Okey, Beyonce Ajomiwe, Comfort Alalade, Emmanuel Elijah, Faith Onyeje, Francis Atela, and Kingdom Kroseide.

One of them, Beyonce Ajomiwe, who is now out of the competition, revealed during the visit that her favourite Bigi variant is ginger lemon because it is good for her voice.

According to her, Bigi ginger lemon has helped her maintain her voice and tone in the contest, while Faith Onyeje revealed his love for Bigi Apple as it helps his metabolism after a good workout.

As for Akunna Okey, she reaffirmed her support for both ginger lemon and tamarind flavours, while the now-evicted Emmanuel Elijah said he loves his Bigi Apple.

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Comfort Alalade declared her love for Bigi Cola; Kingdom Kroseide pitched his tenth with Bigi water and sausages, while Francis Atela declared his love for Bigi Tamarind flavour.

The visit was characterized by fun and thrilling moments as the headline sponsor of the competition. Games and singing competitions spiced up the occasion as the contestants were split into two groups, where they contested BIGI TVC song ‘BigiMy Number One’ which was creatively performed by both groups.

The sum of N1.4 million was splashed on the contestants for their creative and entertaining performances during the visit. They also carted away other Rite Foods branded items and gifts during the visit.

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At the visit, the popular entertainment editor, Mr Rotimi Ige, who won the first-ever Bigi Media Idol, congratulated the contestants for making it thus far and urged them to keep working on their art and be assured that they are on the right platform, especially with Bigi, being the headline sponsor of the competition.

The contestants lauded the company for supporting young talents in the country and called on other stakeholders to emulate Rite Foods Limited in the quest for turning young acts into megastars.

The Nigerian Idol airs live every Sunday on DSTV Channel 198 and GOTV Channel 29 at 7 pm.

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