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The Future Awards Africa Unveils Nominees Ahead of Its 17th Edition

“Defying the odds, inspiring greatness”

  • written by Eavesdroppr's
  • 6 min read
  • 25 Sep, 2023
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The Future Awards Africa is back for its 17th edition, this year’s list of nominees are outstanding to say the least, and the theme for the year “Defying the odds, inspiring greatness”, is an accurate representation of all their hard work and resilience.

On Sunday, September 24, the long awaited list of nominees was announced by Tayo Faniran and Idia Aisien. The list of nominees is undoubtedly well deserved and filled with individuals who have gone against all odds to thrive in their individual fields. 

From the Guinness Record Breaker, Hilda Baci, to the Nigerian track and field star, Tobi Amusan. There’s a lot of notable names on this list that have, at one point or another, inspired the whole country with greatness. Other names you would be pleased to see are, Enioluwa Adeoluwa, Asake, Broda Shaggi, Laila Johnson Salami, Mike Folarin, and so on. 

The entire list of nominees cuts across 25 categories, with a total of 128 nominees, every single nominee deserving of the title, thanks to their dedication, and great passion in their field that has inspired young people everywhere.

Here’s a complete list of all the categories and those nominated in each category. 

Young Person of the Year

  • Hilda Baci — Guinness World Record Holder
  • Oluwaseyi Moejoh — Climate Change and Youth Development Activist
  • Victor Osimhen — Professional Footballer
  • Rena Wakama — Coach of D’Tigress
  • Precious Eniayeka — Founder at Stellar Initiative
  • Enioluwa Adeoluwa — Content Creator

Education

  • Aliu Toluwani Victor — CEO of Royal foundation Africa
  • Sultan Akintunde — CO founder and CTO AltSchool Africa
  • Demilade Adelaja — SDG Youth Advocate
  • Adaora Nwodo — Tech Content Creator
  • Uchechi Rochas — Director General of Rochas Foundation

Professional service

  • Oghenerukevwe Toka — Social Media Manager, Consultant, and Coach
  • Phoebe Dami-Asolo — Marketing and Commercial Professional
  • Olubukayo Ewuoso — Digital Marketing Officer
  • Muhumuza Brian — Intercontinental Publicist
  • Fatima Jimanate Umar — Development Group Impact Analyst

Law

  • Bioku Benjamin — Legal Manager at Sahara
  • Chidi Odoemenam — Senior Associate at Rendeavour Nigeria
  • Damilola Wright — Lawyer
  • Toyin Aiyepola — Lawyer

Entrepreneurship

  • Nathan Nwachukwu — CEO of Klas
  • Lukman Shobowale — Real Estate Expert
  • Jumoke Dada — Award-winning Entrepreneur
  • Victor Ehindero — A Visionary Tech entrepreneur
  • Miracle Nwachukwu — Interior Designer
  • Victor Adegbile — CEO at Land Republic Limited
  • Bella Victor — Chairman of Lander Estate
  • Bright Sekoni — CEO of Audacia Properties
  • Sandra Chukwudozie — Founder & CEO – Salpha Energy
  • Noah Ibrahim — Co-Founder – Eatnow.ng

Agriculture

  • Emmanuel Negedu — CEO of AgriLife youth
  • Joshua Ifezue — Founder of Jofez Agro
  • Joshua Okpata — Exxon Mobil Undergraduate Scholar
  • Technology
  • Weevil Company — Hansel Okeke and Germaine Okeke, Founders of Weevil Company
  • Victor Fatanmi — CEO of Fullgapco
  • David Onilude — Tech Enthusiast
  • Yanmo Omoregbe — Co-founder and COO of Bamboo
  • Goodness Kayode — CEO of Sendchamp
  • Shodipo Ayomide — Engineering and Developer Relations Leader
  • Iyinoluwa Deborah Raj

Photography

  • Chika Onuu — Photographer and Videographer
  • Opeyemi Femi Oke — Photographer
  • Deji Oluokun
  • Ngozieme — Photographer
  • Akindele Ibukun — Lead director for VISUALCHEF.HO
  • Bolarinwa (Horlaof Lagos) — Owner of HOL Academy

Advocacy and Activism

  • Muhammad Kolo Muhammad — Play Metro
  • Odanye Kehinde — Youth Advocate
  • Osariemen Grace Omoruyi — Founder of Restorative Justice for Africa
  • Tobiloba Osogbiye — Public Affairs Officer

Sport

  • Victor Osimhen — Footballer
  • Tobi Amusan — Nigerian track and Field Athlete
  • Asisat Oshoala — Footballer
  • Michelle Alozie — Footballer
  • Mary Busayo Olatunji — Squash Player
  • Ese Brume — Athlete

ON-Air Personality

  • Emmanuel Onwuka — Journalist
  • Ilowitdflo — TV Presenter
  • Karen Dimkpa — Queen of Pop Radio
  • Laila Johnson Salami — Co-Anchor on Arise TV
  • Anita Akuffo — Host and a Presenter
  • Adesola Balikis —Radio Presenter

Journalism

  • Deborah Tolu Kayode — Communications Specialist
  • Akinlade Abiodun — Writer
  • Pelumi Salako — Freelance Journalist
  • Ore Ogunbiyi — Economist

Intrapreneurship

  • Tutu Adetunmbi — Content Marketing Consultant
  • Solomon O. Ayodele — Head of Innovation at WEMA Bank
  • Ernesto O. Dibia — Medical Laboratory scientist
  • Victor Okpala — Manager of Spotify
  • Precious Akpan — Businesswoman

Health and Wellness

  • Mmekidmfon Umanah — Business Executive
  • Dr Princess Ike — Public Health Optometrist
  • Emmanuel Oni — Businessman
  • Victor Amusan — Health Tracker

Fashion

  • Uyiosa Omoregbe — Owner of NASO Clothing Brand
  • Rhoda Aguonigho — Fashion Consultant
  • Thebetsile Thebe Magugu — Fashion Designer
  • Veekee James — Fashion Designer
  • Gbemisola Okunlola — Founder of ALONUKO

Film

  • Abdulazeez Greene — Cinematographer
  • TG Omori — Music Video Director
  • Ovi Odiete — Nollywood Actor
  • Nora Awolowo — Producer, Cinematographer, and Filmmaker
  • Steven Ndukwu — Travel and Real Estate Content Curator
  • Ife Olujuyigbe — Filmmaker
  • Niyi Fagbemi — Filmmaker
  • Ifan Michael — Filmmaker

Acting

  • Mike Afolarin — Actor
  • Rahama Sadau — Actress
  • Moshood Fattah — Actor
  • Emeka Nwagbaraocha — Actor
  • Ama Qamata — Actress
  • Olumide Oworu — Actor
  • Tobi Bakre — Actor
  • Genovevah Umeh — Actress
  • Scarlet Gomez — Actress

Content Creation

  • Layi Wasabi — Content Creator
  • Fisayo Fosudo — Visual Storyteller
  • Eniola Korty Olanrewaju — Filmmaker
  • Salem King — Content Creator
  • The Wisdom Man — Content Creator
  • Maryam Apaokagi — Comedienne
  • Samuel. A Perry ( Broda Shaggi) — Comedian

Music

  • Ayra Starr — Singer
  • Asake — Artist
  • Libianca — Cameroonian Singer
  • Aya Nakamura — French Singer
  • Tay C — French Singer and Songwriter

Governance

  • Hakeem Onasanya — Head of Startups
  • Igunbor Sarah — Senior Assistant to Edo State Governor
  • Mustapha Isa Ozo — Managing Director of A Public Relations and Digital Communication Company
  • Seun Olufemi White — Lawyer
  • Rukayatt Shittu — Journalist
  • Khalil — Halilu

Community Action

  • GodsFavour Ahimisi — Game Changer in Community Action
  • Ndasadu lau Idris Bilyaminu — Founder of YapDfAfrica
  • Chioma Ukpabi — Founder of SUWK
  • Salawu Azeez — Climate Activist
  • Iresalewa Muhammed Bello — Founder of Nimah Andreh

Arts and Literature

  • Haneefah Abdulraman — Writer
  • Michael Dubby — Entrepreneur
  • Morenike Olusanya — Book Cover Artist

Dance

  • Izzy Odigie — Choreographer
  • Regina Eigbe — Choreographer
  • Sherrie Silver — Philanthropist
  • Dream Catchers — Dance Group

Creativity and Innovation

  • Victoria Adesanmi — Interior Designer
  • Hauwa Lawal — Screenwriter
  • Babatunde Sanni of Ikorodu Bois
  • Intissar Bashir Kurfi — Environmentalist

Service to the Young

  • Melody Fidel — Entrepreneur
  • Bosun Tijani — Minister of Communications



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