As part of the pre-awards activities for its Season 7, The Future Awards Central Working Committee has announced The Online Media Business MasterClass for July 25 in Lagos, Nigeria. The MasterClass is for young people who want to run online media businesses in Nigeria and are looking for practical steps and guidelines.

“With success models like BellaNaija, LindaIkeji, YNaija, and others, young people are now taken in by the power of new media to influence conversations, drive agendas, inform, and entertain at the same time,” says Chude Jideonwo, who is executive director of The Future Project. “A passionate set of bloggers and young people who seek to build a career in social media have since emerged; what they need now are the skills required to build a reputable – and most importantly, profitable – new media brand.”


Themed ‘So you think you can blog?’, the full day interactive session will feature the facilitators sharing knowledge and information about running a media business in Nigeria; emphasising the opportunities, challenges, and strategies; especially in the peculiar Nigerian environment.


The training scheduled for July 25 in Lagos, is set to be a memorable experience for bloggers and new media entrepreneurs as the facilitators constitute some of Nigeria’s finest, influential, online personalities.


Facilitators at the MasterClass are Linda Ikeji (Creator and Editor, Linda Ikeji Blog), Chude Jideonwo (Editor, Y!/, Noble Igwe (Publisher,, Cheta Nwanze (Chief Information Officer, DailyTimes), Japheth Omojuwa (Editor, and Ediong Umoh (Curator, NigeriaNewsDesk), who will share how NigeriaNewsDesk became the fastest breaking news service in Nigeria from its base in Calabar.


Topics to be treated include The Talent for Blogging, How to Drive Your Numbers, Building an Online Personality, Location is Irrelevant, Getting Your Technology Right, and Standards Still Matter.


The Future Awards Online Business MasterClass holds on July 25 at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos with a registration fee of N2,500. Interested participants should visit to register or call 08022226712.

The MasterClass is organised as part of The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TF-ESS); a platform designed to equip young people with adequate Business and Creative skills to succeed in their chosen area of profession. TF-ESS is one of the programmes of The Future Project.