UNITED STATES CONSULATE HOSTS NOMINEES OF THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA 2013 TODAY | AS OMOBOLA JOHNSON, COMM TECH MINISTER SALUTES THE NOMINEES (WATCH)
The United States Consulate is hosting the nominees of The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) 2013 to an exclusive reception in Lagos, Nigeria.
The invitation-only dinner holds on Thursday, 11 July at the Ikoyi, Lagos residence of the Consul-General, Jeffery Hawkins.
“We are excited to have the United States officials recognize the exceptional quality of the nominees and the awards and to host this exclusive event,” said Ohimai Atafo, who is head of the Central Working Committee for the awards. “We look forward to a beautiful evening, and a purposive interaction.”
The reception is another highlight in the schedule of exclusive events to celebrate and deepen the work of the awards nominees – drawn from across the country and outside.
Earlier this week, the CWC had also announced a groundbreaking partnership with the British Council to present ‘The International Young Media Entrepreneur of the Year’ 2013.
“We are certainly looking forward to hosting and celebrating the nominees of The Future Awards Africa,” said Mr. Hawkins. He will be speaking with the nominees on ‘Young People & Taking The Lead on Africa’s Future”.
“Every year, we are over-whelmed by the sheer intensity of achievement and inspiration that we find from our nominees,” said Chude Jideonwo, who is executive director of The Future Project. “This year, we excited to continue and heighten that tradition, especially since the awards are now continent. We look forward to joining the US Consulate in celebrating the exceptional leaders, innovators, change-makers and entrepreneurs that are nominees for The Future Awards 2013, and to present them as role models to Africa’s teeming youth population.”
Echoing this, Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson has paid tribute to the Class of 2013, nominees for The Future Awards announced yesterday.
“I think this is a very inspiring initiative, i have known about The Future Awards for many years now. Its inspiring even for those of us who have crossed the youth age, you inspire not only the older Nigerians but others coming behind you. ” She said. “i will encourage everyone of us to go to www.thefutureafrica.com/awards to read about the very inspiring stories of this young Nigerians who have done so much to make our country proud and done so much to ensure that we continue to have confidence in our youth”
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The 2013 edition of The Future Awards Africa is held in partnership with the Youth Office of the African Union Commission. Nominees for the biggest prize, the African Young Person of the Year 2013 will also be announced on Thursday, after the 1st ordinary session of the meeting of the commission’s Bureau of COMY IV in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. The Brazzaville meeting is a follow up of the 4th Conference of Ministers of the African Union, in charge of youth development.
The awards event holds in August 2013. There will be no public voting for this edition of The Future Awards Africa.
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