The 9th Annual Future Awards Africa Launches, Nominations End June 12, 2014

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” . .  . (W)e are excited to launch yet another season of the premier event for Africa’s young leaders,” said Adebola Williams, who is co-founder of the awards.

“The Future Africa Awards & Summit (TFAAS) has, this year, fully expanded its mission across the continent, to identify exceptional young leaders, celebrate their achievements, and present them as leading the new set of young Africans who will be shaping the future of Africa and the world.”

Nominations have now opened. Below are the categories:

The Future Awards Prize in Advocacy
The Future Awards Prize in Agriculture
The Tony O. Elumelu Prize in Business
The Future Awards Prize in Community Action
The Future Awards Prize in Education
The Future Awards Prize in Enterprise Support
The Future Awards Prize in Entertainment
The Future Awards Prize in Public Service
The Future Awards Prize in Technology
The Future Awards Prize for African Young Person of the Year.

Nominees must be of African origin, and be aged 18 – 31. To nominate, go to or send an email to If Internet access is a problem, send an SMS to +234 802 222 6712.

The awards has also been expanded to The Future Africa Awards & Summit, a 2-day ideas-fest, where the continent’s most influential leaders and institutions with portfolios on youth will gather to chart immediate action-points for expansion of jobs and opportunities, as well as good governance and citizen engagement.

“This is the largest home-grown network of policy-makers, business people, and other stakeholders in Young Africa,” said Williams.

The official media campaign for the season will be unveiled at noon on Monday, 12 May. The Board of Judges and Independent Audit Committee selecting the award winners will be unveiled shortly after.

The Future Africa Awards 2014 is supported by Microsoft, the US Consulate and the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Official Media Partners are EbonyLife TV, AfricaMagic, Cool FM and Y! Africa. Official Online Partners are MemeBurn, BellaNaija, and Linda Ikeji Blog. The official bloggers for 2014 are Omojuwa, Olorisupergal and Channels Television is the host station for Nigeria.

For more information, visit @TFAAfrica on Twitter or the website The official hashtags for 2014 are #TFAAS2014 and #TheFutureAfrica.

Chude Jideonwo to Launch New Book ‘Are We the Turning Point Generation’ This Sunday

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As Chude Jideonwo launches ‘Are We The Turning Point Generation?’ this Sunday, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Tony O. Elumelu, Oby Ezekwesili, Omotola, give high praise

As entrepreneur and young African leader, Chude Jideonwo gets set to launch his new book, Are We The Turning Point Generation? In Lagos on Sunday, 25 May – the reviews have already begun to come in, and it is all-high praise for the book published by Farafina, and its author.

The thought-provoking book, a collection of essays written by renowned entrepreneur and young leader, Chude Jideonwo, “aptly captures the evolution of youth-led ideas in managing Africa’s leadership and social development challenges”.

Each chapter addresses some of the difficult questions on the paradox that is Nigeria. Why do many Nigerian leaders ‘change’ once in office? Will the present generation of Nigerians do any better than its predecessors? Was Occupy Nigeria indeed a failure? Do we need a ‘Nigerian Dream’? Is ‘One Nigeria’ really worth it?

“With this remarkable collection, Chude makes a crucial statement,” says one of Africa’s most respected leaders and chairman of Heirs Holdings, Tony O. Elumelu, “that to reshape our continent, we will require thinkers, and we will require builders. He is clearly both.”

The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala calls it “a very important book. Provocative and tough.” And according to Tonye Cole, chief executive of Sahara Group, “Here is a young man that embodies the hope and pride that is all that Nigeria can and will be; a patriot, a warrior, an entrepreneur a leader, a friend and an ally.”

Award-winning author, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, says “Chude belongs to that rare breed, who go beyond mere sound and fury to provide unusual insight”; and actress and activist, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde also weighs in: “With every new initiative and dream he’s birthed, I see the same qualities I noticed that first time. He knows where he’s going and he is focused in getting there. I hope Africa will not waste this gift.”

The launch event is designed to be a conversation between two generations of African leaders – the brightest of Nigerian leaders from two generations will have a conversation about what the new generation must actively do in view of Africa’s development. It holds on Sunday, 25 May at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos and will be chaired by former World Bank Vice-President, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili.

It will also formally kick off the global book tour, which will visit Abuja Paris, London, New York amongst other cities, taking the important message the book shares to young African leaders and changemakers across the world. The other was hosted at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday, 17 May as part of the book tour, where he read to leaders from across the country.

For more information, email or visit The author can be followed @Chude on Twitter.

Y! Naija Magazine Rebrands to Y! Africa, Names Frank Asindi as Editorial Director

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As young Africa takes its place in the spotlight, and the continent does same on the world stage, the editors at Y! have announced a bold new direction for the magazine. The magazine is re-focused as Y! Africa. Y! Africa will explore and expand the boundaries of what it means to be African in this generation.

The magazine also announced that respected Nigerian editor Franka Asindi is the new Editorial Director. Award-winning entrepreneur and influential voice in the young start-up eco-system, Obedih joins the team as editor-at-large.

“We have spent the past three years channelling the ideals that define a new generation, challenging the status quo with covers from our ‘Anger Issue’ to our ‘Occupy’ issue, engaging with the best of young Africa from Ethiopia to Morocco, giving lift to events that are defining the continent’s narrative from the World Economic Forum’s SHAPE Africa to the Africa Union’s 5th Anniversary,” says its editor-in-chief, Chude Jideonwo. “With the continent’s demographic bonus of young people, it is time for a platform that is focused on the continent’s young population, and that points with confidence to the future for Africa. That imperative informs this strategic push.”

The first edition of Y! Africa hits the market in March 2014. It will be available across the continent; its content will focus on West, East and Southern Africa, with a nod towards the rich contemporary trends in North Africa. It will achieve this through a network of reporters in the three regions of its primary focus.

“Y! is centred on the ideas and issues that matter for a generation of Africans – from runaway employment to the explosion of start-ups,” said Jideonwo on the content that will define Y! Africa. “The magazine will express this focus via providing relentless insight on business, technology and governance – telling the important stories, providing crucial insight for those looking to invest in Africa and young Africans understanding a rapidly transforming continent; and spotlighting those who are making a reality of the new Africa narrative.”

“No other media organization on the continent has the bonafides of Red Media Africa with regard to youth media,” says Asindi. “Y! has always been at the forefront for Africa’s rising story, inspiring generations along with its sister brands including The Future Awards Africa. I look forward to joining its mission of engagement and empowerment.”

Asindi is a trained accountant with a rich media experience that spans business, tourism and fashion – she has managed Nigeria Energy Intelligence, TreasureAfrik, Family, Beauty Box, EbonyLife TV Magazine and Complete Fashion, where she set a standard for lifestyle publications in Nigeria before she left the country. She is publisher of Blanck, and consults for a number of media platforms including OK! Nigeria.

Obedih, from Rwanda is an award-winning entrepreneur and one of the leading authorities on the growth of young Africa. Obedih’s expertise lies in thought leadership writing and linking large companies to innovative start-ups through Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) vehicles to drive revenue growth, gain competitive advantage, and manage the risk of disruptive competition. He regularly delivers conferences and workshops to share his ideas on entrepreneurship, open innovation, technology, financing growth and creating viable businesses. A graduate of the University of Buckingham, he is Founder of Sobek Ventures and Co-founder of Founders Hive, an organisation that brings directors, entrepreneurs and investors together with the aim of accelerating the growth of start-up businesses.

Details and more information are available via, or 234 817 300 0001.
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