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Monday, 23 November 2015
10 Africans selected as ambassadors for The Future Awards Africa 2015
In line with the
celebration of Africa’s biggest youth event, The Future Awards Africa has
announced the ambassadors for its 10th anniversary – a stellar cast of past
winners of the awards across business, development, governance and the creative
The 10 selected ambassadors are international recording artiste Bukola ‘Asa’
Elemide (Nigeria), music producer Michael ‘Don Jazzy’ Ajere (Nigeria), beauty
entrepreneur Tara Fela Durotoye (Nigeria), founder of LEAP Africa Ndidi Nwuneli
(Nigeria), Agriculture entrepreneur Nnaemeka Ikegwonu (Nigeria), activist
Sangu Delle (Ghana), power entrepreneur Patrick Ngowi (Tanzania), singer
Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania), Change-maker Fogblanbenchi Lily Harity
(Cameroon), and lawmaker Oramait Alengoil (Uganda).
“These 10 African icons have been selected from across East, West and Southern
Africa because they represent the essence of TFAA,” says Sean Obedih, a member
of the awards Central Working Committee based in Ghana.
“They speak to the best that Africa has, but more importantly their lives work
have inspired millions to take charge of their destinies and to get involved in
rebuilding their communities and their countries. There are no better
ambassadors than these to drive our #AfricaNeedsYou message as we celebrate 10
years of the awards and prepare for 10 more years of impact.”
The ambassadors will drive the 10th year anniversary campaign for the awards
across TV, radio, online and through events targeted at galvanizing the global
TFAA brain trust to solve problems across Africa.
“The question we are driving people to answer is very simple,” says singer Asa.
“If Africa is rising and GDPs are growing then why are so many young Africans
still desperately leaving Africa?”
Added Alengoil: “There is plenty to celebrate in the incredible work TFAA has
done over the past 10 years across 21 countries of Africa, but there is so much
work left to be done, and #AfricaNeedsYou to join us and get it done.”
As part of the 10th anniversary #AfricaNeedsYou campaign, TFAA launched a
100-city tour to build 100 hubs across the continent over the next one year.
The hubs will partner with local non-governmental organisations to solve
problems community by community. It will be launched officially at the awards
this year on 6, December 2015.
The Future Awards Africa 2015 is powered by RED and held in partnership with
the Ford Foundation, Microsoft, the US Consulate, the Canadian High Commission
Nigeria and The Tony Elumelu Foundation.