As part of its the launch of the 2015 season of The Future Awards Africa (TFAA), The Future Project (TFP) paid courtesy calls to the Canadian High Commissioner, Mr Perry John Calderwood and Swiss Deputy Head of Mission, Mr Daniel Cavegn in Abuja on 23 and 25 June, 2015. The courtesy team will also be visiting Senegal, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana throughout July 2015 in order to introduce TFAA and its goals.
The courtesy team included Mfon Ekpo, Executive Director, The Future Project, Bukonla Adebakin, Team Lead, The Future Project, Jake Okechukwu, Winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize in Community Action 2014, Debbie Magnut, External Relations Director at RED, and Ikechukwu Akagba, Lead, The Future Project Volunteer, Abuja.
The courtesy visits also announced the commencement of nominations for the 10th annual TFAA, and the awards are seeking nominations from the public, for people between the ages of 18 and 31 who have been able to create incredible impact and well documented accomplishments within their community and/or globally in the last year. These achievements should revolve around their results, potential for growth plus the ability to inspire other young people in Africans.
The theme for this 10th anniversary is Imagine Africa!, chosen to highlight young Africans fulfilling the promise of the continent. TFAA is proud to demonstrate the richness and variety of positive change catalysed by these young ideas.
"Locally and globally, young Africans continue to reshape and redefine the narrative of just what it means to be a young individual in a developing country," said Mfon Ekpo, Executive Director, The Future Project Africa. "They are demonstrating incredible resilience and resourcefulness, and in doing so are reshaping a continent and helping to create brighter futures for a continent of over one billion people. It really is an exciting time for us as we highlight the incredible things occurring."
Nominations are opened to young Africans between ages 18 – 31.
The award categories for 2015 are:
1. The Future Awards Africa Prize in Education
2. The Future Awards Africa Prize in Agriculture
3. The Future Awards Africa Prize in Advocacy
4. The Future Awards Africa Prize in Technology
5. The Future Awards Africa Prize in Public Service
6. The Future Awards Africa Prize in Community Action
7. The Tony O. Elumelu Prize in Business
8. The Future Awards Africa Prize in Entertainment
9. The Future Awards Africa Prize in Enterprise Support
10. The Future Awards Africa Prize for African Young Person of the Year
For more information and to nominate a candidate, visit www.thefutureafrica.com/awards, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send an SMS to +2348022226712. Nominations close 11 September, 2015.
The Future Awards Africa is supported by Ford Foundation, Microsoft, the US Consulate, the Canadian High Commission and the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Official Media Partners are EbonyLife TV, AfricaMagic, Ventures Africa, and Y! Africa. Official Online Partners are BellaNaija and 360nobs.
The official bloggers for 2015 are Olorisupergal, Ameyaw.com and NigeriaNewsDesk. Country partners are Information Nigeria and Pulse.ng.
Follow @TFAAfrica to keep up with the latest news on TFAA. The official hashtags for 2015 are #ImagineAfrica and #TFAAS2015.