Sunday PUNCH Editor, Toyosi Ogunseye; fourteen young Nigerians and one Ugandan on Friday night, at the Aztech Arcum, Port Harcourt, emerged winners of The Future Awards Africa 2013.
The event was hosted by Popular OAP, Toke Makinwa and Nigerian rap star, Vector. Among the attendees were CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Wiebe Boer, magazine publisher Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Rivers commissioner for information, Ibim Semenitari, comedian Julius Agwu, West African Idol Winner; Timi Dakolo, O. C Ukeje, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Gbenro Akinbade, Jessy Jagz and others.
The awards that spanned across various aspects of endeavour were presented to outstanding achievers who are below the age of 31.
They are Orode Uduaghan-Okpu, who won the Prize in Advocacy and Activism; Ife Adebayo, Community Action; Otto Orondaam, Education; Uche Pedro, Media Entrepreneur of the Year.
The prize in Journalism went to Ogunseye; Kingsley Ezeani, New Media; Saeed Jumah, Business; and Precious Nweke, Agriculture.
The trio of Ayodeji Adewunmi, Opeyemi Awoyemi and Olalekan Olude of Jobberman.com received the prize in Enterprise Support; Hugo Obi, Science and Technology; and Kaye Temenu, Professional Service.
Dr Adanna Chukwuma won the prize in Public Service; O. C. Ukeje, Entertainment Talent; Kenneth Gyang, Arts and Culture; and Aisha Bello, Fashion and Style.
The biggest award of the night went to Ashish Thakkar from Uganda, who was recognised as the Young Person of the Year. Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, who spoke at the event, urged the youth to contribute their quota in nation building.
“The way you behave does not augur well for this country,’’ he said, adding that their contributions was necessary to move the country to greater height.
In his speech, Chude Jideonwo, the Executive Director of the awards, said the award was set up to inspire young people to achieve great things.
“We have been working hard to inspire young people to become very responsible and become leaders of tomorrow. The Future Awards Africa works all-year-round mentoring young people all over Nigeria and Africa and we shall continue to do so,” he said.
The award which held in Port Harcourt for the second consecutive year, was the eighth edition.
Information from News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was used in this report.