The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that The Future Awards Africa has been called the “Nobel Prize for Young Africans’’, and the “most important youth awards’’ by Forbes.
It is a set of prizes given annually to celebrate and accelerate innovation, creativity and enterprise amongst young Africans and has produced over 150 winners and over 1,550 nominees since its first edition in 2006.
The awards are presented in conjunction with The Future Project, which has a mandate to build empowered citizens across Africa, through (inclusive) enterprise and (active) citizenship.
The focus on Human Capital Development is informed by its value proposition: Africa’s growth needs a generation of young people who are gainfully employed and able to demand and secure better leadership.
Our projects include Aiki.ng, an employability portal presented with Microsoft; the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders, #StartupsAfrica, Intern4Jobs, YMonitor.org presented with National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
The Future Enterprise Support Scheme and The Future Awards Africa, are founded by the Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams, and is supervised by a Global Board of Advisors drawn from Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East.
The members include former Coordinating Minister of the Nigerian Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Senior Economic Advisor with the Open Society Foundations, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili; Co-founder of ONE, Jamie Drummond and the Chief of Cabinet with the Africa Development Bank, Anne Kabagambe.