photos from Future Awards Africa 2015 & Full list of winners

It was a star studded event last night at Intercontinental Hotel. See more photos and full list of winners with their profiles ………

The 10th year anniversary edition of The Future Awards
Africa (TFAA) which held today at the prestigious Intercontinental
Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos, lived up to its billing as Africa’s
biggest youth event.

The awards hosted by multi-talented singer and
producer, Dare Art-Alade and South Africa’s leading OAP, Bonang Matheba
saw 11 outstanding young achievers rewarded for their excellent work
across the continent in different fields ranging from science and
technology, business, entertainment, politics, to education.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards to deserving winners from all across Africa with Nigeria’s Philip Obaji Jnr. taking home The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year.

The event was attended by high-profile personalities including the
Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, Oby Ezekwesili, Mo Abudu, Tara
Fela-Durotoye, and more.

See below the full list of winners and their profiles:

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Advocacy & Activism

Queen Baboloki (Botswana)

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Education

Lily Kudzro (Ghana)

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Enterprise Support

Olufunbi Falayi (Nigeria)

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Community Action

Kelvin Mutize (Zimbabwe)

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Technology

Rasheeda Mandeeya Yehuza (Ghana)

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Entertainment

Olamide “Badoo” Ayodeji (Nigeria)

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Agriculture

David Asiamah (Ghana)

The Tony O. Elumelu Prize in Business

Samuel Malinga (Uganda)

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Public Service

Emmanuel N. B. Flomo (Liberia)

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year

Philip Obaji Jnr. (Nigeria)

Ford Foundation Prize for Youth Employment Category

Ukinebo Dare

The Future Awards Africa 2015 – celebrating 10 years! – was powered by RED and UBA.

The award is held in partnership with the
British High Commission, Ford Foundation, Microsoft, the US Consulate,
the Canadian High Commission, Sterling Bank and The Tony Elumelu
Foundation.

Profiles of the winners of The Future Awards Africa.

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Advocacy & Activism, Queen Baboloki (Botswana) Winner

25 years

Botswana

In her native Botswana, Baboloki has made significant strides in the
field of gender equality. She works at the vanguard of a movement to
stop gender violence in Botswana. Starting in 2009, Queen began
mentoring vulnerable students through the Face the Nation Program in
Botswana. Stationed at Good Hope Senior Secondary School, Baboloki saw
firsthand the impact of gender-based violence. As a counselor, she
helped young girls cope with violence experienced in the home. She
taught those vulnerable students life-skills and reinforced their value
as people.

Building on that work, Baboloki became a University of Botswana Peer
Counselor focusing on young women who had experienced violence. Her work
combines counseling with educational guidance, mentorship and career
decision-making. By integrating these concepts together, battered young
women become psychologically as well as financially independent.

Realizing that no serious national organization is committed to the goal
of eradicating gender-based violence in Botswana, Baboloki set up the
Dream Hub Project, to take the kind of counseling she developed at the
University of Botswana to rural areas to the most vulnerable women and
girls. She has attracted the attention of the Moremi Initiative for
Leadership, Empowerment and Development in Africa (MILEAD), and was
invited to become a 2013 MILEAD Fellow. She was also selected as a 2014
Mandela Washington Fellow- President Obama’s Young African Leaders
Initiative; 2015 VV Lead Fellow and 2015 Global Laureate Fellow.

The Dream Hub Project, through Baboloki’s direction, has developed
partnerships with law enforcement agencies, local resource and advocacy
groups, and University groups to promote a comprehensive and coordinated
response to tackling gender based violence at the individual,
community, and societal levels.

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Education, Lily Kudzro (Ghana) Winner

29years

Ghana

Lily Kudzro is the CEO of Devio Arts Center. A social entrepreneur,
Kudzro believes that children and young people can create and inspire
their own future and can become change-makers in their communities.

She makes use of creative and imaginative ways to introduce students and
schools to practical visual arts application. A strong advocate for
attitude and policy change towards improving the overall quality of
STEAM education in African schools, Kudzro hopes to impact 100,000
African students within the next 5 years.

With a passion for creative arts, Kudzro recognized the sincere gap in
the educational structures of Ghana for children to explore and realize
their artistic potential.

The Devio Arts Centre, a social enterprise initiative, uses creative and
digital art as a catalyst, to stimulate constructive learning and
creative thinking in Ghanaian children. The center tackles creativity in
communities and helps to build creative life skills through programs
that bring experts from the working field, and makes use of technology
to engage and train students on current trends.

Devio Arts through its programs has provided transformational impact by
providing infrastructure, resources and inclusive access to children
from disadvantaged backgrounds to engage in creative and digital arts,
reaching over 1700 children since 2014.

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Enterprise Support, Olufunbi Falayi (Nigeria) Winner

29 years

Nigeria

Falayi is a Computer Science & Economics graduate of Obafemi Awolowo
University, Nigeria who has previously worked as the Project Lead in
the CSR department of Mit-Glauben Engineering Ltd (IT section).
Olufunbi, has since helped launch a privately owned and managed
vocational training institution, Southern Business Academy Lagos.
Olufunbi is a co-founder of Project 4 (an education non-profit
organization).

Passion Incubator provides immense support to focused individuals by
helping young technology entrepreneurs build their businesses from
scratch. In the one year Passion Incubator has been in existence, it has
helped different dreams become established businesses.

As co-founder of Passion Incubator, Falayi is very driven to help his
people and his country thrive in the technology and business sector. One
of his main goals is to help his clients turn their business ideas into
successful results. Recent successes with clients include Warra Cakes
and Talking Books.

With Warra Cakes, he helped developed a middle-ware platform for consumers to order sweets and bakeries

from different suppliers of bakers. And with Talking Books, he is turning all Nigerian literature and books into audio books.

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Community Action, Kelvin Mutize (Zimbabwe) Winner

27 years

Zimbabwe

Kelvin Mutize volunteers in the world’s largest psychosocial programme
for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, Champions for Life
started in 2005 in Harare, Zimbabwe by Tom and Bonnie Deuschle and spear
headed by physician Dr Andrew Reid. The programme has had more than
15,000 children in sub-Saharan Africa receive the emotional, moral and
physical support required.

Kelvin Mutize, a young leader who has travelled to more than six of
these sub-Saharan nations to see the programme launched all at his own
expense has served Champions for Life for close to eight years now as an
unpaid volunteer and is one of the key leaders in the organization.

Mutize has travelled and set up Champions for Life programmes in South
Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho,
Swaziland and Uganda. He has started his own organization called
Tehillah Media that seeks to empower youths living with HIV/AIDS with
internet based skills that will enable them to generate income. To date
he has successfully built a team of four key leaders who develop
websites and have started their own Youtube channels to tutor others.

Mutize’s community building efforts were recognized by President Barack
Obama when he was invited to attend the Mandela-Washington Young Leaders
six week programme in the USA in June/Aug 2015.

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Technology, Rasheeda Mandeeya Yehuza (Ghana) Winner

25 years

Ghana

25 year-old Rasheeda Mandeeya Yehuza is passionate about technology and
how society can apply it to improve development in Ghana and Africa
at-large. Yehuza currently works as a software engineer at VOTO Mobile,
which provides a platform to amplify the voice of the under-heard and
under-represented via a mobile phone notification and survey platform.

In 2013, Rasheeda founded Nasara Tech Ltd, a technology-focused company
that creates solutions to problems identified in local communities, and
accordingly can be applied worldwide. She has led and managed the
development of Nasara Tech’s two in-house products, Nasara Mobile and
The Nasara Voting System, as well as custom application projects for
specific client needs. With her keen knowledge of technology and
programming, she has also built computer games such as Buju Hunt and
Sphere Attack and has developed desktop applications, including the
snapso shutdown manager and web browser as freewares which can be found
on softpedia.

Rasheeda is very passionate about youth development and as a result, is
an active member and organizer of the GhanaThink Foundation programs;
Barcamp Kumasi and ‘Kumasi Konnect’, both of which bring together young
Ghanaians to learn about the issues that affect them, generate ideas for
development, network and partner with others who have similar interests
to improve or create businesses and projects.

As part of her commitment to social entrepreneurship, Rasheeda
co-founded Tech Needs Girls Ghana, an interactive workshop for girls in
Ghana. The workshop involves a hands-on session where girls learn to
develop mobile and web applications, interact with software that teaches
them more about STEM, and provides mentoring for female technologists.
Rasheeda has instructed and mentored at several Tech Needs Girls events
and has spoken at youth and girl education camps around Ghana to help
raise the awareness for females in information technology.

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Entertainment, Olamide “Badoo” Ayodeji (Nigeria) Winner

26 years

Nigeria

Olamide’s road to fame is one for the history books. Not too long ago,
he was a regular kid growing up in Bariga, at the Heart of Lagos
Mainland. His talent and doggedness got him the right notices and in
2010, he hit the ground running with his first hit single, Eni duro. He
has gone on to release 4 commercially successful studio albums as well
as a collaborative record with fellow indigenous rapper Phyno.

Olamide raps in a unique blend of Yoruba and English with lyrics that
are at once playful and punchy. He has emerged in the last five decades
as one of the most prolific and commercially viable artistes on the
continent. With numerous hit singles and albums, Olamide has been able
to crossover into mainstream circles.

A businessman and label boss, Olamide’s YBNL label and artiste
management outfit manages his career and has introduced fast rising acts
such as Lil Kesh, Viktoh, Chinko Ekun and Adekunle Gold.

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Agriculture, David Asiamah (Ghana) Winner

27 years

Ghana

David Asare Asiamah is extremely passionate about the development of a
new generation of African youth with the requisite capacity to exploit
the diverse opportunities in Agriculture as an avenue for sustainable
employment and food security.

Agro Mindset which was created while David was in his 3rd Year on campus
has imparted positively in the lives of over 7000 young students both
in Ghana and beyond through its innovative and creative programmes like
agribusiness outreach programmes, field trainings, farm business
development, entrepreneurial workshops and symposia.

David’s understanding of agribusiness and entrepreneurship has earned
him the opportunity to speak on several platforms in Ghana and other
African countries like Nigeria. In recognition of his outstanding
contribution to youth involvement in Agriculture, Agro Mindset won the
2013 edition of the Ghana UK Based Award (GUBA) on Invest in Africa Sustainable Business Award.

The project kicked off with the Farm, which has so far sold over a
million eggs to the Ghanaian populace. This farm has also generated
employment to people and families even as Asiamah continues to challenge
a generation of people to go into agriculture.

The Tony O. Elumelu Prize in Business, Samuel Malinga (Uganda) Winner

26 years

Uganda

Samuel Malinga’s team has developed a mechanism to address the entire
faecal sludge management chain. They have developed a new modular
latrine called DuraSan (made up of durable, interlocking, precast
concrete blocks), a low-cost pit emptying pump called a Rammer, primary
transportation devices (Grappler, handcart & Shlifter), and a
Decentralized Faecal Sludge Treatment System (DFSTS).

The modular toilet is usually constructed in 2-3 days depending on the
number of stances. It is long-lasting, and avoids the common problems of
other latrines arising from poor workmanship, delays by masons and
over-charging. The Rammer makes it possible for full pits (both lined
and unlined) in informal settlements to be emptied in an acceptable
sanitary manner.

The DFSTS is made up of rota-mould plastic tanks for treatment of faecal
sludge in areas lacking treatment plants. Together, this suite of
technologies provides affordable quality sanitation services to
different communities / individuals, improving hygiene and reducing
faecal-related diseases.

Malinga was shortlisted for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
and in Kampala, other entrepreneurs have entered into the pit emptying
business using the technology pioneered by Malinga and his team.

The Future Awards Africa Prize in Public Service, Emmanuel N. B. Flomo (Liberia) Winner

27 years

Liberia

Emmanuel Flomo is a member of the President’s Young Professional
Program, the flagship program of the Liberian President, Madame Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf, a youth capacity and public service program.

He was selected by the President based on his accomplishment at the
Cuttington University while serving as a student leader. Flomo was
assigned to the Ministry of Finance & Development Planning as a
Budget Analyst working in the Economic Services Sector. In that
department, he worked on preparing budget for other ministries and
agencies in Government, work plans, spending plans and managing the
execution of the budgets.

Based on his performance, Flomo was appointed by the Finance Minister of
Liberia as Budget Director for the Ministry of Commerce & Industry
to help in their formulation and preparation of the ministry’s budget
while also providing guidance on the execution.

In April 2015, he was honored by the President of the Republic of
Liberia for his outstanding performance at the Ministry of Finance &
Development Planning.

Besides serving in the Government or in Public Service, Flomo was
elected in February 2015 as the Vice President for International Affairs
of the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU), the umbrella
organization for all students in Liberia.

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year, Philip Obaji Jnr. (Nigeria) Winner

29

A winner of The Future Awards
Africa Prize in Education 2014, Philip Obaji Jnr has shown
extraordinary courage and commitment in advocating for basic primary
education for street children popularly called Almajiris in North-East
Nigeria, a region where Islamist militant group, Boko Haram forbids
western education and attacks those in support of it. Philip who once
escaped Boko Haram attack has defied their threats and continues to make
huge contributions to improve access to school for Almajiris, many of
whom have been recruited into the deadly  sect.

In 2014, the 1 GAME Campaign which he founded four years earlier with an
objective to fight violence and ignorance through education, met with
nearly 100 community leaders in North-East states of Borno, Yobe and
Gombe on raising a volunteering team to move house to house, encouraging
parents to send their children to tuition-free public primary schools
rather than to Almajiri Mallams. Collectively, they have reached out to
nearly 1,000 families.

To make learning easy and affordable, Philip’s 1 GAME Campaign provided
100,000 exercise books and pens to about the same number of children in
Borno and Gombe States with virtually every recipient attending school
for the first time. 1 GAME also established a book centre in Maiduguri,
the Borno State, where poor school children who are in need can get
writing material.

Through 1 GAME Campaign, Obaji Jnr has brought together, hundreds of
former child soldiers in a movement to end the conscription of children
by local vigilantes fighting Boko Haram. He has told the stories of
hundreds of children affected by the insurgency, published on foreign
journals, and helped get foreign aid to thousands of displaced children
particularly in Borno State.

Through his ‘Off The Streets’ project, Philip supports these children by
catering for them through the provision of food and clothing and at the
same time prepares them for western education through a mentoring
program.

Off The Street Project Van goes out every last weekend of the month in Maiduguri to Almajiri centers,

delivering food stuffs, beverages and clothing to children in need. It
reaches out to about 10 major centers with a near total of 20,000
children every month.

Now backed by various global humanitarian agencies including Compassion
It and UNICEF, Philip’s 1 GAME Campaign will be reaching out to most of
the 800,000 children displaced by the insurgency in northeastern Nigeria
through the recently launched #BringBackOurChildhood campaign.

Samuel Malinga (Uganda) Winner

26 years

Uganda

Samuel Malinga’s team has developed a mechanism to address the entire
faecal sludge management chain. They have developed a new modular
latrine called DuraSan (made up of durable, interlocking, precast
concrete blocks), a low-cost pit emptying pump called a Rammer, primary
transportation devices (Grappler, handcart & Shlifter), and a
Decentralized Faecal Sludge Treatment System (DFSTS).

The modular toilet is usually constructed in 2-3 days depending on the
number of stances. It is long-lasting, and avoids the common problems of
other latrines arising from poor workmanship, delays by masons and
over-charging. The Rammer makes it possible for full pits (both lined
and unlined) in informal settlements to be emptied in an acceptable
sanitary manner.

The DFSTS is made up of rota-mould plastic tanks for treatment of faecal
sludge in areas lacking treatment plants. Together, this suite of
technologies provides affordable quality sanitation services to
different communities / individuals, improving hygiene and reducing
faecal-related diseases.

Malinga was shortlisted for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
and in Kampala, other entrepreneurs have entered into the pit emptying
business using the technology pioneered by Malinga and his team.

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