Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Future Awards Nominees 2012: I'm Not Smiling

First of, I'll like to say congratulations to all the nominees.. My favorites and those I'll be voting for are... see the names I highlighted on the nominees list below :D 
Ignore the title of this post, the "I am not smiling part", it's simply attention seeking (wide grin).. Infact, that's one reason why I made it out like that.. So, back to my pi:ples on TFA2012 nominees list, I am partial about the ones I'm gon be voting for and thats cos I know most of them while the others are PEOPLE I have followed their works/project in the past year and seen how far they've grown to become a force to be reckoned with.

Nmachi Jidenma, I know of her and I love what she does; Omojuwa (activist.. *troublemaker) he hates the word activist so I've learnt.. :D; Whizkid - If I was 6yrs younger, I would be among the numerous **HOT babes who want, NEED him to notice them (..winks); Ohimai - He's a brother and I believe he has  good intentions and will put  them to good use. People on twitter should give him a break tho, or he ma sef should chill on sharng controversial tweets.

Tolu Ogunlesi - Not voting for him cos he shouldn't be on that list to start with.. Tolu is very deserving of any award even if pitched against international journalists but for the *criteria used in the selection process mentioned somewhere below, his name couldn't have been more inappropriate to be shortlisted; Akin Rotimi (smiles), I love the brother (sentiments again right? But no he's very outstanding in what he does.. Google the name.

Ferdinand Adimefe - well he's the only person I'm familiar with in his category before I typed away on google that is. As for Gidi Traffic - Thumbs up!
Occupy Nigeria and #SaveOke - may the soul of Samuel Ademola Aderinto and others who were killed during the protest rest in peace - these two should have just been noted in a speech or presentation of what coming together for a cause can do to help the people and nation. How do you award one for being of greater impact above the other or the rest when they all had their successes on issues they dealt with.. Just saying.

Having said these things, assume I'm addressing you verbally :D, I was looking for a name that I have since not found on the list for "Best Use of Advocacy", Esther Ijewere-Kalejaiye. To some people (very close friends), they'll wonder why I'm about this at all bhet... Anyways, don't just sit there and ask me who she is, ask me what  she has done and I'll tell you to google the following, " War Against Rape" and "Project Capable".. I would think the effort put into these projects, what they represent, and how on point they are about issues touching on social awareness will count for a nomination but who knows how Chude and Debola think anyways.. I know I won't buy an excuse about how people nominated those that made the nominees list- they can save ithat for *Akpors - that stupid dude in most BBM jokes.

Linda Ikeji, my sister from another mother, the trouble maker but she whom I like gaan and defend alot as if she paid me to do that is the person I am so rooting for her in her category. Well, she's an amebo (gossip) but you can't say you don't know that she's done a lot of good deeds :D.. Thanks to Tyler Perry for the inspiration there : ) 

Others in Linda Ikeji's her category are great people especially Jason Njoku, and Chinwe Njoku, Banky W, Idris Akinbanjo, Raheem Temitope Bello. I love what these people represent and I'm definitely all about them too but the deal is I gotta vote for just one person. "The Young Person of the Year" award is about the only category in the entire list that I understand too, 80% of the rest of the nominees across several categories are just names to me, I was sure they are great people but I still had to make use of google.


Got to MAKE it to bed now.. Shout out to y'all for following my blog, you'll notice I've not been sharing much lately, that's cos I have been VERY busy gaan.  I've missed y'all TOO.. Hehe! With all the stuffs I'm dealing with out here, you have to bear with me ni. Thanks as always.

Full list of The Future Awards 2012 Nominees List asfter the jump

As always, it’s the most anticipated list this year! The Future Awards, described by the World Bank as “The Nobel Prize for Young Africans”, after unveiling its spectacular Young Person of the Year nominees earlier this week, has now released the full Nominees List for all 21 categories.

Voting begins immediately! The voting numbers are 33120 (All networks) for Nigeria, and 1523 (Expresso & MTN), 1910 (Airtel) for Ghana. You can also vote on According to the organisers, voting takes only 50% of the second stage of judging, so winners are not selected by voting popularity – there is a 4-stage judging process involving a Board of Judges and an Independent Audit Committee. There is also a one-week period for members of the public to make complaints about any of the nominees to the awards Central Working Committee (CWC). Please send complaints to

All the nominees will be celebrated at an invitation-only media and VIP Nominees Reception on Saturday, 4 August 2012 – where they will also be inducted into the elite The Future Alumni Network. The Reception is also a yearly charity fundraiser – and this year, the event will be raising money for the Down Syndrome Association of Nigeria, a pioneering advocacy platform for children with Down’s Syndrome.

“Though there were remarkable difficulties in getting young leaders and entrepreneurs closer to 20 than 30, but we are excited to have yet arrived at an inspiring run-down of young Nigerians,” said Chude Jideonwo, who is executive director of The Future Project. “We gave ourselves the tough task of finding innovators, entrepreneurs and the kinds of young people you don’t always hear about, which is the essence of The Future Awards and we are as always, incredibly proud of the nominees we have.”

Profiles of the nominees will be published on the official website and on by July 31, 2012. Let the race begin!

Best Use of Advocacy

  1. Ferdinand Adimefe (Interface Foundation) 28
  2. Olumide Makanjuola (The Initiative for Equal Rights) 25
  3. Orode Jade Uduaghan (Pink Pearl Cancer Foundation) 22
  4. Adamma Umeofia (WeBuilt: Nigeria) 20
  5. Chizoba Imoka (Unveiling Africa Foundation) 25
  6. Esther Agbarakwe (Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition) 28
  7. Priscilla Usiobaifo (Brave Heart Initiative) 28
  8. Babafemi Oyediran (Rural Enterprise Development Project) 29

Best Use of New Media

  1. Japheth Omojuwa 28
  2. Gidi Traffic 22
  3. Ediong Umoh 25
  4. #OccupyNigeria
  5. #SaveOke
  6. Seun Fakuade (Beacons) 29
  7. Nmachi Jidenma 24
  8. Wale Adetula 27


Creative Artist Of The Year

  1. Obi Somto (Photographer) 23
  2. Bayo Omoboriowo (Photographer) 25
  3. Chibundo Onuzo (Writer) 21
  4. Bobo Omotayo (Writer) 29
  5. Imole Balogun (Photographer) 23
  6. Remi Adegbite (Photographer) 30
  7. Onyeka Nwelue (Writer) 30
  8. Mohammed Abbagana (Painter) 26

Designer of the Year

  1. Adebisi Anita (Ms Makor) 23
  2. Kola Kudus (Kola Kudus) 30
  3. Olorunyomi Omoniyi Makun (Yomi Casuals) 27
  4. Toluwaloju Olowofoyeku (Toju Foyeh) 23
  5. Osakwe Amaka (Maki Oh) 26
  6. Rukky Ladoja/Obi Obi/Tola Ayanwale (Grey) 27/29/27
  7. Ugonna Omeruo (House of Nwocha) 28
  8. Akpos Okudu (Akpos Okudu) 25



  1. Akin Rotimi (Ekiti State Governor’s Office) 31
  2. Banks Omisore (National Assembly) 29
  3. Chime Asonye (The Presidency) 26
  4. Ohimai Amaize (Ministry of Sports) 31
  5. John Gomiluk Otokwala (Securities and Exchange Commission) 28
  6. Adaeze Nnamani (Ministry of National Planning) 31
  7. The Corper (National Youth Service Corps) All ages
  8. Hadiza Abdullahi (The Presidency) 31


  1. Chiemelie Ezeobi (Thisday) 24
  2. Tolu Ogunlesi (NEXT/Forbes Africa) 29
  3. Alkasim Abdulkadir (CNN) 31
  4. Toyosi Ogunseye (The Punch) 29
  5. Oluyinka Ezekiel Adeparusi (National Mirror) 30
  6. Tomi Oladipo (BBC) 27
  7. Barnabas Hunjo (Radio Nigeria) 28
  8. Elo Nkereuwem (NEXT/Premium Times) 31


  1. Adim Isiakpona (Marketing Manager, HP) 27
  2. Seyi Ogunro (Associate, Banwo & Ighodalo) 29
  3. Aneto Okonkwo (Manager, Google) 27
  4. Ngozi Nkwoji (Senior Brand Manager, NB Plc) 30
  5. Tomiwa Adesida (Head of CSR, Sahara Group) 32
  6. Tomijogun Ogunlesi (Campus Brand Manager, Reckitt Benckiser) 28
  7. Kayode Jegede (General Manager/Head of Facility Management, Deux Project) 30
  8. Tokini Peterside (Communication Manager, Moet  Hennessy) 24


Science and Technology

  1. Ahmed Mukoshy ( 23
  2. Nnoduka Eruchalu ( 22
  3. Olumide Adewunmi (Gidilounge) 27
  4. Zubair Abubakar (Nigerian Constitution BlackBerry App) 32
  5. Chinwe Njokwu (Novel designs for microwave antennas using Nanomaterials) 27
  6. Seun Onigbinde (BudgIT) 26
  7. Femi Alade (Pliris Mobile) 30
  8. Raheem Temitope Bello (geoUtil, a solution for 70% current household energy consumption) 19


  1. Gossy Ukanwoke (Beni Online University) 24
  2. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (Bookneto) 21
  3. Tosin Jegede (One Child, One Book) 31
  4. Adebayo Adegbembo (ASA) 29
  5. Otto Orondaam (Slum to School Project) 26
  6. Desiree Craig (Efiko) 23
  7. Tolulope Sangosanya (Love on the Streets) 30
  8. Obinna Okwodu (Robotic teaching in secondary schools) 21



  1. Oyigoye Doyle (Nylahs Catering) 30
  2. Kola Oyeneyin (Venia Business Hub) 31
  3. Titus and Tobias Igwe (Speadmeals Mobile Kitchen) 24
  4. Aisha Maina (Aquarian Consult) 31
  5. Ayodele Arigbagbu (Dada Books) 32
  6. Osaru Alile & Lape Caxton-Onakoya (Caxton-Alile) 30
  7. Ola Orekunri (Flying Doctors Nigeria) 26
  8. Ladi Delano (Bakrie Delano Africa) 30


  1. Ajo Kunnuho John (Animal husbandry) 29
  2. Omoteso Sogo Ayodele (Piggery/Fishery/Poultry) 27
  3. Tochukwu Onyemelukwe (Jaeet Nigeria Limited) 30
  4. Olukayode Adeoye (Whails and Chase) 32
  5. Ayodeji Adeyinka Adeoye (Irewolede Farms) 30
  6. Fawolu Taiwo (Abivict Farms) 28
  7. Olusola Amusan (Olusola Amusan Company) 22
  8. Zechariah Obasola (Crop farming) 30


  1. Julie Odia (WOW) 31
  2. Adaora Mbelu (Innovation Factory) 26
  3. Uyi Omokaro (DM2) 30
  4. Bobby Taylor (Bobby Taylor Consulting) 30
  5. Komolafe Adesola (Media Insight) 30
  6. Samuel Olatunji (Big Sam Media) 30
  7. Uche Pedro (BainStone) 27
  8. Funmilade Alalade (Elev8) 28


  1. David Adeleke (HKN) 20
  2. Keke Hammond (Flytime Productions) 30
  3. Tana Adelana (Tana Adelana Productions) 28
  4. Emmanuel Dole Onoja (Delphino Entertainment) 28
  5. Don Jazzy (Mo-Hits/Mavin Records) 30
  6. Cobhams Asuquo (CAMP) 31
  7. Mamah Nwanchukwu (Ape Planet) 28
  8. Clarence Peters (CAPital Dreams Pictures) 29

  1. Ayodeji Adewunmi/Opeyemi Awoyemi/Olalekan 28/24/28 Olude (Jobberman)
  2. Ajibola Modupe (OTG Playa LLC) 29
  3. Jason Njoku (Iroko Partners) 31
  4. Eno Essien (Rheycrak) 30
  5. Bode Pedro (Veda Technology) 29
  6. Kayode Disu (IISA) 29
  7. Temi Kolawole (Antigravity) 27
  8. Femi Alade (Pliris Mobile) 30


On Air Personality of the Year (Radio)

  1. Oladotun Kayode (Cool FM) 28
  2. Twitwi (Wazobia FM) 32
  3. Toke Makinwa (Rhythm FM) 26
  4. Maltida Duncan (Rhythm FM, Abuja) 31
  5. Tolu “Toolz” Oniru (Beat FM) 30
  6. Nike Adewuyi (Splash FM, Ibadan) 27
  7. Lorenzo Menakaya (Lion FM, Enugu) 26
  8. Mazino (Smooth FM) 30

On Air Personality of the Year (TV)

  1. Dolapo Oni (Studio 53/Mnet) 28
  2. Denrele Edun (Channel O) 28
  3. Uti Nwanchukwu (Jara/Mnet) 30
  4. Ill Rymz (Nigerian Idol) 27
  5. Andre Blaze (Nigezie) 29
  6. Adams Ibrahim (Soundcity) 24
  7. Yvonne “Vixen” Ekwere (Silverbird TV) 25
  8. Maupe Ogun (Channels TV) 29

Musician of the Year

  1. Davido 19
  2. Wizkid 22
  3. Tim Godfrey 31
  4. Ice Prince 26
  5. Flavour 29
  6. Naeto C 30
  7. MI 30
  8. Bez 29

Actor of the Year

  1. Ini Edo 30
  2. Tonto Dike 26
  3. OC Ukeje 31
  4. Ivie Okujaye 26
  5. Gideon Okeke 29
  6. Ramman Hassan 30
  7. Kabirah Mojisola Kafidipe 31
  8. Lala Akindoju 25

Producer of the Year Music

  1. D’tunes 22
  2. SamKlef 27
  3. DJ Klem 28
  4. Jesse Jagz 28
  5. Ikon 29
  6. Fliptyce 30
  7. Legendary Beats 23
  8. J Sleek 24

Producer of the Year Screen

  1. Clarence Peters 29
  2. Victor Sanchez Aghahowa 29
  3. Onye Ubanatu 31
  4. Ishaya Bako 26
  5. Ladi Odebunmi 21
  6. Adeola Oloyede 32
  7. Anietie James Ekins 27
  8. Deji Adeniyi 31


  1. Bankole Wellington [Banky W] (Musician/Entrepreneur/Activist) 31
  2. Dapo Oyebanjo [D’banj] (Musician/Entertainment Entrepreneur) 32
  3. Jason Njoku (Media Entrepreneur) 30
  4. Peter and Paul Okoye [Psquare] (Musician/Entertainment Entrepreneur) 31
  5. Linda Ikeji (Blogger/Media Entrepreneur) 31
  6. Chinwe Njoku (Scientist) 26
  7. Idris Akinbanjo (Journalist) 30
  8. Raheem Temitope Bello (Scientist) 19

*Note that, due to the adjusted The Future Awards calendar (it was moved from its traditional January to August, the period in review is October 2010 – May 2012. Nominees who were still 31 years as at March 2011 (six months into the period in review) are therefore eligible.

4 comments: said...

I sha hope Bez wins something! That's my fav act of the year.

Berrykiss said...

@Ofilispeaks You never know brother.. Regards

Akin said...

Thanks for the kind words my sister

Berrykiss said...

Akin, ur welcome dear.