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Future Awards selects Don Jazzy, Asa, others as ambassadors

Africa’s biggest youth event, The Future Awards
Africa has announced the ambassadors for the
10th anniversary – a stellar cast of past winners of
the awards across business, development,
governance and the creative industries.
The 10 selected ambassadors are international
recording artiste Bukonla ‘Asa’ Elemide (Nigeria),
music producer Michel ‘Don Jazzy’ Ajere (Nigeria),
beauty entrepreneur Tara Fela Durotoye (Nigeria),
founder of LEAP Africa Ndidi Nwuneli (Nigeria),
agriculture entrepreneur Nnaemeka Ikeguonu
(Nigeria), activist Sangu Delle (Ghana), power
entrepreneur Patrick Ngowi (Tanzania), singer
Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania), change-maker
Fogblanbenchi Lily Harity (Cameroon), and
lawmaker Oramait Alengoil (Uganda).
“These 10 African icons have been selected from
across East, West and Southern Africa because
they represent the essence of TFAA,” says Sean
Obedih, a member of the awards Central Working
Committee based in Ghana. “They speak to the best
that Africa has, but more importantly their lives
work have inspired millions to take charge of their
destinies and to get involved in rebuilding their
communities and their countries.There are no
better ambassadors than these to drive our
#AfricaNeedsYou message as we celebrate 10
years of the awards and prepare for 10 more years
of impact.”
The ambassadors will drive the 10th year
anniversary campaign for the awards across TV,
radio, online and through targeted events targeted
at galvanizing the global TFAA brain trust to solve
problems across Africa.
“The question we are driving people to answer is
very simple,” says singer Asa. “If Africa is rising
and GDPs are growing then why are so many
young Africans still desperately leaving Africa?”
Added Alengoil: “There is plenty to celebrate in the
incredible work TFAA has done over the past 10
years across 21 countries of Africa, but there is so
much work left to be done, and #AfricaNeedsYou
to join us and get it done.”
As part of the 10th anniversary #AfricaNeedsYou
campaign, TFAA launched a 100-city tour to build
100 hubs across the continent over the next one
year. The hubs will partner with local non-
governmental organisations to solve problems
community by community. It will be launched
officially at the awards this year on 6, December
2015.
The Future Awards Africa 2015 is powered by RED
and held in partnership with the Ford Foundation,
Microsoft, the US Consulate, the Canadian High
Commission Nigeria and The Tony Elumelu
Foundation.
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 aged 18 – 31. It has produced over
150 winners and over 1550 nominees since its first
edition in 2006.

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