Role of young Africans in development, by U.S. Consul-General

Youth gathering.

Youth gathering.

UNITED States Consul-General John Bray has commended the inspiring contributions of young Africans who are making a difference in their communities and globally.

At a reception for The Future Awards Africa nominees at his residence in Lagos, he said: “I am delighted that my first act in Nigeria is recognizing young people who are doing amazing work, these young leaders of The Future Awards Africa are the best of the best not only in Africa but in the world.

“In my view, the future of Africa is its youth. In putting together The Future Award Africa (TFAA), Adebola and Chude have done extraordinary work in the past decade celebrating young Africans from not just Nigeria but across Africa. This year, the theme of the Future Awards Africa is #AfricaNeedsYou which will see the platform visit 100 cities across the
continent spotlighting the issues and showing how people can help.

Africa shouldn’t just rise in theory but practically by each and every one of us lending a hand to one another.”

Bray lauded the strides achieved by The Future Awards Africa over the past 10 years.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of certificates to nominees present, including Enow Awah Georges Stevens, Latasha Ame Moagi, Ukinebo Dare, Adesoji Solanke, Cynthia Onwuchuruba, Olufunbi Falaye, Olumuyiwa Okediran, Sakar Uchechukwu, Edmund Duodu Atweri, Elijah Amoo Addo , Abiola Olaniran, Obiefule Iroabueke, Sadiu Dankata, Ifeanyi Aniagoh and Eze Ifedi Ralph.

Adebola Williams, co-founder of The Future Africa Project spoke about the nomination process and commended the nominees on their innovative contributions to the growth of Africa.

“For us, the real award is those people whose lives have been changed through The Future Awards Africa,” he said. “That is why it is important that we go to the furthest to find amazing stories. Through national and continental media platforms, social media, credible organisations, professional associations and more we seek out these brilliant Africans. Followed by a rigorous four chain judging process. Everyone nominated and here tonight is an outstanding young person across the continent.”

This year’s campaign is geared towards tackling issues facing the youth via a tour of 100 cities across the continent to create #TFAAHubs which would serve as centres for community support.

Winners of the 10th edition of the TFAA will be announced at a grand event on December 6, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.

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