Premium Times editor, Ezeamalu, 74 others nominated for The Future Awards Africa

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There are 15 categories for the awards. 

Premium Times Metro editor, Ben Ezeamalu, and 74 other young Nigerians have been nominated for the 2013 edition of the coveted Future Awards.

The Central Working Committee, CWC, of awards released the list of nominees in Lagos Wednesday saying it had received nominations across Africa for the past year.

Mr. Ezeamalu, 30, who also directs Premium Times’ Lagos operations, was nominated along with Toyosi Ogunseye the acting editor of Sunday Punch and three other young journalists. There are 15 categories in total.  Five people were nominated for each of the categories.

“We are beyond excited by the class of 2013 especially because the huge majority are previously unknown to the public,” said Ohimai Atafo, chair of the CWC.

He also said, “Their profiles will be uploaded on www.thefutureafrica.com/awards from Wednesday afternoon, and then the one month judging process begins immediately with the Board of Judges and the Independent Audit Committee including distinguished Nigerians like the Mnet chief executive Biola Alabi, the founder of LEAP Africa, Ndidi Nwuneli, and others. Inspiration indeed begins here.”

Mr. Ezeamalu, famous for his excellent storytelling ability and teasing and witty writing, started his journalism career in 2008 at NEXT, now defunct. He moved to Premium Times as a pioneer staff and senior reporter in 2011. He was promoted Metro Editor and head of Lagos Operation editor in 2012. He recently offered a spellbinding travelogue of a train ride from Lagos to Kano, which captured enormous public attention and imagination earlier in the year.

He was also recently harassed at a court premises in Lagos after he refused to accept bribe offered by one of Nigeria’s biggest conglomerates to suppress a story.

The Consul-General of the United States in Lagos will host the nominees to an invitation-only reception Thursday, where the nominees for the biggest prize, the African Young Person of the Year 2013, will be announced . The Future Awards Africa holds in August 2013, in partnership with the Youth Office of the African Union Commission after the 1st ordinary session of the meeting of the Commission’s Bureau of COMY IV in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.

The Brazzaville meeting is a follow up of the 4th Conference of Ministers of the African Union, in charge of youth development.

The last year edition of the “Future Awards 2012,″ young person of the year, was won by Idris Akinbajo.

Mr. Akinbajo is head of the investigation desk at Premium Times. He won over nine young star-powered entertainers like Bankole Wellington (Banky W), Dapo Oyebanjo (D’Banj), Linda Ikeji, the duo of Peter and Paul Okoye  (P Square), Chinwe Njoku, Raheem Bello and Jason Njoku.

The central working committee of awards said then, that the nominees were “being identified as trailblazing role models for young Nigerians.”

See the full list of nominees and categories below:

NOMINEES FOR THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA 2013

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN ADVOCACY & ACTIVISM
Anu Olusola (27)
Jake Okechukwu (25)
Orode Uduaghan-Okpu (24)
Tobore Oro Edema (24)
Maryam Augie (28)

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Modestus Chijoke Idoko (20)
Chikezie Nwaoha (29)
Yewande Akinola (28)
Chuka Ofili (31), Emotu Balogun (27), Kene Udeze (24), and Clive Ayonye (23)
Hugo Obi (32)

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN COMMUNITY ACTION
Rita Omovbude (32)
Bolajoko Fadipe (30)
Dr. Okeke Kanayo (30)
Monica Onuoha (30)
Ife Adebayo (30)

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN NEW MEDIA
Kingsley Ezeani (23)
Ediong Umoh (26)
John Obidi (27)
Modupeola Abiola (31)
Fifehanmi Bankole (30)

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN ENTERTAINMENT TALENT
Ice Prince (28)
OC Ukeje (32)
Iyanya (27)
Omawumi (31)
El Mafrex (29)

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN ENTERTAINMENT ENTERPRISE
Nominees in this category will be announced in conjunction with the British Council for ‘The International Young Media Entrepreneur of the Year Award Prize.’

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN JOURNALISM
Ugochi Anyaka (29)
Monica Mark (29)
Toyosi Ogunseye (29)
Ben Ezeamalu (30)
Jude Zoho (29)

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN BUSINESS
Saheed Jumar (28)
Gbenga Ogunmakinde (28)
Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola (28)
Nonyelum Ibeh (27)
Melody Okwuazu (22)

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN PUBLIC SERVICE
Blessing Liman (29)
Fareeda Ibrahim (29)
Dr. Adanna Chukwuma (31)
Joycee Awojoodu (27)
Ekong Ekong Imona (32)

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Barbara Iyayi (32)
Osita Abana (28)
Adim Isiakpona (28)
Kayode Temenu (29)
Jadesola Osiberu (27)

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN AGRICULTURE
Zanau Hassan Maikasuwa (31)
Olawale Isaiah Ojo (24)
Precious Peter Nweke (31)
Abraham Ojoh (22)
Adbdulazeez Yusuf (29)

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN FASHION & STYLE
Vera Akporeha (23)
Wanger Ayu (26)
Yomi Makun (27)
Agbani Darego (31)
Aisha Bello (24)

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN ARTS & CULTURE
Toyin Odutola (28)
Njideka Akunyili (30)
Anthony Anth Ezeokoye (30)
Kenneth Gyang (27)
Ishaya Bako (27)

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN ENTERPRISE SUPPORT
Isoken Ogiewonyi (26) and Wonuola Odunsi (29)
Ijeoma Okeagu (30)
Gbolahan Fagbilere (30)
Chibuike Aguene (30)
Ayodeji Adewunmi (29), Opeyemi Awoyemi (25), and Olalekan Olude (29)

THE FUTURE AWARDS PRIZE IN EDUCATION
Gossy Ukanwoke (25)
Adebayo Degbembgo (30)
Olufunbi Falayi (27)
Otto Orondaam (26)
Oriahi Anderson (25)


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