At Tuesday’s launch of a new season, The Future Awards announced the official start of this year’s awards and the categories, calling for nominations.
The organisation has announced 21 awards categories broken into seven broad sections that include categories include change, creativity, innovation, entertainment and entrepreneurship.
The event, which coincided with the country’s Democracy Day celebrations, took place at the Koral Reef in Ikoyi, Lagos.
In attendance were past winners and judges of the awards including Tara Fela Durotoye (Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Person of the Year), Uche Nnaji (Style Entrepreneur of the Year) and Tolu Ogunlesi (Journalist of the Year).
This year, the Awards is themed, ‘Tear down these walls!’. The theme is to emphasise how far and how hard young people have worked to build a new system of innovation and values in Nigeria.
“What do we need? We need for government to get out of the way – to stop being an obstacle to the revolution powered by these young people. We don’t really need government to create jobs; we need government to create the atmosphere for these brilliant minds to create jobs for themselves and for other Nigerians,” said Chude Jideonwo, the Executive Director of The Future Project.
The Future Awards identifies young people who have excelled at their work, celebrates their achievements, and showcases them as role models to inspire a generation of Africans to believe in themselves and the future of their countries.
The 2012 awards will hold on August 26, 2012. Nominations are now on via www.facebook.com/TheFutureAwards. Nominations end at midnight on June 30, 2012.
FULL LIST OF CATEGORIES
Best Use of Advocacy
Best Use of New Media
Creative Artist of the Year
Designer of the Year
Excellence in Service
Excellence in Service – Government
Excellence in Service – Journalism
Excellence in Service – Corporate
Innovator of the Year – Science & Technology
Innovator of the Year – Education
Actor of the Year
Musician of the Year
Producer of the Year – Music
Producer of the Year – Screen
On-Air Personality – Radio
On-Air Personality – Television
Entrepreneur of the Year – Entertainment
Entrepreneur of the Year – Fashion
Entrepreneur of the Year – Technology
Entrepreneur of the Year – Media/Communication
Entrepreneur of the Year – General
The Ultimate Prize
Young Person of the Year