The nominees in this year’s Future Awards took the spotlight Saturday night when they were presented with certificates of nomination.
168 “prestigious” nominees emerged in 21 categories out of thousands of applications, the organizers said.
“It is prestigious to even be a nominee because they are stories and stories of hard work, talent, tenacity, courage that led to achievement and that is what young Nigerians need to hear now,” said Adebola Williams, Director of The Future Project.
“Because you see a lot of people who are successful without a story. So after they win the awards, it’s important for us to take them round to share their stories let people be inspired,” Mr. Adebola added.
The event, hosted by former Big Brother Africa winner Uti Nwachukwu and model Veneta, also featured a dress auction for the Down Syndrome Foundation, the chosen charity for this year’s edition.
“We’ve been working at creating awareness,” said the foundation’s Nosa Irabor.
“Because we live in an urban area, reaching out to people in the rural area has been a challenge,” Mr. Irabor added.
With red carpet affairs concluded, the event moved to presentation of certificates to all the nominees.
Categories ranged from Best Use of Advocacy through Outstanding Entrepreneurs to Excellence in Public Artist; and final winners will emerge through a combination of votes from the public and selection by a team of judges.
With celebrities such as Julius Agwu and rapper Ill Bliss in attendance; Niyola, Chidinma and Ruby were among the singers who also spiced up the night with impressive stage performances.
“What we do with winners of this awards is to show young people that you can succeed no matter your location; you can get to a destination that is beyond your location,” said Mr. Williams.
“By 2025, which is our vision for The Future Awards, when they say they need leaders for this country, they will not be found wanting because we will have young people who have a traceable impact.
“Not people we do not know their background, they will just come from somewhere and become ministers and all kinds of things, and we did not see the impact they had played in the development of our country,” he said.
Voting for the nominees closes on August 10.