Asa has been confirmed as one of the acts performing at Sunday’s The Future Awards Africa. The awards previously known just as The Future Awards, an award ceremony for young Nigerians who have excelled in their respective areas of work has now rebranded to celebrate excellence in Africa in general. Created to celebrate the achievements of people under the ages of 18 and 31 within the year under consideration, the awards have become of the most respected accolades on the continent.
Asa will be joined by Yemi Alade to provide entertainment at the ceremonies scheduled to be hosted by Osas Ighodaro, Iyanya and Ice Prince, while keynote speakers include the Governor of Lagos State Babatunde Raji Fashola, and Tanzania’s Dr. Frannie Leautier, who has been called ‘Africa’s queen of development’. The event holds on Sunday, 7 December at the Intercontinental Hotels in Lagos, Nigeria.
Nominees include Olawale Isaiah Ojo, Somalia’s Zakaria Hersi and Uganda’s Andrew Mupuya.
See their profiles below.
Olawale Isaiah Ojo
TITLE: CEO, Agropreneur Nigeria
Ojo is the Chief Executive Officer of Agropreneur Nigeria, an agribusiness organisation which provides business support services for startups like supply of farm inputs, creating access to market and agribusiness consultancy for older farmers via the Farmers Organization. He also uses social media platforms to carry out advocacy and capacity building of youth, turning their passion and attention to the opportunities in agribusiness. Through the “COOL and FUNKY to FARM” workshop series, he brings together stakeholders and young people to explore the various opportunities for them in the agricultural value chains. In 2013, with his work in advocacy and capacity building, he was able to help 5 farmers starts their own farm, having taught them practical’s and technically, both were able to start their farms in Iwo, Osun state and Ogun state respectively. In July 2014, Ojo’s blog – Agropreneur Nigeria won the best Agriculture blog in West Africa in the Youth in
Agriculture Blog Competition in Nairobi, Kenya
TITLE: Founder of StartUpSomalia.com and Co-founder 4Weeks4Life
Hersi is the founder of StartUpSomalia.com. In 2012 he was inducted in STING (Stockholm Innovation and Growth) at the age of 23. He also co-founded 4Weeks4Life in 2012, a ‘mobile’ accelerator programme and an ecosystem that connects Kenyan start-ups with other entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and stakeholders. He was also winner of the Best New Recruit in Arctic 15 2012 and InternetWorlds 8th Hottest Startup of Sweden 2012. Kersi, who was voted one of Sweden’s Super talents by Veckans Affärer, (“The Week’s Business”), a leading Swedish business journal in 2013, organized the largest Somali Youth Event in the Nordics, the Nordic Somali Youth Summit the same year.
TITLE: Founder, Youth Entrepreneurial Link Investments (YELI).
In 2008, at the age of 16, Andrew saw a market opportunity in creating paper bags. As theUgandan government leaned towards a ban on use of polythene plastic bags, Andrewdecided to venture into an environmentally friendly project of paper bag production. With no initial capital, Andrew cleaned the environment by collecting used plastic bottles and sold them to a plastic recycling plant. After he had raised his initial seed capital of 36,000 Ugandan shillings ($18), he soon started making paper bags at a small scale while still in high school. In 2010, Andrew registered his new company, Youth Entrepreneurial Link Investments (YELI). YELI is now the first local registered paper bag and envelope producing company in Uganda. His business has now grown to employ 14 people, the eldest of which is 53. YELI’s customer base includes local hospitals, retail shops, roadside sellers, super markets, and major local flour manufacturer companies like Maganjo grain millers and Akamai Foods.