After a week’s extension based on requests, nominations for the sixth edition of Nigeria’s most influential youth event, The Future Awards finally closed at midnight on Sunday, November 21. Organisers have now begun to work on assessment of the thousands of nominations received, pre-screening and verification of claims. The committee also announced that the much-anticipated nominees list will be unveiled on Monday, December 5. Voting begins immediately after.
Annually, The Future Awards Nominees List is the definitive list of the brightest and best young Nigerians aged 31 and below in the year before, across sectors.
“It’s incredible to see the amount of work that young people are doing, especially in those sectors where we could hardly find new nominees just a few years ago,” the awards’ External Relations director, Debie Magnut, said. “Advocacy, Business, Science, Technology, and Corporate Nigeria have a posse of brilliant young minds that, sincerely, fully live out our conviction that it is important to continue to draw attention to these young achievers – to inspire leadership and continue to build world class entrepreneurs. Then there are the popular categories like Musician of the Year, On-Air Personality of the Year 2010, amongst others.”
The almost 200 nominees will be celebrated at a Media&VIP Nominees Reception. The Reception this year holds on 19 December at Lagos’s Ember Creek, Ikoyi – and is by invitation only.
“The reception is an exclusive opportunity for the nominees to be celebrated, to network and to be officially presented to the public: symbolically represented by the certificates,” said Magnut. “Many of the nominations are primarily done online and a great majority of these nominees are not celebrities or not; we are always excited to unveil them to the public at this occasion. These are the New Establishment; the new leaders of Nigeria in the very, very near future. “
The Nominees Reception is also an avenue to raise money and awareness for charities. This year’s selected charity is Love on the Streets foundation, which works with disadvantaged children, especially in the Dustin Estate of Lagos. The Foundation is run by Tolu Sangosanya, who was the 2010 winner in the Best Use of Advocacy category. Information about how to support the foundation pre during and post the reception is on www.thefuturenigeria.com.
The Future Awards Season 6 is held with support from HiTV. Official Media Partners are Cool FM, Wazobia FM and Y! (www.ynaija.com). Other media partners are BellaNaija.com, Silverbird (Nationwide), Rhythm FM (Nationwide), Inspiration FM, City FM, Channels TV, ExciteonTV, Nigezie, Mode, TW, Naija Times, Encomium, NotJustOk.com, Gistmaster.com, LadybrilleNigeria.com, and OlamildEntertainments.com.