Winners of the Future Awards 2011! Check out their profiles and find out what makes them tick!

Yesterday, the Future Awards was held in Landmark Village, Victoria Island where promising young Nigerians were recognized for their accomplishments in various spheres of life. (We had previously released an award list right after yesterday’s events here. For the official press release on the event from the Future Awards click here).

Check out the profiles of the winners below and get inspired. Don’t forget to spread the inspiration on the web!


Young Person of the Year: Nnaemeka Ikegwonu

This year’s overall representative for Young Person of the year is 28 year old Nnaemeka Ikegwuno! Nnaemeka is Founder of the Smallholders Foundation an organization he founded when he was only 21 years old. The Smallholder’s Foundation provides information on contemporary agricultural techniques to rural communities in Imo State. Last year, he won the Rolex Awards for enterprise where he was honored for his work along with five other young change makers around the world with a $50,000 cash prize.

According to Rolex, last year, his organization was estimated to have reached about 250,000 listeners in 7 local government areas of Imo State.

Jen Ehidiamen (CP-Africa) caught up with him via an exclusive interview late last year. You can check it out on CP-Africa here.

You can also learn more about the Small Holders Foundation from Nnaemeka via the video below.

Business Owner of the Year: Bode Pedro

A VEDA laptop

27 year old Bode Pedro is owner of  VEDA Technology, an organization that manufactures laptops for Nigerians. Using Just in Time manufacturing best practices, VEDA has been able to implement an efficient supply chain management system that reduces production time while managing costs. In less than a year of running the business, VEDA received  a bonafide manufacturer’s certificate from the Ministry of Finance leading the organization to pay 0% custom duty fees as local manufacturers.  In February of this year, Bode intends to launch VEDA Academy, a computer hardware, software and information technology institute.

Best Use of Science: Debo Olaosebikan

25 year old Debo Olaosebikan is a scientist completing a PhD in Physics at Cornell University where he is working on developing the world’s first silicon laser. Debo has demonstrated stimulated emission in a silicon compatible material. Stimulated emission is a process, first predicted and discovered by Albert Einstein and is a necessary condition for developing a laser.

The development of a silicon laser will enable data transportation within computers to travel at the speed of light thus introducing countries like Nigeria and the entire world to an era of much faster computer processes by helping make the internet run faster, paving the way for faster high-performance computers and enabling high bandwidth applications such as ultra-high-definition displays.

Debo is also Founder of an innovative computer software product that addresses the problem of providing affordable 21st century education in Africa in a way that has not been realized on a mass scale anywhere in the world. The idea as well as the prototype computer software was chosen as a finalist of a United States Agency for International Development/Western Union $100,000 competition in Washington D.C. in January, 2010. He is in talks with the Lagos State Government to make the software available to public schools.

Corporate Professional of the Year: Tokini Peterside

Born in 1985, 25 year old Tokini Peterside is the Communication and Events Manager for Moet Hennessy where she manages the Media and Public Relations, Sponsorship and events for Hennesy, Moet and Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Dom Perignon and Belvedere. She is also the brain behind Hennessy Artistry 2010 which featured Ice Prince, Bez, Mo Cheddah, Blaise and Jimmy Flames.

Tokini holds a Law Degree from the London School of Economics(1st Class Honours), Solicitors Legal Practice Course Certificate from the College of Law(UK) and a Fashion Marketing Certificate from Isitituto Marangoni(UK).

Journalist of the Year: Tolu Ogunlesi

Tolu Ogunlesi (28), is writer of the popular NEXT column, Ongoing Concerns. He is also Features Editor with NEXT Newspapers making him one of the youngest editors of a mainstream newspaper.

In 2009, Tolu won the CNN African Journalist of the Year award in the Arts and Culture category. Aside from NEXT Tolu’s writing has been featured in domestic and international media ranging from the Guardian Nigeria to CNN.

In 2010, he was Guest Writer at the 2010 Gothenburg Book Fair in Sweden.

Best Use of Advocacy: Muideen Salau

Muideen Salau is a 28 year old Nigerian who along with a group of students, initiated the Grain Revolution Project under the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Chapter in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

An Electronic Engineering OAU graduate, Muideen through his initiative partnered with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) to empower about 73 local farmers in Iowye, Osun State to begin rice production through the use of workshops and seminars. The organization/initiative has also helped farmers increase their rate of production by linking them up with Veetee Ofada Rice Limited, an organization that buys the variety of rice (WITA 4) produced by the farmers.

So far, the organization has inspired/encouraged about five neighboring villages to partner with the initiative so as to help them grow their  rice farms. At present, The Grain Revolution project provides sustainable economic opportunities for 200 rice farmers in Osun State and has won several international awards. In 2008, Muideen received the Youth Ambassador for Entrepreneurship Development Award from the Withworth Entrepreneurship Consultancy of London.

Best Use of Technology: Tolulope Iroye

27 year old Tolulope Iroye is the inventor of a device he calls “The Magic Box.” The Magic Box allows one to control electricity or mobilize/immobilize cars from anywhere in the world using a mobile phone.

Comedian of the Year: Seyi Law

Born in 1983, Seyi Law is an award winning comedian who has won several awards in recognition of his art such as the City People Entertainment Awards, the Pacesetters International Positive Impact Award among others.

Seyi is a popular feature in the Nigerian comedy circuit and has performed at Rhythm Unplugged, Nite of a Thousand Laughs. Crack Ya ribs, Tee A’s  Live and Naked amongst others.

Creative Professional of The Year: Janet Nwose

Janet Nwose  is the brain behind Asa’s strong and rising international brand. Janet manages TAQSI, a publishing and management company which  handles Asa’s affairs. Born in Kaduna, Janet started out as a singer and photographer.

Designer of the year: Bridget Awosika

Since 2007,  Bridget Awosika has earned high acclaim and continued patronage from fashion icons and celebrities. Before starting her own line, Bridget worked with leading fashion brands such as Donna Karan and Giorgio Armani. She has a a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Howard University and a degree in Fashion Design from the Parsons School of Design in New York.

Magazine of the Year: FAB

Founded about a year ago, FAB magazine has carved a niche for itself in the fashion industry. FAB brings world-class high quality editorials, articles, graphics and imagery to Nigerian publication world. FAB magazine is distributed in Nigeria, Ghana and the United Kingdom. Featured individuals include Eldee, Nneka, Dickson Etuhu, John Utaka, Kemi Adetiba, Noella Coursaris, Ty Ogunkoya, Deola Sagoe, Lisa Folawiyo, Yemi Osunkoya,  Lemar, Kel and Mo’Cheddah are among those that have been interviewed. FAB was nominated for the Black Entertainment Film Fashion TV Awards (BEFFTA) in the UK. The average age of the editors is 25.

FAB prides itself in depicting Africa and Africans in a positive and vibrant light to the western world. It intends to be the biggest fashion and lifestyle magazine worldwide.

To learn more about FAB, read/listen to our recent interview with FAB’s Editor-in-Chief, Sinem Bilen Onabanjo here

Musician of the year: Banky W

Born in 1981, Banky W, is an award winning American Nigerian R&B artist. During the past year, Banky W dropped his much anticipated sophomore album in Nigeria, titled The W Experience. This album features production from Nigeria’s most sought-after talents, and showcases Banky W. as he combines global R&B/Pop with African rhythms and influences to create an entirely unique and impressive sound. His ‘Strong Thing’ Video hit hard on Nigerians and has been featured in awards including the Soundcity Music Video Awards(SMVA); KORA, and a two time nominee of The Future Awards.

Music producer of the year: So sick

Born Esosa Douglas Osemwengie started music at a very early age. His addiction to music started at that age when he thrilled and entertained friends and family members in primary school. Sossick attained prominence for producing Gino’s hit ‘No be God’. He has moved on to work on other hits like ‘Julie’ for Shank and ‘Pon Pon Pon’ for Dagrin. He produced almost the entire CEO album for Dagrin. He has also worked for artistes like YQ, Owen Gee, Naeto C, Koffi, Ruggedman and many others.

Sossick recently released an EP with which he aims to project himself also as an artist.

On- air personality radio: Matse Uwatse

Matse Uwatse is the anchor of the popular radio programmes “Eko, how una see am”, “Amebo Zone” and “People’s Choice”, all on 95.1 Wazobia FM. She is 29 years old. She has done several jobs for numerous notable organizations with brands like MOUKA, INDOMIE, LUCOZADE, PEAK, SUPER DIAMOND ELECTRONICS, COCA COLA, 7UP, but to mention just a few.

As an interior decorator, she runs Matse Interiors and also manages Matse Concepts, providing voice-over and advertising services to larger advertising firms. She also works as a Master of Ceremonies.

Matse is an ambassador for UZOTEX International (Nigerian) Limited and for PINK PEARL FOUNDATION. Some of the awards she has received include Eloy Awards, Future Awards, CNN African Voices Awards, Wim Awards, Club Unique Awards, Redeem Awards.

Screen Producer of the Year: Clarence Peters

Clarence Peters was born in 1983. He started production as a 10 year old in a production called ‘Dudu’s Birthmark’. He resumed as an assistant director with various sitcoms including Everyday People. He also worked on various projects while attending City Varsity in South Africa where he bagged a degree in Cinematography.

In the past year, he has worked on the Tom Tom Advert for Cardbury, Seven up PLC, Only Me for Tuface, Goldie’s You know it, 2010 for Sound Sultan, Nobody Test ME by Choc Boiz and If you want me by Mocheddah. HE has alos worked on Montage for various brands.

Sports Person of the Year: Vincent Enyeama

Vincent Enyeama is 28. Since 2002, he has been goalkeeper for the national football team of Nigeria. He currently plays for Israeli Premier League club Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Vincent Enyeama justified claims as one of the best shot-stoppers in football at the moment, with a defiant display to restrict Argentina to a 1-0 win in their Group B 2010 FIFA World Cup match. Enyeama, who was playing his 56th international for the Super Eagles, made six fine saves, four of them from Lionel Messi, and was the major reason for Nigeria coming so close to almost pinching a draw against the two-time world champions. Despite the loss, he was named Man of the Match and World Player Of The Week. One of the best shot-stoppers in Africa, Vincent Enyeama has been the undisputed first choice between the posts for Nigeria.

Team of the Year: Falconets

Nigeria’s female Under 20 national team, The Falconets were phenomenal at the FIFA U-20 Women World cup where they got the silver medal after losing to Germany in the final. The ladies play a beautiful passing game, lovely to watch. Their amazing team work makes them probably the best football team Nigeria ever fielded.

Actress of the Year: Mercy Johnson

Mercy Ozioma Johnson was born in 1983. In the past year, she has been involved in about 30 movies. She recently acted in a one character movie against rape. She was the only act in the movie from the start to the end.

Mercy has won various awards including the City People Awards, Afro Hollywood Award, BON award and an AMAA Nomination

On Air Personality on TV: Tana Adelana

Born in 1984, Christiana Adelana has been presenting since 2002. She has presented for MTV, Yello, 100 percent Naija, O-Boma, Zain Naira Rain, LG Karaoke Mega Star, West African Idols Eviction Party, Big Brother Nigeria Evictions Parties and is Nigeria’s representative for Big Brother Africa. She has also anchored Mnet’s dance reality show, Let’s Dance and the Peak Talent Show.

Bio Credit: The Future Nigeria

Image Credits: CP-Africa/various sources

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