Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Future of Africa is beautiful

 Created by the publishers of Y!, The Future Awards reflect our most positive youthful selves. 
A 2010 Y! Magazine Cover
See the 2014 awardees. 

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  1. The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year (Endowed by
    Sangu Delle, Ghana, 27

    The TFAA Prize in Enterprise Support
    Bunmi Otegbade, Nigeria, 27

    The TFAA Prize in Entertainment
    Nasibu Abdul Juma (Diamond), Tanzania, 24,

    The TFAA Prize in Technology (Endowed by Etisalat)
    Joshua Okello, Uganda, 23

    The Stella Adadevoh Prize in Public Service
    Lukman Jaji, Nigeria, 30

    The TFAA Prize in Community Action
    Jake Okechukwu, Nigeria, 24

    The TFAA Prize in Agriculture
    Charles Nichols and Samir Ibrahim, Kenya, 24/24

    The TFAA Prize in Education (Endowed by Access Bank)
    Philip Obaji Jr., Nigeria, 29

    The Tony O. Elumelu Prize in Business
    Andrew Mupuya, Uganda, 22

    The TFAA Prize in Advocacy
    Kennedy Odede, Kenya, 29

  2. Who are they?
    Sangu Delle is co-founder of Golden Palm investments, an investment holding company focused on early stage opportunities in Africa.
    He is a Venture Capitalist with the mission: to build world class companies in Africa.

    A Harvard alum with an MBA and a JD, he is an entrepreneur, Author, Clean Water Activist, Soros Fellow and TEDGlobal Fellow.

    Social Media: @sangudelle , facebook sangu.delle, youtube

  3. Incidentally,
    Bunmi Otegbade, an engineer, is in a similar field to Mr. Della, as it is so critical to Africa's economic success to spread successful business models and scale businesses.

    An entrepreneurial strategy consultant and social investor, he co-founded StrategyQ, an SME advisory company to stabilize and deepen the roots of small African businesses. StrategyQ recently developed, a venture-financing site designed to significantly improve access to finance for 2,500 SME businesses in the next 2 years.

    His nonprofit Generation Enterprise has now co-created over 40 businesses and plugs them into local supply chains, moving the otherwise precarious youth from the informal sector to formal business.

    Prior to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Bunmi was a consultant with KPMG where he advised 3 of Africa’s biggest companies in cement manufacturing, telecoms and banking.

    Connect: LinkedIn Bunmi, twitter @GenVoices, twitter @BunmiOtegbade, facebook StrategyQ get help for YouWIN and business plan contests with them, More

  4. THIS
    Diamond Platnumz,
    recording artiste.
    He's especially huge in East Africa.

    Who is Nasibu Abdul Juma?

  5. Joshua Okello is a software developer (web developer), poet, writer, blogger, (watch).
    He has an impossible passion for technology, innovation and literature as tools for socio-economic development. He is involved with a number of initiatives and runs two startup companies.

    He blogs at, and you can connect with him on linkedin, twitter, facebook josh.okello, and more

  6. Lukman Jaji tweets as JavaMyLove.
    He is a software developer, and he built the African Youth Charter app, check it out and comment please.

    Linkedin: Lukman Jaji

  7. This is Jake Okechukwu Effoduh, Human Rights Lawyer.
    He has worked in law research, media, and activism, on health, gender, LGBT, and other issues. Absolutely impressive. You should connect with Jake.

  8. Samir Ibrahim and Charles Nichols are co-founders of SunCulture and devloped the ‘AgroSolar Irrigation Kit’, an affordable piece of technology, which has been impactful to the lives of millions of smallholder farmers in need of irrigation.

    Their work aims at "Transforming agriculture through the power of the sun"
    More about the entrepreneurs in this Forbes feature and YNaija interview.

  9. Phillip Obaji is a sports presenter and founder-leader of the 1GAME: Football Without Violence campaign. It is a grassroots campaign against violence and ignorance.

    Connect with Phillip Obaji.

  10. Andrew Mupuya is CEO Yeli Paper Bags Limited, Anzisha fellow, Alumni and Volunteer at Junior Achievement Uganda.
    More: twitter @mupuyaandrew, Web

    You want to read his amazing story. Trust me.
    "Q: How did you start out and what inspired you?

    A: ‘I started out in secondary school after the government put a ban on ‘buveeras’ (Plastic polythene bags). After the ban, I decided that I wanted to create a solution. I made a business plan. To start out, I needed 36,000 Uganda shillings [About $13.4 at the current rate]. So I collected 70 kgs of used mineral water bottles to raise capital. But I raised only 28,000/-UGs.[$10] My fellow students and teachers thought that I was mad. To meet up with the plan, I borrowed the remaining 8000/- [$2.9] from my teacher.’ I sold a ream worth of paper bags every 3 weeks and from each ream, I earned 20,000/-[$7.4] worth of profit.

    Q: When was that?

    That was in 2008. And I was 16 years old.

    Q: Which school did you go to?

    I went to Kololo SS. It is currently the biggest Universal Secondary Education, USE in Kampala. After form six, my brother, who was my host sent me away back to the village, 3 days later I came back to Kampala. I had nothing to start with but I wanted to build my business."


    From paper bags to CNN and an Anzisha Prize. See.

  11. Kennedy Odede is a community organizer.
    He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he delivered the Senior Class Welcome address at Commencement 2012. Check it out, please, it will touch your heart.

    Preview: "I was the oldest of eight children in a family that could not afford food, much less school fees. In Kibera, I dreamed of many things: food to eat, clean water to drink, safety from the violence, and relief from oppression that surrounded me.

    Today, I want to tell you three stories about hope.

    One day when I was seven years old, my mom and I set out early in the morning with $3 in her pocket that we had saved over many months. My mother wanted to enroll me into an informal school in the slum. As we walked through Kibera, I went on about learning to read, growing up to be a teacher or a doctor, and my mom told me, gently, not to get my hopes too high.

    When we reached the school, I was smiling from ear to ear, so excited about the bright future ahead. The principal told us that while they did have open spaces, the school fees were $10 per year—not $3. My mom, a woman of great pride, begged and pleaded but had no luck.

    As we left, I saw the children playing in their bright school uniforms, and as I looked down at my torn clothes, tears began to stream down my face. I wanted to be them so badly—I saw opportunity in front of me but knew that I could not be part of it. My mom told me that she was sorry. She had tried her best.
    Love gives us hope, and none of us got here today on our own."

    Read about his work:
    Founder, Shining Hope for Communities
    Kennedy Odede grew up in Nairobi's Kibera slum and never went to school, yet secured a scholarship to study in the U.S. Now he's empowering his Kenyan neighbors. His Shining Hope for Communities runs the tuition-free local Kibera School for Girls, and an adjacent center for the community, with health care, clean water and sanitation services, a library and computer lab.

    He blogs at bkodede.wordpress, tweets @kennedyodede, and here is more.

    This slum-to-school story is just amazing. Connect with Kennedy.

  12. Presumably, the female edition will hold in 2015? (Joking) but males swept the board in 2014.


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