Kiki Mordi, BBC’s #SexforGrades investigative journalist, and Debo Ogundoyin, politician and Davido’s former co-manager, have been nominated in the ‘Young Persons of the Year’ category of The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) 2019.

TFAA, which “celebrates Africans who represent outstanding young talents, innovators, entrepreneurs, and community advocates breaking boundaries in various industries,” recently announced its 2019 nominees ahead of the main event.

On Friday, organizers of the award put up Ogundoyin, who currently doubles as the speaker of the Oyo state house of assembly, alongside Mordi, Burna Boy and Kenneth Udekwe, a 32-year-old polyglot, who offers medical services to pregnant women in rural regions across Nigeria.

Also nominated in the additional category are Israel Adesanya, a UFC Middleweight Champion; and Khadijah Adamu, an activist renowned for instigating the #TheNigerianMeTooMovement alongside Damilola Marcus to bring sexual abuse perpetrators to book.

According to the Central Working Committee (CWC), the award is bestowed on “any young person who has become a force for change, an individual who has demonstrated creativity, intuition, innovation, initiative and always ready to lead change in his/her industry.”

“The ‘Young Person of the Year’ award promotes the shared values of creativity, social good, and innovation, celebrating a new class of innovators, philanthropists, activists, entertainers, and technocrats in entertainment,
professional service, agriculture, business, sports, and more,” said Bukonla Adebakin CEO of The Future Project.

TFAA has been called the ‘Nobel Prize for Young Africans’, and its 2019 edition is billed to hold on November 24, at the Balmoral Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.



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