Wizkid, Njoku, oth­ers con­tend for Fu­ture Awards

Weekly Trust - - Entertainment - Adie Vanessa Of­fiong

Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Ba­lo­gun, Mary Njoku, Amaka Osakwe and Iyin Aboyeji have been nom­i­nated for the ‘Young Per­son of the Year’ cat­e­gory of 2017 The Fu­ture Awards Africa, themed Nige­ria’s New Tribe.

The award which cel­e­brates and ac­cel­er­ates in­no­va­tion among Nige­ri­ans be­tween the ages of 18 and 31, also ac­knowl­edges in­spir­ing young peo­ple mak­ing a dif­fer­ence through so­cial en­ter­prise, so­cial good and cre­ativ­ity.

Wizkid re­leased one of the big­gest al­bums of the year, ‘Sounds from the other Side’ and recorded ‘One Dance’ with Canadian su­per­star, Drake. He also signed a ma­jor pub­lish­ing deal with international mu­sic gi­ant Sony RCA records and re­ceived three Bill­board Mu­sic awards as well as a Grammy nom­i­na­tion.

Ac­tress and pro­ducer, Mary Remmy Njoku is also the CEO of ROK Stu­dios. She launched her pro­duc­tion com­pany in 2013 with $25,000. It has grown to pro­duc­ing tele­vi­sion series and films on a plat­form that has suc­cess­fully launched two cable chan­nels in Europe and Africa.

Amaka Osakwe is the cre­ator of Africa-fo­cused fash­ion la­bel Maki Oh which has es­tab­lished a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the lead­ing de­sign­ers on the con­ti­nent, with her out­fits worn by international su­per­stars like Bey­oncé, Ri­hanna, Kerry Washington and for­mer United States First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Iyin Aboyeji launched An­dela and has com­mit­ted him­self to na­tion-build­ing through per­sonal in­no­va­tion. He started Flut­ter­wave, the tech startup which won the Fin­tech Award at the 2017 Apps Africa dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion awards.

Si­las Adekunle is the founder and CEO of Reach Ro­bot­ics, a com­pany de­vel­op­ing the world’s first gam­ing robots. In part­ner­ship with the Univer­sity of West Eng­land, Bris­tol, Si­las man­aged the Prince’s Trust ‘Ro­bot­ics in schools’ pro­gram in Bris­tol, lead­ing a team of en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents into schools to de­velop the in­ter­est of young stu­dents in STEM (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics) through ro­bot­ics.

Mary Njoku is on the list of con­tenders

Amaka Osakwe

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