The Future Project Stories

  • #NigeriasNewTribe: Davido, Ahmed Musa, Adesua Etomi, Chinwe Egwim, Samson Itodo, others make The Future Awards Africa 2018 nominees list

    The Central Working Committee (CWC) of The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) has announced the nominees for the 13th edition of Africa’s biggest youth awards set to hold on 16 December 2018 at the Balmoral Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos. With 20 award categories this year, the CWC unveiled one hundred (100) nominees which include artists, Davido and Simi; footballer, Ahmed Musa; actor, Adesua Etomi; social media influencer and comedienne, Maraji; entrepreneur, Chidi Ajaere, scientist, Dr Mahmoud Maina; Taekwondo expert, Thursdaline Peter and many more – representing a new class of innovators, philanthropists, activists, entertainers, technocrats and creators promoting the shared values of creativity, social good, and innovation while making impact in entertainment, professional service, agriculture, business and sports. “Inducting these new set of performers into Nigeria’s New Tribe has been nothing short of inspiring as they have dutifully chosen the path of impact to their community, nation, and the continent,” said Bukonla Adebakin, Chief Operating Officer of The Future Project. “We are reminded of how important it is to acknowledge the work of young Nigerians who have ignored limitations around them and excelling in their chosen fields.” Visit awards.thefutureafrica.com to see the full nominees profiles. There is a one-week window to send all inquiries and clarifications on the list and profiles to [email protected] or call +234-802-222-6712. Follow @tfaafrica on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest news on the awards. The official hashtags for 2018 is#TFAA2018 and #NigeriasNewTribe. The Future Awards Africa 2018‎ is presented by The Future Project, Guaranty Trust Bank, and H20.
  • Media Personality, Ayo Mairo-Ese and ex-BBNaija housemate, Omololu Shomuyiwa to unveil The Future Awards Africa 2018 nominees

    The wait is finally over! Africa’s biggest youth event, The Future Awards Africa is set to unveil the nominees for its 13th edition, with the list set to be announced this Sunday, 2 December, 2018.
    Doing the honours will be media personality, Ayo Mairo-Ese and ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Omololu Shomuyiwa, and will be televised at 3 p.m on ChannelsTV, EbonyLife TV, WazobiaMax TV, African Magic Family and African Magic Epic.
    Themed ‘Nigeria’s New Tribe’, the 2018 edition again celebrates young Nigerians driving new narratives, pursuing positive change and making a difference through social enterprise, social good and innovation, united by the possibilities of their talent, commitment to hard work and driven by achievement.
    With twenty categories up this year, the top spots for the awards will be hotly contested as one hundred nominees are set to be revealed by the hosts.
    Follow @TFAAfrica to keep up with the latest news on the Awards. The official hashtags for 2018 are #NigeriasNewTribe and #TFAA2018.
    For enquiries, please email [email protected]‎ or call +2348022226712.
  • YMonitor: The complaints from Odi-Olowo LCDA should concern us but the leaders have given assurances

    As part of its aim of stimulating active citizenship especially amongst the youth, YMonitor, an initiative of The Future Project which highlights crucial accountability and governance issues held a grassroots engagement at Odi Olowo Ojuwoye LCDA. The program which is the 6th edition was held on October 24, 2018, at the Odi Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Government, Lagos and, among other things, residents raised the hazardous effects of the heaps of refuse that have become an eyesore and the roads that the government have failed to maintain. YMonitor Grassroots engagement is a quarterly meet-up of residents of a chosen local government with their leaders (Chairman, CDA leaders and so on), it is aimed at raising and/or discussing issues that affect the residents as well as stimulating active citizenship You can call it a town hall meeting. For this edition, see talking points below:
    • We appreciate this initiative by YMonitor. We will like to add too that this Local Council Development Area (LCDA) does have a structure that allows for engagement between the citizens and the leadership of the Council – Resident.
    • Everywhere in my area is a total mess – Resident.
    • Speaking of the complaints, “We’re working on the most prominent of the issues, which is waste disposal” – CDC Secretary, Alhaji Adebisi Ganiu.
    • Majority of the challenges raised here has so much to do with proper waste disposal. The cause of the challenge is the absence of a major depot for the refuse. We have a responsible and accessible Council leadership here. More so, waste disposal is a state issue and the State Assembly has waded into this. I can assure that by next week, we will have a Cleaner Lagos – Adebisi Ganiu.
    • I will advise that the Council provides Waste Cans/posts at strategic locations. This will go a long way in addressing the menace – Folake (resident).
    • We are appealing to the LCDA Leadership to fix the recreational centres within the area. This will help curb crime – Comrade Abayomi (National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN Odi-Olowo).
    • We will like the Council leadership to look into ways of providing jobs and empowering the youth of the area with relevant skills to help contribute to the growth of the economy of the area – Lukmon (resident).
    • Most of the issues raised are going to be addressed by the Council but we must not forget to play our role as citizens by disposing our waste properly – Resident.
    • Since the inception of this administration, we have sunk and rehabilitated 139 borehole facilities and given out at least 100 generating sets to power these facilities. We are still ready to do more – Secretary, Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA.
    • When we the leaders misbehave please do something about it, don’t sit and watch – Hon Daramola.
    • We have employed the services of 39 sweepers and provided 2 buses for waste managers. We are determined to make this LCDA very serene for residents to live comfortably. – Secretary, Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA.
    • Beyond today’s engagement, we enjoin residents of this LCDA to make use of the feedback boxes placed at strategic points in the area. Continue to engage government on what is yet to be done. – Secretary, Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA.
  • The Future Awards Africa Tours 10 Cities for Its 2018 Town Hall Meetings.

    As part of the activities leading to the 13th edition of The Future Awards Africa 2018, we introduced town-hall meetings which serves as a medium to call for nomination thereby getting to the grassroots of every community and identifying young people who are achievers in their field. In furthering its commitment of inclusion, equal representation, and nation-building, various town-hall meetings were held across 10cities/community in the six geo-political regions of the country. The Future Awards Africa alumni and state representatives actively engaged youths in Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Port-Harcourt, Oyo, Ogun, Owerri, Akure, Abuja and Bauchi for the town hall meetings. In 12 years the awards have produced 1,914 number of nominees, 230 winners across the entertainment, professional service, entrepreneurship, sports, technology, business, fashion industries. Themed ‘Nigeria’s New Tribe’, this year’s The Future Awards Africa will acknowledge inspiring young people making a difference through social enterprise, social good, and innovation. Beyond tribal lines, tunic differences and religious affiliations, they are united by the possibilities of their talent, commitment to hard work and driven by achievement in impacting the economy, society and rewriting the African narrative. Merging prestige, influence and inspiration, we seek to identify, spotlight and celebrate young Nigerians – with a 13-year history of verifiable impact in diverse communities across the country. Our focus is on identifying youths making a difference at every level, including the grassroots, and we have engaged youth across sectors who are crashing ceilings and breaking boundaries, presenting them in the mainstream culture as role models for other young people. Nominations are still on-going and will close on the 31st of October, 2018 if you haven’t nominated anyone for the awards, you can do so by visiting www.thefutureafrica.com/awards .
  • 5 REASONS YOU SHOULDN’T MISS #TFESS PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING

    The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) photography training will hold for five days – October 22 through to 26 2018 – and with the year running to an end, here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss this last training of the year:
    1. Quality of facilitators: If previous trainings had good facilitators, we are taking it a notch higher, by bringing the best photographers Nigeria has to offer. The amount of quality for this particular training is one you cannot afford miss out on – internationally recognised Nigerian photographers such as Bayo Omoboriowo, Kola Oshalusi (Insigna Media), Tope Adenola (Horpload works), Yagazie Eguare (GazMadu studios), Tolani Alli (Illusions Imagery), Nmeka That Photographer, and Queen B (Vpcube studios) will be present. You can be sure they will bring their A-game to the classroom.
    2. Track record: The Future Enterprise Support Scheme’s track record in training and producing outstanding individuals is second to none. Let me tell you a little secret; President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo, is a product of this training. And guess what, there are many exceptions just like Bayo who have become photo-preneurs and impact makers. This track record of consistently producing outstanding photographers sets TFESS ahead of other photography trainings.
    3. Training Method: The track record of TFESS won’t be so impressive if it didn’t have a very effective method of training. The evidence-based method of training is used by TFESS to have maximum impact on trainees. Think about this method as being in a math exam, where you have to rely on formulas to solve your questions, and without the formulas, it will be almost impossible to solve the question. So, think about the TFESS training as a one-fits-all formula where you have to apply lessons learned instantly to solve real-life photography problems. Or how best do you want to resolve lightning issues in your shot without understanding the principles of lightning?
    4. Learning the business angle of photography: Photography goes beyond taking shots, making poses, and glitz and glamour. It is also about making a living, which involves understanding the business angles, understanding your audience and niche. TFESS will have facilitators who have mastered the business aspect of photography and are “cashing out” steadily. The curriculum designed for the training is all-encompassing and expected to give participants a comprehensive learning experience.
    5. Niche: Whether you want to be a documentary, portrait, wedding, baby, model, fashion or sports photographer, the TFESS training has a lot in stock for you. Not only will you interact with photographers in these niche areas, but you will also get a training tailored to your specific niche.
    Joining TFESS photography class will be the best decision you would have made this quarter, don’t let this opportunity fade from your grasp. You can still register for the training by sending an email to [email protected] or call +2348022226712. Deadline for registration is October 19, 2018.
  • The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) Photography workshop

    The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) presents a 5-day certified Photography workshop TFESS presents a 5-day workshop between October 22-26, 2018, designed for individuals who desire to explore their passion for photography. Photography is a way to express ourselves, to capture the diverse moments and preserve those moments for life. It is one of the top skills needed to have a successful career with many organisations and individuals requesting the services of photographers. This training will not only entail hands on experience, it will teach the business of photography. This course will introduce participants to general knowledge of photography, specially designed for serious amateurs and professionals who own a camera and laptop. Participating in a photography workshop will renew your passion for photography. Picking up your camera and exploring new opportunities will motivate and inspire you to grow as a photographer. This course outline includes;
    1. Introduction to Photography
    2. The Photographer’s Toolkit/ Choosing Camera Settings
    3. Basic Understanding of Exposure/Lighting principles
    4. Lenses, Aperture and shutter speed
    5. Ethics in photography
    6. Child photography/ Photo editing
    7. Portraiture/Angles
    8. Business of photography
    9. Documentary photography
    Ace facilitators for this training are: Yagazie Eguare (Creative director, GazMadu Studios), Kola Oshalusi (Director, Insignia Media), Tope Horpload (Art Director, Horpload works photography) Bayo Omoboriowo (President Buhari’s official photographer), Praise That Photographer, Tolani Alli (Governor Ajumobi’s official photographer) and QueenB (VPCube studios). Venue: Surulere, Lagos. Time: 10am daily Date: October 22-26, 2018 Benefits of attending this training include:
    1. You will have a better sense of direction with a good mentor
    2. Review of your assignment
    3. Learning new photography and editing techniques
    4. Exposure to different types of photography
    5. Have a professional portfolio
    6. Identify your own photography style
    7. Registration is at a subsidized rate of N35,500 with 15% discount for early bird registrants.
    Limited seats available. To register, call Jeffrey Okolo on 08022226712 or mail [email protected]
  • YMonitor Debuts #MyFirstVote on Rubbin’ Minds to Galvanise New Voters for Nigerian Elections

    YMonitor, The Future Project initiative to highlight crucial accountability and governance issues in Nigeria, on Sunday launched #MyFirstVote, a citizen participation project set up to galvanise new voters to get involved in elections at all levels. Unveiled on Rubbin’ Minds on ChannelsTV, the goal of the project is to strengthen the involvement of young eligible voters by motivating them to vote and protect their votes, while highlighting possible issues and challenges for new voters willing to partake in the election process – especially how young voters make decisions on their preferred candidates. Two newly registered voters, Nafisa Atiku, a lawyer, and Muyiwa Babarinde, a communications professional, joined show host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu to discuss the issues while also advocating for a metric-driven parameter in making voting decisions, regardless of the candidate’s tribe, religion or social class.
    My First Vote

    2019 general election is near, and there is need for active partiipation of young people in that election. Registration of voters is over, but young people who have registered to vote need to get their PVCs, they need to be part of the voting process and vote according to their conscience.

    Posted by Y Monitor on Monday, September 24, 2018
    As part of activites for #MyFirstVote campaign, The Future Project adopted cartoon illustrations titled ‘My Vote, My Voice’ as a tool to share information on how young people can actively take part in the election process. The illustrations are developed as a 3–step guide on how to get Permanent Voters Card (PVC), choosing the right candidate, and holding them accountable. Curated in 3 major Nigerian languages – Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba, the comic magazine will be distributed across the country at no cost, and can also be downloaded on http://www.thefutureafrica.com/my-vote-my-voice Other YMonitor projects include Citizens Insight Game, YMonitor Quarterly Show, Grassroots Engagement Series, and Citizens Conversation on Radio. For more information, visit www.ymonitor.org Follow @Y_Monitor and @TFAAfrica to catch up with latest updates. The official hashtags are #MyFirstVote and #ActiveCitizens. Watch the segment on Rubbin’Minds
  • Recap: International Youth Day by The Future Project

    The Future Project held a one-hour twitter chat session on August 10, 2018 with Mr. Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), and Mr. Segun Awosanya, Chief Executive Officer, Aliensmedia. The discussions held included the promotion of a culture of non-violence and social responsibility among Nigerian youths, issues of police and SARS brutality, as well as access to quality education, health care and basic services to promote their role as active contributors to society and more. The conversation held on twitter @tfaafrica  
  • THE FUTURE PROJECT CELEBRATES 2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

    To celebrate the International Youth Day 2018, The Future Project joins other organisations to honour International Youth Day tagged ‘Safe spaces for youth’. The International Youth Day is focused on the issues confronting youth in our society and also ensuring that youth have safe spaces to engage while effectively contributing to development, including peace and social cohesion. The Future Project will be having a one-hour twitter chat session on August 11, 2018 with our theme ‘Raising new voices for a better Nigeria’, with Mr. Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), and Mr. Segun Awosanya, Chief Executive Officer, Aliensmedia. These discussions will include the promotion of a culture of non-violence and social responsibility among Nigerian youths, Leadership opportunities across sector, governance inclusive, as well as access to quality education, health care and basic services to promote their role as active contributors to society and more.Safe spaces such as civic spaces enable youth to engage in governance issues; public spaces afford youth the opportunity to participate in sports and other leisure activities in the community; digital spaces help youth interact virtually across borders with everyone; and well planned physical spaces can help accommodate the needs of diverse youth especially those vulnerable to marginalization or violence. Follow the conversation on twitter @tfaafrica by 2pm on August 11, 2018.      
  • The Future Awards Africa continues school tour at British International School

    In conclusion of the 2018 school tour for The Future Awards Africa (TFAA), organisers of the awards, The Future Project (TFP) held a 2-hour seminar at the British International School, Lekki. The School tour is focused on developing young individuals in leadership, career and active citizenship, began on Tuesday April 24, 2018 and will run through till July 31, 2018. The courtesy team included Bukonla Adebakin, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, The Future Project; Anita Brows, winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize in Beauty 2017; Kenny Blaq, winner The Future Awards Africa Prize in Comedy 2017; Bisola Borha, winner The Future Awards Africa Prize in Business and Jeffrey Okolo, Programs Manager, The Future Project. See more photos from the tour below: