Africa’s biggest youth event, The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) 2014 has announced the hosts for its 2014 edition: they are 2014 World Music Awards nominee Iyanya; 2013 BET International African Act of the Year, Ice Prince; lead actress on MNET'e, Tinsel, Osas Ighodaro and Ugandan Channel O VJ, Flavia Tumisiime.
The hosts represent the brightest and best of young Africans in the arts from music to television, in the past year. They have been announced with an exclusive photoshoot anchored by TCD Photography.
Musical artiste, Iyanya has had an exceptional 2014, touring widely abroad and selling out concerts from London to Manchester. He scored five nominations at the World Music Awards including the landmark Word’s Best Entertainer of the Year.
“I am looking forward to hosting the continent’s exclusive evening of inspiration! We live in a culture where change agents aren’t celebrated enough,” said Iyanya. “It is us, young Africans who will transform the continent and I am proud to be one of the four hosts this year."
Flavia, 23, is the Channel O VJ from Uganda. In 2013, she hosted the live premiere of the continent’s foremost reality show, Big Brother Star Game alongside its star host, IK.
“Young Africans are no longer spectators in our collective fate and the awe-inspiring selection of them that The Future Awards Africa celebrates points to this,” said Flavia. “Of course, I had to be
part of the exclusive evening that rewards their creativity, innovation, enterprise. I know I will be inspired!”
Ice Prince, alongside hosting duties, is currently in the running for the TFAA Prize in Entertainment after having successfully elevated the rap genre in the past year with hit single after hit single. Signed to the formidable Chocolate City, his last album, Fire of Zamani was released last year to widespread critical and commercial acclaim.
Osas Ighodaro has had perhaps the best year of her career yet: hosting the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, Maltina Dance All Show and starring as one of the lead actresses in the critically well-received Nigerian stage adaptation of ‘For Coloured Girls’.
The Future Awards Africa 2014 will be broadcast live, primetime, on perennially award-winning TV station, Channels Television - from 7.30 - 9.30pm.
The black-tie event holds on at the Intercontinental Hotels in Lagos, Nigeria. It is strictly by invitation.
Photography: TCD Photography.
Styling: Moashy Styling
For Osas Ighodaro: Dresses by Ella & Gabby
Jewellery: Cephas Jewellers.
Make-Up: Adepeju Okanlawon for MsPayge
ABOUT THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA
The Future Awards Africa has been called the ‘Nobel Prize for Young Africans’, and the ‘most important youth awards’ by Forbes. It is a set of prizes given annually to celebrate and accelerate innovation, creativity and enterprise amongst young Africans aged 18 – 31. It has produced over 150 winners and over 1500 nominees since its first edition in 2006.
It is presented in conjunction with The Future Project, which has a mandate to build empowered citizens across Africa, through (inclusive) enterprise and (active)citizenship. This focus on Human Capital Development is informed by our value proposition: Africa's growth needs a generation of young people who are gainfully employed and able to demand and secure better leadership.
Our projects include Aiki.ng, an employability portal presented with Microsoft; the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders, #StartupsAfrica, Intern4Jobs, The m-Hub, The Future Enterprise Support Scheme and The Future Africa Awards, described as 'The Nobel Prize for Young Africans'.
With a network of funders and partners including the Tony Elumelu Foundation, the US Government, First Bank, MTN, HP, the Nigerian Government and the British Council, our work has spanned Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon, Somalia, Equitorial Guinea, Ivory Coast and Kenya.
Founded by the Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams, TFP is supervised by a Global Board of Advisors drawn from Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East, including the Coordinating Minister of the Nigerian Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Senior Economic Advisor with the Open Society Foundations, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili; co-founder of ONE, Jamie Drummond and the Chief of Cabinet with the Africa Development Bank, Anne Kabagambe.