22 Nov

Nominees for The Ford Foundation Prize in Youth Employment, 2015

The Future Awards Africa announces nominees for The Ford Foundation Prize in Youth Employment, winner to get $5000

The Future Awards Africa announced successful candidates for The Ford Foundation Prize in Youth Employment – selected after an intensive four month period.

Successful applicants were interviewed in selected cities Port Harcourt, Abuja, Enugu, Ibadan, Kano and Lagos.

“This prize is very dear to our hearts,” said Chude Jideonwo, who is co-founder of the awards. “It goes to the core of our work, which focuses on enterprise. “We are delighted to have gotten young Nigerians taking charge, doing their bits and solving the issues of unemployment.

With the goal of the Ford Foundation in West Africa to improve governance systems and livelihood opportunities and TFAA to inspire the entire continent of Africa through the works of her citizenry, this award is designed to recognize and support young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 33 involved in a social program or projects that contribute to fight youth unemployment in Nigeria.”


The Ford Foundation Prize in Youth Employment nominees are:

  1. Kabiru Seidu-Dankata
  2. Eze Ifedy-Ralph
  3. Olamide Adeleye
  4. Ukinebo Dare
  5. Ifeanyi Aniagoh
  6. Olajide Kabir-Tosin

Profiles of the nominees are now available on the awards website – awards.yafri.ca.

The winner will be awarded €5000 as well as media inventory valued at $20,000.

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The Future Awards Africa 2015 – the 10th anniversary – will hold on Sunday, 6 December, 2015. It is powered by RED and held in partnership with the Ford Foundation, Microsoft, the US Consulate, the Canadian High Commission Nigeria and The Tony Elumelu Foundation. Broadcast partners are Africa Magic, Channels TV and EbonyLife TV.

More information about the awards can be found on awards.yafri.ca or on Twitter/Instagram via @tfaafrica. The official hashtags are #TFAA10 and #AfricaNeedsYou.

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 1550 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 & Summit, described as ‘The Nobel Prize for Young Africans’.

With a network of funders and partners including the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Ford Foundation, the US Government, First Bank, MTN, The Canadian Embassy, HP, the Nigerian Government and the British Council, our work has spanned Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon, Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast and Kenya.