by Isi Esene

Waje and Gideon Okeke, Hosts of TFA 2012

Waje and Gideon Okeke, Hosts of TFA 2012

The Central Working Committee of The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) has today announced its partnership with The British Council on The Future Awards Prize in Media Enterprise 2013.

“We are very excited to announce the introduction of a special category, The British Council and The Future Awards Africa Prize for ‘The International Young Media Entrepreneur of the Year’,” said Adebola Williams, who is Director with The Future Project. “This is a first with TFAA as we step on the continental stage, and it furthers the search for outstanding young entrepreneurs in the media and entertainment sectors where our continent has many trailblazers.”

The search begins for young persons working in the creative sectors who are able to demonstrate business success in the classic terms of business growth (profit, market share, employees) and/or in terms of his or her reputation (creativity, quality and aesthetic) amongst peers.

Executive Director of The Future Awards Project, Chude Jideonwo, at The Future Awards 2012, Port Harcourt, Rivers,

Executive Director of The Future Awards Project, Chude Jideonwo, at The Future Awards 2012, Port Harcourt, Rivers

“We are excited to partner with The Future Awards Africa to identify spectacular young entrepreneurs in these sectors as part of our support for creativity and enterprise,” said Ojoma Ochai, who is Assistant Country Director of the British Council in Nigeria. “We are particularly heartened that TFAA has sustained its integrity and capacity to highlight the brightest and best young people over the past eight years. With the incredible energy of its team and excellent board of judges, we echo the endorsement by the World Bank of the awards as The Nobel Prize for Young Africans.”

Nominees should be young people working in the media, with entrepreneurial and leadership abilities, potential to change their sector, market awareness and understanding. The nominations open today and close on 25 July 2013 at 8:30am.

This category will be judged by the British Council alongside members of The Future Awards Africa team.

The winner gets a trip to the United Kingdom to participate in a programme with valuable networking and idea exchange with their international and UK peers in the media sector, some of whom are themselves winners of the same award in their own countries.

Adebola Williams

Adebola Williams, Founding partner of The Future Project at The Future Awards 2012, Port Harcourt, Rivers

The awards event holds in August 2013. There will be no public voting for this edition of The Future Awards Africa.

Media Partners include Channels TV , Silverbird TV, Nigeria Info, TW, Ventures Africa & Guardian Life. Online Partners are BellaNaija, LindaIkejiBlog, Information Nigeria, Premium Times, 360Nobs, LadunLiadiBlog, and Jobberman. Official Media Partners are Africa Magic, Cool FM, Wazobia FM and Y!/YNaija.com.

For more information, visit @TFAAfrica on Twitter or the website www.thefutureafrica.com/awards.