Story & photos by Niyi Tabiti
Redstrat, the organisers of the biggest and most colourful youth award ceremony in Nigeria-Future Awards-unveiled the take off of nominations for the fourth edition of the award, which comes up in January 2009 in Lagos, Nigeria.
The event took place last tuesday at Club 868, Victoria-Island,Lagos. Redstart also announced addition categories to the regular 15.Judges include Dr. Reuben Abati of Guardian Editorial Board,Mo Abudu (Moments with Mo), Bolanle Austen-Peters CEO of Terra Kulture and Siene Allwell-Brown, a former newscaster with Nigeria Television Authority (now with Nigeria LNG).The ceremony had in attendance Professor Pat Utomi,Ms.Bennie Uche a popular presenter/producer,Tara Fela Durotoye,Ohimai Atefo of Guinness Nigeria Plc,Funke Bucknor Obruthe and others as shown in these photos.
Future Awards is a mindblowing concept developed by three young Nigerians -Miss Emilia Asim-Ita, Adebola Williams and Chude Jideonwo. Apart from the pompt and ceremony, the last Future Awards had eminenet Nigerians such as Senator Floerence Ita-Giwa,Olisa Agbakoba, President of Nigerians Bar Association,Mrs. Oby Ezekwezili, a former minister and now top shot with an international financial institution, gracing the occasion. http://www.niyitabiti.blogspot.com/ learnt there be tours, which will take the Awards team to town hall meetings in Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu, Ibadan, Benin and Lagos to engage the youths at the grassroots.
You can get details about the award categories,judges and other valuable information through http://www.thefuturenigeria.com/ .The first picture here has Debo Akande receiving a post humous award on behalf of his mum Professor (Mrs) Jadesola Akande, Nigeria’s first professor of Law and former Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University. The award was given to him by Ms. Bennie Uche on behalf of Redstrat.Adebola Williams (on mic) also extolled the virtures of the late professor.
Photo (above):Ebuka Brother Nigeria fame,a friend,Noble Igwe of Virgin Nigeria,Omawunmi,first runner up Idols West Africa sponsored by Celtel (now Zain) and Chris Ihindero, a media executive.
Photo (below) :Mrs.Joan Elumelu Okorodu of Nigeria next super model contest, Jerry Jideobi, a make-up artist (the only male in the pic) and models.
Ace TV producer/presenter,Ms.Bennie Uche and Chude Jideonwo, Creative Director Redstrat. Photo below: Omawunmi, First runner up Idol West Africa performing at the ceremony on Tuesday 30 September 2008.I need to see her perform again…the girl is…Comedian, Jedi and Cool FM on air personality,Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi anchored the event.Below their photo is MI, a star act who got everyone dancing at the Studio 868,Victoria-Island,venue of the ceremony.