The highly anticipated Africa biggest Youth Event and Africa Nobel Peace Prize ” The Future Awards 2014 ”, was held yesterday at at the Intercontinental Hotels Lagos.
The event was hosted by beauty-queen Osas Ighodaro, alongside with Nigeria Afro-Pop singer Iyanya and Rapper Ice Prince, while there are musical performances from Paris-based Nigeria Afro-soul singer Asa, alongside with sensational Afro-pop/diva Yemi Alade, Iyanya, Waje and OC Ukeje, opening the show with the Nigerian national anthem and many others.
The red carpet was anchor by Bolanle Olukanni, Zainab Balogun, Denola Grey and Zina Anumudu. The Future Awards Africa 2014 is headlined by Access Bank and UBA. It is presented in partnership with Etisalat, Microsoft, the Lagos Internal Revenue Service and the Tony Elumelu Foundation.
The event have star-studded celebrity stars alongside with top politicians in Nigeria, powerful and inspiration speeches from River-State governor Gov. Rotimi Amaechi, Former Minster of Education and Former Vice President from World Bank for Africa Dr. Oby Ezekwesili and calls to action speech by EME Record label boss Banky W and veteran Nollywood actress and Diva Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, to name a few.
Memorable highlights of the night included an electrifying set by Asa, performing songs from her new album, ‘Bed of Stone’ in Nigeria for the first time. Of note also was the #STOPEBOLA auction to raise money for the United Nations Ebola Response Fund, the final leg of TFAA #STOPEBOLA campaign. A bespoke dress by Lanre Da Silva Ajayi was the auction item and it was sold for N1M naira, bought by Nigeria’s foremost blogger Linda Ikeji.
High profile guests in attendance at the event were Minister of Youth Development, Boni Haruna representing President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Professor Pat Utomi, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, CEO Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, Senator Femi Gbajabiamila, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Daniel Amokachi, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Funke Akindele, Dakore Akande, Timi Dakolo, Toke Makinwa, Toolz, Uti Nwachukwu, Dotun of COOL FM, to name a few.