In 2014, the Africa Youth Awards was launched to celebrate the achievements of young Africans and young change makers on the continent and beyond, who have dedicated their lives to making great changes across the continent and beyond. After an esteemed selection of winners where picked in January 2015, we went out again and scouted for our next event.
Through this, we released a comprehensive list of 20 under 35 Young African Change Makers. The list comprised of a select group of young people who are involved in extraordinary change activities in Africa.
This list was positively welcomed, celebrated and received significant support across the continent after its official publication. Names from January 2015's initiative include; Sara Nana Yeboah, Cyrille Guel, Ashish Thakkar, Lupita Nyongo, Ola Orekunrin, Isaac Oboth, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Aya Chebbi, AIESEC Africa, Ashesi University and Alvin Nyika.
As part of our on-going quest to discover and celebrate young African achievers, we are now launching our latest initiative. This will focus on highlighting the achievements of 20 young people who are 20 years and below, and are involved in amazing activities that contribute towards the positive change of Africa.
This will be dubbed 20 Under 20 Young African Change Makers. The categories include: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Education and Leadership.
The launch of this initiative under the Africa Youth Awards umbrella is a testament that Africa has an abundance of young people struggling to make the continent a better place, and we have to be prepared to celebrate their achievements in order to spread and maintain this positive culture. I believe that we can use their stories to inspire others and make the world aware of the young and capable citizens that we have.
To ensure that we have a robust adjudication process in place to select the best talent from Africa and beyond - Ngunan Adamu, a Producer, Presenter and established media professional of the BBC in London will act as our patron for 2015.
Ngunan will lead a panel of judges consisting of widely recognised young African achievers. Our panel will be responsible for making the decisive decision on the winners before the final list is released to the public.
Alvin Nyika (Zimbabwe & CEO of the Core Foundation), Ebenezer
Essuman (Ghana & Exe Director of Synergy for Success-Ghana), Cyrille Guel
(Burkina Faso & Founder of EducommnicAfrik), Terser Adamu (Nigeria/UK &
Founder of My Naija Naira), Shriliv Mohur (Mauritius & Business Development
Executive at Train to Gain Co. Ltd), Fabienne Kengne (Cameroon & Program
Officer, Transparency International), Nuamah Sally (Ghana/USA & Founder of Twii
Foundation) and Exousia Momoh (Sierra Leone/UK & Founder of Break out the Box)
Our judges will be responsible for the monitoring of the program as well as leading in our successful mentorship program, which will be available for all the recipients of this honour.
Nominations open on the 15th April 2015, and will end officially on 15th June 2015.
Following this, results and announcement of packages will take place in the first week of August 2015.
This initiative is open to all across the globe to nominate their chosen 20 Under 20 Young African Change Makers. You can vote through the link (bit.ly/20Un20).
The Africa Youth Award will continuously pledge its support in making sure hope is built for the future of Africa, and will also lead in identifying and promoting the right people to take over her affairs.
I hope you will continue to join us on our journey.
Remember, we are all ambassadors for the youth of Africa.
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