The Future Dazzled Last Weekend

* Cobhams, Funke Akindele, 9ice Others Grab Awards
* D’banj takes over from Chimamanda as Young Person of the Year

Last weekend was all about Nigeria’s young people, as The Future Awards hit the nation with a bumper package of two major events: the “Do Something” Pre-Awards conference on Saturday, and then the main Awards on the 18th of January at the Shell Hall of the Muson Center in Lagos – both, as usual, very well attended.

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Finalists for The Future Awards 2009

On-Air Personality of the Year (Radio)
Tyeng Gyang (Cool FM Abuja)
Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi (Cool FM Lagos)
Chuks Roberts (Cosmo FM Enugu)

Best Use of Technology
Bamidele Odufuye
Icebox Studios
Yinka Adetoye
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Interview with Lateef Olajide, an Internet Business Strategist

Hello people!

Happy New Year ‘009. I had this interview with Lateef Olajide, an Internet Business Strategist. Lateef is a brain behind www.internetmarketingnigeria.com

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SN: Please tell us about yourself, your background and interests?

Lateef: My name is Lateef Olajide. I am from Ogun State precisely, Abeokuta. I had my primary and secondary school education in Abeokuta. I found myself in Lagos sometime 1997 and since then Lagos has been my base.

I had a very VERY VERY humble background. I learnt how to feed myself and sibling while I was still in junior secondary school. After my secondary education I wanted to go to the university to study medicine just like my friend but couldn’t make it for some reasons. I stayed at home for couple of months after secondary school examinations. Eventually I found myself in a freight forwarding company in Lagos as an apprentice without my wish.

The company was full of greedy people so I couldn’t make it to the sea-port where the real action is to learn much. So I decided to take part time course in shipping to study import and export management. It is advance diploma course.

I made up my mind very early in my life that I am going to be an entrepreneur and create job for others here in Nigeria and will never leave this country until I become a millionaire. That exactly is what I am doing now. Making more money here in Nigeria than most of my friends that abscond to USA and UK years back. Read more

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DESPLAY SEASON 4

Youngstars Foundation, Jos, Nigeria with support from the National Endowment for Democracy, NED USA, is glad to announce the call for application from young people across African for its foremost youth democracy and good governance program DESPLAY, beginning in January 2009. Democracy Series: Participation – Learning and Active Youths (DESPLAY) is a knowledge based and activity oriented youth program that brings together youths from different places to deepen their democracy knowledge and foster active youth participation in good governance processes. Since 2005, DESPLAY has directly trained over 250 youths from Nigeria and Ghana, and over 2000 youths indirectly through her peer education component called Passing-it-On (PiO).

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The Future (Pre-Awards) Conference 2009 – Register Now

So, everytime there is a conference – you hear the speakers teach, admonish, advise, inspire..
Every year there is the awards, you see the winners – they inspire, they motivate, they are role models…
But then how about YOU? You must wonder: isn’t it about time that you moved from watching and listening to being?!

How did these guys do it? What kind of support did they get? Is that support available in today’s Nigeria? Is it as easy as it looks? All the advices they give – are they practical? How can one move from watching and listening to actually being like these role models?

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Security tips for the season

As we approach the Christmas season, crime rate is on the increase.
Typically, there is tremendous pressure on people, including criminals to meet the demands of the season. It is therefore expedient to remind us of certain risks associated with the season and how these could be mitigated.

Residential Security
*Be alert and aware of your environment. Keep low profile.
*Always secure gates, doors and windows to your residence.
*Ensure security lights are functioning.
*Do not give vital/personal information to persons unfamiliar to you.

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Farafina Magazine Visual Arts & Literature Event

Farafina Magazine Visual Arts & Literature Event

Farafina Magazine Visual Arts & Literature Event

Farafina magazine invites you to joint them for their premiere Visual Arts & Literature event holding at Bambuddha Restaurant on the 13th of December, 2008 at 2p.m. There will be a photography exhibition (by Adolphus Opara), a film screening (selected clips from Molara Wood’s interview with acclaimed writer, Ben Okri), spoken word performances, and readings by Nnedi Okorafor and Eghosa Imasuen.

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Oluchi, Cobhams, Dbanj, TY Bello, Others Make the Nominees List for The Future Awards 2009

The Central Working Committee of The Future Awards, on the morning of Tuesday, the 2nd of December, announced the list of nominees for the 4th edition of Nigeria’s most respected youth awards.

“It’s been weeks of intense work and research, and we are proud, immensely proud of the list we have from more than 10, 000 nominations! Voting starts immediately, alongside the rigorous 4-stage judging process. All the details, including the full list, will be posted on the website www.thefuturenigeria.com ,” said Emilia Asim-Ita, the Award’s PR Director. “And what really warmed our hearts about this list were the twin facts that we have a healthy percentage of nominees from all parts of Nigeria, and even though it’s a star-studded list, more than 50 per cent of the nominees are non-celebrities. “

The list is, as usual, filled with the brightest and best young Nigerians from all over the country – in music, sports, the corporate world, technology, business, amongst others.

NOMINEES LIST
(THE FUTURE AWARDS 2009)

On-Air Personality of the Year (Radio)
Phoenix (Rhythm Lagos)
Tito Otons (Raypower Lagos)
Tyeng Gyang (Cool FM Abuja)
Douglas Nwokocha (Rhythm Abuja)
Yaw & Matse (Wazobia FM Lagos)
Wildchild (Rhythm FM Lagos)
Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi (Cool FM Lagos)
Chuks Roberts (Cosmo FM Enugu)

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The Future Awards Wraps Up Tour… Unveils Date

– The Awards holds on the 17th and 18th of January

– “Their work is more than impressive… it is inspiring,” – Reuben Abati

Wrapping up a whirlwind and eagerly followed tour around the country, the organizers of The Future Awards headed to the UK in a series of presentations to spread the word about Nigeria’s biggest youth event.

Adebola williams making a presentation

Adebola Williams making a presentation

“We are extremely proud of ourselves. We never tire of stating that we are making history, doing something pacesetting in the history of any awards process in Nigeria.” said Emilia Asim-Ita, the Award’s PR Director, “The ultimate plan for the town, and the basic idea, is to go to all 36 states in the country, and engage as many Nigerian youth as possible, generate conversation about Nigeria taking this message of hope and change and inspiration and making sure that youth from every part are inter-connected with the idea that youths can change Nigeria in spite of the difficult environment. We, after all, are a testimony to that: if we could do these town halls as planned without one kobo of sponsorship, then you know, you just have to believe. ”

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Interview with Damilare Onajole, technopreneur

Damilare Onajole started playing with computers in late 2002. His first computer was a Pentium II, Windows ’98 runned computer, actually owned by his father for business. Engrossed by the awe the internet holds, he picked up his first HTML 3.2 lessons from www.w3schools.org

I had this interview with him recently. Enjoy it….

technopreneur

SN: Please tell us about yourself, your background and interests?

Damilare: I am Damilare Onajole, a self self-taught technopreneur currently studying Philosophy at Lagos State University. I started doing web development in 2003; it all started as a hobby, then became a business a few years later. Problem solving has always been my hobby, so I naturally fell into web applications development and internet businesses.

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