President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed immense sadness over the death of former South African President, Dr. Nelson Mandela.
In a condolence message to President Jacob Zuma, President Jonathan conveyed the sympathy and solidarity of the Federal Government and people of Nigeria to him and all South Africans as they mourn Dr. Mandela.
“I write to commiserate with you, the Government and people of South Africa and the family of Dr. Nelson Mandela on the death of one of the greatest sons of Africa.
“Although it has come at the advanced age of 95, Madiba’s death will create a huge vacuum that will be difficult to fill in our continent. He will be sorely missed by all who cherish love, peace and freedom the world over and will be eternally honoured for his immense contribution to the dismantling of the apartheid policy, one of the world’s most obnoxious systems whose under-pining philosophy was the degradation of man by man. Read more
MEMORIZE: “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” (Rom. 8:25)
READ: Romans 8:23-25
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” (Col. 1:27).
The above scripture talks about hope. Hope is more than expectation. Expectation could be good or bad but hope is always positive. It is the expectation of something better. If you have hope, you will believe that things will turn around for your good. Hope will make you believe that you shall not end up in poverty. In John 5:2-9, it was hope that sustained the man by the pool for 38 years. He believed that it would one day be his turn. In the same vein, the hope in the woman with the issue of blood, made her to go from one physician to another, hoping that someday, she would find the one who would cure her (Mark 5:25-34). When a seed, particularly a mustard seed is sown, there is hope that it will become a mighty tree (Mark 4:30-32). After God created Adam and Eve, He blessed them, and asked them to be fruitful and multiply (Gen. 1:28). In other words, God was saying, one day, a tree will become a forest. Are you a seed today? You will be a tree and eventually a forest.
There is hope that one day your breakthrough will come. This is one reason for obeying God’s call to pay your tithes (Mal. 3:10). Hope is always futuristic. There is no need to hope for what you can see, but for what you cannot see (Roman 8:24-25). While some people envision their future as being very distant, your future is here with you. It starts within the next second. Your future could also mean tomorrow morning. Psalm 30:5 says while tonight could be a time of weeping, tomorrow morning could be a time of joy. Are you weeping now? By tomorrow morning you will be full of joy. The future could also be within 24 hours. After declaring that there would be abundance, the following morning, the harsh famine in Samaria came to an end (1 Kings 17). The future could also be according to the circle of life – say within nine months periods. When God asked Abraham to tell his wife that she would have a son in Genesis 18:9-14, it came to pass according to the circle of life. Hope links you with the future. Even when Joseph was forgotten for two years after interpreting the dreams of some prisoners, hope connected him to his dream. Stay focused on your dreams. When there is a delay, wait patiently and hold on to your hope.
Hope, like faith s an indispensable virtue in the Christian walk. If you lose hope, you have lost everything. Don’t lose hope.
The 2011 edition of The Future Awards held today, 30 January at Landmark Village, Oniru Estate, Victoria Island, and the event lived up to everyone’s expectations as Africa’s largest youth event. The highly anticipated event turned out to be a night of high glamour and excitement as Nigeria’s most remarkable young people were celebrated.
In trademark style, the event kicked off with a powerful rendition of the national anthem by Segun Obe, Ego, Essence and ChiDynma. The hosts of the night, Silverbird’s Yvonne ‘Vixen’ Ekwere and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu expertly anchored the first half of the show, handing over to a dapper duo – Studio 53’s Dolapo Oni and Dr Sid of Mo’ Hits Records. Read more
Being an Address by Chude Jideonwo, Managing Director of RedSTRAT/The Future Project at The Future Awards 2011, 30 January 2011, Lagos.
Chude Jideonwo, Managing Director of RedSTRAT/The Future Project
Sometimes Nigeria can confound and frustrate you. Just a few weeks ago, at a meeting our organization facilitated for the Presidency to engage them on the issues that affect young people nationwide, someone said:“people have no faith in themselves, people are pessimistic – that’s why our country is the way it is.” And I smiled.
I smiled because I used to think like that too. I was 13 when I wrote my first book, “In my father’s knickers” and the first publisher I sent it to publishedit, no issues whatsoever. So when I heard people complaining about the “system” not working, I wondered what on earth they were talking about, it had worked for me. Little did I know I was an exception to the disheartening general rule. Many years later I have learnt not to be so quick to judge.
So when I hear statements like that made, statements like “our country is the way it is because people are lazy and pessimistic”, It is enough to make you cry –this utter cluelessness that can sometimes pass for engagement or problem solving, notjust by government, but by the generality of the people who have the task or the duty to ensure that our country is set upon that clichéd right track.
No,people are not pessimistic, people are realistic. And the reality is that our country is essentially… falling apart. Read more
The Central Working Committee for Nigeria’s most respected youth event, The Future Awards, has decided to unveil the long list for the biggest award, Young Person of the Year, one week before schedule!
“We are very excited by what we have come up with this year – so excited that we have 10 names on the list this rather than the usual 8,” says Shade Ladipo, a member of the committee. “And we thought we should share that excitement!”
All the nominees for Young Person of the Year have been taken out of the various categories as always and identified as trailblazing role models for young Nigerians,” Ladipo said. “They are all winners, and so they will all be given plaques like last year. Also, they will not go through the 4 stages of judging for the awards, only one stage for voting and one stage for judging since all of them are finalists and will be so recognized at the awards. Read more
Due to requests for more time, nominations for The Future Award have been extended.
The new closing date for the nominations is Sunday, November 21, 2010.
Now in its 6th year, The Future Awards, described as Nigeria’s biggest youth event, is the flagship platform under The Future Project, which is an umbrella of youth development projects/programmes that seeks to empower young people and re-direct them towards adding value to themselves and society with strong, positive images/messages.
The 6th season of The Future Awards was launched on the 30th of September, 2010. Twenty categories will be recognized in the awards this season.
These categories are Best Use of Advocacy, Actor of the Year, Best Use of Technology, Best use of Science, Business Owner of the Year, Comedian of the Year, Best Use of Science, Creative Artist of the Year, Journalist of the Year, Magazine of the Year, Musician of the Year, Music Producer of the Year, On-air Personality of the Year (Radio), On-air Personality of the Year (TV), Professional of the Year (Corporate), Professional of the Year (Creative), Screen Producer of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, Team of the Year, the biggest for Young Person of the Year and for Excellence in Public Service.Nominees must be Nigerian citizens and must be aged 18 – 31.
If you want to nominate anyone, all you need to do is go to the website www.thefuturenigeria.com/nominations/, click the ‘Nominate’ link and fill in information about the nominees’ work and why you think he/she should win.
Kindly ensure you get all nominations in by midnight November 21
Two lecturers, Toni Kan and Olu Jacob, arriving for classes
The Young Writers Network Creative Classes, presented by The Future Project (TFP), has moved to the next stage of its first session, with the students now interning at various media houses across the country.
“The past weeks have been amazing,” said Chude Jideonwo, Creative Director of TFP, which is also the organiser of The Future Awards. “The spread of students has been impressive – young people working in the creative industries, financial sector, oil and gas, those who are sticking with the arts, all coming together in an intellectually charged environment to improve their talent: it has been very refreshing. The lecturers are also a pool of the very best in the business, and, most remarkably, they are doing this pro bono – all committed to helping the next generation of writers.” Read more
It’s finally here! After four solid months of one of the nation’s most intense publicity campaigns, and a national tour the likes of which the nation probably only sees in politics, the organisers of The Future Awards are set to present, for the fifth year in a row, Nigeria’s biggest youth event.
The event holds as announced by the organisers at the official launch of this season on October 1, 2009 in Lagos . It holds on Sunday, the 7th of February 2010 at the Musion Centre in Lagos . The Keynote Speaker is Managing Director of the World Bank, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Read more
-Mercy Johnson , MI , Psquare, Omawumi, Tosyn Bucknor, Tolu Ogunlesi, Dare Art-Alade, Asa, others make list
– 8 young scientists discovered
On Tuesday, the 8th of December, The Future Awards released its much-awaited list of nominees for the 2010 edition of the awards. “It’s a rich list!” said Emilia Asim-Ita, the awards’ PR Director. “I am so proud of it; it took two months of gruelling work and research, but I look at the list of another 160 high-achieving young Nigerians and I think to myself: wow, we have been representing!”
The long list was released after two months of calling for nominations, and having town hall meetings across eight states of the federation (Osun, Adamawa, Edo, Rivers, Cross River, Enugu, Abuja and Kaduna), in conjunction with HiTV, as well as Accra, Johannesburg, Manchester and London, reaching out to young Nigerians in order to get a fine spread of nominations and participation.
All the nominees are Nigerian citizens aged 18 – 31. Read more
“There is no excuse for bad behaviour,” said Affiong Williams of the Nigerian Youth network in Johannesburg, “Yes, things might have been bad for Nigerians that migrated here, but what is wrong is wrong and we must condemn it and begin to project positive values wherever we go.” Ms. Williams was passionately contributing to the discussion by young Nigerians living, schooling and working in South Africa, who were part of The Future Awards Johannesburg Town Hall meeting on the 28th of November.
The international arm of the awards’ town hall meetings had the aim of interacting with and inspiring young Nigerians living in countries with substantial Nigerian populations. Not only do the events have inspiring conversations and try and get widespread nominations for the awards, the event also seeks to spread the message for this year’s campaign themed “Representing Nigeria”.
The event, held at the Dio Bacco in Norwood and had in attendance, the MD of Lowe Lintas in Nigeria, Big Brother host IK Osakioduwa (who is a two time winner of the awards) and was held in conjunction with SA company Naijaborn.com.
London Town Hall Meeting
The Future Awards, in conjunction with HITV, which is sponsoring all the town hall meetings, also stormed the United Kingdom. The London Town Hall Meeting held at the University of East London, and was held with support from Oloja.com, MakeImpact led by former nominee Dayo Isreal, Godwin Odusanwho of the Nigerian Students Association and Joseph Britus of the International Students Association.
Held on Wednesday, the 18th of November, it was an evening of brilliant discussions, music and comedy, and had in attendance the Ogun State Commissioner for Sports, who is an alumni of the school, amongst others.
After visiting Abuja, Yola and Kaduna, Nigeria’s biggest youth event, The Future Awards (under the umbrella The Future Project), continued its national tour of the six geo-political zones of the country, taking its youth town hall meetings to Enugu, Port Harcourt and the Ghanaian capital, Accra.
“On these visits, we have tried to see that we can reach individual young people directly and practically. We don’t just want these crowds of people, we want to ensure that message goes through to the attendees – we had them, not just talk about Nigeria and then know how to nominate outstanding young people, but also to make them ambassadors in their communities for the values we hold dear – entrepreneurship and value creation,” Chude Jideonwo, the Creative Director, said.
The Port Harcourt Town Hall meeting had the awards’ Business Owner of the Year speaking to the youth, while Enugu had finalist for On-Air Personality of the Year (Radio), the popular Chuks d Spaceman of Cosmo FM. “Courtesy of support from HiTV for these town hall meetings,” Jideonwo, who was also in Enugu, said, “not only do we have our own events, we also visit youth events, clubs and gatherings of young people in those areas to spread our message of hope and change.”
The Ghana Town Hall meeting was the first of the international town hall meetings for this year, where The Future Awards engages with communities of young Nigerians in different countries. It was held in conjunction with the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana. The High Commissioner, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, sent a representative. The event held at the Shangrila Hotel, with an overflowing hall of young Nigerians living, working and schooling in Ghana, as well as a mix of Ghanaian youth. Also present was Screen Producer of the Year winner, Onye Ubanatu.
Performers included Ghanaian comedian Peter Wincousyn, Nigerian keyboardist Yemi (who reminded guests of Cobhams), Sammy and Bizkit. The event hosts were daughter of ace Nigerian producer, Daphne Akatugha (who is also one of the coordinators of the International Students Association) and Ghanaian writer Robert.
“We didn’t have any town hall meeting in Lagos because we had the launch event here, and we have also been on a breathless round of events, campuses across the entirte state talking to hundreds of young people,” Jideonwo explained. “But we finally decided to do another event in Lagos, partnering with the popular event Taruwa. The conversation about Nigeria and what young people can practically do to empower themselves and to add value to the country can after all never end.”
Nominations are still for the awards in the 20 different categories, and one of the main objectives of the tour is to get nominees from across the country and outside. According to Jideonwo, nominees are especially wanted in the Best Use of Science and Excellence in Public Service categories. Anyone can nominated any young Nigerian between the ages of 18 and 31 via the website www.thefuturenigeria.com.
Next on the schedule are Benin, Ile-Ife, Calabar, Londonm holding at the University of East London, and Johannesburg, which will be the last town hall meeting, held in conjunction with naijaborn.com, on the 28th of November.
The Future Project, Nigeria was, from the 6th to 12th of July, selected to represent Nigeria at a youth exchange sponsored by the European Commission in Latvia. The Republic of Latvia is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe – bordered to the right by Russia.
The youth exchange was part of a large scale project, Sharing World Youth Skills, financed by the European Commission and organized by Code International, The Netherlands and Youth Leaders Coalition, Latvia in partnership with organizations from Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Ghana, Cote d’Ivore, Bolivia, Brasilia and Mexico. The Future Project, Nigeria/The Future Awards was the only organisation from Africa.