The Central Working Committee (CWC) of The Future Awards 2012 has announced the winners of this year’s awards in an elaborate event that held in the Garden City of Port Harcourt on August 26, 2012.
The event held after a Saturday Governor’s reception in the state, and a Sunday extensive tour of paths of Rivers led by the commissioner for information and award-winning journalist, Ibim Semenitari.
The Keynote Speech was delivered by former group CEO of UBA and
chairman of Heirs Holdings, Tony O. Elumelu, MFR. Guests included the former president of the World Bank, Obiageli Ezekwesili, the deputy governor of the state, founder of the Rainbow Book Club Koko Kalango, entertainment lawyer Efere Ozako, blogger Linda Ikeji, on-air personality Denrele Edun, actors OC Ukeje and Tonto Dike, designers Ohimai Atafo, amongst others
“We are pleased to announce the names of great individuals that made it through the process of nomination, voting and judging over the last three months.
Everyone that made it as far as been nominated, is a
winner in our eyes,” said the Executive Director of The Future Awards, Chude Jideonwo who also delivered a rousing speech themed “This ship is sinking – so what will we do about it?”
It was a gathering of change agents, innovators, entrepreneurs,
celebrities from all over the 36 states of the country. The Keynote
Speech and the ‘Conversation about Nigeria’ held at The Atrium, while the Red Carpet reception and the awards show at a new international events venue launched the day before, Aztech Arcum.
There were performances by Bez, Chidinma, the daughter of Port Harcourt Muma Gee, and national anthem by Nene, Ruby and Shaydee. Timi Dakolo ended the show with a spectacular performance of Great Nation. There was also a documentary playing tribute to January’s fuel subsidy protests and The Corpers who lost their lives in the 2011 elections.
Profile of the winners of The 2012 Future Awards are available on
The Future Awards 2012 is hosted by the Rivers State Government, with support from Access Bank, Diamond Bank, Microsoft, and Notore. Media partners are Media Partners for the event are Channels TV, Silverbird TV, TV Continental, Wazobia FM, Nigeria Info, BellaNaija, 360Nobs, LindaIkejiBlog, Jobberman, Premium Times, NET, TW, Complete Fashion, and FAB Official media partners are Africa Magic, Cool FM, and Y! (www.ynaija.com).
Best Use of Advocacy
Babafemi Oyediran (Project Red)
Best Use of New Media
Creative Artist of the Year
Bayo Omoboriowo (Photographer)
Designer of the Year – Toju Foyeh
Excellence in Service – Government
Hadizah Abdullahi (MDGs Office)
Excellence in Service – Journalism
Alkasim Abdulkadir (CNN)
Excellence in Service – Corporate
Ngozi Nkwoji (Senior Brand Manager, NB Plc)
Innovator of the Year – Science & Technology Seun Onigbinde (BudgIT)
Innovator of the Year – Education
Otto Orondaam (SLUM2School Project)
Actor of the Year – Tonto Dikeh
Musician of the Year – Wizkid
Producer of the Year – Music
Producer of the Year – Screen
On-Air Personality – Radio
Tolu “Toolz” Oniru (Beat FM)
On-Air Personality – Television
Denrele Edun (Channel O)
Entrepreneur of the Year – Entertainment Micheal Ajere (Don Jazzy)
Entrepreneur of the Year – Technology Njoku (Iroko TV)
Entrepreneur of the Year – Media/Communication Uyi Omokaro (DM2)
Entrepreneur of the Year – General
Ola Orekunrin (Flying Doctors Nigeria)
Young Person of the Year
Idris Akinbanjo (Journalist)