Twenty-eight-year-old Nigerian rave of the moment in music and entertainment industry, Damini Ogulu, a.k.a Burna Boy, on Sunday emerged winner of the 2019 Young Person of the Year Future Awards.
The 2020 Grammy Award nominee got two awards as the Young Person of the Year and also the Prize for Music at the event held at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Other winners during the gala night are Future Prize for Agriculture that went to Uka Eje — founder of the Thrive Agric that has funded over 15, 000 farmers across Nigeria.
For the Future Award Prize for Media, Samuel Ajiboye clinched the gong as a young entrepreneur and a Country Manager, Alpha and Jam — a company that has presence in four African countries.
Mr. Israel Adesanya, Nigeria’s World Champions in the Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial art, a kick boxer got the prize for Sport.
The Future Award for Education went to Olaseni Cole, who runs an empowerment programme aimed at preparing and equipping children with skills within the tech-space. The project has impacted over 3,000 children in Lagos and Ogun.
The Prize for Technology went to Zang Luka Bot, inventor of the Foot House, an interaction traditional mouse that allows people with upper limb disability to interface computer with their leg.
The Prize for Fashion went the way of Sandra Tuboboreni, CEO, TUBO, a multi-award winning global brand.
The Future Awards for Africa for Public Service got the way of Adetola Onayemi, an international lawyer, the head, Trade Remedies/Assistant Trade and investment in the Office of the Vice President.
The Future Award Prize for Arts went to Ken Nwadiogu, a multidisciplinary artist and contemporealist. He founded the fast growing Artland Contemporary Ltd.
The Future Award for Acting was won by Timini Egbuson, an actor in the MTV television series Shuga.
The Prize for Advocacy was won by 32-year-old Hamsat Lawal, who led a successful campaign in over 40 countries and specialises in practical issues related to climate change and others.
The Prize for Community Action was won by Isaac Success, founder, Dreams from the Slum, an empowerment initiative to reduce the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria.
The Prize for On Air Personality was won by Simi Drey Adejumo, a broadcaster with Beat FM.
The Prize for Film Making was won by Dare Olaitan for his efforts in the blockbuster film,Ojukokoro (Greed) and Knockout Blessing. He also clinched the 15th Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA.
The Future Award for Photography was won by Tolani Alli, the personal photographer to the Vice President. She has featured on BBC News, World Press and other international media houses.
The Award for Journalism was won by Shola Lawal, a freelance journalist covering social justice, development and creativity.
The Future Awards for Professional Service was won by Bukky Akomolafe, the Commercial Manager at Travelsstart, Africa’s largest online travel agency.
NAN reports that the Future Awards Africa has been termed the Nobel Prize for Young Africans and the most important youth awards by Forbes.
It is a set of prizes given annually to celebrate and accelerate innovation, creativity and enterprise among young Africans aged 18 to 31 and has produced over 150 winners and over 1,550 nominees since its first edition in 2006.
It is presented in conjunction with The Future Project, which has a mandate to build empowered citizens across Africa, through inclusive enterprise and active citizenship.
Celebrities Demand Justice for Raped, Murdered UNIBEN Student
Tragedy struck in Benin city on Saturday, May 30, 2020, following the murder of Uwa Omozuwa, a 22-year-old student of the University of Benin.
The young lady was raped and died from injuries sustained at the premises of one of the branches of the RCCG, Edo Province 10, Ikpoba Hill where she had gone to read.
Since the news broke, the entire country has expressed its disgust and anger over the murder of the young lady. A number of Nigerian celebrities have come out to lend their voices over the issues.
Here are the reactions of some of the celebrities over the rape and murder of the student in Benin city.
1. Genevieve Nnaji
The movie took to her Twitter page on Sunday May, 31, 2020, where called out men for abusing their power. According to her, women have lived in constant fear of men for a very long time.
2. Tiwa Savage
For Tiwa Savage, the incessant killings of young men by police officers, raping of young ladies and the high rate of unemployment is frustrating.
While expressing his shock over the death of Uwa, singer and songwriter, Djinee gave an example of a friend who was gang raped years ago and was infected with HIV.
4. Nse Ikpe Etim
The movie actress in her tweet said, Uwa had dreams of becoming a nurse and those aspirations have been dashed following her murder by a rapist.
For the lawyer turned music star, it is disheartening for stories like that of Uwa’s murder to continue to linger on. According him, this time around, justice must be served.
Jamal and Imade: Matchmaking or Accidental Friends
By Eric Elezuo
The last has not been heard of the friendship between Jamal Balogun and Imade Adeleke, the children of top Nigeria music sensations, Tiwa Savage and Davido respectively.
The duo has been practically seen everywhere together and grapevine exponents allege that they are the best of friends.
Recently, the Eminado crooner, Tiwa Savage, shared a picture of her son Jamal with Davido’s daughter Imade as they celebrate children day together.
The togetherness of the celebrity kids, touted as best of friends, have not escaped the prying eyes of trolls, who have wondered if what is playing out is not outright matchmaking as they believe the two may end up getting married.
Going down memory lane, it was revealed that the friendship of the two kids was first made public after Tiwa savage shared a video of the kids fruit snack challenge. No one however, has been able to trace the very origin of the togetherness.
Tiwa Savage has not failed to constantly posts pictures of the two kids as it is believed that they spend almost all their spare times together. This has caused questions in the minds of onlookers wondering if there is a silent matchmaking agenda involved.
Sharing the picture of the two children in celebration of the 2020 Children’s Day, Tiwa savage revealed that Jamal was dressed in green Magritte’s costume while Imade was dressed as Frida Kahlo. She wrote:
“Happy children’s day from Jam Jam and Imade. Jamil aka Rene Magritte 1964. Imade aka Frida Kahlo 1941”
The children, who are products of estranged relationships, are the only children of their mothers. While Imade’s was never married to Davido, Tiwa Savage and Jamal’s father’s wedding was the talk of the town, when it held in Dubai a few years ago. The celebrated wedding soon was involved in an equally celebrated breakup and eventual divorce.
The public continues to watch to see how the friendship of the two children will end; marriage or let’s just kiss and say goodbye.
Daddy Showkey Advises FG to Legalise Cannabis, Says ‘I’ve Never Smoked Hemp’
Talented singer, Daddy Showkey, has asked the Federal Government to seriously consider legalising the use of Cannabis for medicinal purposes.
In an almost 3 minutes video shared via his Instagram page on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the music star wondered why the government has never given medicinal Cannabis a thought.
“Where our brains go? Now many countries dey survive on Cannabis wen una dey call Igbo. The thing wen una nor understand be say, Igbo nor be only to smoke am, Igbo get many medicinal purposes,” he said.
“Although some people go misuse am but make we think about the medicinal side. There are a lot of things it can help us with. I have never smoked Indian hemp in my life but I can tell you it can help the youths to get jobs, it can be refined into a cream.”
“Go and do your research on Cannabis, it has one of the best oil in the world…America don legalise, Holland don legalise am, UK don legalise am.
Daddy Showkey joins the growing list of celebrities who have advocated for the legalisation of cannabis farming in Nigeria.
Recall that in 2019, music mogul, Don Jazzy advised the government to make the business environment conducive for those who would want to go into cannabis farming.
He went on to express his shock at the redundancy and vagueness of the existing drug and narcotics acts in the country.