Published on December 12th, 2018 | by Gabriele Adbbe0
Get Ready for FALA 2018
Africa is a massive continent burgeoning with young potential leaders, and the Future Africa Leaders Foundation recognizes just that!
The foundation is fast becoming a home to these promising individuals, who are recognized, mentored and celebrated for their exemplary leadership skills. Every year the FALA awards select a special few and honours them for their incredible commitment and hard work, all in the name of social change.
This year, 28 individuals from 18 African countries have been nominated for this highly-coveted global recognition. The winner will take home a token of $25,000 as a show of encouragement. The rest of the nominees will receive $10,000 each from the founder and chief motivator of the Future Africa Leaders Awards, the man himself, Rev. Chris Oyakhilome.
Every year the event attracts the biggest and most prominent partners of the ministry, as well as countless government representatives. Over 20,000 people attended last year’s event. The event was also beamed into the homes of over 100 countries.
The Future Africa Leaders Award winners were simply overwhelmed with surprise and joy at their nomination and eventual awards. They said that “they were just doing their stuff with no expectation from anybody or even hope that someone noticed.”
Last year’s Star Prize winner was Naomi Ekpoki Aliyu, the then 20-year-old inspiring social activist. The young woman was awarded for helping disadvantaged and at-risk youth across different communities in Northern Nigeria. The awards were granted as part of the 31st of December Service with Pastor Chris, bringing in the new year of 2018.
Her prize was awarded due to her outstanding contribution to the society around her, identifying her as a key young African leader of her generation.
She started several youth groups across multiple high schools where she organized motivational boot-camps, arts, and crafts workshops as well as tutorial services for math and other relevant topics. All in an effort to help them pass their exams in the best way possible, and setting them up for a better future.
According to Naomi, her main motivation for her work was to improve the lives of orphans. She witnessed first hand how their financial challenges and social barriers prevent them from truly succeeding. Aliyu is “determined to prevent these children from falling between the cracks of the system into a life of crime or delinquency.”
There is much anticipation around the upcoming FALA awards. The ceremony will be aired live on across all Loveworld networks, Ministry Platforms and major TV stations around the world on the 31st December 2018