The Future Awards Africa Prize for Activism recognizes individual advocacy contributions to ensuring that their work influences decisions within political, economic, social systems and institutions for the development of the country in their chosen causes.
After 60 years of independence, Nigeria still struggles with providing the most basic of amenities for its impoverished citizens. The resource gap is so great that young activists like Wilson Atumeyi have had to step into the fray and advocate on behalf of these citizens, providing privately funded alternatives or lobbying government to do its job.
The work Wilson Atumeyi does in addressing water challenges through his non-profit, Water With Development is invaluable. With over ten states and 70,000 people impacted, WaterWide is addressing water challenges in Nigeria and advocating for government accountability for regions in desperate need of social intervention . Wilson embarked on a campaign that made the minister of the state of the FCT order the drilling of a borehole in a community that had no access to water supply.
Water and sanitation challenges are Wilson’s area of specialities, even with limited resources, he managed to convince over 1000 youth in Nigeria to join the fight for adequate water supply for people in rural communities. In the last year, through WaterWide he ensured that people in rural communities have access to safe water and sanitation, he trained people in local communities on budget tracking and providing oversight on project implementation in their communities.
He has also been tracking government spending in rural communities- as those funds are the easiest to steal- working with volunteers to ensure that these monies get to the target communities. He also ensured that seven communities got functioning boreholes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, The Future Africa Awards which has been described by the World Bank as “The Nobel Prize for young Africans” and FORBES International as the “most important youth awards”, is targeted at recognizing young Africans with an average age of 28 doing incredible work in various fields.
See full list of the nominees for The Future Awards Africa Prize for Activism
Hassana Umoru Maina, 22
Hajara Kabeer Abdulfatah, 24
Wilson Atumeyi, 27
Aghogho Odibo, 28
Richard Akuson, 27
Kelechukwu Nwachukwu Lucky, 26
Adenike Titilope Oladosu 26
As the kick-off date of The Future Awards Africa’s (TFAA) first-ever 3-day digital festival draws near, the Central Working Committee has announced this year’s nominees for all the twenty award categories. The Awards will be celebrating, per tradition, the achievements of young Africans who have excelled brilliantly in the past year.
Among the list of astonishing young people to join an already formidable class of TFAA alumni are comedian and actor, Debo’ Mr Macaroni’ Adebayo; poet Romeo Oriogun; creative director and fashion designer, King David; actress, Jemima Osunde, CEO and founder of Patricia Technologies Limited, Fejiro Hanu Aigbodje, and musician Rema.
The Future Festival will hold as a TV & Digital Festival from 27 – 29 November 2020, while The Future Awards Africa will broadcast on 28 November on Africa Magic, MTV Base and Pop Central.