Christ Embassy Future Africa Leaders Awards FALA 2019 is set to hold 31st of December, 2019 at the LoveWorld Convocation Arena (LCA) Billings way, Oregun, Ikeja.
Already, 30 African young leaders between the ages of 16 to 23 are set to battle for the $125,000 prize money at the 7th edition of the FALA 2019 annual awards.
The 30 nominees drawn from 180 applications million across fifty-four countries in Africa went through a rigorous selection process spanning several months.
FALA 2019: About the Christ Embassy Future Africa Leaders Awards
Beginning seven years ago in 2013, the Future Africa Leaders' Award, an innovation of the LoveWorld President Chris Oyakhilome, has been recognizing the commitment of young leaders to the progress and development of the continent at every New Year's Eve Service.
The Future Africa Leaders Foundation is an initiative aimed at exploring and expanding the leadership potentials in Africa and for Africa. It is for identifying, celebrating and supporting young Africans who have demonstrated exemplary leadership by impacting their generation positively through education, youth empowerment and mentoring through other projects aimed at building young people and preparing them for a positive future.
Prior to the award ceremony, several of the young African leaders will be nominated, while the top 10 winners will receive a cash award from the President of LoveWorld, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome at the Award ceremony.
The ten eventual winners receive $10,000 each while the star prize winner will get an additional $25,000. The money is to enable the young leaders enlarge the scope of their humanitarian works and also be able to reach more youths in their various countries
At the FALA 2019, the ten finalists and the star prize winner would be announced by the former President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first black female democratically elected President in Africa
Addressing a press conference on Friday in Lagos, a member of the Central Executive Council of LoveWorld Inc. Pastor Ambrose Isesele, said the nominees who are within the ages of 16 and 23 have met all the criteria, including being a registered applicant of the Growth Initiative Award, graduated from basic level to the intermediate, as well as having registered youths through their GIA referral link, and produce 50 graduates from the basic level to the Intermediate level.
Among other criteria, Pastor Isesele said the nominees have demonstrated exemplary leadership potential by impacting no less than 500-1,000 young people through programs and initiatives that empowered young people positively, building them and preparing them to be strong and confident individuals in future.
Pastor Isesele said:
"Selected nominees have also mentor definite sets of young people, whose mentorship is providing the young people with guidance and direction that will in turn make them leaders and people of repute in future, encouraging the leadership of youth by youth."
Also commenting on the importance of the initiative, the Snr Executive Officer at FALA, Pastor Dave Ogbaka, said FALA Awards is not a religious agenda, but open to all African youths irrespective of their religious inclinations as long as the criteria are met.
Relating her experiences and how the awards has greatly affected her positively, the star prize winner of the maiden edition in 2013, Sharon Sade Ajide from Nigeria, said winning the award motivated her more in advancing interests in engineering and technology to young girls.
According to her, she has been able to mentor more young girls in her sphere of interest, to the extent of partnering the Lagos state government on the issue of girl's education in the state.
FALA 2019 - Meet the 30 nominees
HANSON HANSON FROM NIGERIA
20-Year-old Hanson Hanson, is a passionate and dynamic leader. He is the founder of Experteens - an organization that aims to be at the fore in raising a generation of successful entrepreneurial leaders.
BABIENE HELINE EWENI FROM CAMEROON
Babiene Heline Eweni is a 22-year-old activist who focuses on risk-reducing and has impacted so many lives in the South West Region of Cameroon.
MICHELLE MUMBA FROM ZAMBIA
Michelle Mumba, 22, is a law student at the University of Lusaka and a socio-cultural and humanitarian activist who is drawn to helping the less privileged and empowering women within various communities in Zambia.
PECULIAR OHERI FROM NIGERIA
Peculiar Oheri from Nigeria is 16 years old, and is an innovative social activist with a passion for helping disadvantaged and at-risk youths in her community.
XAVIER TAMBIAVULA FROM ANGOLA
Xavier Mendes Issazo Tambiavula is a 23-year-old innovative social entrepreneur, leader and humanitarian diplomat with a strong passion for helping the children and young people in Angola.
CHRISTIAN-JOSEPH KOKOUVI APPIAH FROM TOGO
Christian Appiah is 23 years old, and a self-driven leader with an earnest desire to provide sustainable solutions in his community.
DANIEL JOHNSON FROM BENIN REPUBLIC
Daniel Johnson is a passionate youth leader from the Benin Republic whose vision and desire is to build a better Africa through education and youth empowerment.
KENNEDY WESONGA OTIENO FROM KENYA
Kennedy Wesonga is a young visionary who has distinguished himself by looking out for needs in the community and offering solutions.
ELSA CETHIA MILANDOU FROM REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Elsa Cethia Milandou is a vibrant and inspiring 23-year-old, whose passion for change and a better life for the African youth has driven her to make a difference.
KISSIEDU VERA FROM GHANA
23-year-old Kissiedu Vera is a young lady from Ghana who has developed a strong passion for agriculture and aspires to be one of the foremost agricultural entrepreneurs in the world,
RUFARO MUTYAMAENZA FROM ZIMBABWE
Rufaro Mutyamaenza is a 20-year-old visionary from Zimbabwe, who has displayed unparalleled passion in improving the socio-economic conditions of the people in communities across her nation.
EDGAR MWILA FROM ZAMBIA
Edgar Mwila is a 21-year-old youth leader from Zambia.
GIFT ADAEZE MICHAEL FROM NIGERIA
Gift Adaeze Michael is an innovative Youth leader, who is passionate about building young people.
She is an advocate for the boy child, and as CEO of the GIFT MICHEAL FOUNDATION, she addresses unemployment, food crisis and issues facing the Boy Child.
SUSAN AVANTE MAFUSIRE FROM ZIMBABWE
Susan Avante Mafusire, a 23-year-old leader from Zimbabwe, is young and passionate African Leader about reshaping the future of Africa through youth empowerment and pursuance of the UN's sustainable development goals.
RUTH NTOMBIHLE MUGHOGHO FROM MALAWI
Ruth Ntombihle Mughogho is a 23-year-old African leader with a deep sense of compassion towards young people in underserved communities.
SUSAN ASANJI FROM CAMEROON
Susan Asanji is an amazing 23-year-old who understands the value of education. She founded the New Generation Initiative, an NGO that focuses on street kids and internally displaced youths.
ANNETTE NAMONDO EWUSI FROM CAMEROON
ANNETTE NAMONDO EWUSI is a passionate youth activist who has impacted the lives of many Cameroonian youths.
CHELSIE ALBEST FROM SEYCHELLES
Chelsie Albest, is a motivated young leader from Seychelles, and she is on a mission to impact her world and her community with the spread of the gospel.
KWAKU AMPONSAH ASIAMA FROM GHANA
Kwaku Amponsah Asiama is an indefatigable leader who at the age of 22, is already making great impact in Ghana and beyond.
OPOKU JEPHTAH SARFO FROM GHANA
21-year-old Opoku Jephtah Sarfo, a student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, is an inspiring leader from Ghana who embraced and identified various challenges in his community, and develop strategies and tactics to deal with them.
EVANAH VICTORIA SERUMOLA FROM BOTSWANA
Motivated and inspirational are words that describe 21-year-old Evanah Victoria Serumola, a 3rd year student in the University of Botswana.
MARVEL MAZWI MTHEMBU FROM SOUTH AFRICA
Marvel Mthembu is an inspirational, phenomenal and innovative 21-year-old trailblazer with a vision and zeal for African unity and the wellness of young people and African Communities and his influence, thus far, extends beyond the borders of his native country, South Africa.
AZOUKA AYO FROM CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Azouka Ayo is a young and passionate 21-year-old youth leader from the nation of Central African Republic whose passion for youth empowerment and sports has caused him to empower over 4,000 young people in Tchad and Central African Republic.
BRIAN KAWEESI FROM UGANDA
Brian Kaweesi is a 22-year-old Ugandan youth development worker and entrepreneur, and the founder and leader of the Virtual Voices initiative.
BRICE ADANLETE FROM COTE D'IVOIRE
23-year-old Brice Adanlete from Cote d' Ivoire is a passionate youth leader with an unstoppable drive to re-culture and educate young people in the city of Abidjan.
IBRAHIM BYAKIKA FROM UGANDA
Ibrahim Byakika is a 22-year-old from Uganda who, through his numerous talents, serves and demonstrates principles of successful living to his peers and community by giving back to their communities through his impactful programs.
LOUISE NZIGOU FROM GABON
Louise Nzigou is a 23-year-old youth leader from Gabon who is passionate about the education of the youth.
MARY MUKEBA JULIUS FROM SOUTH SUDAN
Mary Mukeba Julius is an inspiring and innovative 20-year-old with a passion of meeting the need of disadvantaged and the youths in the nations of South Sudan and Uganda.
ANNICK BADO FROM BURKINA-FASO
Annick Bado is an inspiring 21-year-old leader from Burkina Faso who is deeply committed to youth empowerment and the development of her nation.
PATRICK TUSIYABE FROM BURUNDI
Patrick Tusiyabe is 23 years old, from Burundi who, through his outreach programs in hospitals and communities, has made much impact in his country despite various oppositions.