Africa Youth Awards Announces 2017 Most Influential Young Persons

In its vision of recognising young achievers across the African continent, Africa Youth Awards has released its 2nd annual list of the 2017 100 Most Influential Young Africans, an initiative which is noted to be the biggest and most respected across the continent with participation from over 140 countries globally.

Speaking about the list, Prince Akpah, President of Africa Youth Awards noted the exceptionality of this year’s list which has an unprecedented gender representation of 45 women and 55 men, which he noted as a great move to inspire more young women in Africa and across the world to reach out for their dreams.

The list which was restricted to age limits between, 15 & 36 had a coverage of 28 countries on the continent with Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Kenya leading with 19, 18, 10, 7 representatives respectively.

The list compiled and approved by the awards Jury made up of young Africans from across globe after public nominations were received and reviewed.

Profiles of all the 100 nominees in the list are published on and was organized in partnership Avance Media, My Naija Naira, Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH, Global Skills Exchange, WatsUp TV,, All for Development and Ilead Africa with the support of various Media Organisations across the continent.

Below is the full list in alphabetical order

  1. Achaleke Christian Leke
  2. Aigbe Omoregie
  3. AKA
  4. Akani Simbine
  5. Albert Kusi
  6. Ali Kiba
  7. Alloysius Attah
  8. Almaz Ayana
  9. Amel Bouchoucha
  10. Ameyaw Debrah
  11. Amr Sobhy
  12. Anta Babacar Ngom Bathily
  13. Asamoah Gyan
  14. Asma Khalifa
  15. Bashir Ahmad
  16. Berla Mundi
  17. Bonang Matheba
  18. Bongani Baloyi
  19. Boniface Mwangi
  20. Bosun Tijani
  21. Cassper Nyovest
  22. Caster Semenya
  23. Catherine Constantinides
  24. Mutoba Ngoma
  25. Cyprian Nyakundi
  26. Damien Mouzoun
  27. Damilola Oluwatoyinbo
  28. Davido
  29. Diamond Platnumz
  30. Diana Elizabeth Michael
  31. DJ Arafat
  32. DJ Zinhle
  33. Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng
  34. Kelechi Anyikude
  35. Ehiz
  36. Ekow Mensah
  37. Elijah Amoo Addo
  38. Ellen Chilemba
  39. Eric Kinoti
  40. Flaviana Matata
  41. Francine Muyumba
  42. Frederick Bohasu
  43. Gakii Biriri
  44. Gigi Ibrahim
  45. Gwendolyne Halle
  46. Hlomela Bucwa
  47. Samaila Suleiman
  48. Ibtissam Tiskat
  49. Ilwad Elman
  50. Ines Boubakri
  51. Itumeleng Khune
  52. Jean Bosco Nzeyimana
  53. Jessica Francisca Colaço
  54. Jimi Tewe
  55. Johnson Sakaja
  56. Jokate Mwegelo
  57. Julius Malema
  58. Kansiime Anne
  59. Kelvin Doe
  60. Khoudia Diop
  61. Knight Ganje
  62. Larry Madowo
  63. Lilian Makoi
  64. Ludovic Biyong
  65. Maps Maponyane
  66. Mark Angel
  67. Mercy Johnson Okojie
  68. Mike Chilewe Jnr
  69. Millard Ayo
  70. Mumbi Ndungu
  71. Muna Onuzo-Iyanam
  72. Nana Diaby
  73. Nancy Sibo
  74. Nancy Sumari
  75. Nasty C
  76. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  77. Randy Osae Bediako
  78. Riyad Mahrez
  79. Robtel Neajai Pailey
  80. Sadio Mane
  81. Salimatou Fatty
  82. Samson Itodo
  83. Sandile Shezi
  84. Sarkodie
  85. Shatta Wale
  86. Siyanda Mohutsiwa
  87. Sonia Mugabo
  88. Souhila Ben Lachhab
  89. Sylvia Kakyo
  90. Teacher Mpamire
  91. Tebogo Ditshego
  92. Thabo Msibi
  93. Toke Makinwa
  94. Tonye Rex Idaminabo
  95. Toyosi Akerele
  96. Uche Pedro
  97. Victoria Ibiwoye
  98. Wizkid
  99. Yasmin Mahfouz
  100. Yasmine El Baggari


Source: Africa Youth Awards

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REDTV’s ‘Here And Now: The Adventures Of TASA’ Returns

REDTV, the dynamic online lifestyle channel that spotlights Africa with a distinct global appeal is set to drop the second season of its original series, Here and Now: The Adventures of TASA.

The show, which documents the experiences of 4 young women, Taje Prest, Ajifa Atuluku, Seyitan Atigarin and Amiola Aguda, focuses on the real life friends and their adventures as they travel around Africa. 

In this cycle of Here and Now: The Adventures of TASA, the Diva (Taje), the Music Head (Ajifa) the Foodie (Seyitan) and the Artsy One (Amiola) continue to discover Africa and share their exciting experiences with the audience through their journey to more countries in Africa, including Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal.

The new season is hotter than ever. The girls have grown and so have the producers along with them.

The Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communication, UBA, Mrs. Bola Atta, who is also the Executive Producer of the show, said of Here and Now, ‘The first cycle of the show attracted close to half a million viewers and the audience has been waiting to see what was up next with the TASA girls. This second cycle showcases Africa through the lenses of four young girls in a way that will leave you proud if you are African and make you want to visit the continent if you have never been’ said Atta.

REDTV which is supported by the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc,  is a digital online television network that features the very best in entertainment, news, design, travel, fashion, music, sports, comedy and much more.

Launched in December 2015, REDTV continues in its passion to create fresh and exciting African continent.

The network is available on YouTube

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Nigeria’s First Spelling Game For Students [Promotional Offer Now N1,000 From N2,000]

Adaora the Spelling Genius is a spelling utility tool designed primarily for the Nigerian student. Adaora the Spelling Genius gives players the power to improve their vocabulary and enhance their spelling ability while going on adventures to save the English Language from the Bad Spelling Society, a group of nihilists who are intent on destroying proper English. This adventure –packed game will educate and entertain both students and adults.

Choose to either watch a film at the SilverScreen galleria or join the Spelling Genius League to save the English language. Choose to save Professor Arome who is kidnapped in the City Central Museum or let him suffer in the hands of the Bad Spelling Society. Will you get a chance to meet the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to be given a special award? However way you choose to play: the spelling and the choices are yours to live with.

(Get a copy of Adaora the Spelling Genius for only N 1,000 now! Offer lasts till July the 26th only)


Players play as Adaora who goes on several missions to save her friends and the English language. There are over 3 exciting missions to embark on. Be careful, your success depends on your ability to spell and to identify improper spelling.


-Adaora the Spelling Genius is easy to play and easy to get used to

-Levels and difficulty rise in response to your interaction with the game

-Adaora the Spelling Genius can recognize your name and address you as such

-Adaora the Spelling Genius does not penalize players too much when they first begin to play

-Friendly language to keep the interest of players

-Text-based to encourage players to draw on the wonderful power of their imagination

-Save feature to let you continue where you stopped

-Nigerian characters, locations and sensibilities

-When you finish your game play, post your screen on the Adaora the Spelling Genius Facebook page here:


-Improve your spelling power whether you are a student or not (Master new and obscure words)

-Grow your confidence in the English language with ease

-Learn at your own pace without any pressure

-Become the Spelling Genius Champion in your school

-Play along with family and friends to develop co-learning. (Useful skill for your career)

-Make you or your students more marketable in career and social life


You can purchase the game by paying into the following account details. Account name:

Nnamdi C. Iroaganachi.

Account number: 0001807004.

Bank: Standard Chartered Bank.

After making the payment, ensure to contact Chris on the following number 0809 211 7727 and let him have the details of your payment. The game will be made available to you afterwards.

Adaora the Spelling Genius supports:

-the FCT Spelling Bee competition run by Decipher Solutions

-the Abuja Spelling Bee competition run by Egunec Nationwide Spelling Bee Project

Purchase Prodecure:

Device compatibility:

Adaora works excellently on Android devices as well as on laptops and desktops.

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Lipton Celebrates Doing Good With ‘Do More Cities Tour,’ Encourages Nigerians To #ThinkLessDoMore

In the spirit of Ramadan, Unilever’s leading tea brand, Lipton continues to celebrate doing good through its ‘Do More Cities Tour’ in Abuja and Kaduna to celebrate and reward individuals who have positively impacted their communities.

With the ‘Do More Cities Tour’, Lipton is giving Nigerians the opportunity to nominate individuals who are making a difference in their communities through selfless dedication. The selected individuals will then be rewarded with gifts courtesy of the leading tea brand.

“To display our commitment to the message of not just thinking about doing good, but actually doing it, we launched the ‘Do More Cities Tour’,” said Adetayo Adesokan, Brand Manager, Lipton. “This initiative will reward individuals from different communities who have been selected for their selfless and courageous acts. We hope this will further encourage Nigerians to do more good deeds in this season and always.”

The ‘Do More Cities Tour’ has rewarded four people in Abuja and Kaduna, and is set to continue in Lagos and other cities.

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@AbdulAbmj Gifts N100,000 Each To 20 Winners Of The Buhari Family Photo Caption Challenge

The lawmaker representing Benji federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin has gifted the cash prize of N100,000 each to the 20 winners of the President Muhammadu Buhari family photo caption challenge.

The lawmaker had two days ago promised to reward 10 Nigerians with the best caption for the photo of the president and his family which he posted on his social media accounts.

He selected Maryam Abubakar and Jubril Gawat, both of whom he described as two promising young Nigerians to select the best caption.

But at the one of entry on Friday, with over 800 entries received on his various social media platforms, Jubrin extended the cash prize to 10 more Nigerians as he put a smile on the face of a total of 20 Nigerians with the best caption of the challenge.

“I had to reconsider my earlier position and expand the winners to 20 persons,” Mr Jibrin said.

Jibrin also extended the contest to twitter by promising to give N250,000 to the person with 1000 retweets of the Buhari family photo sketched by a US based Ghanaian artist, Kwadwo Bediako.

“It’s still on!!! 250k winner price for the 1000 RT! 20 of my IG and FB public followers with best caption for this sketch just won 100k each,” he said.

“While the entries were going on, I commenced the search for the guy who did the sketch.”

“This was also interesting as many fake people came up to claim it, perhaps because of the reward I promised but the real owner emerged with the help of an Instagram user.

“He presented proofs and also sent me the original sketch which I am using for this post. It is the work of a US based Ghanaian artist, Kwadwo Bediako, who is the founder “PenciledCelebrities”.

“All the 20 winners will receive a code in their inbox and should send the code with account number to Your account will be credited with 100k winner prize.

“We will appreciate if you pass on the sketch and lovely comments, regram, share or retweet as far as you can to further showcase the story of this great son of Africa, President Muhammadu Buhari.

The selectors used various criteria that give deeper interpretation of the sketch from various angle.

We thank them so much. @mareeyaama @jag_baba (IG) Maryam Shetty, Liberty Badmus (Facebook private) and Abdulaziz Bin Abdulaziz (Facebook public)

“The winners are; (Instagram) 1- @okoye_chidiebere 2- @tunabanny 3- @fran6.freespring 4- @hindu_amin 5- @teemah_writes  6- @don_lete 7- @ameenatu_s 8- @horlahmeeworship (Facebook private page) 9- sadeeya kakangi 10- Miriam-barbra onwus  11- cmr Nasir illiyasu Kinkinau 12- Lawal Mohammed Sani 13- Junaid Muhammad u.sharfadi  14- Bashir Ag Bello  15- Salamatu musa Dembe  (Facebook public page) 16- Alumona Obinna  17- Aisha Dahiru 18- Balogun Idowu Bima  19- Chamsuddeen chareef yusuf  20- Idoko Isaac Junior

“All the entries can be viewed on my Instagram, Twitter and my private and public face book pages @abdulabmj and Abdulmumin Jibrin respectively.

“Let’s spread-regram, share, retweet, WhatsApp  etc this lovely sketch and beautiful captions/stories in support of PMB. Thank you.”

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Hi-Life Fest In Aba: Life Continental Beer Continues Regional Auditions

Following the success of its previous regional auditions, Life Continental Beer held its fourth regional auditions for Hi-Life Fest on Sunday June 11, 2017 in Aba. Registrations and auditions held from June 5 – 8, 2017 at C.S Park 148/156, Market Road by Georges, Aba, leading up to the semi-final regional audition at the same venue on June 9.

Judges consisting of Highlife legend, Bright Chimezie, OAP Dea Mike, and music composer, David Jones witnessed the regional performances while also engaging the audience in selecting the best Highlife acts at the event.

The winner of the auditions in Aba, Kingsley Onuoha aka Konga Boy expressed his excitement saying: “Life Continental Beer has given a voice to upcoming Highlife artistes, and I am grateful for that. Emerging as the regional winner in Aba makes me happy and I am confident about the grand finale.”

He joins Chibest David, Roselyn Akpan and Umunnakwe Nwajiaku from Enugu, Port Harcourt and Owerri respectively as they proceed to the grand finale in Onitsha where the overall winner will be rewarded with the sum of N1million and a one-year recording deal.

Speaking at the Regional Final, Ben Umeh, Regional Business Manager, Aba, Nigerian Breweries Plc. reaffirmed the brand’s commitment to the progress and culture of the people of the South-east.

“Highlife music remains relevant to our consumers, and the Hi-Life Fest serves as a reminder to them of our brand’s commitment to their way of life and progress. We are glad we put this together to remind the Easterners especially the younger generation of this rich heritage,” Umeh said.

All roads led to Onitsha for the Hi-Life Fest grand finale on June 18, 2017.

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@stayinschoolng Organises Celebrity Charity Football To Raise Fund For School Children

Football For a Cause is a celebrity charity football matched aimed at creating awareness for Out-Of School children in dire need of education intervention.

The event was conceived due to the popularity of the game of football in Nigeria and the
followership that artistes enjoy. It entails a 50 minutes all-star novelty match where celebrities
are pitched against each other in 2 teams.

3 editions have held; 2013, 2014 and 2015. And funds realized from the match are being used to
support 320+ disadvantaged children.

Event details
Venue: Campos Stadium
Date: June 25th, 2017
Time: 12 noon
Celebrity All Star Team
SociaLiga All Star Team
Corporate Team
Children’s Teams
Side Attractions: Artiste
Estimated audience size: 1000+

About #StayInSchoolng

The #StayInSchoolng Initiative was borne out of the desire to reduce the number of Out-of-School Children by providing sponsorships for orphans and vulnerable children in poor and rural communities into primary schools.

• Since its inception, the project has enrolled and currently sustains 325 children in several primary schools across Lagos and Abuja respectively.

• One of its fundraising avenues is the ‘Football For A Cause’ campaign which is in its 4th year running.

Contact Us
Twitter: @stayinschoolng
IG: @stayinschoolng
Facebook: StayInSchoolng
Tricia +234 8097040809

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Nomination Opens For 2017 100 Most Influential Young Africans

Africa Youth Awards, the leading organisation that honours young leaders and achievers across Africa has opened nominations for the 2017 edition of its annual ranking of the Most Influential Young Africans.

The inaugural list which was released in 2016, had a massive reception from across the continent including the president of Rwanda Paul Kagame and other influential Africans and also sparked positive debates around the continent about the potential and role of young people.

Categories Opened for Nomination include; Media, Law and Governance, Business, Sports, Academia and Personal Development, Science and Technology, Social Enterprise and Philanthropy, Leadership and Civil Society, Entertainment, Lifestyle.

Nominations can submitted through

According to the COO of Africa Youth Awards, Terser Adamu, the final list will be released in August ahead of the commemoration of the United Nation’s International Youth Day.

Launched in 2014, the Africa Youth Awards has become a recognised platform for young Africans to showcase what contributions they have made to the success of the continent thus far, and the potential that they possess to take Africa to the next level across various key industries.

The 2017 Most Influential Young Africans is spearheaded by Africa Youth Awards and supported by Avance Media,, Global Skills Exchange and Africa Youth Commission.

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#HallelujahChallenge: Number of Instagram Live worshippers rises above 32,000

With only 10 days into the #HallelujahChallenge, a multi-denominational praise and worship session convened by gospel artiste, Nathaniel Bassey, virtual worshippers have grown to over 32,000.

This represents an increase of 9,000 worshippers from the session organized the day before.

Bassey explained reasons for embarking on the Challenge saying it is a mandate from God.

“The Challenge is a mandate from God, and I am just a vessel,” said Nathaniel Bassey, convener of the Session during a Live Brief yesterday. “Beyond all the miracles and testimonies, God is doing something eternal – something that will outlive generations.”

The Hallelujah Challenge is a 30-day praise/prayer/worship session organized to lift the name of God and bring glory and salvation upon His people as they exalt His holy name.

The Live worship sessions will end on June 28 with a grand gathering of worshippers and lovers of God lifting their voices in one accord to praise and exalt His name.

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Alleged Credit Card Fraud: Dammy Krane Opens Up

Singer Dammy Krane has denied partaking in fraudulent activities despite his arrest for booking a private jet with stolen credit card details.

The singer was last week arrested by the Miami-Dade County police for alleged grand theft, credit card fraud, armed conspiracy, forgery, and intent to defraud.

Speaking with NotJustOK TV in the US, the singer said he does not do fraud and also apologised to his fans and family for getting involved in the incident.

“I want to use this medium to apologise to my family, my team and my fans,” he said.

“I was arrested by the Miami PD for fraud. I do not do fraud and I do not partake in such activities. It just happened to be that the agent booked my flight with fraudulent cards.

“My life is all about my music and that’s what I am all about. I’m sorry I got caught up in this mess. I assure all my fans that it will never happen again.

“I wanna thank everyone who stood by my throughout this period. May God continue to bless you and protect you all.

“And to my parents, I wanna thank you for your undying love. Please keep supporting me. I have more music on the way. I promise I will make you proud.”

An affidavit signed by the arresting officers stated that the singer was found in possession of multiple fraudulent credit cards when he was arrested.

Dammy Krane, who was arrested alongside Ilochukwu Gabriel, was on Wednesday released on bail after spending almost six days in jail.

The singer will be arraigned on Friday, June 23.

TheCable Lifestyle

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Jumia Travel Lists Five Indicators of Tourism’s Potential in Africa

Have you taken a tour round its major African cities? You can definitely tell why Africa is home to lots of beautiful and amazing tourist destinations. Indeed, the future of Africa’s economy is dependent on how the potential of tourism is properly harnessed.

Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares 5 interesting indicators of tourism becoming the biggest contributor to Africa’s tourism.

Diversity of landscapes and cultural richness

The continent is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world, if not the most beautiful. There are too many amazing destinations to visit in Africa. Some examples of the beautiful destinations include:Tsavo National Park in Kenya; Semien Mountains National Park in Ethiopia; Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; Olumo & Zuma Rock in Nigeria; Victoria Falls Bridge in Zimbabwe; Kasubi Tombs in Uganda; Cape Coast Castle in Ghana; Krugar National Park in South Africa; Pyramids of Giza in Egypt; and Lago Rosa in Senegal. If you want to truly discover Africa, schedule a vacation to visit any of these destinations. Remember to book your flight & hotel accommodation on Jumia Travel.

Young and urban population…part of the growing middle class

The youth are the future of any nation’s economy. Surprisingly, the African youths are now part of the growing middle class. Traveling, to an extent, can be expensive. Only those with the required purchasing power can conveniently travel. According to the recently released hospitality report on Africa, the growing middle class, comprising majorly of youth, are found to travel more to these destinations in 2016. Since the future of the African economies lies with the youth, tourism is bound to thrive largely.

Growing uptake of e-commerce, enabling rise of tech startups

The rise of e-commerce companies in Africa has propelled more and more tech startups in the continent. As e-commerce continues to experience a gradual boom, additional employments will be created; more people will have the means to travel and explore these beautiful destinations.

Infrastructure improvements (roads, airports, dams)

As much as there’s a deficit of infrastructure development in Africa, there’s still hope after all. Government institutions in each country are now making frantic efforts to provide the enabling environment for tourism to thrive, such as provision of good roads; building world-class airports (and rehabilitating old ones); ensuring 24/7 power supply; and many more. These improvements will ease the stress of traveling to or within the continent.

Increasing interest for the continent (airlines, international hotel chains, event organization)

Africa is like a beautiful woman with many attractive features. The future of the world’s economy is in Africa – the 2nd largest continent in the world. Realizing this fact, organisations are rising up to invest in the continent, considering how much potential it has. More and more airlines are being introduced almost every year; international hotel chains are expanding into Africa; event organisations and many couldn’t help but come to Africa to tap into the resources of the continent.

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Lagos At 50: Origin Of The Word, Ikeja By Tanimola Anjorin

There are five (5) divisions in Lagos State namely: Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos and Epe (“IBILE”)with Ikeja as the state capital. In recent times, “Ikeja” has been attributed to the abbreviation of Ikorodu and Epe Joint Administration,allegedly coined by colonial administrators for ease of administration. This is a distortion of history because the town Ikeja has been in existence before the coming of the colonial administrators. This clarification is in the spirit of the Golden Jubilee of Lagos State celebration.

From the various status of Lagos as a colony, a federal territory, a capital, and finally attaining independent statehood on May 27, 1967, Ikeja was always in existence although it was a part of the western region. On May 31, 1967, Lt. Colonel Mobolaji Johnson was sworn in as the first military governor of Lagos State.

Prior to this appointment, Johnson, a Lagosian had been appointed by Major General Aguiyi Ironsi to administer the affairs of old Lagos which was then a federal territory (constituting Eko, Ikoyi, and Victoria Island stretching across the lagoon, terminating somewhere at Fadeyi on the Mainland). The current celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Lagos State is limited to the creation of Lagos State as an administrative unit. Upon the creation of Lagos State in 1967, Ikeja was made the state capital of Lagos State.

The name “Lagos”was given to the settlement by the Portuguese but Ikeja is an indigenous word traceable to a deity of the Awori stock in Ota. Amore was the first settler in what is today known as Ikeja. He had emigrated from Ota in search of a suitable farmland and this search led him to a virgin land now known as Ikeja.

While Amore was at Ota, he sojourned at Iga Oniyanru (“Oniyanru Compound”) where a deity called Akeja was worshipped by the inhabitants. Due to the hospitality Amore received while he was at Oniyanru Compound, Amore named his new farm settlement after the deity, Akejawhich is being worshipped by the Iyanru people in Ota. The name was distorted over time to assume the current name Ikeja. The Oniyanru Compound and the deity, Akeja are still present in Ota, Ogun State.

The sequence of past events needs to be properly documented to preserve our cultural heritage, particularly events which are as important as the origin of the the capital of Lagos State. This is with a view to avoiding improvised narratives suggesting that the name is of a colonial birth. It must be emphasized that Ikeja is not a creation of the colonial masters but an ancient city which predates the colonial era.

Tanimola Anjorin is an Historian and a Lagos-based Legal Practitioner.

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