Nominees for the 2012 Future Awards Announced, DBanj, BudgIT, Efiko in…

The 2012 Future Awards nominees list is out.

THE FUTURE AWARDS, described by the World Bank as “The Nobel Prize for Young Africans”, after unveiling its spectacular Young Person of the Year nominees earlier this week, has now released the full Nominees List for all 21 categories.

Voting begins immediately! The voting numbers are 33120 (All networks) for Nigeria, and 1523 (Expresso & MTN), 1910 (Airtel) for Ghana. You can also vote on [1]. According to the organisers, voting takes only 50% of the second stage of judging, so winners are not selected by voting popularity – there is a 4-stage judging process involving a Board of Judges and an Independent Audit Committee. There is also a one-week period for members of the public to make complaints about any of the nominees to the awards Central Working Committee (CWC). Please send complaints to

All the nominees will be celebrated at an invitation-only media and VIP Nominees Reception on Saturday, 4 August 2012 – where they will also be inducted into the elite The Future Alumni Network. The Reception is also a yearly charityfundraiser – and this year, the event will be raising money for the Down Syndrome Association of Nigeria, a pioneering advocacy platform for children with Down’s Syndrome.

“Though there were remarkable difficulties in getting young leaders and entrepreneurs closer to 20 than 30, but we are excited to have yet arrived at an inspiring run-down of young Nigerians,” said CHUDE JIDEONWO, who is the Executive Director of the Future Project. “We gave ourselves the tough task of finding innovators, entrepreneurs and the kinds of young people you don’t always hear about, which is the essence of The Future Awards and we are as always, incredibly proud of the nominees we have.”

Profiles of the nominees will be published on the official website and on by July 31, 2012. Let the race begin!


_*Note that, due to the adjusted The Future Awards calendar (it was moved from its traditional January to August, the period in review is October 2010 – May 2012. Nominees who were still 31 years as at March 2011 (six months into the period in review) are therefore eligible. _

Best Use of Advocacy
1.      Ferdinand Adimefe (Interface Foundation)                28
2.      Olumide Makanjuola (The Initiative for Equal Rights)    25
3.      Orode Jade Uduaghan (Pink Pearl Cancer Foundation)      22
4.      Adamma Umeofia  (WeBuilt: Nigeria)                      20
5.      Chizoba Imoka (Unveiling Africa Foundation)             25
6.      Esther Agbarakwe (Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition)     28
7.      Priscilla Usiobaifo      (Brave Heart Initiative)       28
8.      Babafemi Oyediran (Rural Enterprise Development
Project)                                                        29
Best Use of New Media
1.      Japheth Omojuwa                                         28
2.      Gidi Traffic                                            22
3.      Ediong Umoh                                             25
4.      #OccupyNigeria                                          26
5.      #SaveOke                                                28
6.      Beacons                                                 29
7.      Nmachi Jidenma                                          24
8.      Wale Adetula                                            27


Creative Artist Of The Year
1.      Obi Somto (Photographer)                                23
2.      Bayo Omoboriowo (Photographer)                          25
3.      Chibundo Onuzo (Writer)                                 21
4.      Bobo Omotayo (Writer)                                   29
5.      Imole Balogun (Photographer)                            23
6.      Remi Adegbite   (Photographer)                          30
7.      Onyeka Nwelue (Writer)                                  30
8.      Mohammed Abbagana       (Painter)                       26

Designer of the Year
1.      Adebisi Anita (Ms Makor)                                23
2.      Kola Kudus      (Kola Kudus)                            30
3.      Olorunyomi Omoniyi Makun (Yomi Casuals)                 27
4.      Toluwaloju Olowofoyeku (Toju Foyeh)                     23
5.      Osakwe Amaka (Maki Oh)                                  26
6.      Rukky Ladoja/Obi Obi/Tola Ayanwale (Grey)               27/29/27
7.      Ugonna Omeruo (House of Nwocha)                         28
8.      Akpos Okudu (Akpos Okudu)                               25
1.      Akin Rotimi      (Ekiti State Governor’s Office)        31
2.      Banks Omisore (National Assembly)                       29
3.      Chime Asonye (The Presidency)                           26
4.      Ohimai Amaize (Ministry of Sports)                      31
5.      John Gomiluk Otokwala (Securities and Exchange
Commission)                                                     28
6.      Adaeze Nnamani (Ministry of National Planning)  31
7.      The Corper (National Youth Service Corps)               All ages
8.      Hadiza Abdullahi (The Presidency)                       31

1.      Chiemelie Ezeobi        (Thisday)                       24
2.      Tolu Ogunlesi (NEXT/Forbes Africa)                      29
3.      Alkasim Abdulkadir (CNN)                                31
4.      Toyosi Ogunseye (The Punch)                             29
5.      Oluyinka Ezekiel Adeparusi (National Mirror)            30
6.      Tomi Oladipo (BBC)                                      27
7.      Barnabas Hunjo (Radio Nigeria)                          28
8.      Elo Nkereuwem (NEXT/Premium Times)                      31

1.      Adim Isiakpona (Marketing Manager, HP)                  27
2.      Seyi Ogunro (Associate, Banwo & Ighodalo)               29
3.      Aneto Okonkwo (Manager, Google)                         27
4.      Ngozi Nkwoji (Senior Brand Manager, NB Plc)             30
5.      Tomiwa Adesida (Head of CSR, Sahara Group)              32
6.      Tomijogun Ogunlesi (Campus Brand Manager, Reckitt
Benckiser)                                                      28
7.      Kayode Jegede   (General Manager/Head of Facility
Management, Deux Project)                                       30
8.      Tokini Peterside (Communication Manager, Moet
Hennessy)                                                       24

Science and Technology
1.      Ahmed Mukoshy (                                  23
2.      Nnoduka Eruchalu (                          22
3.      Olumide Adewunmi (Gidilounge)                           27
4.      Zubair Abubakar (Nigerian Constitution BlackBerry
App)                                                            29
5.      Chinwe Njokwu (Novel designs for microwave antennas using
Nanomaterials)                                                  27
6.      Seun Onigbinde (BudgIT)                                 26
7.      Femi Alade      (Pliris Mobile)                         30
8.      Raheem Temitope Bello   (geoUtil, a solution for 70%
current household energy consumption)                   19

1.      Gossy Ukanwoke  (Beni Online University)                24
2.      Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (Bookneto)                            21
3.      Tosin Jegede (One Child, One Book)                      31
4.      Adebayo Adegbembo (ASA)                                 29
5.      Otto Orondaam (Slum to School Project)                  26
6.      Desiree Craig (Efiko)                                   23
7.      Tolulope Sangosanya (Love on the Streets)               30
8.      Obinna Okwodu (Robotic teaching in secondary
schools)                                                        21

1.      Oyigoye Doyle (Nylahs Catering)                         30
2.      Kola Oyeneyin (Venia Business Hub)                      31
3.      Titus and Tobias Igwe (Speadmeals Mobile Kitchen)       24
4.      Aisha Maina (Aquarian Consult)                          31
5.      Ayodele Arigbagbu (Dada Books)                          32
6.      Osaru Alile & Lape Caxton-Onakoya       (Caxton-Alile)  30
7.      Ola Orekunri (Flying Doctors Nigeria)                   26
8.      Ladi Delano      (Bakrie Delano Africa)                 30

1.      Ajo Kunnuho John (Animal husbandry)                     29
2.      Omoteso Sogo Ayodele (Piggery/Fishery/Poultry)          27
3.      Tochukwu Onyemelukwe (Jaeet Nigeria Limited)            30
4.      Olukayode Adeoye (Whails and Chase)                     32
5.      Ayodeji Adeyinka Adeoye (Irewolede Farms)               30
6.      Fawolu Taiwo (Abivict Farms)                            28
7.      Olusola Amusan (Olusola Amusan Company)                 22
8.      Zechariah Obasola (Crop farming)                        30

1.      Julie Odia (WOW)                                        31
2.      Adaora Mbelu (Innovation Factory)                       26
3.      Uyi Omokaro (DM2)                                       30
4.      Bobby Taylor (Bobby Taylor Consulting)                  30
5.      Komolafe Adesola         (Media Insight)                30
6.      Samuel Olatunji (Big Sam Media)                         30
7.      Uche Eze (BainStone)                                    29
8.      Funmilade Alalade (Elev8)                               28

1.      David Adeleke (HKN)                                     20
2.      Keke Hammond (Flytime Productions)                      30
3.      Tana Adelana (Tana Adelana Productions)                 28
4.      Emmanuel Dole Onoja (Delphino Entertainment)            28
5.      Don Jazzy (Mo-Hits/Mavin Records)                       30
6.      Cobhams Asuquo (CAMP)                                   31
7.      Mamah Nwanchukwu (Ape Planet)                           28
8.      Clarence Peters (CAPital Dreams Pictures)               29

1.      Ayodeji Adewunmi/Opeyemi Awoyemi/Olalekan         28/24/28
Olude  (Jobberman)
2.      Ajibola Modupe (OTG Playa LLC)                          29
3.      Jason Njoku (Iroko Partners)                            31
4.      Eno Essien (Rheycrak)                                   30
5.      Bode Pedro (Veda Technology)                            29
6.      Kayode Disu (IISA)                                      29
7.      Temi Kolawole (Antigravity)                             27
8.      Femi Alade (Pliris Mobile)                              30

On Air Personality of the Year (Radio)
1.      Oladotun Kayode (Cool FM)                                       28
2.      Twitwi (Wazobia FM)                                             32
3.      Toke Makinwa (Rhythm FM)                                        26
4.      Maltida Duncan (Rhythm FM, Abuja)                               31
5.      Tolu “Toolz” Oniru (Beat FM)                                    30
6.      Nike Adewuyi (Splash FM, Ibadan)                                27
7.      Lorenzo Menakaya (Lion FM, Enugu)                               26
8.      Mazino (Smooth FM)                                              30

On Air Personality of the Year (TV)
1.      Dolapo Oni      (Studio 53/Mnet)                                28
2.      Denrele Edun (Channel O)                                        28
3.      Uti Nwanchukwu (Jara/Mnet)                                      30
4.      Ill Rymz (Nigerian Idol)                                        27
5.      Andre Blaze (Nigezie)                                           29
6.      Adams Ibrahim (Soundcity)                                       24
7.      Yvonne “Vixen” Ekwere (Silverbird TV)                           25
8.      Maupe Ogun (Channels TV)                                        29

Musician of the Year
1.      Davido                                                          19
2.      Wizkid                                                          22
3.      Tim Godfrey                                                     31
4.      Ice Prince                                                      26
5.      Flavour                                                         29
6.      Naeto C                                                         30
7.      MI                                                              30
8.      Bez                                                             29

Actor of the Year
1.      Ini Edo                                                         30
2.      Tonto Dike                                                      26
3.      OC Ukeje                                                        31
4.      Ivie Okujaye                                                    26
5.      Gideon Okeke                                                    29
6.      Ramman Hassan                                                   30
7.      Kabirah Mojisola Kafidipe                                       31
8.      Lala Akindoju                                                   25

Producer of the Year Music
1.      D’tunes                                                         22
2.      SamKlef                                                         27
3.      DJ Klem                                                         28
4.      Jesse Jagz                                                      28
5.      Ikon                                                            29
6.      Fliptyce                                                        30
7.      Legendary Beats                                                 23
8.      J Sleek                                                         24

Producer of the Year Screen
1.      Clarence Peters                                                 29
2.      Victor Sanchez Aghahowa                                         29
3.      Onye Ubanatu                                                    31
4.      Ishaya Bako                                                     26
5.      Ladi Odebunmi                                                   21
6.      Adeola Oloyede                                                  32
7.      Anietie James Ekins                                             27
8.      Deji Adeniyi                                                    31

1.      Bankole Wellington [Banky W] (Musician/Entrepreneur/
Activist)                                                               31
2.      Dapo Oyebanjo [D’banj] (Musician/Entertainment
Entrepreneur)                                                           32
3.      Jason Njoku (Media Entrepreneur)                                30
4.      Peter and Paul Okoye [Psquare] (Musician/Entertainment
Entrepreneur)                                                           31
5.      Linda Ikeji (Blogger/Media Entrepreneur)                        31
6.      Chinwe Njoku (Scientist)                                        26
7.      Idris Akinbanjo (Journalist)                                    30
8.      Raheem Temitope Bello    (Scientist)                            19

via CPAfrica.


Don’t Go crazy Trying to Resize Twitter’s Bootstrap CSS Modal Windows

I was in the middle of a project where I needed to implement modal windows.
After playing around with colorbox, I suddenly realised that the CSS framework (Twitter Bootstrap) which I was using at that time, had options to display modal windows.

So after a quick lookup on the documentation, and then trying out a few demonstrations, I decided it was time to replace colorbox with the Bootstrap modal windows.

After hours of tweaking here and there, I ended up almost completely exhausted from trying to figure out why the modal window size just wouldn’t change and remain in the center. The SPAN tags sizes were suddenly behaving as though they weren’t based on the framework.

After trying all the things I thought were logical solution and failing over and over, I decided to finally consult the G-oracle.
Finally, I found this solution / hack to fix this little problem which requires that I specify the width in CSS to give a non-fluid layout. Another option was to use Javascript to compute the width and position of the modal window.
You can find the complete load down on GitHub with sample code included./issues/675


Hooking Users In 3 Steps: An Intro to Habit Testing | Nir and Far

So I was surfing through some friends posts and saw a link to this blog that talks a lot about building your online business, and I believe these things are not taught to most fresh entrepreneurs.

We easily think our new idea is going to revolutionise the whole world, only to have our world come crashing down when we get only a few users on our new “world-changer” site.

Below is an excerpt from a post on Nir and Far.

The truly great consumer technology companies of the past 25 years have all had one thing in common: they created habits. This is what separates world-changing businesses from the rest. Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter are used daily by a high proportion of their users and their products are so compelling that many of us struggle to imagine life before they existed.But creating habits is easier said than done. Though I’ve written extensively about behaviour engineering and the importance of habits to the future of the web, few resources give entrepreneurs the tools they need to design and measure user habits. It’s not that these techniques don’t exist — in fact, they’re quite familiar to people in all the companies named above. However, to the new entrepreneur, they largely remain a mystery.I’ve learned these methods from some of the best in the business and put together an amalgamation of them that I call “Habit Testing.” It can be used by consumer web companies to build products that users not only love, but are hooked to.



Habit Testing fits hand-in-glove with the build, measure, learn methodology espoused by the lean startup movement and offers a new way to make data actionable. Habit Testing helps clarify three things: 1 who your devotees are; 2 what part of your product is habit forming, if any; and 3 why those aspects of your product are habit forming.A prerequisite to Habit Testing is having some kind of product up and running. Of course, before launching even a minimal viable product, it’s a good idea to take a stab at your business model hypotheses and how your product will create user desire.Once you have a site or app live, you can begin collecting data. Habit Testing does not necessitate collecting data about everything — just the right things — so setting up the appropriate analytics is critical. In order for Habit Testing to be successful, you need to date stamp the path users take while using your site.

via Nir and Far.