We were excited to see Paris-based soul singer, Asa perform from her new album, ‘Bed of Stones’ for the first time in Nigeria at the just concluded Future Awards Africa. She also showed she isn’t just a music icon but also a style star to watch as she rocked a gorgeous, exquisitely beaded cape dress from Iconic Invanity’s S/S 2015 Collection which debuted just about five weeks ago.
The headline act of the night, she performed from her album, ‘Bed of Stone’ for the first time at the awards ceremony, starting with an old
favourite, ‘Jailer’ from her previous album; setting the tone for what was to come. She then moved seamlessly into ‘Eyo’, a song based on the
melody about the famous masquerade festival in Lagos which got the audience going, most familiar with the tunes of the song. She ended her set with a crowd favourite from the album, ‘Satan Be Gone’ which provoked rapturous applause before she got into her performance proper.
Also performing at The Future Awards 2014 were Waje and OC Ukeje who opened the show with an unforgettable rendition of the Nigerian national
anthem. Who knew OC Ukeje could sing? His performance alongside Waje was a very pleasant surprise!
Closing out the show with a bang was arguably the breakout artist of the year, Yemi Alade, regaling the crowd with her electrifying new single,
‘Kissing’ with an acoustic band in tow, bringing a new dimension to her live performances.
The Future Awards Africa 2014 is headlined by Access Bank and UBA. It is presented in partnership with Etisalat, Microsoft, the Lagos Internal
Revenue Service and the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Official Media Partners are EbonyLife TV, AfricaMagic, Ventures Africa and Y! Africa. Official Online Partners are MemeBurn, BellaNaija and 360nobs.
The official bloggers for 2014 are LindaIkeji, Omojuwa, LadunLiadi, Olorisupergal, Ameyaw, NigeriaNewsDesk and GidiTraffic. Country partners
are The Trent, Information Nigeria, News Wire Nigeria, SabiNews, GHJOY and Pulse.ng. Buzz Partners are Style Vitae, StyleMeAfrica, Fashpa.com,
FAP, Doranne Beauty and LagosLaidbac.
ABOUT THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA
The Future Awards Africa has been called the ‘Nobel Prize for Young Africans’, and the ‘most important youth awards’ by Forbes. It is a set
of prizes given annually to celebrate and accelerate innovation, creativity and enterprise amongst young Africans aged 18 – 31. It has produced over 150 winners and over 1500 nominees since its first edition in 2006.
It is presented in conjunction with The Future Project, which has a mandate to build empowered citizens across Africa, through (inclusive)
enterprise and (active) citizenship. This focus on Human Capital Development is informed by our value proposition: Africa’s growth needs
a generation of young people who are gainfully employed and able to demand and secure better leadership.
Our projects include Aiki.ng, an employability portal presented with Microsoft; the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders,
#StartupsAfrica, Intern4Jobs, The m-Hub, TheFuture Enterprise Support Scheme and The Future Africa Awards & Summit, described as ‘The Nobel
Prize for Young Africans’.
With a network of funders and partners including the Tony Elumelu Foundation, the US Government, First Bank, MTN, HP, the Nigerian
Government and the British Council, our work has spanned Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon,
Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast and Kenya.
Founded by the Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams, TFP is supervised by a Global Board of Advisors drawn from Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East, including the Coordinating Minister of the Nigerian Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Senior Economic Advisor with the Open
Society Foundations, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili; co-founder of ONE, Jamie Drummond and the Chief of Cabinet with the Africa Development Bank, Anne