…as Oyakhilome empowers 10 African youths
By Olayinka Latona
FUTURE Africa Leaders’ Foundation, FALF, a non-governmental organisation has concluded plans to host the former President of Liberia and first elected female head of state in Africa, Her Excellency, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as the special guest at this year’s Future Africa Leaders Awards, FALA.
The event billed for Tuesday, at the LoveWorld Convocation Arena, Oregun, Lagos is an initiative of the General Overseer of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome which is aimed at recognising the commitment of young leaders to the progress and development of the Africa continent.
Addressing journalists, ahead of the event, a member of the Central Executive Council, Believers’ Loveworld Incorporation, Pastor Ambrose Isesele said Pastor Oyakhilome will empower 10 young Africans finalists with $10,000 each and $25,000 to the grand prize winner at the award ceremony.
According to Isesele, the awards, within seven years, have made tremendous impact through education, youth empowerment and medical outreach, noting that the foundation has been able to recognise young Africans from 54 African countries.
In his words: “The nominees have demonstrated exemplary leadership potential by impacting no less than 500-1,000 young people through programmes and initiatives that empowered young people positively, building them and preparing them to be strong and confident individuals in future”.
Also commenting on the importance of the initiative, the senior executive officer at FALA, Pastor Dave Ogbaka, said FALA Awards is not a religious agenda, but opened to all African youths irrespective of their religious inclinations as long as the criteria are met.
He said: “The 10 eventual winners will get $10,000 each while the star prize winner will get an additional $25,000. The money is to enable them enlarge the scope of their humanitarian works and also be able to reach more youths in their various countries,” he added.
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 awards motivated her more in advancing interests in engineering and technology to young girls.
Ajide said 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.