In a trying time where generosity spirit is highly challenged, the Future Africa Leaders Foundation, an initiative of Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome has continued to give back to African youths through Future African Leadership Awards (FALA).
The recipients who were honoured with the global recognition awards which comes with a Star Award Winner that will receive a token amount of $25,000 as a show of encouragement and $10,000 each for other nominees from the founder and chief motivator of the Future Africa Leaders ‘Awards, Rev. Chris Oyakhilome.
All the winners according to the organisers were all full of joy and appreciation to God and the initiator since their mission is to just give without expectation from anybody or even to hope that someone would notice.
Aside recognising the contribution and developmental growth of these youngsters in human capacity building, their leadership skills have been utilized in developing solutions to issues addressed in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: no poverty, no hunger, quality healthcare, quality education, gender equality, sanitation and hygiene, renewable energy, jobs and economic growth in Africa.
Their works demonstrated remarkable human quality including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence most especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic which affected everyone adversely.
Meanwhile, Star Award winner, 22 years old Gwei Michael Wawa from Cameroon is a social activist who is passionate about using technology for advancement of Africa. His NGO Youths Empowerment through Science and Technology (YEST), has in collaboration with College of Technology impacted 18,000 youths in Cameroon through 34 conferences and 18 seminars.
Other award recipients are 23 years old Christian Majeed Kwesi, from Ghana who has impacted over 3,000 girls and women and also inspired over 10,000 youth through his different programmes; Elsa Cethia Milandou from Congo Brazzaville, who had worked tirelessly to end the suffering of children and youths, she had launched campaign to sensitize young women against unwanted pregnancy, she also distribute foods, sanitizers and washing gel as palliatives to many home during this COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
Mary Mukueba Julius is a 22 years old recipient from South Sudan who has helped disadvantaged youths in refugee camps in South Sudan and Northern Uganda, she had provide planting seed and teach the youths about farming, she started agricultural projects in 5 refugee camps, she also started 2 greenhouses which fruits, vegetables and herbs were distributed to 14,382 households to across the 5 camps to help sustain them. Others in the top 10 are; 22 years old Victor Emeka Mba from Nigeria, 23 years old Tebogo Moroe from South Africa, 23 years old Michelle Mumba from Zambia, Avante Susan Mafusire from Zimbabwe, 20 years old Aicha Elhaj Mahamat from Chad and 18 years old Mayamiko Banda from Malawi.
The project coordinator Dr. Jumoke Akinsanya, explained that the project is non-religious and it is opened to people of African descent who falls between the age of 16 to 23 years, she state further that the foundation has been organising the awards for the past 8 years and that apart from providing financial help it also provides training opportunities to the participants.