The Future African Leaders 2017 awards celebrate Christ’s core teaching that serving God also implies helping the destitute in the community.
It is a way of giving back to the society and FALA salutes those leading the change.
The FALA awards go to outstanding young leaders picked from a wider short list of talented young leaders in Africa.
Highlights of FALA 2017
FALA 2017 honored 10 top leaders from different parts of Africa whose profiles stand out for the depth of their work and commitment.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, founder of the Believers’ Loveworld Incorporation (BLW) is the moving spirit behind these prestigious awards.
Winner of Prestigious Star Prize
The winner of Star Prize in 2017 was Naomi Ekpoki Aliyu from Nigeria. The 20-year-old received the award for her exemplary work in supporting the underprivileged children in her community.
Botswana’s Tshepiso Masilonyane was another awardee active in defending kid’s rights focusing on self-esteem, personality development, and leadership.
The 19-year-old runs a National Children’s Consultation forum that is articulate about changing laws to uplift children living in harsh conditions. It wants child marriage and child bride practices to be banned.
The honor for Sharon Sambaza from Zimbabwe lauded her passionate work in empowering the youth. Her 16 youth groups work among communities, high schools, and universities. Sharon’s workshops enhance motivation and academic achievements. She also campaigns to support cancer afflicted kids and has enlisted 500 plus sponsors who are footing the medical bills and tuition costs of the affected kids.
Young Man of High Determination
Mukete Davidson Dioh hails from Cameroon and is a picture of fierce determination to serve the society despite threats and hostile circumstances. Mukete aged 23 runs an NGO named Varl Association of Community Development that provides portable pipe water for villagers and employs youngsters.
Evelyn Opoku Appiah of Ghana is a 23-year-old youth leader from Ghana noted for her New Africa Initiative NGO that promotes many social projects touching hundreds of lives in her community. Evelyn has been invited to Kenya, Rwanda, and Cyprus to plan out projects that can make a difference in the society.
Congo’s Samuel Mirady Kwamaka has exemplary initiatives in health, education, sports to his credit. Samuel at 21 supports students facing difficulties in their studies. His Success Club distributes Christian literature to boost spiritual development and pays attention to subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, and English to make students excel in their academics.
Brenda Mwale works in Malawi piloting many community projects. She uses her farming income to help the less privileged children to afford school fees and some costs of upbringing. Brenda has sent many school dropouts back to school and imparts personality skills to children covering positivity, personal hygiene, and computer skills.
Award winner Theophile Lassey-Assiakoley from Togo run many motivation programs and back to school campaigns. His inspirational radio speeches command an audience of more than 15,000 listeners in Lome.
Juliet Amina Moses of Nigeria focuses on empowering youths in her community. The 23-year also works with government supported programs. Her youth groups work in high schools in Northern Nigeria and Kano. Juliet’s motivational workshops advocate preventing child marriages to enable young girls to complete their high school before starting a family.
Egypt’s Mina Khaleed is just 20. But the FALA awardee has supported thousands of young people in Egypt. He runs a training school to make youngsters productive citizens. Moved by the plight of refugees in his country, Mina set up a Refugee relief camp to lift their conditions and supplies them with daily necessities.