The African Youth Awards

The Focus of the Africa Youth Awards is to highlight the accomplishments of young achievers in the areas of entrepreneurship, art, education, technology, politics, innovation, media, entertainment and humanitarianism. Our objectives are to identify, recognize, and award young Africans who are pursuing excellence, and to create a platform that recognizes, promotes and rewards young achievers because they represent the future of Africa.

By celebrating and rewarding these young people, we empower them to continue striving for excellence, and the good of Africa. Also, by using their stories we inspire others to follow along this path.

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Eligibility

To be eligible to win an Africa Youth Awards; applicants must:

  • Be 35 Years or Below
  • Be of African Descent (and working to support Africa)
  • Show leadership, innovation, creativity, and/or entrepreneurship intheir nominated category.
  • No specific educational or academic background is required for nomination.

Nominating a Young Achiever

  • Specify the award for which the candidate is being nominated Include background information and highlight any previous awards received and accomplishments that are relevant to the awards.
  • Explain in detail why the candidate deserves the award. Please give detailed examples of the activities, programs, etc. the candidate is involved in and provide specific information that supports why you are nominating this person.
  • Provide websites or insight on where our reviewers can gather more information on the candidate.
  • Information required include: Name of Nominee, Nationality, Gender, Age, Email, Organisation, and Short Biographies.

Africa Youth Awards Categories

Africa Youth Awards Category Definition

– Emerging Leader of the Year

This Category is to honour a Young Leader who is at the helm of affairs in a significant organisation and has distinguished him/herself with exceptional leadership qualities with a dream, passion and obligation to achieve and impact more.

– Emerging Media Personality of the Year

This category is to honour a young personality blazing trails in the media industry (TV, Radio, Print and Digital) and involved in changing the narrative about Africa through the creation and distribution of constructive contents to inspire and inform people across the world about Africa.

– Literary  Excellence Award

This category is to recognize the creativity of a young person involved in creating, writing and publishing of literature to promote the creativity abounded on the continent with so much excellence.

– Emerging Advocate of the Year

This category is to recognize a young person who has adopted various legal means to represent the voiceless across Africa and has become influential in directing public and private policies and impacting lives across the continent.

– Emerging Public Servant of the Year

This category is to honour a young person whose role in running a public office has created enough impact. The personality’s integral role should be worthy of emulation among peers and other people across the continent.

– Emerging Musician of the Year

This category is to honour a young person who has demonstrated influence in the entertainment and art industry (film, music, poetry, drama) coupled with a positive reputation and has the potentials of becoming an Ambassador for Africa.

– Emerging Actor of the Year

This category celebrates the young person who has gone above and beyond in achieving their goals in acting, on screen and off screen.  This could involve being an inspiration to others by dedicating time and effort to help people to be a leading light in the industry.

– Emerging Civil Society of the Year

This category is to recognize a civil society organisation that has created and has diligently acted on its dream of representing the views of the marginalized with unprecedented results.

– Emerging Fashion Personality of the Year

This category is to honour a creative young person who has created a reputation for him/herself in the fashion industry as a Designer or a Model and does represent professionalism and the core values of an African in his/her outlooks and works.

– Social Enterprise of the Year

This category is to honour a Social Enterprise (including NGOs) which has been able to implement wide-ranging and impactful programs contributing to the growth of the continent in sectors such as health, education, agriculture, technology, science etc.

– Educational Institution of the Year

This category is to recognize an accredited educational institution playing a major role in developing ingenious human resources to contribute to our development demonstrated by the capability and achievements of its students.

– Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

This category is to award the most hardworking, dedicated and passionate young entrepreneur who has taken the mantle to create, build and grow an idea into an enterprise solving a marginal problem and having an impact on the lives of many Africans.

– Conference of the Year

This category is to honour a youth-focused event (conference, forum, convention or summit) which has created the opportunity for young people to meet, learn and grow their ideas into meaningful ventures.

 – African Youth of the Year (Male)

This category is to honour the most influential emerging young personality across Africa who has created a niche for himself as an achiever and has been able to demonstrate his potentials as a role model to many young people across the continent.

– African Youth of the Year (Female)

This category is to honour the most influential emerging young personality across Africa who has created a niche for herself as an achiever and has been able to demonstrate her potentials as a role model to many young people across the continent.

New Categories:

– Emerging Diplomat of the Year

This category is to recognize a young person who is passionately and actively involved in diplomatic responsibilities across the continent and has demonstrated great potentials of commitment to international policy regulations and discussions in the interest of the continent.

– Emerging Journalist of the Year

This category is to recognize a young journalist who has been at the vanguard of national and international tasks across several or specific sectors and has been resilience in delivering accurate information to the world.

– Emerging Sports Personality of the Year

This category is to honour a young sports personality who has been excelling in any of the globally recognised sporting activities and does possess the potentials or is already representing his/her country in national and international assignments.

– Discovery of the Year

This category is to honour a young person who emerged with an excellent performance, achievement or result under the year in review and has shown resilience and passion towards what he/she has been discovered for.

– Health Personality of the Year

This category is to honour a young health professional who is engaged in various health assignments, in the hospital, clinic, community & homes and is extraordinarily contributing his/her knowledge, skills and resources in saving lives.

– Emerging Social Entrepreneur of the Year

This category is to honour a founder of a social enterprise who is innovatively creating change coupled with great impact in the lives of so many people in diverse fields on the continent. He/she must be creative in ideas and should own the opportunity to expand to more areas.

– Startup of the Year

This category is dedicated to honour a Young Company (Startup) which is gradually creating immerse change across the continent through Solutions, Employment and opportunities and does stand the chance to become a giant across the world.

Special recognition awards:

– Awards for Agriculture

– Awards for Technology

 – Awards for Finance

– International Prize (for non-Africans)

– Awards for Education

 – Awards for Academics

 – Awards for Youth Empowerment

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