Having earlier announced nominees for the Future Africa Leaders’ Award (FALA) 2016 on LoveWorldSAT Television, and other LoveWorld stations and CeFLIX, the New Year Service heralded the FALA Winner for the year. The nomination show was captivating, hosted by CEC Member, Pastor T. T. Edun. LMAM artistes added flavor to the program through special renditions, while past FALA winners discussed the impact of the recognition of their work in their communities.
The Star Prize Winner of the 2015 Edition – Rose Sakala, from Malawi, caused tears of joy to fill the eyes of thousands around the world as her citation was read during the 2015 New Year’s Eve Service with Pastor Chris. Out of adverse circumstances, she triumphed and became a blessing to other young people in her world. This year’s nominees are no different, being exemplars of true success in their impact on the world around them.
The nomination show revealed 28 nominees from 18 African countries, including Botswana, Namibia, Kenya and Cameroon. Nigeria and South Africa produced the highest number of nominees with 3 each from the countries, followed by Zambia, Mozambique, Angola, Ghana, Togo and Malawi, each with 2 nominees.
The Future Africa Leaders Award is an establishment of the man of God, Rev. (Dr.) Chris Oyakhilome, to recognize and encourage young people throughout the continent who have committed themselves to Africa’s socio-economic growth and stability. Join us in celebrating the nominees, listed with their pictures in the gallery below.
And finally, at the Awards event, 10 winners of the Future Africa Leaders’ Award were announced from the list of 28 nominees from 18 African nations. The young people recognized with this prestigious honor are those who have distinguished themselves in service to their nations and communities.
Young Karen Musodza from South Africa was further honored among the winners as the FALA Star Winner 2016 for her outstanding efforts, reaching thousands of youths in her world.
As a FALA Ambassador, Karen will also be afforded resources to help expand her work and establish her impact in her nation.
Congratulations to the winners (click tabs below to read each winner’s citation).
Fred Adom - Togo
Fred Adom is a vibrant youth leader who has inspired others to aspire to his aspirations. Recognizing the need for youth to be taught and properly mentored, he has organized success seminars and other motivational workshops in his university in Lome and across secondary schools in his city. He partnered with some organizations to provide stationery as well as Christian motivational books to the students in attendance. A cumulative of 5000 students across different schools in Togo have attended his programs.
Wisdom Jacob - Nigeria
John Maganga - Malawi
Barbara Sunguti - Kenya
Brenda Formin - Cameroon
Enoch Afotey - Ghana
On a weekly basis, he addresses audiences of over 23,000, including the students, teachers and administrative staff of different schools, impacting them with life transforming teachings. He has also distributed over 25,000 free copies of Christian materials to these students and teachers. The impact of these trainings have been remarkable as youths with academic difficulties and social vices have experienced positive change.
In the month of July, he organized a youth leadership conference with over 2,500 youths in attendance and challenged them to take up various developmental roles and leadership positions. This program made notable impact as various young people in attendance at this program have taken up leadership roles in their schools, making major impact in their institutions.
Enoch is the CEO of Star Webs and Graphics Multimedia, and he has created employment opportunities for young people in his company. He trained over 15 people in entrepreneurship skills, including graphics and website design, thereby making them independent.
He has a passion to help orphaned youth and street children. This led him to partner with organizations and individuals to adopt two childrens homes, to which he supplies welfare packages such as clothing, food items and the likes. He has also organized several girl-child outreach programs which, to a large extent, have led to the suppression of girl-child abuse in his community; hence, a reduction in the number of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
Enoch pioneered a talent-coaching program where he adopted over 20 football clubs. He supplies them with football kits and Christian materials, and also encourages them to use their talents as a tool to bring about positive change in the society.
He and his team adopted the (Educational Excellence Program). This program has brought about significant change in the lives of students and teachers in 14 schools, where they distributed over 20,000 free copies of Christian materials on mind management. Another program was organized for teachers, where over 500 of them were in attendance, along with the deputy minister of education and members of parliament.
Enoch Afotey has caused indelible impact in the lives of thousands of youths in Ghana and has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills.
Joel Tiago - Angola
He has organized success seminars and leadership development programs in high schools and tertiary institutions, encouraging the youth to shun vices and focus on acquiring skills that would help them fulfil their dreams. He has set up over 10 youth clubs on campuses and high schools to further mentor young people and guide them rightly. He also organized entrepreneurship and skill acquisition classes to equip former street urchins join the workforce, becoming gainfully employed.
Passionately committed to helping at-risk youth, he partnered with some organizations to provide food and much needed amenities to orphanages, inner city schools, as well as hospitals in his city.
His work with the youth got him an invitation to a TV program with a viewership of over a million Portuguese speaking viewers. His motivational speech inspired youth across several countries and he has been invited as a regular presenter on the program. Tiago is an exemplary role model whose success story has inspired young people to greater aspirations.
Silas Mwanangombe - Zambia
This year, Silas carried out a project tagged, â€˜I Will Make a Differenceâ€™ â€“ an on-air campaign in collaboration with 6 radio stations where he used his talents in music to preach moral values and self-esteem to the young people of Zambia, with a view to cultivating in them the right attitude for nation-building and positive change. Thousands of young people have had their lives transformed as a result of his radio outreaches.
He raised funds to contribute to the development of 15 community schools by organising a special parade. He also secured the financial support of a bank in Zambia for the provision of school uniforms and other amenities for the children.
He also reaches out to orphanages with feeding programs and the like. Silas also secured scholarships for several teenagers as a part of his investment in their futures. Furthermore, he organises talent events where he awards the best talents and has encouraged over 500 youths to develop themselves and become the best wherever they are. Through special programs on public holidays like Independence Day and Valentineâ€™s Day, Silas inspires young people to remain focused and united in the cause to build a greater and stronger nation.
Silas is also an advocate for the girl-child; he actively campaigns against early marriages and organizes special classes for educating young girls on how to protect themselves from abuse and avoid unwanted pregnancies.
Silas Mwanangombe has demonstrated exemplary leadership and impacted his world with his extraordinary personality. We hail his remarkable contributions and service to the society.
Frank Nkya - Tanzania
Through his youth transformation programmes, Frank has raised over 150 youth leaders who are shaping the future of Tanzania and the world with God-given principles. His passion for excellence and many leadership innovations have gained him notable commendations from the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tanzania and other distinguished leaders in the country.
Frank Nkya is bringing hope to life, and we are assured that he, and all those he has impacted, will make a great difference in Africa and the world in years to come. We applaud Frank and his innovative thinking.