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Former Liberian president, Johnson to grace 2019 FALA Awards in Lagos

By Adelowo Adebumiti and Ngozi Egenuka
29 December 2019   |   3:09 am
Former President of Liberia, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson will present prizes to Future Africa Leaders Awards (FALA) winners, on Tuesday, December 31

Former President of Liberia, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson will present prizes to Future Africa Leaders Awards (FALA) winners, on Tuesday, December 31, at the Loveworld Convention Centre, Ikeja, Lagos.

The awards, in its seventh edition, seek to recognise and empower young Africans within the age range of 16 to 23, that have demonstrated exemplary leadership, by taking responsibilities for the socio-economic and political states of their countries through education, empowerment, medical outreach, community development programmes, among others.

Speaking, at the weekend, during a press conference, Member, Central Executive Council (CEC) Loveworld Incorporation, Ambrose Isesele said the awards, an initiative of Future Africa Leaders Foundation (FALF), is to support youths, who are making efforts to improve their community.

“The foundation aims to expand the leadership potentials in Africa by inspiring and encouraging the youths in nation-building and proffering sustainable solutions to promote the continent. There is a lot we can offer and we don’t have to wait for the civilised world to assist,” he said

“Since 2013, the foundation has recognised 10 winners, with $10,000 each and the star prize winner goes home with an additional $25,000.

“These funds assist winners in expanding their sustainable project to enhance development of their countries,” Isesele added.

Head of Department (HOD), FALF, Dave Ogbaka, noted that for this year, there were 180 entries from 54 countries and 30 selected from 21 countries, after nomination screening.

“The screening was done based on certain criteria that included integrity, leadership role, innovation, among others, in their projects which should be one of the sustainable development goals given by the United Nations (UN) relevant to their communities,” he added.

FALA 2013 prize star winner from Nigeria, Pastor Sharon Ajide, 2016 winners: Joel Tiago from Angola and Enoch Afortey from Ghana, shared their experiences and spoke on how the platform has built youth leaders across the continent.