- Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has not slowed down in his quest for youth excellence across Africa
- To encourage the continent's young population, the popular pastor has been very consistent in funding big ideas
- Winners from the 2020 Future Africa Leaders Awards are the latest to benefit from the pastor's generosity
Youths in Africa have been urged to utilise their skills to foster community growth in their respective countries in the continent.
The call was made at a press briefing by the organisers of the Future Africa Leaders Awards (FALA 2020).
The text of the briefing which was seen by Legit.ng indicates that the youths were specifically encouraged to utilise their skills and talents towards national growth and actualisation of the continent's goal of sustainable development.
The briefing was also an opportunity to unveil the 2020 star prize award winner and nine other nominees that made the top ten.
Legit.ng gathered that 30 individuals from 20 African countries were nominated for the highly-coveted global recognition awards.
On Sunday, December 31, 2020, the top ten were shortlisted during night service at the LOVE WORLD CRUSADE GROUND, ASEESE (LCG) out of the top 30 nominees that made it to the finals.
Those selected were said to have met different criteria and picked from over 15 million of young Africans that applied.
Respected cleric, Rev. Chris Oyakhilome who happens to be the founder and motivator of The Future Africa Leaders Foundation also gifted the star award winner with a token of $25,000 (almost N10million)
Oyakhilome also gave $10,000 each (almost N4million) to other nominees in order to encourage them.
22-year-old Cameroonian, Gwei Michael Wawa bagged the Star Award while the others were Christian Majeed Kwesi (Ghana), Elsa Cethia Milandou (Congo Brazzaville), Mary Mukeba Julius (Sout Sudan), Victor Emeka Mba (Nigeria), Tebogo Moroe (South Africa), Michelle Mumba (Zambia), Avante Susan Mafusire (Zimbabwe), Aicha Elhaj Mahamat (Chad), Mayamiko Banda (Malawi) bagged $10,000 each.
Meanwhile, the award is open to people with an age range of 16 and 23, and participants are expected to be a registered applicant for the Leadership Initiative Award via the Future Leaders Foundation Website.
Some of the winners focus on gender-based, education, agriculture, entrepreneurship skills, and other sectors that can improve the Africa problem and the continent as a whole.
Meanwhile, the federal government has commenced N30,000 grants for taxi, bus, okada, Keke Napep, Uber, Bolt drivers, and cart pushers across the country.
Under the government's artisan support scheme, a total of 333,000 artisans and transport business operators nationwide will get one-time operations grant of N30,000 per beneficiary to reduce the effects of income loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, some Nigerians have advised the government to end the campaign to give grants to vulnerable citizens.
The issue which became a trending topic on social media indicated that Nigerians are not impressed with the money been given out by the authorities.
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