The nominees for the 2017 Africa Youth Awards have been released by the Board and Jury of the Award scheme with some very astute young Ghanaians getting the nod for various categories.
Paramount amongst them is futurist, Global Keynote speaker Kwame A.A Opoku who got two nominations for the Award for Youth Empowerment and overall Africa Youth of the Year (Male).
Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale is also in the race for Musician of the Year. Other young Ghanaians who made the list include Elorm Beenie, Kwabena Boateng, Eric Pentsil, Stephen Creppy, Nadia Owusu and a host of others.
The awards, launched in 2014 and have since honoured over 250 young people through its two flagship initiatives, Africa Youth Awards and 100 Most Influential Young Africans which was later introduced in 2016.
Nominations received annually are reviewed by a panel of Jury made up of past winners and young achievers resident from all over the continent.
The awards have also been endorsed by very reputable statemen across Africa including the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame and have been featured on over 300 media platforms across the globe.
The Africa Youth Awards initiative is Africa’s premier and most prestigious awards initiative that awards the works of young people on the continent across diverse fields. Annually, over 20 categories are announced for nominations where finalists are announced for a public voting exercise.
Winners are annually announced on January 1, a ritual which has seen the awards gain prominence among young people across the continent.
In the year 2017 alone, Kwame A.A Opoku made over 60 + presentations at various Summits and Conferences and graced some of the biggest stages globally including Tedx University of Ghana, The UN DAY Summit, and Live2Lead.