About the Africa Youth Awards Story

Africa Youth Awards is a prestige award scheme with the prime aim of appreciating the works of young Africans in Africa and the Diaspora.

Launched in 2014, the Africa Youth Awards scheme was inspired by the lack of recognition for young Africans who have selflessly dedicated their lives to making sure the future of Africa is optimistic.

Africa Youth Awards Winners
Africa Youth Awards Winners

Africa Youth Awards Vision:

To Elevate, Honour and Celebrate Outstanding Young African Achievers.

Africa Youth Awards Vision

Africa Youth Awards Mission:

Transform the perception of the future of Africa in creating hope in young individuals who in various ways are contributing to the developmental success of the African Continent.

Africa Youth Awards Mission
Mission - Africa Youth Awards - Celebrating the Youth of Africa
Mission – Africa Youth Awards – Celebrating the Youth of Africa

Aims and Objectives

  • Recognise and award young African achievers.
  • Bring young like minds together for a common purpose.
  • Create efficient mentorship for young Africans.
  • Make Africa the best hub to successful citizens.
  • Help young people organise mentorship programs to help underprivileged Africans
  • Understand the essence of living.
  • Present Africa to the world in a different perspective.
  • Help consult and write formidable policies to help young Africans.
  • To inculcate young people the sense of patriotism and the need for collective nation building.

Meet the Africa Youth Awards Team

Prince Akpah – President of the Africa Youth Awards

Prince Akpah is an African brewed in Ghana President - Africa Youth Awards – Celebrating the Youth of Africa
Prince Akpah is an African brewed in Ghana President – Africa Youth Awards

Prince Akpah is the President of the Africa Youth Awards. He describes himself as an African brewed in Ghana, who is passionate about Making a Difference.

Emmanuel Asieme Ayine – Vice President of Africa Youth Awards

Emmanuel Asieme Ayine Vice President - Africa Youth Awards – Celebrating the Youth of Africa - Trained Journalist and motivational speaker
Emmanuel Asieme Ayine Vice President – Africa Youth Awards 

Emmanuel Asieme Ayine Vice President – Africa Youth Awards – Celebrating the Youth of Africa – Trained Journalist and motivational speaker Emmanuel hails from Bolgatanga in Ghana.

Terser Joseph Adamu – Chief Operating Officer Africa Youth Awards

Terser Joseph Adamu, the Chief Operating Officer - Africa Youth Awards – Celebrating the Youth of Africa
Terser Joseph Adamu, the Chief Operating Officer – Africa Youth Awards

Terser Joseph Adamu, the Chief Operating Officer of Africa Youth Awards, holds a Natural Science degree and is in charge of the day to day operations.

Testimonials – What people are saying about the Africa Youth Awards:

Sara Nana Yeboah – Africa Youth Awards

“The Africa Youth Awards is timely. The formal acknowledgement of our deeds is clearly been beyond normal expectations.The impact of this Award is huge communication component! Recognizing people for their good work sends an extremely powerful message to the recipient, their work team and other employees through the grapevine and formal communication channels. That the rest of Africa and the world will hear your story is great news to someone like me who wants to be a global solution.”

Sara Nana Yeboah
Grandson Shipangula – Africa Youth Awards

“ The Africa Youth Awards is a Timely Tool that will effectively Motivate and Encourage Africa’s Young Visionaries to Dream More. Young people need recognition and appreciation of their efforts. So this is a Master Peace of a Project that will stand the Test of Time. All well meaning Africans should support this Noble cause. ”

Grandson Shipangula
Diphus N’geny – Africa Youth Awards

“Africa Youth Awards is a perfect opportunity to recognize outstanding youth and motivate them further to continue putting Africa on the global platform. Africa Youth Awards is unique in the sense that it scrutinizes and awards genuine individuals whose work is evident to the rest of Africans. ”

Diphus N’geny


Divine Kpe – Africa Youth Awards

“I think it is a nice initiative that will go a long way to encourage the young Africans doing their best to retell the story of Africa to move on. Though I believe most in self motivation, I’m sure the external one also counts a lot and the Africa Youth Award by only recognising our efforts is enough drive.”

Divine Kpe
Gloria Silas Mangi – Africa Youth Awards

I love ventures that target and celebrate the progressive and innovative work that Africans are doing. I believe anything done with consistency, passion, and progressive direction has the potential to create a lasting impact, and this is what the Africa Youth Awards is doing.

Gloria Silas Mangi

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.

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.

2017 Africa Youth Awards Winners
2017 Africa Youth Awards Winners

Nominate an African Achiever Today

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 in their 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.
2016 Africa Youth Awards Winners
2016 Africa Youth Awards Winners

Africa Youth Awards Categories

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.

Africa Youth Awards Winners
Africa Youth Awards Winners

New Africa Youth Awards 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.

Vision - Africa Youth Awards - Celebrating the Youth of Africa
Vision – Africa Youth Awards – Celebrating the Youth of Africa

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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