FUTURE Awards: Burna Boy wins Young Person of The Year

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performs at Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 21, 2019 in Indio, California.

Afropop musician, Burna Boy, has won the biggest recognition of the Future Awards, The Young Person of the Year and The Future Award Prize for Music.

The awards, which is in its 14th year, recognises the achievement of young people on the continent.

This year, the award was themed ‘Nigeria’s New Tribe’.

The nominees represented outstanding young talents, innovators, entrepreneurs, and community advocates who are breaking boundaries in various industries.

The top contenders of the night were Burna Boy, Teni, Falz, and Timini Egbuson.

The awards were hosted by popular musician, Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana and actress Toni Tones.

They were also supported by social media sensation, Taymesan and Khaffy of BBNaija 2019.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Jumoke Oduwole, were also in attendance.

The event also drew attention to the role young people are playing and can play when given the opportunity and an enabling environment to thrive in their respective fields of endeavour.

While music stars Timi Dakolo and Johnny Drille thrilled the audience with great performances, popular music group, Kabusa Oriental Choir, held the audience spellbound with their rendition of popular Nigerian songs.

A BBC journalist, Kiki Mordi, and celebrity photographer, Busola Dakolo, also provided one of the highlights of the awards.
sBoth ladies presented awards and were recognised for “fighting the good fight to end the silence of victims of sexual abuse”.