Nigerian education and children’s rights activist, Philip Obaji Jnr., has been nominated for The Future Awards African Person of the Year, 2015.
The Award will also feature Nigerian bank analyst, Adesoji Solanke, South African TV host and MTV Africa Music Award for Personality of the Year; Trevor Noah, Kenyan activist Teresa Mbagaya and her compatriot, Barclay Okari, a serial entrepreneur to complete the nominees for the biggest of all of eleven award categories unveiled by the organizers on Sunday.
While short-listing Obaji, the organizers recognized the “extraordinary work” he has done in activism for rights to education for children, especially in North-east Nigeria.
Obaji, who hails from Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State, is a Global Partnership for Education champion and founder of 1 GAME Campaign, has been in the helm of education activism in North-East Nigeria where the Islamist group, Boko Haram, has targeted schools, education campaigners, teachers and students.
He received the Future Awards Africa Prize in Education last year for his work in advocating for basic education for vulnerable children in northeast Nigeria.
The Future Awards Africa, an initiative of The Future Project, celebrates young people between the ages of 18 and 31, who have made outstanding achievement in the year under consideration. Forbes has described the awards as “Most important awards for outstanding young Nigerians”, while the World Bank calls it “The Nobel Prize for young Africans”.
The event will be hosted in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday, 6 December, 2015, just few weeks before Obaji will walk down the aisle with his heartthrob in Calabar.