The anticipated maiden edition of The Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards (AYE Awards) took place at the Abuja International Conference Centre on Friday, the 20th April 2012. The event which was tagged a night of glamour and entertainment, was hosted by Ebuka Obi-Uchenduand Matilda Duncan of Rhythm FM Abuja and saw 11 individuals given awards for their non stop entrepreneurial contributions in Abuja. Three Honorary awards were also given at the event.
The event kicked off with a performance by one of Abuja’s rising music acts, Mystro. Afterwards, Bikiya Graham-Douglas gave her rendition of the National anthem. In between award presentations, attendees enjoyed rib cracking jokes by Ajebo and Chigurl and danced to musical performances by White Nigerian with Terry da Rapman and Omawumi who gave a 5 stellar song performance. The event ended with a spectacular performance by Wizkid. Fashion and style nominees also presented some of their most creative fashion pieces at the event.
To drive home the message behind the awards, the organisers – Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed of Fusion Lifestyle Ltd and Habiba Sha’aba Afonja of The Connector Ltd. spoke on the reason behind the awards and its long term objectives. Top Nigerian entrepreneurs including Bruce Ayonote (CEO Suburban Telecomms), Alhaji Isiaka Rabiu (MD IRS Airlines) and Tony Ifechukwu (Representative of the CBN governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) were also present to address attendees. Here’s a list of all the winners and pictures from the event.
The Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards Maiden Edition Winners
Business – Tinu Oyeleke (BMO Events Arena)
Information and Communications Technology – Aisha Aliyu (Design by Digo)
Entertainment – Audu Maikori (Chocolate City Records)
Hospitality – Faruk Aliyu (Hawthorn Suites)
Fashion & Style – Anita Adebisi (Ms Makor)
Philanthropy – Water Support Charity Organization
Media & Arts – Mohammed Abba Gana
Food & Drink – Umma Mohammed (Cupcake Cutie)
Education – Baraka Saleh (Oakland School)
Health & Beauty – Jide Okerayi (St Ola Make-Up)
Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Umma Mohammed (Cupcake Cutie)
Philanthropy – Nuhu Fulani Kwajafa
Entrepreneurial Growth – Chris Oputa (Studio 24)
Outstanding Entrepreneurial in a Northern Woman – Habiba Adamu
Call for nominations for the 2013 Edition of the Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards will be open to the general public from Saturday, the 1st – Monday 31st December 2012. For criteria selection and more info, log on to AyeAwards.com