The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) has announced young business leaders who are headlining its global campaign to pool 1 million young Africans to act against Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The #StopEbola campaign will be led by TFAA Young Person of the Year 2013, Ashish Thakkar and Africa’s leading creative icons – Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Paris-based Asa Elemide.
Business and social leaders across the continent have also joined up, including founder of Puku S8 Meck Khalfan, and chief executive of mobile payment company Paga, Tayo Oviosu.
The #StopEbola campaign will get young Africans to support the World Health Organization by donating social media updates and a minimum of $25 between now and the awards date via the portal www.stopebola.com. The funds go directly to the United Nations Ebola Response Fund. The Future Awards Africa holds on Sunday, 7 December 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotels in Lagos, Nigeria.
“Of course, I am signed up to be a #StopEbola ambassador,” said Khalfan who was named Africa Business Leader of the Year 2013 by the Corporate Council of Africa. “It is an important cause at this time and I absolutely align that Africans need to take the lead in the efforts to stop Ebola on the continent.”
“Ebola has been defeated in Nigeria,” said Nnaji who has actively supported causes including the Pink Ball against cancer. “This shows that with the will and resources it can be defeated anywhere else. We need to get involved beyond talk and beyond sympathy. As long as it remains anywhere in Africa, we are all at risk, and we can come together to stop this from happening. Join me, and join all of us now on www.stopebola.com.”
Other influencers include Ojoma Ochai, Tu Face Idibia, Van Vicker, Joselyn Dumas, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Dayo Israel, Denrele, Dakore Akande, Juliet Ibrahim, Funke Akindele, Omoni Oboli, Ohimai Atafo, Joseph Benjamin, Ice Prince, MI Abaga, Omawumi, Waje, Lynxx, Yemi Adamolekun, Gbenga Sesan, Kunle Afolayan, Osas Ighodaro, Yegwa Ukpo and Kathleen Ndongmo.
To be part of the campaign, it takes just 3 easy steps:
1. Go to www.stopebola.com.
2. Click on the SHARE button and sign up to the Thunderclap campaign. Thunderclap helps ensure everyone will tweet the same #StopEbola message on November 29 at the same time. It takes just 2 minutes to sign up, and/or
3. Click on the DONATE button to donate directly to the UN’s Ebola Response Fund.
You should also put up the #StopEbola flyer on your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Phone DPs every day from now to 7 December. You can download the flyers on www.stopebola.com.
The Future Awards Africa 2014 is presented in partnership with Microsoft and the Tony Elumelu Foundation and is headlined by Vitafoam.
Official Media Partners are EbonyLife TV, Africa Magic, Ventures Africa, and Y! Africa. Official Online Partners are MemeBurn, BellaNaija, YNaija, Premium Times and 360nobs.
The official bloggers for 2014 are LindaIkeji, Omojuwa, LadunLiadi, Olorisupergal, Ameyaw Debrah, NigeriaNewsDesk. Country partners are Silverbird TV, Hip TV, The Cable, LadunLiadi, The Trent, Information Nigeria, News Wire Nigeria, Pulse.ng; and Buzz Partners are StyleMeAfrica, StyleVitae and OnoBello.
Cool FM is the host radio station. Channels Television is the host TV station.
For more information, visit @TFAAfrica on Twitter/Instagram or the website www.thefutureafrica.com/awards. The official hashtags for the 2014 awards are #TheFutureAwardsAfrica and #TheFutureAwards2014.