Paris-based soul singer, Asa showed she isnâ€™t just a music icon but also a style star to watch yesterday at The Future Awards Africa 2014 awards ceremony, rocking a gorgeous, exquisitely beaded cape dress from Iconic Invanityâ€™s S/S 2015 Collection which debuted just about five weeks ago.
The headline act of the night, she performed from her album, â€˜Bed of Stoneâ€™ for the first time at the awards ceremony, starting with an old favourite, â€˜Jailerâ€™ from her previous album; setting the tone for what was to come. She then moved seamlessly into â€˜Eyoâ€™, a song based on the melody about the famous masquerade festival in Lagos which got the audience going, most familiar with the tunes of the song.
She ended her set with a crowd favourite from the album, â€˜Satan Be Goneâ€™Â which provoked rapturous applause before she got into her performance proper.
Also performing at The Future Awards 2014 were Waje and OC Ukeje who opened the show with an unforgettable rendition of the Nigerian national anthem. Who knew OC Ukeje could sing? His performance alongside Waje was a very pleasant surprise!
Closing out the show with a bang was arguably the breakout artist of the year, Yemi Alade, regaling the crowd with her electrifying new single, â€˜Kissingâ€™ with an acoustic band in tow, bringing a new dimension to her live performances.
The Future Awards Africa 2014 is headlined by Access Bank and UBA. It is presented in partnership with Etisalat, Microsoft, the Lagos Internal Revenue Service and the Tony Elumelu Foundation.
For more information, visit @TFAAfrica on Twitter/Instagram or the website www.thefutureafrica.com/awards The official hashtags for the
2014 awards are #TheFutureAwards and #TheFutureAwards2014.
ABOUT THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA
The Future Awards Africa has been called the â€˜Nobel Prize for Young Africansâ€™, and the â€˜most important youth awardsâ€™ by Forbes. It is a set of prizes given annually to celebrate and accelerate innovation, creativity and enterprise amongst young Africans aged 18 â€“ 31. It has produced over 150 winners and over 1500 nominees since its first edition in 2006.
It is presented in conjunction with The Future Project, which has a mandate to build empowered citizens across Africa, through (inclusive) enterprise and (active) citizenship. This focus on Human Capital Development is informed by our value proposition: Africaâ€™s growth needs a generation of young people who are gainfully employed and able to demand and secure better leadership.
Our projects include Aiki.ng, an employability portal presented with Microsoft; the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders, #StartupsAfrica, Intern4Jobs, The m-Hub, TheFuture Enterprise Support Scheme and The Future Africa Awards & Summit, described as â€˜The Nobel Prize for Young Africansâ€™.
With a network of funders and partners including the Tony Elumelu Foundation, the US Government, First Bank, MTN, HP, the Nigerian Government and the British Council, our work has spanned Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon, Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast and Kenya.
Founded by the Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams, TFP is supervised by a Global Board of Advisors drawn from Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East, including the Coordinating Minister of the Nigerian Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Senior Economic Advisor with the Open Society Foundations, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili; co-founder of ONE, Jamie Drummond and the Chief of Cabinet with the Africa Development Bank, Anne Kabagambe.
Official Media Partners are EbonyLife TV, AfricaMagic, Ventures Africa, and Y! Africa. Official Online Partners are MemeBurn, BellaNaija and 360nobs.
The official bloggers for 2014 are LindaIkeji, Omojuwa, LadunLiadi, Olorisupergal, Ameyaw, NigeriaNewsDesk and GidiTraffic. Country partners are The Trent, Information Nigeria, News Wire Nigeria, SabiNews, GHJOY and Pulse.ng. Buzz Partners are Style Vitae, StyleMeAfrica, Fashpa.com, FAP, Doranne Beauty and LagosLaidbac.
Cool FM is the host radio station. Channels Television is the host TV station.