Jason Njoku, Idris Akinbanjo and others make Future Awards 2012 Winners List..
Jason Njoku, CEO and Founder of iROKO Partners has won the acclaimed title of Entrepreneur of the Year [Technology] at the 2012 Future Awards, held at Port Harcourt, Nigeria on Sunday 26 August.
The Awards recognize leading young entrepreneurs and leaders from the worlds of media, science & technology, entertainment, agriculture, government and business in Nigeria. On receiving his award for Entrepreneur of the year [Technology], Njoku says: “It’s an incredible honour to be recognized by the Future Awards. This award isn’t just for me – it’s for the entire iROKO Partners Team – the company simply wouldn’t exist without their input, expertise and, ultimately, passion. I’d also like to commend and congratulate my fellow nominees – there was very strong competition for this and the list of names on it is a true testament to the level of hard work, raw energy and talent coming out of Nigeria at the moment.”
Njoku heads iROKO Partners, the world’s largest online distributor of African entertainment. Since its launch in 2010, the company has registered over 4.5 million unique visits from lovers of African entertainment in over 150 countries around the world, across its three platforms,iROKOtv, iROKING and iROKtv, as well as on its YouTube channels. In July 2012, iROKOtv+ was launched – a subscription service where viewers can access brand new Nollywood movies in HD for only $5 a month.
The Future Project (TFP) is a social enterprise/change communications firm affiliated to Red Media Group that is set up based on a strong, practical commitment to human and capital development, especially in Nigeria. It is also committed to finding effective and innovative ways of addressing social issues. It has become one of the most respected private sector-driven development platforms with a history of verifiable impact, including in under-privileged and grassroots communities
iROKOtv, has been groundbreaking in bringing over 5,000 Nollywood films to the African Diaspora. To date, over 13 million hours of Nollywood movies have been watched on irokotv.com.
Best Use of Advocacy- Babafemi Oyediran
Best Use of New Media- Gidi Traffic
Creative Artiste of the Year- Bayo Omoboriowo
Designer of the Year- Toju Foyeh
Excellence in Service (Government)- Hadiza Abdullahi
Excellence in Service (Journalism)- Alkasim Abdulkadir
Excellence in Service (Corporate) Ngozi Nkwoji
Innovator of the Year (Science and Technology)- Seun Onigbinde
Innovator of the Year (Education) Otto Orondaam
Entrepreneur of the Year (General)- Ola Orekunrin
Entrepreneur of the Year (Agriculture)- Tochukwu Ikpegbu
Entrepreneur of the Year (Communication and Media)- Uyi Omokaro
Entrepreneur of the Year (Entertainment)-Michael Collins
Entrepreneur of the Year (Technology) Jason Njoku
On-Air-Personality (Radio)- Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru
On-Air-Personality (TV)- Denrele Edun
Musician of the Year- Wizkid
Actor of the Year- Tonto Dikeh
Producer of the Year (Music)-Jeremiah ‘J. Sleek’ Shelika
Producer of the Year (Screen) Clarence Peters
Young Person of the Year- Idris Akinbanjo