The Secretary General of the African Law Students Association, Luckson Chibaye (Zambian), and the Founder of the Dream Factory Foundation, Lusanda Magwape (South African) were both elected Young Africans of the Year 2021 during the Africa Youth Awards 2021 (AYA).
They came out on top alongside 12 other young Africans and organizations at the 8th edition of the continental awards program created to celebrate young people who are creating change in their local communities through various actions and initiatives. The announcement was made during a virtual awards ceremony attended by the 2021 award nominees and moderated by Africa Youth Awards Chair Prince Akpah and Community Leader Bahati Mgogwe.
The winners of the award were selected through a public voting process following the announcement of the nominees for the various 14 categories and proof of testimony of their work and support for the development of the continent.
In his keynote address at a virtual awards ceremony held on January 1, 2022, Africa Youth Awards Co-Founder and COO Terser Adamu noted that the Africa Youth Awards will continue to celebrate young Africans who are dedicated to improving the image of the continent through various works to inspire change and help Africa’s development.
The Africa Youth Awards were launched in 2014 as a pan-African awards program to honor inspiring young Africans who champion the development of the continent in various fields.
Below is the list of winners of the Africa Youth Awards 2021
1. Luckson Chibaye (General Secretary, Africa Law Students Association) –
Young African of the Year (Male)
2. Lusanda Magwape (Founder, Dream Factory Foundation) – Africa Youth of the
3. Jessica Mshama (Executive Director, Asumpta Digital Schools) – Award for
4. Zukiswa Nolubabalo Mqolomba (Senior Manager, Media Development and
Diversity Agency) – Governance Award
5. Annejoyce Abuga (Founder, Peer Editors and Consultant) – Award for
6. Drawing Dream Initiative – Responsible Youth Organization
7. Afri-ITech – Startup of the Year
8. Silyvin Kwamboka (Student President, University of Nottingham) – Award for
9. Victoria Nkatha (Founder, Responding To Life) – Leader of the Year
10. Lidya Wangui (Presenter, Realist Cbo) – Media Personality of the Year
11. Godfrey Kilimwoneshi (co-founder, Fundi App) Social Entrepreneur of the Year
12. John Michael Orimbo (Founder, Ability Focus Africa) – Lawyer of the Year
13. James Kariuki (Sp&P Officer, Zao App) – Agriculture Award
14. Thando Kodisa (Founder, Tell A Tale) – Women Leaders Organization