Ms. Akerele is the sole Nigerian nominee. Two South Africans, a Tanzanian and a Ugnadan complete the list.
The award, created by Viacom International Media Networks and MTV Base, will be given at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards ceremony, taking place Saturday 7th June, 2014 at the Durban International Convention Centre in South Africa.
Speaking about the nominees, Senior President and MD International Media Networks Africa, Alex Okosi said, “We are delighted to recognise the achievements of these extraordinary and inspirational young individuals who are working every day to make positive change on the African continent.”
According to a statement by MTV, the award will be “given to a young African under the age of 35 who through their leadership and contribution, is making a positive impact towards the growth and development of Africa across a broad spectrum of disciplines.”
Below, the list of nominees:
Ludwick Marishane (South Africa) – Founder/CEO of Headboy Industries and is South Africa’s youngest patent-filer after having invented DryBath® at the age of 17.
Toyosi Akerele (Nigeria) – CEO of Rise Networks, Nigeria’s leading public and private sector funded social enterprise committed to wholesome youth and education development.
Dr Sandile Kubheka (South Africa) completed his MBChB degree at the College of Health Sciences at the age of 20, making him the youngest graduate in the college’s history.
Ashish J. Thakkar (Tanzania) – Founder and owner of the Mara Group, is an entrepreneur who founded his first business in 1996 at the age of 15 with a $5,000 loan.
Humphrey Nabimanya (Uganda) has been a HIV/Aids activist since 2004, advocating for safe sexual behaviour among Ugandan youth.
Unlike awards in the music categories, which can be voted for, the winner of the MTV Base Leadership Award will be chosen by MTV Base.