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Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, is fast growing to become a mega city. This phenomenal growth is largely due to a new breed of young business owners, entrepreneurs, who are coming up with business ideas and services.

These young men and women have provided solutions and services by thinking outside the box, and coming up with ideas that are providing jobs, generating income, and driving the economy at large.

They are the Abuja Young Entrepreneurs. Fusion Lifestyle Limited came up with the idea to host The Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards (AYE Awards) to celebrate these young people who have stood apart from their peers, to do more for the city and the people in Abuja.

The aim of the awards is to encourage ingenuity, while promoting self-reliance and independence in young individuals. By recognizing the young individuals who have been able to set up their businesses, been successful at it, and have been able to stand out while doing so, it is hoped that the younger generation will be motivated, thus creating a cycle of change.

It promises to be a night of fun and glamour as the carpets are rolled out to welcome the nominees and guests to the occasion. Nominations for the award began in December last year, and a list of 52 nominees in 11 categories was finally released. The nominees in the different categories are:

Fashion and Style

Fatima Aliyu Garba (House of Farrah)

Anita Adebisi (Ms Makor)

Tess Uyah (Serendipity)

Ogwa Iweze and Ofure Adive (Dzyn Couture)

Rukkayah Suleiman (Reedas)

Health and Beauty

Ameera Abraham (The Nail Bar)

Helen Nji (Zumba fitness)

Jide Okerayi (St Ola make up)

Dolapo Lucas-Odujole (Bellezza faces)

Arafa Ukonga and Seluwa Moma (Selara faces)

Food and Drink

Muna Okam ( Chloe’s cupcake heaven)

Gwen Akogun (Starters)

Jumoke and Lily Abayomi (Ketchup cafe)

Umma Mohammed (Cupcake cutie)

Funke Awobokun (Cocktails in and out)

Media and Arts

Mohammed Abba Gana

Aisha Dapchi (Pixels photgraphics)

Aisha Augie-Kuta

Lara Akinwolere (Croft pictures)

Ejike Emmanuel (


The Runway Team

Audu Maikori (Chocolate city records)

Chioma Omeruah (Chigurl)

Onoja Delphino (Delphino Entertainment)

Rahima Gambo (


Baraka Saleh (Oakland school)

Hadiza Tuggar (Woodentods Montessori Kindercare)

Mosun Jegede (Cradle to Crayon School)

Aisha Gumel (Playhouse Day Care)


The Water Support Charity Organisation

Tinu Oluleye (JL woman)

Anthonia Ogah (Friends of Benjamin foundation)

Likeminds Charity

Muslimah Foundation


Bruce Ayonote (Suburban Telecomms)

Aisha Aliyu (Design by digo)

Chinapa Aguh (Gelapa)

Alade Oluwafemi (Pliris mobile)


Wanger Ayu (Designer’s market place)

Tinu Oluleye (JamesLully)

Tinu Oyeleke (BMO events Arena)

Hyeladzira Laushi (Blue velvet marquee)

Fantis Mohammed (HMagnet)


Suleiman Idris (Summerset Hotel)

Chinonso Unoagu (Lake Chad Hotel)

Faruk Aliyu (Hawthorn Suites)

Young Entrepreneur of The Year

Ameera Abraham (The Nail bar)

Tinu Oluleye (JamesLully)

Wanger Ayu (Designers market place)

Umma Mohammed (Cupcake cutie)

Ada and Njideka Odili (Pillowtalk Boudoir)

Jolly Cole (Aqua nite club)

The ceremony will take place this Friday, 20th of April at The Abuja International Conference Center from 6 p.m. It will feature:

Musical performances by Wizkid, Omawumi, White Nigerian, and Bikiya Graham-Douglas.

Comedy by Chigurl and Ajebo

Fashion show by Dzyn Couture, House of Farrah, Ms Makor, Reedas, and Serendipity.

View the event on here, or visit the website at AYE Awards.

For general enquiries:

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Or call 08098389882.

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This article was first published on 16th April 2012 and updated on May 10th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

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