On January 1, 2021, organisers of the Africa Youth Awards announced the winners of the 2020 edition.
This followed a highly contested public voting process, which saw 129 nominees from 32 African countries.
The 2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year, Kuame Eugene was given the Entertainer award.
Zambian Social Entrepreneur, Barrington Chungulo & Kenyan Philanthropist, Amisa Rashid Ahmed were voted to receive the premier award as the 2020 African Youth of the Year in the male and female categories.
Ghanaian Youtuber Kwadwo Sheldon was also given the House of Content award.
Other notable winners include Lucy Mary Athieno, Wilson Atumeyi and Habtamu Abafogi.
The awards was instituted in 2014 as a Pan African awards scheme to honour inspiring young Africans who are championing the development of the continent in diverse fields.
It received over 1000 nominations for the 2020 awards, which was held in partnership with Kenley College and Avance Media.
Africa Youth Awards is also expected to announce the publication of its upcoming book dubbed: COVID-19 & the African Youth Heroes.
It will be a compilation of stories from inspirational young Africans who through their individual initiatives contributed to various activities to curb the spread of the virus in their communities.
Below is the list of the 2020 Africa Youth Awards winners
Amisa Rashid Ahmed || Nivishe Foundation, Kenya – African Youth of the Year (Female)
Barrington Chungulo || The Dream Factory, Zambia – African Youth of the Year (Male)
Wilson Atumeyi || Waterwide, Nigeria – Advocate of the Year
Claire Nasike Akello || The Hummingbird Foundation, Kenya – Award for Agriculture
Maame Efua De-Heer || Power of Love Foundation Canada, Ghana/Canada – Award for Diaspora Achievements
Amadu Zulkarnain Mohammed || Achievers Ghana Education, Ghana – Award for Education
Kuami Eugene || Musician, Ghana – Award for Entertainment
Habtamu Abafogi || Jimma University Biomedical Innovation Center, Ethiopia – Award for Technology
Anthony Dzamefe || Caveman Watches, Ghana – Entrepreneur of the Year
Andrews Ofosuhene || Rotary Club of Accra-East, Ghana – Leader of the Year
Kwadwo Sheldon || House of Content, Ghana – Media Personality of the Year
Lucy Mary Athieno || Eco-Pads Uganda, Uganda – Social Entrepreneur of the Year
AJ Willz Media || Ghana – Startup of the Year
Youth4parliament || Zambia – Youthled Organisation of the Year