Youth Awards keep growing

The 3rd Annual Top 16 Youth Owned Brands Awards (YOBAs) are back and will feature other African States.

The title ‘Top 16’ symbolizes the importance of the youth’s influence on June 16th, 1976 and will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The awards will be preceded by the two-day Festival of Youth-Owned Brands on the 20 and main awards on 21. 

In the African continent, these are the only awards that recognise and celebrate brands owned by youths.

In addition to the new Pan African categories, other new categories include Top Manufacturing Brand, Top Women-Owned Brand and Top Creative & Arts Brand.

Full list of 2024 categories:

  • Top Agriculture Brand
  • Top Apparel Brand
  • Top Creative and Arts Brand
  • Top Food and Beverage Brand
  • Top Footwear and Accessories
  • Top Hair and Beauty Brand
  • Top Homeware Brand
  • Top Education and Literature Brand
  • Top NPOs and Charity Brand
  • Top Technology Brand
  • Top Health and Wellness Brand
  • Top Manufacturing Brand
  • Top Media Brand
  • Top Personality and Influencer Brand
  • Top Services Brand
  • Top Travel and Tourism Brand

“This year, the YOBAs will be bigger than they have ever been. We are excited about the new categories.  They are the reflection of our commitment to act on the feedback that we receive from our stakeholders.

The festival will feature exhibitors from other parts of the continent”, says Pat Mahlangu founder of the Top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards.

Nominations are officially open and will close on April 17.

The public can nominate their favourite youth-owned brands or any brand of their choice on the YOBAs website: 

Image (Visionary Pat Mahlangu, founder of the YOBA awards).

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