Inaugural African Children of the Year Awards (#ACOTYA) 2018 was a Success

In order to celebrate National Children’s Day 2018, all roads from the Johannesburg International Airport, many neighbourhoods in Gauteng and other provinces led to Bramley during The African Children of the Year Awards (#ACOTYA) 2018, where the Stacey Fru Foundation was acknowledging 11 winners, 18 runners-up and 39 nominees ages 6 to 14 who have contributed towards motivating, growing and transforming Africa.

11-year-old, multiple awards winning child author, BrandSA Ambassador, motivational speaker, founder of the Stacey Fru Foundation and Awards Custodian, Stacey Fru told the awards nominees and recipients to “go motivate the world and show the world that the time of the AfrICAN Child is now”. Speaking to the more than 100 guests, Stacey explains that her use of capital letters ICAN on the word AfrICAN is intended to motivate children to know that they may be African, but THEY CAN do better. The red ink on I is to remind all of the power within them.

It was a day for children to shine. Stacey confidently handed over inaugural Awards in the presence of excited parents, caregivers and guardians. She was assisted on stage by her Mommy Ambassador Mrs. Nelly Nyathi, her Daddy Ambassador Mr. Abdul Manack, two teen authors Megan Werner and Thando Mokwena, Mr. Teen World 2016 and Yale Model United Nations Ambassador, Mpho Botha and tween Singer and Actor Wandi Zharare.


Moments after the official end of the ceremony, a seemingly satisfied and child-like Stacey was seen playing around as other awards participants and guests indulged in the sparkling swimming pool at the Profound Conference Centre as instructed by a corporative weather.

Recipients were categorised as below;
Arts and Culture – Naledi Mokeona, Johannesburg
Education and Skills Development – Emmanuel Kasongo, Johannesburg
Philanthropy – Keagan -Lee Croy, Cape Town
Leadership – Reikentse Manaka, Bloemfontein
Community Development/Engagement – Linnay Jooste, Cape Town
Motivational/Personal Development – Natalie Wambui, Kenya
Science and Technology – Nozipho Zikhali, Durban
Sports and Recreation – Inam Taliwe, Johannesburg
Safety and Security – Zinnia Rose Peterson, Cape Town
Special Mention – Tanya Muzinda, Zimbabwe

In fact, participants were blown away as they listened to the profiles of the crème de la crème of AfrICAN children.

Stacey and her Foundation; The Stacey Fru Foundation thanks all who made this day possible and wish all the children the best. Attention is now drifted to taking nominations for the 2019 Awards. Stacey calls on you to partner with them and Play Your Part. More information including rules and entry forms, can be obtained from or or 011 440 7501. See you in 2019.

Article by Dorcas

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