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Lesotho: Journalists must specialise in different areas -Minister

The Minister of Communications Science and Technology, Mr. Tšoinyane Rapapa says it is high time for journalists to specialise in different areas of journalism to be able to report with understanding.

He said this when officially opening the two-day workshop on African Peer Review Mechanism (APMR) Media Training, a collaboration of APRM Continental Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Lesotho on Monday.

Mr. Rapapa noted that this training will go a long way towards cementing cordial relations between Lesotho and Ethiopia, saying the training will further serve as a network of Communication for disseminating APRM reports and publications while also creating awareness, informing, and educating the media about APRM processes.

He mentioned that Lesotho became the 12th African Union (AU) member state to voluntarily join APRM in July 2004 following its inception in 2003, noting that Lesotho like other member states view APRM as indeed Africa’s premier governance self-assessment and promotion tool towards enhancing economic development, participatory democracy, peace and eternal tranquillity.

Lesotho became the 12th African Union (AU) member state to voluntarily join APRM in July 2004 following its inception in 2003

He stressed that Lesotho was reviewed in 2009 and some of the lessons learned included the fact that priority needs to be given to the technical details in setting up the structures of APRM in countries submitting reviews, mobilization of resources, and the technical autonomous body to reduce delays in the assessment process amongst other things.

Also speaking, the National Director of MISA Lesotho, Mr. Ntsukunyane Lekhetho said the objectives of the media training are to sensitise and equip the media fraternity with requisite information on the APRM process in Lesotho.

He added that it is aimed at encouraging sustained consistent reporting and coverage of the APRM process by developing a national media strategy.

Again, the training is intended to establish a network of communicators to disseminate APRM reports and publications.

On the same token, Acting Chief of Staff, APRM Continental Secretariat, Adv. Batlokoa Makong said the primary purpose of APRM is to foster the adoption of policies, standards, and practices leading to stability, high economic growth, and sustainable development.

The inaugural meeting of the APRM of the communicators’ network was held in May 2019 in South Africa. It is against this backdrop that the APRM hosts the 1st media training on the 27th and 28th of June in Maseru Lesotho.

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U.S. Consulate Supports Mentorship Program for Young Women and Girls

The U.S. government is committed to supporting the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by connecting them with networks and opportunities needed to advance their careers and dreams in tech fields.

On Thursday, the TechWomen Alumni Association of Nigeria held the closing ceremony of a U.S. Consulate-supported TechWomen Nigeria Mentorship Project for emerging female leaders in STEM fields.

For six weeks, 10 mentees aged 18-30 were paired with 10 women leaders in STEM. The mentees shadowed their mentors at leading technology and STEM-related companies in Lagos, including Intel and Microsoft, and attended capacity building workshops with their peers.

The closing event celebrated the graduation of the participants, who in turn shared their experiences and highlighted how partaking in the program helped them to refine their skills and boosted their confidence to advance in their various careers.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the project in Lagos, U.S. Consul General Claire Pierangelo congratulated the young female STEM professionals on completing the mentorship program.

Pierangelo highlighted the importance of expanding young women’s networks in STEM fields, encouraging them to pursue tech careers and ensuring the sustainability of the mentor-mentee model in Nigeria.

The U.S. government is committed to advancing the rights and participation of women and girls in the STEM fields

“I am happy to see that our TechWomen Nigeria alumni have taken steps to replicate their exchange experience by providing mentoring opportunities for young women in STEM in their local communities,” Pierangelo said.

“The U.S. government is committed to advancing the rights and participation of women and girls in the STEM fields, by enabling them to reach their full potential in the tech industry. The TechWomen and TechGirls programs are perfect examples of this commitment.”

Country Account Executive for West Africa at Intel Corporation, Rita Amuchienwa, served as a mentor during the project. She described the benefits of the mentor-mentee model initiated by the TechWomen Nigeria Alumni Association

“Young women in tech can particularly benefit from mentoring as a means to build confidence, enhance skills, and set achievable career goals,” Amuchienwa said.

One of the mentees, Rofiat Korodo, explained that her participation in the mentorship program has strengthened her capacity, expanded her professional networks and exposed her to top female role models in her field.

“It has been an awesome experience. My mentor provided me insights into specific professional situations, negotiation tactics, opportunities and career path goals. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this mentorship program,” Korodo added.

TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It strengthens participants’ professional capacity, increases mutual understanding between key professionals, and expands young women’s interest in STEM careers by exposing them to female role models.

Since the program’s inception in 2013, 45 Nigerian women in STEM have participated in a unique five-week mentorship program to increase their specialized proficiencies, connect with valuable mentors and build a professional network of like-minded women.

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World

Meta launches Reels on Facebook across sub-Saharan Africa

Today, Meta (about.facebook.com/Meta) is expanding the availability of  Facebook Reels (https://bit.ly/3p8lc9w) for iOS and Android to more than 20 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Meta is also introducing better ways to help creators to earn money, new creative tools and more places to watch and create Facebook Reels.

Prior to this launch Reels was available on Facebook in India, Mexico, Canada, the U.S, and is now available across sub-Saharan Africa in: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Swaziland, South Africa, Seychelles, Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria, Namibia, Mali, Malawi, Lesotho, Kenya, Guinea, Ghana, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Burkina Faso.

Commenting on the launch Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa at Meta says, “We’ve seen that video now accounts for almost all of the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram, and Reels is our fastest-growing content format by far. This is why we’re focused on making Reels the best way for creators to get discovered, connect with their audience, and earn money. We also want to make it fun and easy for people to find and share relevant and entertaining content.”

Meta is also creating a variety of opportunities for creators to earn money for their reels. The Reels Play bonus program (bit.ly/3BI6L0W), part of Meta’s $1 billion creator investment (bit.ly/3t2u0ie), pays eligible creators up to $35,000 a month based on the views of their qualifying reels. In the coming months, the bonus program will be extended to more countries, so more creators can get rewarded for creating reels that their communities love.

As part of the launch Meta is also launching brand suitability controls, including Publisher Lists, Blocklists, Inventory Filters and Delivery Reports for Banner and Sticker Ads in Facebook Reels in every region they are available, giving advertisers more control over how their ads appear in places they don’t consider suitable for their brand or campaign. Additionally, Meta has been testing full-screen and immersive ads in between Facebook Reels since October of last year, and will roll them out to more places around the world over the coming months. Just like with organic content on Facebook, people can comment, like, view, save, share and skip them.

Meta has been testing full-screen and immersive ads in between Facebook Reels since October of last year, and will roll them out to more places around the world over coming months

More Editing Features

In addition to the features (https://bit.ly/3BLbBuu) announced last year, creators around the world will be able to access:

  • Remix: Create your own reel alongside an existing, publicly-shared reel on Facebook. When you create a Remix, you can create a reel that includes all or part of another creator’s reel.
  • 60-second Reels: Make reels up to 60 seconds long.
  • Drafts: You will soon be able to create a reel and choose to “Save As Draft” below the Save button.
  • Video Clipping: In the coming months, we’re planning to roll out video clipping tools that will make it easier for creators who publish live or long-form, recorded videos to test different formats.

 

Create and Discover Reels in New Places

Over the coming weeks, the following updates will be rolled out to make it easier to create and discover reels in new places:

  • Reels in Stories: You can share public reels to Stories on Facebook, making it easy to share favourite reels with friends and giving creators more visibility and reach. You’ll also be able to create reels from existing public stories.
  • Reels in Watch: You’ll be able to watch reels directly within the Watch tab and we’re developing tools to help you create reels in the Watch tab as well.
  • Top of Feed: We’re adding a new Reels label at the top of Feed so you’ll be able to easily create and watch reels in just a few clicks.
  • Suggested Reels in Feed: In select countries, we’re starting to suggest reels that you may like in your Feed from people you do not already follow.

 

Meta is also exploring ways to make it easier for creators to share Reels to both their Facebook and Instagram audiences, such as cross posting.

You can find Facebook Reels in Feed, Groups and Watch. When viewing a reel, you can follow the creator directly from the video, like and comment on it or share it with friends.

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Ghanaians now use National Identity Card as e-passport in 44,000 airports globally

It follows the recognition of the Ghana Card globally as an electronic passport that can be read and verified in all International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) compliant borders

At a ceremony,  held at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal in Canada on Wednesday [February 9, 2022], Ghana was officially presented with the certificate to make the Ghana Card an e-passport to be accepted at 44,000 airports across the globe.

Graphic media reports that Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, Ransford Sowah, received the ‘key’ to symbolically indicate Ghana’s entry into the ICAO family.

This means the Ghana Card, which is a unique biometric identification card, will be accepted as an e-passport in 197 borders globally and 44,000 airports in the world.

Holders of the Ghana Card will be allowed to board any flight to Ghana by just showing the card.

Ghana was officially accepted on October 13, 2021, as the 79th member of the ICAO’s Public Key Directory (PKD) community.

The ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) is a central repository for exchanging the information required to authenticate e-passports.

Ghana’s delegation at the ceremony

Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, Mr Ransford Sowah, in the company of a delegation from Ghana, including the Secretary to the Vice-President, Mr Augustine Blay; the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof. Ken Attafuah, and other officials from the Presidency, received the key on behalf of
Ghana.

Also in the delegation were the Director-General of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Richard Okyere-Fosu; the Director of Passport, Mr Louis Kwame Obeng, and the Head of Technical Services, NITA, Mr Solomon Kofi Richardson.

With this, the Ghana Card as well as its future biometric equivalents can present it as official documentation at all 197 (ICAO) compliant countries and 44,000 airports worldwide and board flights to Ghana

The ICAO declaration follows an earlier hint, given in November 2021 by the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, that Ghanaians anywhere in the world would soon be able to travel back home using their Ghana cards.

Dr Bawumia had indicated that Ghana was expecting the certificate from ICAO by the end of the first quarter of 2022 and that, apart from acting as the major source of proof of identity, the Ghana Card will be used as an e-passport for Ghanaian citizens, all things being equal, by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

NIA

Officials of the National Identification Authority (NIA) have said with the Key Ceremony in Montreal over, the Ghana Card can now be verified internationally and border control authorities will be able to confirm in less than 10 seconds that a Ghanaian biometric e-passport (booklet) as well as the Ghana Card/e-passport were issued by the right authority, have not been altered, and are not copies or cloned documents.

A statement issued by the Authority read in part, “In practical terms, this means that it will now be faster and more effective for border control authorities to verify the identity of holders of Ghana’s passports. The Key Ceremony is the final stage of the implementation of Ghana’s e-passport project.”

In brief remark Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, Ransford Sowah explained that the Ghana Card contains the biometric information of the holder with a cryptographic digital signature stored on a chip that can be used to authenticate the identity of travelers.

“This makes Ghana one of the few countries in the world where the national ID card also has an e-passport capability,” he added.

“For Ghanaians living or born in the diaspora, holders of the Ghana Card can be allowed to board any flight to Ghana without any visa requirement as we seek to give an inclusive Akwaaba experience to all children and descendants of our motherland.”

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Africa

NBC Grants DSB, IPTV Broadcast Licence To NYSC

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has issued a DSB and IPTV broadcast license for Satellite Television broadcasting and Internet Television, respectively, to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Welcoming the DG, NYSC, Maj. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, to the Commission, the DG, NBC, Mall. Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, noted that the NBC is the agency saddled with the responsibility to regulate and monitor the broadcast industry in Nigeria.

DG NBC, Mall. Balarabe Shehu Ilelah

He added that he was very pleased that the NBC is today, carrying out one of its functions which is the issuance of a broadcast license to qualified organisations and the NYSC has proven that they are qualified.

The NBC Chief, pointed out that the National Broadcasting Commission issues broadcast licence in trust with full belief that it will be used for the purpose for which the licence was granted. He further urged the NYSC to adhere strictly to the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, while carrying out its operations.

Mall. Ilelah also congratulated Maj. Gen. S. Ibrahim on his elevation as a full General in the Nigeria Army, as well as, the good work the NYSC is doing in uniting the nation through its service scheme.

Receiving the provisional broadcast licence, Maj. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, expressed his delight in the licence issued to the body, saying it is one of his core goals to establish a broadcasting platform in order to help the NYSC inform the public on some of it’s projects and good works.

The presentation which took place on Wednesday 9th February, 2022, at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, had in attendance the DG NBC, Mall. Balarabe Shehu Ilelah; DG, NYSC, Maj. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim and the Managements of the NBC and NYSC.

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Africa

Canon inspires a world of change at Expo 2020 Dubai

Since the start of October 2021, Canon has helped to inspire a world of change through more than 20 sessions and workshops held at Expo 2020 Dubai, laying the path for a brighter future.

Set to run until 31 March 2022, the festival celebrates human brilliance and achievements in the fields of architecture, technology, innovation, music, arts and more. In its role as official printing and imaging provider, Canon has helped to showcase Expo 2020 Dubai to the world through on-site printing and photography capabilities, alongside an array of other supporting services.

Expo 2020 Dubai has also provided Canon with a platform to help inspire a world of change through thought leadership sessions, discussions and workshops that encourage the event’s global audience to consider how to change the world for the better.

Canon has focused its interactive sessions on the priority platforms of the ‘Future of the Planet’, the ‘Future of the People in it’ and the ‘Future of what is Possible’, covering a wide variety of topics including youth skills and education, the future of smart cities, sustainability and empowering female talent.

Highlight sessions to-date have included:

Expo 2020 Dubai represents a milestone moment in exploring how we can change the world for the better, and we at Canon are privileged to be playing a key role in the festival

  • Expo Live Impact Series: Bridging the Unemployment Gap(https://bit.ly/3HzlehC),  which saw Adam Pensotti, Head of Canon’s Young People Programme, discuss how creative skills and technology can come together to open up new career opportunities for young people
  • Canon Young People Programme: Climate Action and the Environment’ (https://bit.ly/3gzeMM5),  a session featuring Adam Pensotti alongside Neville Ngomane, Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (2019), where discussion centred on how creative storytelling can be used to inspire climate action
  • Frontiers of Innovation @ Expo 2020: How can businesses build resilience to climate impacts for a sustainable future?’ (https://bit.ly/3gzeMM5), a panel event where Peter Bragg, Sustainability & Government Affairs Director at Canon EMEA, discussed revolutionary new ways in which we can build a better future, alongside Priya Sarma, Head of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability at Unilever
  • Women in filmmaking: In the Spotlight’ (https://bit.ly/3gzeMM5), which focused on highlighting and celebrating a diverse range of women breaking new ground in the film industry, as well as the role Canon is playing in inspiring conscious choices to ensure women’s inclusion in the sector

Alongside panel discussions and workshops, Canon’s on-the-ground and interactive activities have proved really popular with Expo attendees. Over 8,000 people have captured memories from the event at the Canon Photography Studios, while more than 20,000 used the many Canon Digital Kiosks dotted around the Expo to snap and share photos.

Canon Professional Services have also been on hand to support media attending the event, with technicians providing check, clean and repair services, as well as loaning camera equipment.

“Expo 2020 Dubai represents a milestone moment in exploring how we can change the world for the better, and we at Canon are privileged to be playing a key role in the festival.” said Yuichi Ishizuka, President & CEO, Canon EMEA. “Alongside supporting the organisers in delivering a high-quality experience to attendees through our on-site printing, photography and technology capabilities, it has been incredible to see the ideas and visions for the future that are coming out the various presentations and talks at the event. Canon is dedicated to helping people reimagine what is possible through imaging, and we look forwards to this continuing for the rest of the festival.”

The sessions will continue in 2022, covering topics such how technology is enabling advancements in medicine, gender equality and sustainable communities and championing empowering women

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Economy

Nigeria to launch new satellite for effective service and revenue – Pantami

Nigeria will launch a new communication satellite (Sat 2) into orbit this year, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has said.

Pantami, who disclosed this during a one-day working visit and interaction with the staff of the Nigerian Communications Satellite in Abuja on Monday, said he had secured the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari to purchase another Communications satellite for the country.

The minister said the new satellite would boost the nation’s satellite communications capacity as well as the economy.

He also disclosed that he had gone further to lobby the Minister of Finance to ensure that this is included in the 2022 budget.

Daily Trust reports the federal government earmarked the sum of N2.5 billion for the satellite 2 project in the 2022 budget estimate.

The federal government had in 2017 announced plans to raise $550m required for the construction of two new communications satellites for Nigeria, which the Chinese Export and Import Bank accepted to provide.

Also, the minister said he had approved the establishment of some subsidiaries under NIGCOMSAT, as part of the ongoing effort to revive the institution to the path of progress and productivity.

‘‘Since 2019, I have been so passionate about the success of NIGCOMSAT. Starting with the suspension of the privatization of NIGCOMSAT.

“As a matter of fact, I have secured the approval of Mr President for purchasing of another Satellite. I went further to lobby the Minister of Finance to ensure that this is included in the 2022 budget.

“I have also approved establishment of some subsidiaries under NIGCOMSAT as part of efforts to revive the company and make it innovative and productive,” he said.

Pantami, who told the staff of the company that the innovation in the agency was not enough and needed to be improved upon, charged them to turn the institution around in order to justify the suspension of the proposed privatization plan.

The Minister said, “You need to turn things around through the unique and effective service you are able to provide and revenue you generate for the government.

“It is a difficult task to revive an institution and make it very successful, that you must make. The challenge of reviving NIGCOMSAT is not just a necessity but an obligation for all the staff,’’ he added.

Speaking on the revolution in NITDA, Pantami said through innovative policies and implementation, he succeeded in raising NITDA revenue from N7 billion to N19 billion annually, an agency that was supposed to be scrapped according to Orosanye report.

‘‘We revived NITDA and the agency has become a reference point for any IT project.’’

Earlier in her welcome address, the Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT, Dr Abimbola Alale, expressed delight for the support being given to the agency by the Minister and assured him that her staff would take up the new challenge and ensure that they deliver on the mandate given by the Minister.

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Technology

CSR-Accreditation Launches Arabic Website, Portal for Middle East and North Africa

The CEO of CSR-Accreditation, Richard Collins has announced the launch of CSR Arabia and the CSR Accreditation website in Arabic – https://csr-accreditationarabia.com which will offer an Arabic facing portal for all Arabic speaking countries.

This was contained in a press statement received by African Development Magazine (ADM), It was noted that CSR-Accreditation offers training and accreditation to businesses in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  For the first time, businesses in the MENA region will be able to access CSR-Accreditation’s unique holistic approach to social responsibility.

Dr. Hana Albanna is CSR-A’s Global Representative of the Arabic services and a Consultant Partner and has herself undergone CSR-A’s training courses and provides CSR-A training to businesses in the MENA region.  Dr. Hana has translated all CSR-A’s educational materials and developed the CSR Arabia website.  Examples of CSR members in the MENA region are Abu Dhabi Ports and Abu Dhabi Terminals.

Dr. Hana is the International Initiatives Manager of Global One’s London office, a women’s rights charity, and an adjunct lecturer at the Hamad bin Khalifa University.

“Through this partnership, we want to make CSR-Accreditation and its training courses easily accessible to all Arabic speaking countries to drive change for good and to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.”- Hana noted.

CSR-Accreditation has an office in Bahrain in partnership with the International Union of Social Responsibility, which covers the Gulf States and is headed up by Dr. Ali al Abrahim.   Its sister organisation is the Regional Network of Corporate Social Responsibility (RNCSR). The network seeks for social responsibility to achieve its goals by providing training programs such as CSR-A’s training.

Richard Collins, CEO of CSR-Accreditation said “We are delighted to launch our Arabic offering thanks to the hard work and dedication of Dr. Hana Albanna. This is a significant step up for us and a huge opportunity to promote social responsibility to businesses and organisations throughout the Middle East and North Africa.”

CSR-A is currently developing further partnership with organisations in Egypt, Lebanon and the UAE.

CSR-A was founded in 2018 following the success of the International CSR Excellence Awards.  The globally-focused organisation offers all businesses and charitable/not-for-profit organisations, regardless of size and sector, the opportunity to obtain official Corporate Social Responsibility accreditation within 10 weeks.  In addition, CSR-A offers training courses, webinars and Impact Reports.

Accreditation is valid for three years and is priced on a per head basis, from sole traders to multinational corporations.

CSR-A has developed a relevant and holistic framework that delivers an up-to-date standard for social responsibility and addresses ESG Compliance, SDG alignment and social value enabling a sustainable, profitable business. This standard is based upon the four key pillars of environment, workplace, community and philanthropy.

This unique approach encourages social responsibility in every organisation and offers a means to engage, benchmark, measure, report and publicize CSR initiatives.

CSR-A has redefined the ‘C’ in CSR to be inclusive, to include companies, consumers, communities, charities and citizen/collective collaboration.

The mission of CSR-A is to provide a means to facilitate cultural change. The organisation has offices in the UK, Middle East, Asia and the United States

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Science

Digital transformation: A new dimension for job creation in Africa

The importance of digital transformation in creating quality jobs and the economic recovery of post-pandemic African countries: this is the main focus of the report “Development Dynamics in Africa 2021”, the result of a partnership between the African Union and the OECD Development Centre, whose Portuguese edition – funded by the Camões Institute – was presented this Wednesday in Lisbon.

“The report being launched today in its Portuguese version tells us that the digital sector is booming in Africa and that dynamic means an opportunity for governments to help start a new growth cycle after the Covid-19 crisis.” Armindo de Brito Fernandes, director-general of the Comunity of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) stated.

The pandemic has boosted demand for digital solutions in Africa, but it has also accentuated inequalities, as stressed by the director of the OECD Development Centre.

In addition to taking stock of the impact of the crisis on the African continent, the report offers recommendations to African governments and companies on public policies and the sharing of best practices to boost recovery and job creation.

 

*Africanews*

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Awards

AWIEF Announces Top Finalists for 2021 Awards

Leading Pan African entrepreneurship with innovation and non-profit organization, the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has announced the top finalists in its annual awards to celebrate women business leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa.

Twenty-four outstanding women founders and entrepreneurs were selected by an independent panel of judges, as top finalists for the 2021 AWIEF Awards across 8 different categories. The 24 finalists represent women-owned businesses operating in 11 African countries: Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The AWIEF Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony and gala dinner on 3 December 2021, following on from the 2021 AWIEF Conference. AWIEF hosts the 7th edition of its prestigious and benchmarking annual AWIEF Conference this year as a hybrid (virtual and in-person) event, on 2 and 3 December 2021. The venue for the in-person AWIEF Conference and AWIEF Awards ceremony will be the Marriot Hotel Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, South Africa. The theme for AWIEF 2021 Conference is: ‘Advancing inclusive, resilient and sustainable growth in a post-COVID-19 African economy’.

“AWIEF remains steadfast in its efforts to promote and support women entrepreneurship development and innovation in Africa. With the AWIEF Awards, we identify and shine the spotlight on inspirational women entrepreneurs and innovators, driving growth for Africa,” said Irene Ochem, AWIEF Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

“It was an absolute delight to judge the AWIEF Awards once again this year. The standard and quality of the nominations and businesses continue to be high. The judging panel had a hard time choosing the top finalists from the numerous inspirational and outstanding women entrepreneurs who, through their businesses, are creating opportunities and positively impacting lives and communities,” commented Birgitta Cederstrom, Frost & Sullivan’s Business Development Director for Middle East and Africa.

The finalists for the 2021 AWIEF Awards are (names in alphabetical order):

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Phyllis Addo, Co-Director, Rhema Engineering Solutions (Ghana)
Tao Boyle, Co-founder and COO, FoondaMate (South Africa)
Alexandria Procter, Co-founder and CEO, DigsConnect.com (South Africa)

TECH ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Ivy Barley, Co-founder, Developers in Vogue Foundation (Ghana)
Evelyn Kaiingu, CEO, Lupiya (Zambia)
Kathryn Malherbe, CEO, Medsol AI Solutions (South Africa)

AWIEF remains steadfast in its efforts to promote and support women entrepreneurship development and innovation in Africa

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Gudula Naiga Basaza, Managing Director, Gudie Leisure Farm (Uganda)
Zandile Mkhwanazi and Tinyiko Simbine, Co-founders, GirlCode (South Africa)
Angela Juliana Odero, Managing Director, Rio Fish Ltd (Kenya)

AGRI ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Hadia M. Gondji, Founder and Managing Director, Hadiya Seed Production and Agro Industry Plc (Ethiopia)
Jo-andra Cloete Greegory, CEO, Our Poultry Place (South Africa)
Fortunatha Mmari, Co-Founder and Managing Director, AFCO Investment Co. Ltd (Tanzania)

CREATIVE INDUSTRY AWARD
Cynthia Asije, Creative Director, The Adirelounge (Nigeria)
Nadia Takyiwaa-Mensah, Founder and CEO, Sai Wine Café (Ghana)
Susan Wanjiru, Founder and Creative Lead, Lockhem Kids Entertainment (Kenya)

ENERGY ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Ifeoma Malo, CEO, Clean Technology Hub (Nigeria)
Tumi Mphahlele, Founder and Director, Amperion Energy (South Africa)
Josephine Takundwa, CEO, Earthlink Technologies (Zimbabwe)

EMPOWERMENT AWARD
Jackie Bomboma, Founder and CEO, Young Strong Mothers Foundation (Tanzania)
Djénéba Gory, Co-founder and COO, Suadela (Mali)
Gehad Hamdy, Founder and Manager, Speak Up (Egypt)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Margaret Hirsch, Co-founder and Executive Director, Hirsch’s Homestores (South Africa)
Tabitha Karanja, Founder and CEO, Keroche Breweries (Kenya)
Lucia Quachey, Founder and President, Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs (Ghana)

 

To register to attend the AWIEF 2021 Conference and the AWIEF Awards either virtually or in-person, please click here: bit.ly/3bwSMyz

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