In a recent statement, Mastercard and ALA said Edmund who trailed 22 year old, Ibrahima Konate from Cote D’Ivoire, presented a recy- cling business venture which turns waste plas- tics into bricks.
Ivorean Konate who is the founder of Poultry D’Or, a poultry business that often has over 500 sales a day and employs 15 people, won the U$ 25,000 (approx. 55m/-) award.
The statement said the two runner-ups were Edmund and 15 year old Nigerian Victoria Oli- matunde. “Edgar Edmund’s business Green Venture Tanzania has created a method of turning recycled plastic materials found on the streets into durable construction blocks. His long-term vision impressed the Pan-African panel of judges and his business model showed potential for making a signi cant and long- term impact,” the statement said.
While Victoria, the founder of Bizkidz, a board game that teaches students nancial lit- eracy was chosen from 219 applications from her home country. In her presentation to the judges she demonstrated great leadership poential and a commitment to job creation, the statement added. The winner of the Agriculture Sector Prize sponsored by the Louis Dreyfus Foundation was Ignatius Ahumuza from Uganda, founder of Art Planet Academy. Igna- tius is already a role model proving that the agricul- tural sector can provide sustainable and ful lling livelihoods for young peo- ple across Africa, the state- ment noted. Art Planet Academy’s purpose is to expand agri- cultural education across rural communities to in- crease farming skills and food security. This is an example of how a driven, industrious and energetic 21 year old can contribute to his or her country’s eco- nomic development. “It is always a great privi- lege to meet the newest group of Anzisha Fellows. Their drive and commit- ment to improving the lives of their families, communi- ties and nations is admira- ble and inspiring,” said Ko Assouan, Program Manager, Mastercard Foundation. “Entrepreneurialism is an important driver of economic growth across the continent. As these nalists return home, they will become role models who will inspire the next genera- tion to pursue their dreams,” Assouan noted.
The Anzisha Prize is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and the Master- card Foundation. The 15 Anzisha Prize nalists were selected from an applicant pool of more than 800 entrepreneurs from more than 32 Af- rican countries.
The nalists and emerging business leaders were recognized at an exclusive, invitation- only ceremony in October 2017 in Johannes- burg. The 15 nalists presented their ventures to a panel of judges after spending 10 days in a business accelerator camp to strengthen busi- ness fundamentals. They join a more than 70 strong pool of Anzisha Fellows and will receive ongoing business-consulting support, access to experts, and access to networking opportuni- ties to enable sustainable venture growth, the statement concluded.
“Young African entrepreneurs such as the Anzisha Fellows are a testimony to the need for youth organizations to promote and pro- vide continued guidance on entrepreneurship and self-employment for young people,” said Lerato Mdluli, Program Manager for the Anzi- sha Prize.