Twenty-two women founders and entrepreneurs from 10 different African countries were selected as finalists across eight different categories in the annual Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship (AWIEF) Awards.
From L-R: Creative Industry Award winner Genet Kebede from Paradise Fashion (Ethiopia); Arunma Oteh, Oxford University Academic Scholar, former vice president and treasurer, World Bank - who handed over the awards; and runner-up Abby Ikomi, House of Irawo (Nigeria).
The 2019 AWIEF Awards took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), 30 October 2019, at the conclusion of the two-day, 5th annual AWIEF Conference and Expo and showcased a diverse representation of finalist entrepreneurs from across the continent, including: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
“We are happy to celebrate with our trailblazers and congratulate them for their achievements,” said Irene Ochem, AWIEF founder and chief executive officer.
Promoting excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation amongst women-owned businesses in all sectors and across all 54 African countries is the aim of AWIEF, which celebrated the five-year anniversary of its benchmarking annual Conference and Expo this year, October 29-30, 2019, in Cape Town.
The AWIEF Awards’ panel of judges was made up of high-calibre industry experts and thought leaders spread across the continent.
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