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    Finalists announced for Africa women entrepreneurs awards

    Promoting excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation amongst women-owned businesses in all sectors and across all 54 African countries is the aim of the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Awards, which announced the finalists in the awards this week.
    “Women-owned businesses are a vital part of our African economy,” commented Irene Ochem, AWIEF founder and chief executive officer. “The massive response to the AWIEF Awards underscores the fact that women in Africa are resilient and seeking recognition and celebration for their achievements and contribution to the economy and Africa’s sustainable development.

    “Given the huge number and quality of the nominations received this year, I must say that female entrepreneurship is strong and thriving all across African countries,” said Ochem.

    The AWIEF Awards Panel of Judges is made up nine high-calibre industry experts and thought leaders spread across the continent. Forty women founders and entrepreneurs have been selected as finalists, from 12 different African countries, across eight categories.

    Conference


    The AWIEF Awards ceremony will follow the 2018 AWIEF conference and exhibition on 8-9 November at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town. AWIEF Awards category winners will be announced at a gala dinner on the Friday, 9 November, at The Westin Cape Town Hotel.

    The finalists for 2018 are:

    Young Entrepreneur Award


    Jane Kagiri, CreativeEdge Solutions, Kenya
    Nomso Faith Kana, Sun n Shield 84 Tech, South Africa
    Juliet Namujju, Kimuli Fashionability, Uganda
    Kunmi Otitoju, Minku, Nigeria
    Bidemi Zakariyau, LSF|PR, Nigeria

    Tech Entrepreneur Award


    Benji Coetzee, Empty Trips, South Africa
    Faith Kimeu, Dial A Pad, Kenya
    Beth Koigi, Majik Water, Kenya
    Darlene Menzies, Findfind, South Africa
    Juliana Rotich, BRCK.Org, Kenya

    Social Entrepreneur Award


    Essma Ben Hamida, Enda Inter-Arabe, Tunisia
    Madalitso Chidumu, Impact-Ceed, Malawi
    Shamim Nabuma Kaliisa, Community Dental And Reproductive Health, Uganda
    Lorna Rutto, Ecoposts, Kenya
    Amina Slaoui, Groupe AMH, Morocco

    Global Brand Award


    Sarah Collins, Wonderbag, South Africa
    Adele Dejak, Adèle Dejak, Kenya
    Renchia Droganis, Africology, South Africa
    Njeri Rionge, Wananchi Group, Kenya
    Bethlehem Tilahun-Alemu, SoleRebels, Ethiopia

    Agri Entrepreneur Award


    Ngabaghila Chatata, Thanthwe Enterprises, Malawi
    Elorm Goh, Agrisolve, Ghana
    Jeanne Groenewald, Elgin Free Range Chickens, South Africa
    Joyce Kyalema, Josmak International, Uganda
    Jane Maigua, Exotic EPZ Ltd, Kenya

    Empowerment Award


    Emma Dicks, Codespace, South Africa
    Kate Ekanem, Kate Tales Foundation, Nigeria
    Chiedza Daneek Nobuhle Kambasha, Hemmingworth Cartwright, Zimbabwe
    Irene Kiwia, The Women Of Achievement, Tanzania
    Marvella Odili, Save Our Need Organisation, Nigeria

    Creative Industry Award Category Finalists


    Folake Folarin-Coker, Tiffany Amber, Nigeria
    Nana Akua Oppong-Birmeh, Archxenus, Ghana
    Soraya Piedade, Soraya Da Piedade Ltd, Angola
    Abai Schulze, Zaaf Collection, Ethiopia
    Winnifred Selby, Afrocentric Bamboo, Ghana

    Lifetime Achievement Award Category Finalists

    Iyalode Alaba Lawson, Naccima Business Women Group, Nigeria
    Margaret Hirsch, Hirsch’s Homestores, South Africa
    Tabitha Karanja, Keroche Breweries, Kenya
    Wendy Luhabe, Women Private Equity Fund, South Africa
    Jennifer Riria, Echo Network Africa/Kenya Women Holding, Kenya
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