2014 TOP35-UNDER35CEO LIST: YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF AFRICA
#AfricaRising is not just a cliché – it emphasizes the reality of Africa as the next frontier, and if we seize the opportunity, the possibilities are endless –Mo Abudu, Founder, Ebony Live TV
Today, we present to you the winners of our second annual Top35-Under35CEO Awards, a one-of-a-kind annual listing that profiles young people shaping the future of Africa. These are young entrepreneurs solving critical socio-economic problems in Africa.
This annual list is usually determined by the Under35CEO Judges with a focus on impact, risk-ability, perseverance, unwavering passion, creativity, leadership skills, innovation and ability to come up with new idea(s) to solve Africa’s or the world’s complex problems.
Meet the 2014 Top35 young entrepreneurs shaping the future of Africa. They are the #FutureAfrica. Let’s celebrate them. Congratulations!!!!!!!
Most Enterprising Students
#1 Jorge Appiah (Ghanaian) Founder, Creativity Group
Why He Made The List: For providing students with practical platform where ideas and solutions are generated from the basic knowledge of science and engineering obtained in the classroom and also empowering the students to think and believe in their ability to provide adequate solutions for their immediate societal problems.
#2 Nolbert Muhumuza (Ugandan) Founder, Awawu Biomass Energy
Why He Made The List: For starting a for-profit social and environmental enterprise that focuses on the manufacturing and distribution of the clean burning TLUD gasifier stove and processed biomass fuels in Uganda. He started his company with minimum financing in October 2012, and has since distributed over 3,000 gasifier stoves with a predicted turnover of $10,000 in 2014.
#3 Gabriel Chukwudi (Nigerian) Founder, Urban Syndicate Tailors
Why He Made The List: For combining studies with managing a great tailoring outfit. His company, Urban Syndicate Tailors, also manage wardrobe and sell fashion accessories.
#4 Humpherys Mponela (Malawian) Founder, Igwe Foods
Why He Made The List: For founding Igwe Foods, a company that produces chicken in rural district of Malawi. As a first year university student, he also operates a taxi business that runs only during school term holidays.
#5 Atevei Pimizi (Togolese) Founder, Fly to Togo
Why He Made The List: For starting a tour company called “Fly to Togo”. Through this company, he helps people to visit and tour beautiful Togo for exotic holidays.
#6 Ameena Shehu-Usman (Nigerian) Founder, Sly Couture
Why She Made The List: For helping people unleash the beauty in them through her company that deals in bespoke tailoring and all kinds of fashion brands. Syl Couture was established in 2011 and since then the company have been able to satisfy its customers not only with good services but also unbeatable prices.
#7 Assauten A. Abason (Nigerian) Founder, Youth Alive Network
Why He Made The List: For leading a new social enterprise that engage youth in mental capacity building. In 2014, his network has reached about 500 youth, in and around his university campus. Annie Assauten is totally committed to building the next generation of African leaders.
#8 Jeremy Akpomera (Nigerian) Founder, Depths of Motion Dance Company
Why He Made The List: For creating a company through which he’s reaching everyday people who loves to dance and for also setting a new standard in performance creation and delivery. Since its inception in 2012, the company has trained over 30 dancers for free in her STREET2PRO DANCE INITIATIVE and has spearheaded many other dance ideas. Jeremy Akpomera is passionate about his art and this has translated into building an organization off it.
#9 Ose Etiobhio (Nigerian) Founder, Magnum Arts
Why He Made The List: For empowering young people in secondary schools through Magnum Arts and for organizing various art contest in universities all around Nigeria. Ose is a 24 year old final year medical student of the University of Benin,Nigeria.
#10 Odita Oluwatosin (Nigerian) Founder, BeatPluz Conceptz
Why He Made The List: For his impact on the Entertainment Industry in Oyo State, Nigeria, and for building a music and entertainment website (www.beatpluz.com) which already have over 15,000 visitors daily within a short while.
Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs
#1 Dimeji Falana (Nigerian) Co-founder, IT Vessel
Why He Made The List: For co-founding an IT company, focused on developing innovative, reliable and efficient software, web and mobile applications for individuals, businesses and institutions in enterprise and education sector.
#2 Zanele Mabaso (South African) Founder, Young Social Entrepreneur Academy– YSEA
Why She Made The List: For starting a social enterprise that strives to create and provide conducive solutions to socio-economic challenges affecting the youth in Africa.
#3 Sesame Mosweu (Botswana) Founder, OneTake (PTY) LTD
Why She Made The List: For founding the first locally owned business that teaches theatre and performing arts to children aged 3-18 in Botswana. It started out as a community project in 2011 and has since seen the growth of the arts culture in Botswana. She was 25 when she started the project with her business partner.
#4 Miiro David (Ugandan) Founder, Milk for Wealth Project
Why He Made The List: For starting a “milk for wealth” project where he has managed to train more youths on how to use milk and water to control tomato blight which affects tomatoes in his community.
#5 Charles Omof (Nigerian) Founder, Nobel Missions
Why He Made The List: For giving children access to quality education. Over sixty vulnerable children in rural communities in Nigeria are currently being supported to stay in school. He is also working on publishing the first teachers’ professional development quarterly magazine called MENTOR Magazine in Nigeria. The magazine will be launched in the first quarter of 2015 as a social enterprise to fund the education of the poorest children, and to improve teachers’ pedagogical skills.
#6 Kate Berrisford (South African), Founder, The Green Africa Directory
Why He Made The List: For founding Africa’s first continental sustainability network, the Green Africa Directory, which brings together organisations with solutions for sustainable development.
#7 Ekele Abel (Nigerian) Founder, PaidTrends
Why He Made The List: For coming up with an innovative way of using new media technology to solve a growing digital/social-media advertising need. PaidTrends is a crowd-sourced advertising platform. It rewards registered users for publishing SocialAds with their social media accounts. It gives its users digital talkability and organic visibility that is hardly accessible using traditional online display advertising media.
#8 William Makgaba (South African), VoxoSpark
Why He Made The List: For taking a stand against poverty in rural communities in South Africa using ICT so that the people there can have access to information and opportunities.
#9 Funmilayo Bolaji (Nigerian) Founder, Providence Spa and Wellness Services
Why She Made The List: For founding Providence Spa and Wellness Services in Bodija Estate, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Her company presently employs five members of staff. She’s a role model to young people in her community.
#10 Daniel Samari (Nigerian) Founder, StarryMedia
Why He Made The List: For starting a production company called StarryMedia where he trains youths to be skillful and be self-dependent.
Best New Startup Founders
#1 Taziona Mchira (Malawian) Founder, Teren Investment
Why He Made The List: For co-founding Teren Investments, a company that has successfully managed to build a commercial agro-based company and has additionally founded Enterprise Innovation Hub, which will be officially launched in 2015.
#2 Tom Osborn (Kenyan) Founder, Green Char
Why He Made The List: For reducing deforestation in Kenya by selling clean charcoal briquettes and smokeless cook-stoves as alternative household energy solutions. His company, Green Char, provides smokeless, high energy, long lasting charcoal briquettes and clean cook-stoves. The briquettes are made from revitalized agricultural wastes thus providing a root to leaf utilization of agricultural crops.
#3 Victoria Philips (South African) Founder, IWAAF (The International West Africa Asylum Seeker Foundation)
Why He Made The List: For making incredible impact in the lives of refugee and asylum seekers through her company. His non-profit humanitarian organisation plans, implements, and raises funds for the provision of welfare services for West Africa asylum seekers in South Africa.
#4 Olumide Adeleye (Nigerian) Founder, Twim Infomedia Solutions LTD
Why He Made The List: For successfully running Twim Infomedia Solutions LTD- consisting ofTwim Academy and Twim Studios. Twim Academy is a vocational school in Ibadan with a serious focus on combating the problem of unemployment by raising self-employed “educated” artisans. Olumide also hosts Director’s Angle on radio which is arguably the most inspiring radio braodcast in Ibadan today.
#5 Oluwayimika Angel Adelaja (Nigerian) Founder, Zahara Spa/Salon Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied Services
Why She Made The List: For her recent startups, “Zahara Spa” and “Salon Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied Services”. Watch out for these two startups by this remarkable young lady in 2015. She’s also the founder of WeFarm Africa, an agric NGO in Abuja, Nigeria.
#6 Ekenia Chifamba Chidodo (Zimbabwean) Founder, Shamwari Yemwansikanna OrganisationWhy She Made The List: For setting up an organization that offers a one-stop shop for girls. She does not only advocate for empowerment of girls by giving them confidence building courses and career guidance but also addresses their need. She offers a 24/7 facility for victims of abuse and psychosocial support and counseling to survivors of child sexual abuse.
#7 Adeyinka Akinremi (Nigerian) Founder, Event Splash/Trailblazer
Why She Made The List: For hosting an entrepreneurship radio program called “Trailblazers” where she encourages youth about entrepreneurship. She is also the founder of Event Splash TV, a show that covers events and airs on MITV. She is an amazing media mogul to be.
#8 Daniel Philip Iroegbulam (Nigerian) Founder, Easy Planet/Kunami PlanetWhy He Made The List: For owning kunami planet, the biggest park and recreation center in Taraba State Nigeria with over 600 visitors per day. This startup was evaluated by the Federal government of Nigeria and was certified worthy of her support, through the ‘YouWin’ program. Iroegbulam Philip Daniel is also the co-founder of “EASY PLANET”, an online multi-level platform which helps low income earners invest and accrue wealth for themselves. Today with over 10,000 members, it’s one of the fast growing networks in Nigeria with just four months of operation.
Why He Made The List: For pioneering the setup of Trivoda Digital, a digital advertising company and for recently launched a new local music service called Replay.com.ng and is rumored to be in talks for a possible acquisition by a Nigerian based music label.
#10 Kasiemobi Abugu (Nigerian) Founder, Holy Trinity Poultry and Integrated Farm
Why He Made The List: For founding Holy Trinity Poultry and Integrated Farm located in Nsukka Local Government area of Enugu State, Nigeria. Kasiemobi is a young entrepreneur committed to building a global brand. He wants to create employment and reduce crime through his company.
Under35CEO of The Year
#1 Magaret Davids (Ghanian) Founder, AG Davis Youth Development Network
Why She Made The List: For executing many projects that have impacted many lives in various communities in Ghana. One of her annual continuous project is “My future Project”. This project’s objective is to provide quality education to the youth from economically disadvantaged families. My Future Project is working with implementation partners at the grass root level to ensure that the youth receive academic and material support. The NGO gives technical inputs wherever required to ensure that quality education is being imparted to various regions in the country.
#2 Jumoke Awe (Nigerian) Founder, Feminine Care Development Foundation (FCDF)
Why She Made The List: For founding and coordinating FDCF, a non-sectarian effort that sees to the education and motivation of the underprivileged girl child. Jumoke is totally sold on the idea of creating solutions in form of services for the betterment of society. She is media and Marketing consultant for many companies and government agencies.
#3 Mark Essien (Nigerian) Founder, Hotels.ng
Why He Made The List: For building the biggest online hotel booking platform in Nigeria. Just recently, Hotels.ng surpassed their milestone of 6,000 hotels in Nigeria – that is another 1,000 hotels added in just within 4 months. The online travel agency provides hotel recommendations and reviews, making sure their clients stay in good, clean and safe hotels all over the country.
#4 Ekili Clarence Tange (Cameroonian) Founder, CamCoDA
Why He Made The List: For coming up with an innovative idea to empower the Cameroon youths through the national youths scholarship program which covers the 10 regions of Cameroon. Many youth who could not afford to enroll in professional schools are in school all thanks to CamCoDA.
#5 Tsonam Cleanse Akpeloo (Ghanian) Founder, TechCom Visions LTD
Why He Made The List: For starting a leading IT solutions firm in Ghana. Techcom Visions provides an outsourced IT services and manages over 200 corporate clients and Government agencies in Ghana. Through Techcom Visions Eduboost project, several schools in Ghana now boost of world class ICT centers with school management software and other e-learning resources.