DURBAN – The African Women's Forum for Innovation and Entrepreneurship awarded the AWIEF annual award and celebrated the achievements of entrepreneurs and innovators on the African continent.
The AWIEF Awards for 2018 represent a diverse representation of finalists from the continent, including countries such as Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
The prizes have increased significantly since entries that last year rose to more than 300 years ago when the AWIEF awards began, until 1200.
Judges are made up of heads of thought, decision makers and experts in various sectors of the corporate ecosystem.
Irene Ochem, Founder and Executive Director of AWIEF, said: "With great pleasure, exceptional honor and deep appreciation, we welcome the AWIEF Awards 2018 finalists and AWIEF awards that were floating under the rules of AWIEF, which is important for it to be a world of hope and inspiration in their communities and organizations ".
Fourteen founders and entrepreneurs were selected as finalists from 12 different African countries, in eight categories.
The AWIEF Young Entrepreneur Award nominee, Nomso Faith Khan, said that Africa was the fourth industrial revolution and its very young population, so the continent would flourish. Its launch, Sun n Shield 84 Technologies is a fiber optic cabling company.
Here is a list of winners:
Winner: Nomso Faith Kana: Sun n Shield 84 Tech, South Africa
RECOGNITION OF THESE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Winner: Beth Koigi – Majik Water, Kenya
Winner: Lorna Rutto – EcoPost, Kenya
GLOBAL BRAND Award
Winner: Bethlehem Tilahun-Alemu – SoleRebels, Ethiopia
Winner: Jane Maigua – Exotic EPZ Ltd, Kenya
AWARD OF EMPOWERMENT PRODUCTS
Winner: Kate Ekanem – Kate Tales Foundation, Nigeria
Award for the creative industry
Winner: Nana Akua Oppong-Birmeh – Archxenus, Ghana
AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Winner: Wendy Luhabe – Women's Private Equity Fund, South Africa