AWIEF Awards celebrate women entrepreneurs in Africa

The Africa women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) annual Awards recently honoured and celebrated the achievements of women entrepreneurs and innovators across the African continent. Twenty-two women founders and entrepreneurs were selected as finalists, from 10 different African countries, across eight different categories.

The 2019 AWIEF Awards, which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), showcased a diverse representation of finalist entrepreneurs from across the continent, including from 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 is made up of high-calibre industry experts and thought leaders spread across the continent.

Young Entrepreneur Award
Winner:
Lola Alli, Lagos Executive Cardiovascular Clinic (Nigeria)
Runners-up:
Ola (Orekunrin) Brown, Flying Doctors (Nigeria)
Beatrice Haule, AfriAgric Products (Tanzania)

Tech Entrepreneur Award
Winner:
Caroline Corbett, SmartBlade (South Africa)
Runners-up: 
Rebecca Enonchong, AppsTech (Cameroon)
Diane Temogne, Engineering Consulting and Services (Cameroon)

Social Entrepreneur Award
Winner:
Sizani Ngubane, Rural Women’s Movement (South Africa)
Runners-up:
Laurence Esteve, Zip Zap (South Africa)
Efua Asibon, Dislabelled (Ghana)

Global Brand Award
Winner: 
Shantelle Booysen, Elim Spa Products (South Africa)

Agri Entrepreneur Award
Winner:
Caroline Pomeyie, ProFish (Ghana)
Runners-up:
Affiong Williams, ReelFruit (Nigeria)
Evelyn Namara, Vouch Digital (Uganda)

Empowerment Award
Winner:
Charlot Magayi, Mukuru Clean Stoves (Kenya)
Runners-up:
Mary Inzofu, Njia Empowerment Organisation (Kenya)
Nambula Kachumi, WeCreate (Zambia)

Creative Industry Award
Winner:
Genet Kebede, Paradise Fashion (Ethiopia)
Runners-up:
Kapasa Musonda, Mangishi Doll Co. (Zambia)
Abby Ikomi, House of Irawo (Nigeria)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner:
Kristine Pearson, Lifeline Energy (South Africa)
Runners-up:
Oumou Sangaré, Festival International du Wassulu (Mali)
Joke Silva, LUFODO Group (Nigeria)

AWIEF Awards 2019 featured also the inaugural APO Group African Women in Media Award and the TIA Women in Innovation Awards.