Three Ghanaians have being nominated for the All Africa Business Leaders Award, in different categories: Ethel Cofie, Founder and CEO of EDEL Technology Consulting for business woman of the year – West Africa Joseph Agyepong, Founder and Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies– business leader of the year – West Africa Alloysius Attah, Co-Founder and CEO of Farmerline: young business leader of the year – West Africa Annually, the AABLA™ hosts three regional events in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, before moving on to the AABLA™ Finale, which is hosted in South Africa. The shortlisted business leaders for each regional event are as follows: Other Nominees across Africa are BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR – SOUTHERN AFRICA Khalid Abdulla, Group CEO of African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI) Gerrie Fourie, CEO of Capitec Bank Holdings Jabulane Mabuza, Chairman of Telkom SA BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR – WEST AFRICA Abdulsamad Rabiu, Chairman of BUA Group Herbert Wigwe, CEO of Access Bank Joseph Agyepong, Founder and Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies Ramesh Awtaney, Founder and Chairman of ISON Group BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR – EAST AFRICA Dr Christopher Kirubi, Director of Centum Investment Group Joshua Oigara, Group CEO of Kenya Commercial Bank Powell Maimba, Managing Director of Galana Oil Kenya Robert Collymore, CEO of Safaricom BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR – SOUTHERN AFRICA Carol Weaving, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions Yolisa Phahle, CEO of M-NET Johanna Mukoki, Group CEO of Travel with Flair Group BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR – WEST AFRICA Ethel Cofie, Founder and CEO of EDEL Technology Consulting Oluwatoyin Sanni, Group CEO of United Capital Group Patience Akyianu, Managing Director of Barclays Bank Ghana Temie Giwa- Tubosun, Founder of LifeBank Nigeria BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR – EAST AFRICA Fatma Riyami Diwani, Managing Director of NatureRipe Kilimanjaro Michelle Ntalami, Founder of Marini Naturals Charity Wanjiku, Co- Founder and COO of Strauss Energy Joyce-Ann Wainaina, CEO of Citi Bank East Africa Winfrida Ngumi, Co-Founder and CEO of Space and Style YOUNG BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR – SOUTHERN AFRICA Laduma Ngxokolo, Founder of Maxhosa by Laduma Zibusiso Mkhwanazi, CEO of Avatar Agency Sylvester Chauke, Founder and Chief Architect of DNA Brand Architects Knight Ganje, Founder and Managing Director of H&G Advertising Jena Mukina Ntumba, Founder and CEO of Little Ashford Preschool YOUNG BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR – WEST AFRICA Alloysius Attah, Co-Founder and CEO of Farmerline Nasir Yammama, Founder and CEO of Verdant Agri-Tech Obinwanne Okeke, Chairman and CEO of Invictus Group Sean Drake, Founder of The Wealth Project Holdings YOUNG BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR – EAST AFRICA Paul Mwaura Ndichu, CEO of Interswitch East Africa Jennifer Bash, CEO of AKTZ Industries (Alaska Tanzania) ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR – SOUTHERN AFRICA Tshepo Mahloele, CEO of Harith General Partners Margaret Hirsch, Co-Founder of Hirschs Homestores Ivan and Lynette Saltzman, Founders of Dischem Pharmacies ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR – WEST AFRICA Dr Cosmas Madura, Founder and CEO of Coscharis Group Kola Olugbodi, CEO of Background Check International Mustapha Njie, CEO of TAF Africa Homes Paul Orajiaka, Founder and CEO of Auldon ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR – EAST AFRICA Maida Waziri, CEO of IBRA Africa Wandia Gichuru, Co-Founder and CEO of Vivo Activewear Hasnain Noorani, Founder and Group MD of Pride Group Chintan Thacker, Group CEO of VIVEK Group COMPANY OF THE YEAR – SOUTHERN AFRICA Capitec Bank Holdings Ltd Blue Label Telecoms Ltd Transaction Capital Ltd Telkom SA SOC Ltd COMPANY OF THE YEAR – WEST AFRICA Airtel Ghana Ltd Guaranty Trust Bank Ltd ISON Technologies Pvt Ltd Landmark Africa Ltd COMPANY OF THE YEAR – EAST AFRICA Chandaria Industries Ltd VIVEK Investment Ltd The finalists in the categories Innovator of the Year, Industrialist of the Year, Philanthropist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award will be revealed on the respective award nights. The finalists will now go on to compete in the regional awards, held on the following dates: AABLA™ Southern Africa: September 28th AABLA™ West Africa: October 20th AABLA™ East Africa: November 3rd The winners of the regional awards will then go on to compete in the sought-after AABLA™ Finale, which will be held on November 30th. For more information, visit www.aablawards.com]]>
Our fundamentals are weak: Lessons from the Global Citizen Festival
Event organization is an arduous and complex terrain. From conceptualization to the composition of a team, to resource mobilization, to marketing, to delivery, it is such a mammoth task which requires grit. Some people presume event organization as an easy task until they have first-hand experience. Unfortunately, the smooth ecosystem in Ghana to facilitate event organization is virtually non-existent. While industry players and ‘ordinary’ citizens strive to see a miraculous change in new event organizations, a new yardstick has been created – the Global Citizen Festival. (more…)
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The Group Chief Executive Officer of Echo Network Africa (ENA), formerly Kenya Women Holding which is a woman led, women serving development institution has been nominated to be honoured at the 6th Annual Continental Convocation of the Young African Women Congress (YAWC) which is set to take place in Accra, Ghana from 2nd to 6th October, 2022 under the theme, “Network for Empowerment: Eliminating Barriers to Women’s Development”.
She will be honoured in relation to her interventions in improving the socio-economic situation of women and girls in Kenya, having been admitted into the EY Global Hall of Fame.
A special event dubbed, “Jennifer Riria Day” will be held in her honour on Tuesday 4th October within the period of the congress.
Dr Riria is distinguished as a Microfinance Banker and Practitioner, Researcher and Gender Specialist. She has led Kenya Women Finance Trust Microfinance (KWFT) Bank for over three decades, and propelled it from an unprofitable NGO to a medium sized Bank, serving low income women and their families all over the Kenya. KWFT has served over 3 million women and disbursed over US$ 3 billion over a period of 30 years. As the CEO she spearheaded the transformation of KWFT from a microfinance institution to a regulated middle-sized bank (2004-2009).
She has served in many other leadership roles both in financial, public, and health institutions for which she has been recognised locally and internationally. Dr Riria is the Patron of the Democracy Trust Fund (DTF) a semi-autonomous organization that supports and positions women to participate in democratic processes. Additionally, Dr Riria is the Chairperson of the Africa Women Leaders Network – Kenyan Chapter. Recently she re-launched the “Jennifer Riria Foundation” whose focus is to enhance young women’s leadership through innovations and connecting them with the private sector. Working with and touching people’s life is her passion. Dr. Riria served on many Boards including the Women’s World Bank Board which is an international microfinance network of microfinance institutions and banks for 21 years, which she was the Chairperson.
The “Jennifer Riria Day” will be the second in a series of events to recognise and celebrate astute women of Africa for their contributions to women empowerment for national and global impact. The first, having been conferred on the first female Chief of Staff of the Republic of Ghana, Hon. Akosua Frema Osei Opare in 2019. The day is specifically named after the woman proposed to be celebrated at the specific congress to leave an imprint on the minds of delegates on the achievements of the honouree.
The Young African Women Congress is a Pan-African event opened to young women of African descent. It is a platform which fosters knowledge-sharing and cultural exchanges among nations and generations. Major activities at the congress include Keynote Presentation, Panel Sessions, Career Workshops, Group Brainstorming Sessions as well as Project Story Presentations by delegates. There is also a full day trip to interesting sites to promote Africa’s heritage and tourism.
Its main objective is captured in its motto: Empowering Women for Continental Development and Integration for a Better World.
Ghana’s new dancing super-talent, Endurancegrand steps into the light with her effervescence
Dance With Purpose Academy (DWP) have established themselves as one of the best producers of dance talent on the African continent. One of their most exciting prospects emerging on the scene is Endurancegrand.
Born Endurance Dzigbordi Dedzo, the dancing queen who has been stepping gracefully to the rhythm since she was 7-years old has already performed on some of the biggest stages in the country including the VGMA, TV3, Coca Cola, Ghana Football Awards, Ghana’s Most Beautiful and most recently, The Global Citizen Festival: Accra as part of the DWP Academy collective during Usher’s show-stopping performance. To top that impressive feat, she has also worked with brands like AirtelTigo and Dark & Lovely.
Endurancegrand’s interest in dance was piqued by her brother-in-law, Joshua Rana, back when she was just a kid who loved playing football, video games and singing; and she has never looked back since. For her, dancing has never been just a job or a simple means to an end, dancing has always been the “end” itself, her north star. “I faced neglect, doubt and lost some people very close to me because I chose dance as a career but that did not stop me because I always knew what I wanted. To me, dancing is just as important as the air I breathe or the water I drink. Dancing is my life! When I step on the stage, nothing else makes sense. Only my body and the rhythms and energy it releases”, Endurance describing what dancing means to her.
The Capricorn dancer’s biggest dream is to be able to touch lives globally, travel around the world to share her knowledge to the young and old and show women around the world that they can be whatever they choose to be.
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North American independent book publisher Catalyst Press will publish two graphic novels from Cape Town’s world-renowned animation studio next year, its first venture into the literary sphere. (more…)
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