$20,000 Golden Baobab Prizes Call for Submissions

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The 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes have been launched and are calling for submissions. This year, Golden Baobab will award 6 prizes worth $20,000. These 6 prizes are:

  • The $5,000 Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Book
  • The $5,000 Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Book
  • The $2,500 Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers
  • The $5,000 Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators
  • The $2,500 Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Illustrators
  • The Golden Baobab Lifetime Achievement in Children’s Literature Award

This year marks the 6th anniversary of the 3 Golden Baobab Prizes for Literature. These prizes invite entries of unpublished stories for children written by African citizens irrespective of age, race, or country of origin.  In November 2013, Golden Baobab launched the fourth and fifth prizes, The Golden Baobab Prizes for Illustrations, to do for African illustrators what the organization has been doing for African writers for the past 5 years: discovering, nurturing and celebrating their talent, passion and contribution to the African children’s literature space. Entrants will submit illustrations as per Golden Baobab specifications.

The newest addition, The Golden Baobab Lifetime Achievement in Children’s Literature Award, which is the 6th prize, has been set up to recognize African writers/illustrators who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding significance to the development of African children’s literature. At the appropriate time, Golden Baobab will communicate how this prize will be run.

Last year, the three Golden Baobab Prizes for literature received 180 submissions from 13 African countries. This year, the coordinator of the Prizes, Nanama B. Acheampong, is confident that these numbers will improve: “We expect to receive many more submissions for the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes for Literature this year. We have also had such positive reactions to our newly launched Golden Baobab Prizes for Illustrations and are looking forward to being pleasantly surprised.”

The 2013 winners were Liza Esterhuyse from South Africa who won the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Book, Karen Hurt, also from South Africa, who won the Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Book and twelve year old Kanengo Rebecca Diallo from Tanzania who won the Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers which awards promising writers below the age of eighteen.

Entry information for the prizes can be found on the organization’s websitewww.goldenbaobab.org. Entrants should note that the copyright of each entry submitted to the Golden Baobab Prizes remains vested in them. However, by submitting an entry, entrants declare that they are legally entitled to do so and give Golden Baobab permission to make their entry available for exclusive worldwide royalty-free usage, reproduction and distribution. The deadline for the 2014 prizes is June 29th. Winners will be announced in November 2014.

For information on how to enter the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes, visit Golden Baobab’s website or contact the coordinator, Nanama B. Acheampong at info@goldenbaobab.org.

WHY LAMUDI IS GHANA’S BEST ONLINE REAL ESTATE MARKETPLACE

Lamudi Ghana
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Accra, GHANA – Lamudi Ghana (www.lamudi.com.gh) is setting the standard for providing a user friendly, highly visual marketing platform for properties and land in Ghana.  Launched less than a month ago, Lamudi Ghana already has over 400 properties listed on their website from individuals and the largest agencies and developers including Orel, Pelican Properties and Broll Ghana.  Lamudi helps individuals find their perfect property and gives property owners an online presence.  Well integrated with various social media platforms, individuals can save their favorite properties to their Lamudi accounts and send them to friends and family over email, Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

MORE INFORMATION AND AMAZING SEARCH

Lamudi Ghana allows you to get in touch with the property owners and agents and tries to provide individuals with as much information as possible to help bring increased efficiency to the property market.  Lamudi gives property owners and agents an easy to use platform to market their properties.  Property pages include photographs, a detailed description, information about the property and price. All these parameters can be searched and used to create email alerts.

SELF-UPLOAD PROPERTIES & SELECT MARKETING OPTIONS

Agents and property owners can self upload their properties and then contact Lamudi Ghana for specific marketing opportunities. In addition to having the option of highlighting your properties on the Lamudi Ghana homepage as a featured property, Lamudi can provide you with a profile for direct marketing.  After uploading your properties, Lamudi Ghana can market them through their various social media channels and in specific countries through newsletters.

ZERO TOLERANCE FOR FRAUD

We have a zero tolerance policy for fraud.  We make it clear where properties are from “Trusted Sellers” and have a quality control team that focuses on contacting property owners and agents about properties they have uploaded.

GLOBAL BRAND & REACH

Lamudi has the broadest international presence beyond Africa.  As part of Africa Internet Holding, we are part of an European holding company that has established market leading internet companies in over 50 countries. Lamudi has officially launched in over 17 emerging markets across the world including Nigeria, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.  Properties on our website will gain global exposure and give property owners access to Ghanaians, expatriates and the growing African diaspora searching for properties back home.

PARTNERS

Africa Internet Holding is the leading internet group of Africa with already over 1,000 employees in 10 African countries and huge successes such as Jumia.com, Kaymu.com, Hellofood.com, Carmudi.com, Jovago.com and Lamudi.com. It is led by top talented leaders offering a great mix of local and international talents and is backed by Millicom, MTN and Rocket Internet.

Millicom offers digital lifestyle products and services to emerging markets.

MTN, Launched in 1994, MTN Group is a leading emerging markets mobile operator which is at the forefront of the technological changes sweeping the world.

Rocket Internet is a global and leading incubator of start-ups.

Lamudi helps people find their ideal home, land or commercial property.

Visit Lamudi Ghana to Sell, Rent, Find and Share Properties!

To learn more about Lamudi, visit www.lamudi.com.gh or email – akua.nyame-mensah@lamudi.com.gh

#LamudiGhana, #LamudiGh, @LamudiGhana, +LamudiGh

Apply Now! Preparing Global Leaders Academy

PGLA 2013

PGLA 2013

Preparing Global Leaders Academy (PGLA) is a premiere international educational program for the best students and young professionals around the world. Our specific strategy is to help participants maximize their potential and develop leadership and communication skills. The program seeks to prepare aspiring global scholar-leaders with the tools that are necessary for effective leadership in an increasingly complex world.

PGLA is a one week program taking place in Amman, Jordan. Participants will benefit academically and socially as they will work closely with other young leaders from around the world and build everlasting relationships. Delegates will also witness the ancient beauty of Jordan including the Baptism site, Petra (named as one of the Seven Wonders of the World), The Dead Sea (the lowest point on earth and home of the world’s largest natural spa), as well as many other of Jordan’s attractions both natural and man made. The date for the training is 16-22 March 2014,  Amman, Jordan.

Application Form

A completed application form (please download form below) is necessary to register for the Preparing Global Leaders Academy. A confirmation letter to all applicants will be sent by e-mail upon acceptance of the application. All applicants will additionally be informed by e-mail on the decision of PGLA admission board. This decision will be final and cannot be appealed upon delivery. Information and consent forms will be mailed in February.

Documents:

  • Application form
  • Passport photo (jPEG format)
  • CV (recommended)
  • Letter of Support (optional)

A completed application form with all support documents (optional documents are not required) should be sent to e-mail: admission@pgla-jordan.org with a subject title: PGLA 2014 Application Form. Please note that admission to the academy is made on a rolling basis, therefore, earlier applications will receive priority consideration. Should you have additional queries regarding the admission process or any other concerns related to PGLA 2014, do not hesitate to contact us via email: contactus@pgla-jordan.org.

Scholarships and Program Cost

The full cost of the program is $900 covering tuition fee, transportation, accommodation and meals.

All participants are responsible for travel arrangements and associated insurance and VISA costs (if needed) to Amman, Jordan. There are also a range of scholarships available.

Application Deadlines

  • Prospective Delegates from countries that require VISA: January 15, 2014.
  • Prospective Delegates from countries that do not require VISA: February 10, 2014.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE!

Ghana to host the 1st African Young Activists Conference in 2014

AYAC2014Adroe Global Foundation for Humanity a Ghana based youth led NGO in its quest to empower the youth has initiated the African Young Activities Conference to be held in Accra from February 27 to March 1, 2014.

“The conference is a  weaved to encourage, highlight and building a new youthful and useful purpose driven generated ideas to address present challenges and therefore taking a 360 degrees turn of effecting the desired change that truly seek the well being of the African and developments” Eric Roosevolt Adom, the Executive Director of Adroe Global Foundation says.

The Conference is under the Theme: STAND UP FOR CHANGE “Building the next generation of Africa…”  and aims at building the next generation of young activists in Africa.

“AYAC 2014 is not just a unique occasion to live directly multilateral diplomacy, but it is also a great opportunity to meet youths from all over Africa and around the world.” Mr. Eric Adom added

Adroe Global Foundation for Humanity is movement of young activist who gears at unearthing young targeted activists and their talents to promote and propagate the visions of Africa.

Editor’s Note:

Kindly visit our website at http://adroefoundation.org/index.php/component/content/article?id=53 to register and attend this conference.

Source: http://awakeafrica.org

The Essence of Personal Branding in the Social Media Era

The No Nonsense Guide to Personal Branding

The No Nonsense Guide to Personal Branding

 

Does personal branding really matter? This is it: whether you are a job seeker or entrepreneur, your personal brand and online presence has immense effect on you. A recent survey by Jobvite stated that more and more recruiters are turning to social media to aid them in their job recruitment, and that an individual’s online presence is one great determinant for securing a job.

“Candidates best watch what they put on their social profiles, as an overwhelming majority of recruiters form negative opinions from posts flaunting drugs, alcohol, and profanity—and 42% of recruiters have apparently reconsidered an applicant (either positively or negatively) based on what a social profile revealed.” ~ Jobvite

The shocking revelations, confirms lots of the point and concerns raised in the book. The simple guide helps readers, to use the Four D’s (4 D’s) and Four P’s (4 P’s) to build their personal brand. Let’s take a quick overview:

 

DiscoveryPersonal Discovery ~ Purpose.

Development – Working on your talents ~ Preparation.

DesignPlatform building, Career and work life ~ Positioning

DeploymentService and execution ~ Publicity, Promotion

The goal is to build a brand base on authenticity, value creation and service. Here again, according to the bayt.com report, about 9 out of 10 search for people’s profiles online after they have applied for a job or about to meet in person either for business or the activities. It’s proves that personal branding and having an online presence is really important in this age, and that it can either work for or against you. From the report it stated that, “In fact, even something as simple as a photograph could influence decision-makers, with eight in 10 (79.6%) respondents of the belief that their online photo effects how they are perceived.” The crust of the matter is that these polls were not conducted anywhere than East and North Africa. It’s now time to take your personal brand seriously. Don’t be left out.

This is what an international Best seller had to say concerning the book:

“With the speed of changes in the world today, success has no geographical borders. In this engaging book, Bernard Kelvin Clive shares principles from his own success in Ghana that can inspire and guide readers anywhere in the world. With a gentle and humble spirit, he reminds us that building a name for ourselves is most easily done not by manipulating and pushing but simply by serving others. I highly recommend The No Nonsense Guide to Personal Branding for anyone who has a voice to be heard.” Dan Miller, author of New York Times bestselling 48 Days to the Work You Love.

Remember: It’s time to make your career and brand count. “#SocialMedia can get you the attention you want but not the trust you need. You got to build trust. #PersonalBranding” ~ If you are interested in learning how to position yourself properly online, a copy of the book “The No Nonsense Guide to personal Branding for Career Success”

Your brand matters.

Author: Bernard Kelvin Clive | Amazon Bestelling Author | #1 Self-Help Podcast Host in Ghana

Clean Team Ghana Nominated for GUBA Awards 2013.

 

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Clean Team Ghana

Clean Team Ghana is announced as one of the finalists in the Business and Enterprise (Sustainable Business Award) category, of the 4th annual Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards 2013. GUBA unveiled all nominees at its press launch at the House of Commons, 5th September, presided by MP Diane Abbott.

GUBA is a non-profit awards event, which celebrates exceptional achievement, talent and ability in the British Ghanaian community and, also, of valuable services provided to Ghanaians in the UK or Ghana. As well as proudly celebrating its rich culture and traditions, GUBA also provides a platform that showcases successes from within the Ghanaian Diaspora across the fields of business and commerce, health, sport and entertainment.

GUBA 2013 nominees include scene stealers like music artists Tinchy Stryder and Sway and Kanya King, the founder and CEO of Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards.

Andy Narracott, CEO of Clean Team Ghana said “We are very excited that our work has been recognised and for being nominated alongside such inspiring companies. Our aim is to offer a convenient and affordable sanitation solution to the urban poor. Our customers received a branded, portable toilet when they sign up to a monthly payment plan. Our staff collect the waste on average 3 times a week and dispose of it safely, where it can be converted into valuable resources such as fertilizer and energy. We recognise that safe and adequate sanitation is vital to a healthy society but also believe people should be given the opportunity to improve their own lives as customers, rather than as the beneficiaries of charity”.

“Starting from a small pilot of 20 families in 2011, we are currently serving over 400 families in Kumasi, Ghana, with the aim of serving over 10,000 by 2015. We have been able to achieve this with the help of our generous funders and our dedicated and committed staff who work hard to deliver an unrivalled service. We are also set on redefining the social stigma of the night soil collector. Our resource collectors exemplify that Clean Team services can be an honourable job and a service to one’s community.”

“We draw our greatest motivation from the joy and the satisfaction of the various families we serve. Our service focuses on helping people to provide for their loved ones, not simply themselves. We believe that with a safe, accessible, reliable and affordable sanitation, life is better. Our mission is to make sanitation easy and affordable, helping the millions of people across the world without a safe and dignified place to go.”

Visit here for some photos on Clean Team http://www.flickr.com/photos/cleanteamghana/sets/72157635917184046/

To vote for Clean Team Ghana, please visit http://www.gubaawards.co.uk/sustainable-business/

For Further Information

For more information about Clean Team, please visit www.cleanteamtoilets.com or email Andy Narracott on info@cleanteamtoilets.com. For more information about the event please contact George Ameyaw george@gubaawards.co.uk +44 (0)7956 945360. For a description of all of GUBA 2013 nominees please visit www.gubaawards.co.uk/voting. For tickets to the awards ceremony please visit www.gubaawards.co.uk/tickets

PRESS RELEASE: Barcamp Cape Coast 2013

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Barcamp Cape Coast 2013 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Cape Coast, Ghana and beyond. It will take place on September 14, 2013 at the Faculty of Education lecture Theatre 9 at the University of Cape Coast. The theme for this year is Solving unemployment by creating work. This Barcamp hopes to assemble stakeholders to network, build a supportive enterprising community and partner to build together.

The GhanaThink Foundation has successfully organized 22 BarCamps in Ghana. BarCamp Cape Coast 2013 will focus on how Ghana’s youth can solve the unemployment issue by creating work for themselves and others. There might be a shortage of jobs, but there’s no shortage of work. It will be an insightful, informational and inspirational event that young people in and around Cape Coast should not miss.

The Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, technology and development, alongside topics relevant to the Central Region and beyond. There will be a speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. Some of the confirmed resource personnel include Frank Ekow Williams, Ann Agyare-Amponsah, Patrick Ekow Acquah, Joseph Hudson, CareerCoach Emmanuel Woyome, David K Egyir, Edem Adazho, amongst others.

Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Cape Coast eventbrite website (barcampcapecoast13.eventbrite.com) or text “Barcamp Cape Coast [name] [email address] to 1945 through any mobile network. You may also contact the BarCamp Cape Coast team through the eventbrite page for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs.

BarCamp Cape Coast 2013 is sponsored by GhanaThink Foundation , Google Ghana, Kiss Condoms, Nandimobile , ThisWeekinUCC, etc. Our media partners are the Spy Ghana and ATL FM. Join us to move the Central Region and Ghana forward.

“THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR YOUNG AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS” – THE $75,000 ANZISHA PRIZE ANNOUNCES ITS 2013 FINALISTS.

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DUBBED “THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR YOUNG AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS” – THE $75,000 ANZISHA PRIZE ANNOUNCES ITS 2013 FINALISTS

Twelve inspirational entrepreneurs from around Africa are the finalists for the prestigious Anzisha Prize, Africa’s foremost youth entrepreneurship award. The contenders, who hail from 10 countries on the continent, stand a chance to share in over $75 000 USD in cash prizes and receive networking and learning opportunities, which is provided through a partnership between African Leadership Academy and by The MasterCard Foundation.

The Anzisha Prize identifies and celebrates Africa’s young entrepreneurial leaders between the ages of 15 to 22, who have addressed challenges in their communities and launched innovative ventures. This year these range from renewable energy projects and technology solutions to agriculture and education.

For the first time in the prize’s history, South Africa has two finalists. Kolawole Olajide, 21, is the chief developer and co-founder of Funda, an award-winning online learning management system. Neftaly Malatjie, 22, has been running Diepsloot Youth Projects (DYP) for more than eight years since he founded it at the age of 14. DYP is an NGO that focuses on income generating programmes that enable young people to engage in business opportunities.

Uganda also boasts two finalists. Best Ayiorworth, 19, has empowered over 200 young women in her home district through her microfinance lending programme while Titus Mawano’s vision to get African SMMEs “in the cloud” inspired him to develop Ffene, a business management platform.

Says Chi Achebe, Anzisha Prize programme manager: “There are thousands of entrepreneurial African youth who are making a difference in their communities every day. We are honoured to be able to share a subset of their stories with the world and enable them to take their businesses to the next level.  These are the African business leaders of the future and our goal is to help support their growth.”

“The Anzisha Prize illustrates the potential, ingenuity and entrepreneurial energy of young people across Africa,” said Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation. “Each year, the Anzisha Prize finalists encourage young people from across the continent to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions and make a difference in their communities.”

All 12 finalists will take part in the 2013 Anzisha Prize Finalist Week which takes place from Sunday, August 25, to Friday, August 30. While there, they will be taught by the African Leadership Academy’s renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership faculty as well as members of the South African Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organisation.

The grand prize winner will be announced at a gala function to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the evening of August 30. . As part of the MasterCard Foundation’s partnership with African Leadership Academ (ALA),  winners will share $75,000 USD courtesy of The MasterCard Foundation and will join the esteemed Anzisha Fellows network, composed of the 20 Anzisha Fellows to date. The winners will also be given networking and learning opportunities to take their projects to the next level.

Now in its third year, the Anzisha Prize, celebrates the initiative and innovation of youth in Africa. It identifies exceptional young entrepreneurs who are leading by example and underscores their ability to significantly shape the future of Africa.

The word ‘Anzisha’ is taken from Swahili and translates into ‘initiative’ and is a project that is gaining significant momentum in African business circles as its impact is beginning to be felt.

The 12 Anzisha 2013 finalists (in country order) are:

CAMEROON

David Morfaw

Project Title: Poult-Vault Inc.

Industry: Agriculture

Nineteen-year-old David Morfaw, from Bafut in Cameroon, has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and started his first business at the age of eight. His current venture is the poultry business Poult-Vault Inc. However, it is not simply about the bottom line but also helping the community he lives in – he currently employs six people. His business plan maximises each opportunity, whether it is selling chicks after three weeks, keeping them until they are grown at nine weeks or selling the chickens and their eggs. He also provides the waste produced to local farmers for fertile manure.

EGYPT

Khaled Shady

Project Title: Mubser

Industry: Information technology

Khaled Shady, from Shebin El-Kom, is a 21-year-old computer engineering student at Menoufoia University in Egypt. His university curriculum and technical knowledge gave him a unique opportunity to develop a system that could make a difference for the blind community. He decided to develop a cutting-edge product that could aid them in their daily lives. Shady’s invention Mubser is a wearable belt, fully equipped with Bluetooth and Microsoft Kinect, which allows the wearer to navigate safely around objects and obstacles using a system of vibrating motors. It is already making an impact and improving the quality of life for blind people.

KENYA

Barclay Okari

Project Title: Safi-pads

Industry: Consumer products

Paul Barclay is a 21-year-old entrepreneur from Kitale in Kenya. His business, Safi-pads, provides inexpensive, reusable and washable sanitary towels for women and young girls. Barclay saw that the prices of regular disposable towels were simply too expensive for families strapped for cash so he and his team developed a product that could help thousands of women while still turning a profit. Barclay has already sold more than 14 000 units of his sanitary towels and plans to expand when he can afford to pay for various mechanisms to make his production system more efficient. He currently employs 14 women but impacts so many families by providing an affordable option of a necessary hygiene product.

MALAWI

Gonjetso Chinyama

Project Title: Pakwathu

Industry: Information technology

Gonjetso Chinyama is a 21-year-old student at the University of Malawi in Blantyre where he is studying Management Information Systems with a passion for art, design, and computer programming. He joined these passions to start a creative design agency called Twenty2 Creative. From there he saw a niche in the marketplace and created the Internet real estate venture, Pakwathu. This online classifieds website enables Malawians to find property throughout the country and sift through a plethora of options based on location and price.

NIGERIA

Temitayo Olufuwa

Project Title: JobsinNigeria

Industry: Information technology

Temitayo Olufuwa, from Fadeyi, is a graduate of N.I.I.T. where he focused on computer science and software. The 21-year-old created JobsinNigeria (www.jobsinnigeria.com.ng), a web-based system that allows users to search, find and apply for new jobs at the click of the mouse or even on mobile devices. JobsinNigeria only started in 2012 and yet its impact on the Nigerian community is growing substantially with more than 200 Nigerians already finding jobs.

RWANDA

Joie Laurent Sangwa

Project Title: Domestic Biogas Use Promotion Project

Industry: Energy and waste

Nineteen-year-old Joie Sangwa from Burera in Rwanda realised that her community needed cheap and renewable energy resources. Working with a team, she discovered that human waste is a good source of energy and worked to install domestic biogas units throughout her home region. This offers a cheap, alternative energy source while helping with the environment.

SENEGAL

Donald Bambara

Project Title: Green Act

Industry: Energy and waste

Nineteen-year-old Donald Bambara grew up in Burkina Faso but after completing his high school education, moved to Dakar, Senegal, to start international management studies. Bambara quickly came to recognise a big problem in his university community – waste. He came up with a dynamic plan for how to combat the waste problem and started Green Act. This project helps separate trash from recyclable materials on campus. But his quest to clean up his campus, and campuses around him, doesn’t end there as he processes the recyclables into plastic pellets, funds cleaning services on campuses, and tries to educate students and young people in Senegal about the impact of current waste management practices and future possibilities for recycling.

SOUTH AFRICA

Neftaly Malatjie

Project Title: Diepsloot Youth Projects (DYP)

Industry: Youth development and education

Neftaly Malatjie has a passion for social entrepreneurship and a track record of commitment to community work. Since the age of 11, he has worked as a preschool teacher, peer educator, library assistant, HIV/Aids counsellor, drugs awareness and prevention teacher, learning and development advisor and afternoon care coordinator. In 2005, at the age of 14, using cash he had saved from his part-time job, he started Diepsloot Youth Projects (DYP) to make an impact in the poverty stricken Diepsloot area. Diepsloot Youth Projects focuses on income generating programmes that enable young people to engage in business opportunities. It has created employment for 16 young people.

Kolawole Olajide

Project Title: Funda

Industry: Information technology and education

Kolawole Olajide, 21, is a native of Nigeria and schooled in Cape Town, South Africa. He is the chief developer and co-founder of Funda, an online learning management system that brings together educational resources to make the lives of teachers, students and parents easier. For example, a teacher can create a website that serves as an online discussion board for students to collaborate on an assignment while students can create a class website to work on and submit assignments electronically. He is part of a five man team of young entrepreneurs who represent five different African nations – Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya.  Olajide and his team have gone on to win a number of awards, recognition from prestigious groups like the UNDP and an invitation to attend the Davos World Economic Forum.

TANZANIA

Damotila Silayo 

Project Title: Jathropa Soap Production

Industry: Health and wellness

Domitila Silayo is a 21-year-old university student from Moshi, Tanzania. After visiting an agricultural festival, Silayo saw great potential for using the jathropa plant for cosmetic and medicinal uses. She began research on how to produce a soap made from the herbal plant that could heal a variety of skin problems including ringworm and dandruff. Jathropa Soap Production has gone on to help thousands of people in Tanzania fight off skin problems while still turning a healthy profit and creating employment.

UGANDA

Best Aiyorworth

Project Title: Girls’ Power Micro Lending Organisation

Industry: Microfinance and education

Best Aiyorworth is an advocate for education in her home district Nebbi in northern Uganda. The 21-year-old has started the Girls’ Power Micro Lending Organisation. Its motto is “To help a mother, is to help a girl child.” Girls’ Power is a micro lending business that supports girls through their mothers. They give women starting capital or money to boost their existing businesses so that they are able to support their daughters with school fees and scholastic materials and ensure that they get an education. She has empowered over 400 women to date.

Titus Mawano

Project Title: Ffene

Industry: Information technology

Titus Mawano, a 22-year-old from Kampala, is the brains behind Ffene, a business management platform for SMMEs in Africa who are struggling to stay organised, yet still use a loose-leaf notebook to keep record of clients and sales. Ffene’s vision is to get African businesses in the cloud. Whether it is accounting, inventory management or data keeping, Ffene is the one stop shop for a SMME’s accounting, customer and inventory management needs. With more than 400 current customers just three months after launch, Ffene is well on its way to revolutionising how SMMEs do business in Uganda and beyond.

Go to:

➢ Website: www.anzishaprize.org

➢ Facebook: www.facebook.com/anzishaprize

➢ Twitter: @anzishaprize

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

Addendum

 

South Africa’s Neftaly Malatjie was not originally listed when Anzisha announced its shortlist of 25 candidates. However, Malatjie replaced one of the semi-finalists who did not meet the awards’ criteria during the diligence process.

About the Anzisha Prize

 

The Anzisha Prize is managed out of African Leadership Academy’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership, which was established through a multi-year partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. Through the Anzisha Prize, the organisers seek to catalyse innovation and entrepreneurship among youth across the continent.

About African Leadership Academy

 

African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of entrepreneurial leaders who will work together to achieve extraordinary social impact. Each year, ALA brings together the most promising young leaders from all 54 African nations for a pre-university program in South Africa with a focus on leadership, entrepreneurship and African studies. ALA continues to cultivate these leaders throughout their lives, in university and beyond, by providing on-going leadership and entrepreneurial training and connecting them to high-impact networks of people and capital that can catalyse large-scale change. For more information, visit http://africanleadershipacademy.org.

About The MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation is an independent, global organization based in Toronto, Canada, with more than $6 billion in assets.  Through collaboration with partner organizations in 50 countries, it is creating opportunities for all people to learn and prosper.  The Foundation’s programs promote Financial Inclusion and advance Youth Learning, mostly in Africa.  Established in 2006 through the generosity of MasterCard Worldwide when it became a public company, the Foundation is separate and independent from the company.  Its policies, operations, and funding decisions are determined by its own Foundation Board of Directors and President and CEO.  To learn more about the Foundation, please visit www.mastercardfdn.org.

Press Contact:

Janine Walker janine.w@mweb.co.za or +27 83 600 9753

Faith Abiodun fabiodun@africanleadershipacademy.org or +27 78 644 2649

 

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AFRICAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY ESSAY COMPETITION.

 

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African Leadership Academy (ALA) is very delighted to join the United Nations in recognizing the immense potential and celebrating the extraordinary achievements of young people around the world on International Youth Day, August 12, 2013.

International Youth Day (IYD), celebrated yearly on August 12, is a United Nations-designated day of observance established in 2000 to raise awareness of issues affecting young people around the world. It is also a day to recognize the efforts of the world’s youth in creating a global society, and aims to promote ways to engage them in being more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities. The theme for International Youth Day 2013 is “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward”

African Leadership Academy (ALA) is a leading pan-African institution that seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing and connecting a powerful network of leaders who will work together to achieve extraordinary social impact on the continent. ALA believes that Africa will be developed by Africans, and in line with the theme for IYD 2013, promotes the retention of African talent in Africa, as well as the return of African talent to the continent from the diaspora.

In celebrating International Youth Day 2013, ALA focuses on the need to maximize the potential of African youth at home and abroad to contribute optimally to the development of the continent. Demographic studies show that Africa has the largest youth population in the world of over 200 million people, a figure which is expected to double by 2045.

The UN Economic Commission for Africa estimates that by 2015, over one-fourth of the world’s workforce will be African; conversely the huge vacuum of opportunities for the African youth makes the gainful employment of this young workforce extremely doubtful. In spite of the fact that six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world are in sub-Saharan Africa, unemployment rates across the continent hover around 70%, and the World Bank estimates that about 60% of all unemployed Africans are between the ages of 15 and 24. It is clearly evident therefore, that Africa’s great challenge is how to effectively utilize its youth bulge to drive the continent’s development.

Over time, the allure of securing quality education and improved economic opportunities has led to a prolonged exodus of many young Africans from the continent, resulting in an erroneous belief that the best opportunities in life are outside Africa. However, the vast majority of the African youth reside in the continent, and engage in endless pursuits of economic opportunities. There is an urgent need for concerted efforts by governments, businesses, non-profits and all Africans to create an enabling environment for the African youth to gain access to the resources, skills and networks that will enable them to contribute effectively to African development.

As part of ALA’s ongoing efforts to actively engage the African youth in the development of the continent, the Academy hereby announces the first edition of the International Youth Day Essay Writing Competition open to young Africans between the ages of 15-19 years. Between August 12 and September 12, 2013, young Africans are challenged to write on the topic: “How can governments, businesses, non-profits, individuals and the youth collaborate to maximize Africa’s youth potential for the continent’s development and prosperity?” The writers of the best three essays will be awarded scholarships to attend ALA’s Global Scholars Program in July 2014, a unique international three-week entrepreneurial leadership summer camp, and the top ten essays will be published on the ALA website.

Winners will be announced on African Youth Day, November 1, 2013.
Link to Website: http://www.africanleadershipacademy.org/news/ala-announces-international-youth-day-essay-competition

By: Faith Abiodun, Communications Associate
About African Leadership Academy

African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of entrepreneurial leaders who will work together to achieve extraordinary social impact. Each year, ALA brings together the most promising young leaders from all 54 African nations for a pre-university program in South Africa with a focus on leadership, entrepreneurship and African studies. ALA continues to cultivate these leaders throughout their lives, in university and beyond, by providing ongoing leadership and entrepreneurial training and connecting them to high-impact networks of people and capital that can catalyse large-scale change. For more information, visit www.africanleadershipacademy.org.
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