We started off with an experiential session titled, Crossing Boundaries Unafraid. Many of you are accustomed to being able to travel and move about the region, even the globe, with ease. This session emphasized the difficulties faced by many global citizens when traversing the boundaries that separate us. You were not left with the experience alone – special guests Fadumo Dayib, Ralph Olaye and Swithin Munyantwali helped unpack the meanings underlying this hands-on session, imparting you with new ways of looking at boundaries, in your life and the lives of others.
Next, you participated in a session called Defining Africa’s Interests in the Global Market. At ALN’s Annual Gatherings, Africans are able to outline their own interests in the global market, rather than the global market outlining Africa’s interests. Topics such as gender parity, pan-African trade, and internationalization were discussed, with Mr. Hakeem Belo-Osagie (Etisalat Nigeria), Ms. Hind Kadiri (OCP), Mr. Fabrice Nze-Bekale (Société Équatoriale des Mines) and Mr. Tarik Choho (OCP) providing context. This discussion allowed you to contemplate how African entrepreneurs can develop their businesses in the most streamlined and prosperous ways.
The evening was rounded off with the 9th annual Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship, a celebration of successful African entrepreneurs from across the continent. This year’s winners are:
Tabitha Karanja (Keroche Breweries), winner of the Transformational Business Award, given to a notable business leader who has created significant socio-economic impact in Africa by building a business with revenues greater than USD $50 million.
Munyaradzi Gwatidzo (Astro Mobile), winner of the Outstanding Mature Business Award, given to a business leader who has built a company with revenues between USD $5 million and USD $50 million.
Tayo Oviosu (Paga), winner of the Outstanding Growing Business Award, given to a young remarkable African business with revenues between USD $500,000 and USD $5 million.
Amina Slaoui (Groupe AMH), winner of the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award, a USD $50,000 prize awarded to an organization that demonstrates outstanding innovation and entrepreneurship while sustainably addressing the double bottom line. The finalist demonstrates annual revenues of between USD $150,000 and USD $2.5 million in the last financial year, while remaining primarily focused on social returns.
Congrats to the AAE2015 winners!