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22 Women Founders and Entrepreneurs Shortlisted for the AWIEF Awards 2019


TechInAfrica – The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), has announced the 22 finalists for its annual awards, the AWIEF Awards 2019. The awards aim at recognizing and celebrating women leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa. The Awards will take place on October 29 – 30, 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa.

AWIEF is devoted to promoting excellence in entrepreneurship and innovations between women-owned business ain all sectors across all African countries. This year will be the fifth year anniversary of its Conference and Expo.

22 Women Founders and Entrepreneurs Shortlisted for the AWIEF Awards 2019
22 Women Founders and Entrepreneurs Shortlisted for the AWIEF Awards 2019 via

AWIEF Founder and CEO, Irene Ochem, commented: “Women-owned businesses are a vital part of our African economy and the women of Africa are our most valuable, untapped resource. Each year the entries to the AWIEF Awards grow in number and this response signifies the importance of recognizing and celebrating women in Africa for their achievements and contribution to Africa’s economic and sustainable development.

Ochem added, “Women-owned businesses are growing on the continent and are a vital part of Africa’s future and contributing to the fact that seven out of 10 of the fastest-growing economies in the world, are to be found in Africa. Africa is rising and we must make sure the women of the continent, the backbone of our communities and our families, are given the opportunities to rise as well.”

Irene Ochem, AWIEF Founder and CEO
Irene Ochem, AWIEF Founder and CEO via

AWIEF has selected 22 women founders and entrepreneurs from different African countries across different categories, These are the awards finalists:

  • Young Entrepreneur Award
  1. Beatrice Haule, AfriAgric Products (Tanzania)
  2. Lola Alli, Lagos Executive Cardiovascular Clinic (Nigeria)
  3. Ola (Orekunrin) Brown, Flying Doctors (Nigeria)
  • Tech Entrepreneur Award
  1. Caroline Corbett, SmartBlade (South Africa)
  2. Rebecca Enonchong, AppsTech (Cameroun)
  3. Diane Temogne, Engineering Consulting and Services (Cameroun)
  • Social Entrepreneur Award
  1. Sizani Ngubane, Rural Women’s Movement (South Africa)
  2. Efua Asibon, Dislabelled (Ghana)
  3. Laurence Esteve, Zip Zap (South Africa)
  • Global Brand Award
  1. Shantelle Booysen, Elim Spa Products (South Africa)
  • Agri Entrepreneur Award
  1. Evelyn Namara, Vouch Digital (Uganda)
  2. Caroline Pomeyie, ProFish (Ghana)
  3. Affiong Williams, ReelFruit (Nigeria)
  • Empowerment Award
  1. Mary Inzofu, Njia Empowerment Organisation (Kenya)
  2. Nambula Kachumi, WeCreate (Zambia)
  3. Charlot Magayi, Mukuru Clean Stoves (Kenya)
  • Creative Industry Award
  1. Kapasa Musonda, Mangishi Doll Co. (Zambia)
  2. Genet Kebede, Paradise Fashion (Ethiopia)
  3. Abby Ikomi, House of Irawo (Nigeria)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  1. Kristine Pearson, Lifeline Energy (South Africa)
  2. Oumou Sangaré, Festival International du Wassulu (Mali)
  3. Joke Silva, LUFODO Group (Nigeria)



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