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Nigeria leads in Anzisha Prize nominations

18 September 2015, 13:01

Abuja - Two local up-and-coming entrepreneurs have been nominated for the 2015 Anzisha Prize, which encourages innovation among youth.

Nigeria is the only country to offer two contenders.

Blessing Fortune Kwomo and Chris Kwekowe have been nominated alongside ten other colleagues from the continent.

Kwomo (19) is a co-founder of De Rehoboths Therapeutic Studio, which extends home-based health care through tailored family action plans for treating illness and addressing root causes to empower families to live healthier within the context of their surroundings and circumstances.

Kwekowe is the founder of Slatecube, an e-learning platform that allows learners to study information and communications technology-related course work and be certified at their convenience, with 200 active users on the platform this year.

The finalists were selected from an impressive initial pool of 494 young entrepreneurs, up from 339 applications in 2014.

The Anzisha Prize is proud to have attracted applicants from 33 African countries, with finalists from Zimbabwe and Ethiopia identified for the first time. Applications were also received from a diversity of sectors, with agriculture having the most applicants.

The Anzisha Prize will be celebrating these outstanding young people during Global Entrepreneurship Week joining the worldwide festivities.
Finalists win a share of US$75 000 and access to ongoing support to scale their enterprises and expand their impact.

Grace Kalisha, Manager for the Anzisha Prize, said entrepreneurship had significant potential to drive economic growth and improved livelihoods for African youth.

“We are proud to be celebrating and supporting these inspiring young leaders during Global Entrepreneurship Week, making them part of the global entrepreneurship narrative,” she said.

- CAJ News

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