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Kwekowe wins African prize for youth empowerment

19 November 2015, 17:06

Abuja - Nigerian job placement technology entrepreneur, Chris Kwekowe (22), has been announced the winner of the Anzisha 2015 Grand Prize for promoting African youth entrepreneurship.

The accolade carries $25 000 prize money.

Kwekowe is the founder of Slatecube which offers a job-relevant skills learning platform and job placement services, impressed the judges.

Slatecube has had significant success to date with potential for scale and will serve as an inspiring beacon for other youth interested in entrepreneurship.

Chris Kwekowe founded Slatecube to increase job access for youth through creating a platform on which they can build job-relevant skills and linking them with virtual internship opportunities that enable them to develop experience.

His vision for the venture is to see it grow into a wide-scale provider of relevant job market access, with increasing ability to open doors for job seekers.

“I did not believe that I could have won the prize when the competition started. But I feel confident in what I can achieve now given the capital and training that I have received through the Anzisha Prize. I congratulate all the other finalists as I believe they were all very impressive and look forward to engaging them as we support each other to grow going forward,” said Kwekowe.

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Fintech entrepreneur Fabrice Alomo (22, Cameroon) was the first runner up ($15 000) and fashion entrepreneur Mabel Suglo (22, Ghana) was second runner up ($12 500).

The Anzisha Prize is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation. The 12 finalists for Anzisha Prize for 2015 were selected from an impressive initial pool of 494 young entrepreneurs, up from 339 applications in 2014.

“Over the past five years, we have seen the Anzisha Prize evolve from a one-time prize for social entrepreneurship, to an entire community of young, innovative leaders across Africa who have access to comprehensive support and networking opportunities,” says Koffi Assouan, Program Manager, Youth Livelihoods at The MasterCard Foundation.

Applications for the next cycle of the Anzisha Prize will open in February but nominations for promising youth entrepreneurs are open all year round.

- CAJ News

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