Since 2011, the Anzisha Prize has selected Fellows from across the continent who are doing amazing things in every sector. In these online profiles, you can see what they were up to when we found them, and read articles that track how they and their businesses or social ventures have evolved. This network of entrepreneurs is a key driver of future economic growth and shining example of the power of youth in Africa.
L & C Buffet Infantil
Crafting memorable events for children.
Lourena has a knack for identifying opportunities in areas that are not always apparent. In 2015, after her cousin had asked her to organize a baby shower, it occurred to her that there was a limited variety of party planners dedicated to creating parties for young children in Angola.
Improving emergency response through technology enabled platforms.
After experiencing the death of a close relative who had passed away in an accident where emergency responders where slow to take action, Akpe made it his mission to transform emergency response services in Togo.
Africa Foods Mill
Supporting local agriculture and industry through high quality packaged foods
From a young age, Aldred always knew he wanted to be involved in social change—joining the leadership organization AIESEC and getting working with them on education and gender equality projects.
Sierra Leone, 2018
Crafting sustainable alternatives to paper bags and charcoal
Alhaji was born in a small town in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. After struggling to find money to pay for his school fees, Alhaji took it upon himself to find a factory job to pay for his studies. Through this job, he managed to raise the equivalent of US $20 which he saved as seed capital for a business he hoped to start.
Transforming unusual natural ingredients into market-leading beauty products.
Awah grew up in Douala, Cameroon, and has always been drawn to nature and farming. His first foray intro entrepreneurship was tomato farming. A few years ago, a colony of snails invaded and attacked his tomato crop, and a passerby remarked how she had used snail mucin (slime) to heal a skin problem she once had.
Jidar Wall Art
Livening up interior spaces with creative murals and wall art
Farah is an artist and student from Cairo with a deep desire to uplift the creative economy in Egypt. She is the founder of Jidar Wall Art, a non-profit collective that harnesses the power of art to transform interior spaces into works of art. The company recruits artists to paint customized murals and re-design interiors for various businesses.