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.
The Mainstream Magazine
Creating compelling digital content for African youth
Kondwani is a media and communications major at the University of Zambia. A natural born storyteller, Kondwani found her calling in the media and went on to found The Mainstream, a digital magazine that aims to tell authentic African stories. Since inception in 2016, the magazine has accrued a community of 500 registered subscribers and a social media following of 15,000 users.
Delivering life saving blood in Cameroon
Melissa is a nursing graduate and the founder of INFIUSS, an online blood bank and digital supply chain platform. Melissa founded INFIUSS after her experience working in a hospital and witnessing too many patient deaths as a result of hospitals failing to source compatible blood for life-saving transfusions.
Health Solutions INC
Providing high impact soft skills training for Moroccan health professionals.
Mohamed describes himself as a curious mind and a believer in bringing patient-centred healthcare to his community. In his analysis of the medical establishment in Morocco, Mohamed found that while medical professionals had the requisite technical medical knowledge, they often lacked soft skills needed to deliver a holistic and positive patient experience.
Pioneering a home grown solution to wildlife conservation
Richard Turere hails from the pastoral Maasai community in Kenya. As a young boy, he was responsible for herding and caretaking his family’s herd of cattle. Because Richard’s family lives on the periphery of the unfenced Nairobi National Park, they often experienced lion attacks on their livestock, leading to devastating losses of livestock that they depend on for survival.
South Africa, 2018
Connecting student tech developers to start up opportunities
Thando is a Computer Science student at the University of Cape Town.
An avid believer in the transformative power of technology, Thando is playing his part to link young people to opportunities where they can use their technological skills while catalyzing the growth of new businesses.
YIDA (Youth Initiative for Development in Africa)
Availing education opportunities to refugee children.
Vanessa is a Rwandan national who grew up in Kyaka refugee Camp in Uganda, where she moved to at the age of 9. Despite facing enormous economic challenges that meant her schooling was always interrupted, Vanessa’s tenacity earned her a scholarship to resume her studies in 2016.