Anzisha Fellows


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.

Kondwani Banda

The Mainstream Magazine

Zambia, 2018

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.

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Melissa Bime


Cameroon, 2018

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.

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Mohamed Sherif

Sherif Ice Flakes

Libya, 2018

Helping fishermen preserve their catch and their incomes

Nicknamed “the philosopher” by his friends for his thoughtful nature, Mohamed has always had a penchant for deep reflection about the challenges and opportunities facing his community.

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Mohamed El Idrysy

Health Solutions INC

Morocco, 2018

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.

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Nomena Andrianantoandro


Madagascar, 2018

Promoting a healthy lifestyle through locally produced beverages

Health and wellness has been a lifelong passion for Nomena, a Business Management student in Madagascar.

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Richard Turere

Lion Lights

Kenya, 2018

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.

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Thando Hlongwane


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.

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Vanessa Ishimwe

YIDA (Youth Initiative for Development in Africa)

Uganda, 2018

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.

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Ignatius Ahumuza

Art Planet Academy

Uganda, 2017

Ignatius is the founder of Art Planet Academy, which is an organisation that has identifies the need to create an agricultural school in order to respond to the needs of the community in Uganda

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Rebecca Andrianarisandy


Madagascar, 2017

GasGasy supplies an affordable, environmentally friendly and a sustainable bio-fertiliser made in Madagascar for Malagasy people. It is a liquid fertilizer (easier to use and spray onto crops).

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Jessan Kumar Persand

Jessan Kumar Persand Crab Aquaculture

Mauritius, 2017

Jessan Kumar Persand had always dreamed of launching his own business, and it is by observing that there is a lack of fresh crabs on…

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Maemu Lambani

Fearless Trendz

South Africa, 2017

At at just 20, Maemu Thiofhi Lambani has managed to defy all and start her own digital marketing agency. Her company, Fearless Trendz is a…

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