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Entrepreneurship Award

Nairobi, Kenya | 13 February 2017 - 16 February 2017

One of the highlights of the AFIF was the presentation of the finalists’ projects for the AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2017, supported by the Rabobank Foundation:

• Melesse Temesgen – General Manager, Aybar Engineering, Ethiopia
• Dorothy Akinyi Onyango – Managing Director, R n G Company limited, Kenya
• Lydia Wambui – Managing Director, EuroFresh Exotics, Kenya
• Ndubuisi Ekekwe – CEO, First Atlantic Semiconductors & Microelectronics, Nigeria
• Christian Mwijage – Managing Director, EcoAct, Tanzania

Christian Mwijage

Managing Director of EcoAct (Tanzania)

Winner 2017 edition

Christian Mwijage, Managing Director of EcoAct (Tanzania), won the AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2017. EcoAct Tanzania is a social enterprise established to address the challenges of urban waste management, plastic pollution, deforestation and climate change. EcoAct recycles and transforms consumer plastic waste into durable and environmentally friendly plastic lumber. The winner received a cash prize as well as a one-year media and social media promotion.

Previous Awards

Standing out from within the crowded private sector, they have demonstrated excellence in business. Through social impact and sustainability they represent a truly innovative African private sector.

AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2015

Lazaro Mwakipesile

Founder of Raphael Group (Tanzania)

"This is a moment for all the entrepreneurs from Tanzania. I am not only representing Raphael Group but also all the business people in my country who believe in what they do. This is a very special moment for me and everyone back home.”


Health Award Winner

Markus Labuschagne

Altis Biologics, South Africa

"I was lucky enough to present in front of all the big investors here which really puts our company and name on the map. So now we can have more access to funds and strategic partners."


EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award 2015

Ruth Kinoti

Shalem Investments (Kenya)

" What I will always remember is that I managed to share my project and my dreams in front of people from all over the world. The audience was remarkable and winning the award is a moment that I am sure will change my business forever."


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We seek to empower the spirit of entrepreneurship in Africa

  • Facilitate access to finance
  • Connect businesses horizontally and vertically
  • Create an exchange of know-how
  • Engage the relevant Public-Private dialogue
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