Anzisha Prize 2016: These 12 Young African Entrepreneurs Are Going Places

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The MasterCard Foundation and the African Leadership Academy have announced the finalists for the coveted Anzisha Prize. Meet them here …

aNewDomain — Issam Darui is just 22, but the accolades he is receiving for his, the first online bus portal system in Morocco, are astounding.

In just the last year, his firm has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Best Startups in Morocco and scored first place as the Best Moroccan Ecommerce Platform. But now he’s looking at the big time. The university junior is one of 12 finalists on the shortlist to win Africa’s coveted Anzisha Prize, which recognizes the continent’s most successful young entrepreneurs.

The finalists were hand-picked from a pool of 550 applicants, young entrepreneurs aged 15 to 22 who hail from 32 African countries. They are competing for a share in cash prizes totaling about $100,000 (USD).

“The momentum behind the Anzisha Prize has grown and we are starting to see a real impact,” said Koffi Assouan, a program manager at The MasterCard Foundation, which co-sponsors the prize with the African Leadership Academy.

“Anzisha Fellows are forming a strong, African network of young business innovators that transcends their individual sectors and geographical areas,” he added. “They are learning from each other, growing their ventures and advancing the spirit of social entrepreneurship.”

Added Anzisha Prize senior programs manager Grace Kalisha:

There has been an extraordinary rise of Africa-bred entrepreneurs in the continent and their stories are being told. This is a promise of great things to come for African entrepreneurship.”

Meet the 12 finalists, below.


Aly Abd ElAzem, 20, Egypt. Co-founder of Teens Club, a city youth hub providing teenagers with a platform for professional self-development by linking them to experts, improving their skill sets, and providing a safe space for the expression of opinions and talents, with 30,000 youth applying to participate in the program in 2015 alone.

issam-darui Issam Darui, 22, Morocco. Founder of, the first electronic bus station in Morocco, available in 10 languages and 25 currencies, established to provide efficient travel services for the first time in Morocco, with schedules to over 150 destinations.ifrah-mohamed
Ifrah Mohamed, 19, Kenya. Founder of Supermom, which empowers unemployed and underemployed women by providing them with jobs in a door-to-door last mile distribution network for essential goods in rural Kenya, with over 20 “super moms” in the network.

benedict-kusi-ampofoBenedict Kusi Ampofo, 22, Ghana. Founder of Project Kiriku, a demonstration farm aiming to create sustainable agricultural communities with reduced poverty, providing over 60 farmers with skills, knowledge and agricultural innovations.
lamine-chamsiyaLamine Chamsiya, 21, Niger. Founder of E3D Cosmetique, which manufactures and markets a range of neem-based hair and skin cosmetic products with antiseptic properties.

  • yaye-souadou-fallYaye Souadou Fall, 21, Senegal. Founder of E-coverwhich produces innovative multi-purpose tiles for paving, playgrounds, swimming pools, shoe soles and other products, from recycled tires, employing six people to date.


geoffrey muleiGeoffrey Mulei, 20, Kenya. Founder of INKISHA, aimed at increasing access to eco-friendly packaging among African consumers by partnering with advertisers and innovative brands, providing around 350,000 free bags monthly, supported by an innovative revenue model.

nguessan-koffi-jacques-olivierN’guessan Koffi Jacques Olivier, 19, Cote d’Ivoire. Founder of The Yaletite Entrepreneurship Group CI, an ambitious initiative producing and marketing food crops for profit, locating subsidies for students with disabilities and mobilizing youth for employment, with more than 30 people employed.

heritianaHeritiana Fabien Randriamananatahina, 22, Madagascar. Founder of FIOMBONANA, an agro-processing initiative that drives import substitution through local manufacture of dairy products and confectioneries, sourcing from local farmers with 12 people currently employed.

faustino-quissicoFaustino Quissico, 22, Mozambique. Founder of TQ Group and Services, which supplies, installs and maintains hardwood floors, sourcing inputs and providing employment to 13 people.

asha-abbasAsha Abbas, 17, Tanzania. Founder of Aurateen, an online platform providing teenage health and sex education by raising awareness of high-risk behaviours, working with medical practitioners and youth experts and offering counselling services both online and in-person.

andrew-ddembeAndrew Ddembe, 20, Uganda. Serial entrepreneur, and founder of Heart for the Hurt, a diversified business supplying school uniforms, restaurant services and growing coffee, all of which reduce income variability for the business and around 30 employees, who predominantly have speech difficulties.

Winners will be announced in late October. Stay tuned.

Reporting from Abuja, Nigeria for aNewDomain, I’m Hussaini G. Mohammed.




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Hussaini G. Mohammed

Hussaini Garba Mohammed

Born in Kano in 1974 and grew up in the centre of commerce, Kano city, Kano State.

I started working at the age of 18, while in the evening I enrolled to study Ticketing and Reservation course in 1993. Thereafter during my industrial attachment, at the age of 19, I learned how to type typewriter in 1993 and year later I also learned how to operate computer before attending any computer school or secretarial school.

Thereafter I was admitted to studies secretarial studies part-time program. I became a Member, Nigerian Institute of Professional Secretaries in 2003. Associate Member Society for Monitoring & Evaluation of Nigeria in 2011.

Starting working as freelancer in Triumph Publishing Company in 1995. I joint Media Trust Nigeria Limited, Publishers of Daily Trust, Weekly Trust, Sunday Trust, Kilimanjaro and Aminiya Newspapers) since 1st April, 2003 as Computer operator/Page designer, to-date where now I became the Ag. Head of Editorial Production (Operations)/Deputy Manager (Editorial Production).

Won awards from numerous International conference, including.

In 2015 I received my masters degree in Production management from National Institute of Business Management, Chennai, India with 1st class.

Won award as International Youth Advocator of the Year, from West African Students Union, in East Africa, 2016

Won a travel grant to Travel to be among the 15 from around the world to travel to Germany for World Mathematician & computer Scientists Forum coming in September 2016 in Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation, Germany.

Won a travel grant to travel to be among the journalist for The Youth Global Forum In Jakarta, Indonesia, November 24 - 26, 2016, the forum will gather together more than 150 participants from all over the world with the aim of brainstorming solutions for the most prevalent youth issues.

Won an integrity award for the Media Trust Nigeria Limited, (Publishers of Daily Trust, Weekly Trust, Sunday Trust, Kilimanjaro and Aminiya Newspapers) in 16 Mar 2012

Currently selected to be among the Facilitator for 1st African Peace Summit, 17 - 20 October, 2016 in Nairobi -Kenya

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