The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF)  has announced the top finalists for its annual awards to celebrate women leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa.

22 women founders and entrepreneurs have been selected as finalists, from different African countries, across 8 different categories. The AWIEF Awards Panel of Judges is made up of high-calibre industry experts and thought leaders spread across the continent.

Promoting excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation among women-owned businesses in all sectors and across all 54 African countries, is the aim of AWIEF which celebrates the five-year anniversary of its benchmarking annual Conference and Expo this year.

The Awards take place on the last evening of the two-day event, October 29 to 30, 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa.

The finalists for the 2019 AWIEF Awards are:

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

  • Beatrice Haule, AfriAgric Products (Tanzania)
  • Lola Alli, Lagos Executive Cardiovascular Clinic (Nigeria)
  • Ola (Orekunrin) Brown, Flying Doctors (Nigeria)

TECH ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

  • Caroline Corbett, SmartBlade (South Africa)
  • Rebecca Enonchong, AppsTech (Cameroun)
  • Diane Temogne, Engineering Consulting and Services (Cameroun)

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

  • Sizani Ngubane, Rural Women’s Movement (South Africa)
  • Efua Asibon, Dislabelled (Ghana)
  • Laurence Esteve, Zip Zap (South Africa)

GLOBAL BRAND AWARD

  • Shantelle Booysen, Elim Spa Products (South Africa)

AGRI ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

  • Evelyn Namara, Vouch Digital (Uganda)
  • Caroline Pomeyie, ProFish (Ghana)
  • Affiong Williams, ReelFruit (Nigeria)

EMPOWERMENT AWARD

  • Mary Inzofu, Njia Empowerment Organisation (Kenya)
  • Nambula Kachumi, WeCreate (Zambia)
  • Charlot Magayi, Mukuru Clean Stoves (Kenya)

CREATIVE INDUSTRY AWARD

  • Kapasa Musonda, Mangishi Doll Co. (Zambia)
  • Genet Kebede, Paradise Fashion (Ethiopia)
  • Abby Ikomi, House of Irawo (Nigeria)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

  • Kristine Pearson, Lifeline Energy (South Africa)
  • Oumou Sangaré, Festival International du Wassulu (Mali)
  • Joke Silva, LUFODO Group (Nigeria)