__The new faces of agripreneurship in Africa!
I thought I’d share a photo from the launch event in Johannesburg on 30 May of Generation Africa, the new partnership initiative of Econet and Yara International to support young #agripreneurs#ReImagining agri-food ventures across Africa that I told you about last post. Our flagship event in 2019 is an online and pitch contest for young people across Africa to compete to win the inaugural GoGettaz Agripreneurship Prize. Check out www.genafrica.org if you are interested & please share! Remember the application deadline is 21 July.
Joining us at the launch were two top agripreneurs (pictured), Ada Osakwe (in orange) from Nigeria and Thato Moagi of South Africa who inspire wherever they go! In 2016 Ada launched a “farm to table” concept café in Lagos called “Nuli Lounge”. Ada sources all Nuli’s fresh fruit & veggies from local farms in Nigeria. “Nuli” comes from an Igbo word for “joy” which is what they want people to have when they eat these fresh local foods.
Ada is also an agri-business investor who left government work (for Minister of Agriculture and now head of the African Development Bank, my friend Akin Adesina), to become an agripreneur and says she has “never looked back since!” On Instagram I posted a few more photos, including of Ada’s @NuliLounge in Lagos. If you’re there, check it out and tell me what you think.
Another award-winning young agripreneur also shared her inspiring story at the Generation Africa launch; Thato Moagi is managing director of Legae La Banareng Farms where she developed a “hub & spoke” agri-business model that combines commercial farming, agro-processing and skills development for youth commercial farmers. Thato has won both Young Farmer and Female Entrepreneur of the year in South Africa! Another rising star. I’ll write more soon.
In the group picture are Dalumuzi Mhlanga (Chief of Staff, Econet), Ada Osakwe, moderator and entrepreneur Maps Maponyane, Thato Moagi and Luis Alfredo Pérez (Head of BU Africa at Yara International). Ishmael Sunga (CEO, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions) and our Econet Group CEO & MD, Hardy Pemihwa also shared insights at the launch event.
Have you done your homework and applied to win yet?
__Remember: Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize deadline is 30 June! The GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize deadline is 21 July…
“If you do not believe you can do it, then you have no chance at all…” Arsène Wenger
Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.View all posts by Strive Masiyiwa