Africa has seen a wide range of young Entrepreneurs and Inventors who are changing their communities, countries, the continent and the world with what they do. Good number of them have been honoured with awards, as they positively influence their environment.
Below are 10 African Entrepreneurs below the age of 25, randomly picked from diverse African countries.
Lonwabo Ncanda: Showcases South African lifestyle and entertainment
Ncanda is a 17-year-old matric student from Soweto, South Africa. In 2014, he co-founded an online youth entertainment platform called UltraShare, which showcases and celebrates local artists and brands on social media. In addition, Ncanda and his team have also released their own clothing brand called #MSODRA, which they showcase during various events.
Ncanda believes local talent and artists need to be nurtured and celebrated, and his dreams include one day being able to host a festival featuring artists from his community and country, as well as across the continent.Nairobi Dev School
Martha Chumo: Nairobi Dev School
21 year old self-taught programmer from Kenya established Nairobi Development School in 2012, after she was denied visa to study in the U.S.
Chumo gave up a scholarship to study medicine after bumping into the tech world during an internship. When her attempts to refine her skills in the US failed, she decided to start her own school. The Nairobi Dev School has since conducted skills development training in Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia. She revealed that the goal of the school is to equip young people with software development skills they can use to solve challenges around them.
Benedict Mundele: Surprise Tropicale
“They say that if the DRC was developed, many African countries will follow, because the food potential we have here can feed the world.”
This is according to Benedict Mundele, a 21-year-old Congolese entrepreneur who wants to make a change in her country. She is the founder of Surprise Tropicale, an organic local food canteen and catering company that aims to promote a sustainable and healthy lifestyle in her community in the capital Kinshasa. The idea came to her while studying hospitality and researching food produced in tropical environments.
Sam Kodo: Computer Whizz
“I could make many, many things with that,” said Sam Kodo, looking at a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Where most people see only a phone, Kodo sees a combination of components that can be taken apart and used to make a PC, or a robot that plays football.
The 23-year-old Togolese was just seven when he started building his first robot that could both circumvent obstacles and interact with people.
Nteff Alain: GiftedMom
Cameroonian Nteff Alain is the 22-year-old entrepreneur behind GiftedMom, a new e-content platform for pregnant women that provides information to combat the high number of mother and infancy deaths in under-serviced communities in the country.
The idea for GiftedMom came to him while visiting a childhood friend who was doing his medical internship in a rural community. His friend was distressed, having seen a particularly high number of premature babies die that week. Alain won the 2014 Anzisha prize.
Winnifred Selby: Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative
At the age of 15, 20-year-old Ghanaian entrepreneur co-founded Ghana Bamboo Bikes Intiative in an effort to address unemployment and environment degradation through effective use of local resources. Currently, Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative produce 60 to 100 bicycles a month. The innovation earned Winnifred the Cartier Womens’ Initiative Award.
Yaw Duffour Awuah: Student Aid Plus
The 22-year-old Ghanaian is the brain behind Student Aid Plus. At the age of 16, Yaw noticed several high school classmates regularly unable to travel home for holidays. While the obvious possibility of giving schoolmates money to go home for the holidays was there, Yaw thought differently and saw an opportunity to create a more sustainable system that would benefit more of his peers. Yaw launched his company, Apex Loans, to assist these fellow students. Apex loans extended loans from capital borrowed by fellow partners and provided its lenders a return through earnings from the interest it charged borrowers.
Since then, Apex has been renamed to Student Aid Plus and now has a savings plan, financial literacy sessions led by invited professionals, and almost a hundred student volunteers.
Chukwuwezam Obanor: Prepclass
Chukwuwezam is a 23-year-old from Nigeria and lover of all things tech. He built an online platform to aid high school students in revision for national exams. Chukwuwezam’s passion for solving problems resulted in building the framework for Prepclass, which provides study content for local Nigerian schools in preparation for national exams.
Best Aiyorworth: Girls Power Micro Lending Organization
23-year-old Best Ayiorworth is an advocate for education in her home district in northern Uganda. She started an organization with a twist on common education programs called the Girls Power Micro-credit Organization, which focuses on women in the community with a trickle down mentality. The thinking behind GIPOMO is if more women are brought into business society with micro-finance loans, then they will, in turn, focus on young girls’ educations and revolutionize girls’ education in Uganda. Best won the 2013 Anshiza Prize, Africa’s foremost youth entrepreneurship award.
Kolawole Olajide: Funda
23-year-old Kolawole Olajide, born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa went off to University to study Computer Science. Getting there, he realized that they weren’t challenging his skills quite enough, so he decided to leave behind the education and test his skills behind a computer and with a company.
There, he met up with some graduates of University of Cape Town and began his project, Funda. Funda is an online learning management system that brings together necessary educational resources to make the lives of teachers, students, and parents a bit easier. This system has been wildly successful ad has begun to spread through South Africa to different Universities.