Emma Stella Gakuo (Kenya) won the Pioneers for Prosperity Award for her project a Maziwa Plus Cooling System, at the YouthConnekt Africa Awards in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday 10th, October 2018. (Photo Courtesy: Nadege Imbabazi)
Emma Stella Gakuo (Kenya) won the Pioneers for Prosperity Award for her project a Maziwa Plus Cooling System, at the YouthConnekt Africa Awards in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday 10th, October 2018. (Photo Courtesy: Nadege Imbabazi)

At the on-going Youth Connekt Summit, scheduled to end today, has seen 4 entrepreneurs receive a cash prize of USD$5,000 (roughly UGX19 million) at the first time ever YouthConnekt Africa Awards – that will help them boost and grow their business ideas.

The entrepreneurs from Nigeria (2), Rwanda (1), and Kenya (1) won in the categories of Social Innovation Award, Pioneers for Prosperity Award, Digital Inclusion Award, and Green Growth Innovation Award were handed over with a dummy cheque and a certificate in front of an attendance of over 2800 delegates – that included; young African entrepreneurs, professionals innovators, students and Government Officials, of which 776 are from the different parts of this world with 78% being youth.

According to media reports, Janet Longmore; Chief Executive and Founder of Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), officially introduced the awards at the 2nd annual Youth Connekt Summit, that saw the first group of entrepreneurs win. The awards are the first of its kind at the Youth Connekt Summit. This looking at the fact that it’s (summit) on its second state shows the summit growing gradually. The summit was introduced last year, that saw the event grace honorable people, i.e. H.E the President of Rwanda; Paul Kagame, Alibaba Executive Chairman & Former Chief Executive, Jack Ma, Impact Investor & Founder Akon Lighting Africa; Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, Akinwumi Adesina; President Africa Development Bank, and Tony O. Elumelu; Founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation.

The winners were;

Emma Stella Gakuo (Kenya) won the Pioneers for Prosperity Award for her project a Maziwa Plus Cooling System – that uses mobile cooling technology to reduce milk product spoilage for rural dairy farmers.

Emma Stella Gakuo (Kenya) won the Pioneers for Prosperity Award for her project a Maziwa Plus Cooling System, at the YouthConnekt Africa Awards in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday 10th, October 2018. (Photo Courtesy: Nadege Imbabazi)
Emma Stella Gakuo (Kenya) won the Pioneers for Prosperity Award for her project a Maziwa Plus Cooling System, at the YouthConnekt Africa Awards in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday 10th, October 2018. (Photo Courtesy: Nadege Imbabazi)

Charles Umeh (Nigeria) for his project JARACARE – that addresses poor access to quality healthcare among people in remote areas, manage to secure him the Digital Inclusion Award.

Charles Umeh (Nigeria) for his project JARACARE won the Digital Inclusion Award at the YouthConnekt Africa Awards in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday 10th, October 2018. (Photo Courtesy: Nadege Imbabazi)
Charles Umeh (Nigeria) for his project JARACARE won the Digital Inclusion Award at the YouthConnekt Africa Awards in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday 10th, October 2018. (Photo Courtesy: Nadege Imbabazi)

David Kinzuzi (Rwanda) won the Green Growth Innovation Award for his My Green Home Project – that recycles plants that produces green paves out of plastic waste mixed with sand, as a replacement for the use of cement and water.

David Kinzuzi (Rwanda) for his My Green Home Project won the Green Growth Innovation Award at the YouthConnekt Africa Awards in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday 10th, October 2018. (Photo Courtesy: Nadege Imbabazi)
David Kinzuzi (Rwanda) for his My Green Home Project won the Green Growth Innovation Award at the YouthConnekt Africa Awards in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday 10th, October 2018. (Photo Courtesy: Nadege Imbabazi)

And finally Rusell Osah (Nigeria), for his project; 10,000 Affordable Housing Project that won him a Social Innovation Award. His project looks at building affordable homes for low-income families.

Rusell Osah (Nigeria), for his project; 10,000 Affordable Housing Project that won him a Social Innovation Award at the YouthConnekt Africa Awards in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday 10th, October 2018. (Photo Courtesy: Nadege Imbabazi)
Rusell Osah (Nigeria), for his project; 10,000 Affordable Housing Project that won him a Social Innovation Award at the YouthConnekt Africa Awards in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday 10th, October 2018. (Photo Courtesy: Nadege Imbabazi)