Forty women founders and entrepreneurs were selected as finalists from 12 different African countries, across eight categories for the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum annual AWIEF Awards.
The Awards showcase a diverse representation of finalist entrepreneurs from across the continent, including from Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
The #AWIEFAwards took place at The Westin Hotel on Friday, 9 November 2018, at the conclusion of the two-day AWIEF conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), this year themed, “Unleashing ideas: Innovation, sustainability and enterprise growth”.
South African media personality Bonang Matheba was the host for the night with music by R&B songbird, Bucie.
See full list of winners below
Winner: Nomso Faith Kana: Sun n Shield 84 Tech, South Africa
Runners-up: Jane Kagiri: CreativeEdge Solutions, Kenya; Juliet Namujju: Kimuli Fashionability, Uganda
Winner: Beth Koigi – Majik Water, Kenya
Runners-up: Juliana Rotich – Brck.Org, Kenya; Benji Coetzee – Empty Trips, South Africa
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Winner: Lorna Rutto – EcoPost, Kenya
Runners-up: Essma Ben Hamida – Enda Inter-Arabe, Tunisia; Amina Slaoui – Groupe AMH, Morocco
GLOBAL BRAND AWARD
Winner: Bethlehem Tilahun-Alemu – SoleRebels, Ethiopia
Runners-up: Sarah Collins – Wonderbag, South Africa; Renchia Droganis – Africology, South Africa
AGRI ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Winner: Jane Maigua – Exotic EPZ Ltd, Kenya
Runners-up: Jeanne Groenewald – Elgin Free Range Chickens, South Africa; Elorm Goh – Agrisolve, Ghana
Winner: Kate Ekanem – Kate Tales Foundation, Nigeria
Runners-up: Emma Dicks – CodeSpace, South Africa; Chiedza Daneek Nobuhle Kambasha – Hemmingworth Cartwright, Zimbabwe
CREATIVE INDUSTRY AWARD
Winner: Nana Akua Oppong-Birmeh – Archxenus, Ghana
Runners-up: Soraya Piedade – Soraya da Piedade Ltd, Angola; Winnifred Selby – Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, Ghana
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Winner: Wendy Luhabe – Women Private Equity Fund, South Africa
Runners-up: Margaret Hirsch – Hirsch’s Homestores, South Africa; Jennifer Riria – Echo Network Africa/Kenya Women Holding, Kenya