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Sadio Mane, Onyeka Akumah, Kamal Yakubu, Goodluck Jonathan, Others, Named Persons of the Year

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The African Leadership Magazine (ALM) Persons of the Year committee has named some enterprising young entrepreneurs and individuals including Onyeka Akumah founder of FarmCrowdy (Nigeria), Kamal Yakub, brain behind Uber for Tractors (Ghana), and Sadio Mane, Liverpool FC football player (Senegal) as Persons of the Year.

Among the winners are celebrated mega entrepreneurs the continent can boast of, which include the likes of Strive Masiyiwa (Zimbabwe), Mo Ibrahim (Sudan), Tiguidanke Camara (Guinea) and Dr Patrick Awuah Jr (Ghana).

The Persons of the Year list was compiled through a keenly contested online poll which attracted more than 120,000 votes on the website of Africa Leadership Magazine (ALM), drawing over 7 million active online engagements in the process and more than 5000 votes through email.

According to the organizers, the winners at the Persons of the Year awards will be decorated and honored at their grand annual African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award ceremony on the 26th of February, 2021. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event is to be held virtually to host Africa’s most influential personalities in business, politics and all fields of African leadership spectrum. The list of winners was unveiled by the Publisher of the Magazine, Dr Ken Giami, at its U.K. Head Office.

The young entrepreneurs and startup founders finding themselves among the biggest names on the African continent are Onyeka Akumah who is the founder of FarmCrowdy, with a business that is revolutionizing agriculture in Nigeria and elsewhere. FramCrowdy is Nigeria’s first digital agriculture platform empowering rural farmers by providing them with farm inputs, training on modern farming techniques, improved seeds and providing them with a market for the sale of farm produce.

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Onyeka Akumah – Founder of FarmCrowdy

Onyeka Akumah was named the African Agricultural Champion of the Year 2020 with Noel Doyle,the CEO of Tiger Brand of South Africa coming runner-up.

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Kamal Yakub the founder of Uber for Tractors, who hails from Ghana is named the Africa Disruptor of the Year 2020 and Ken Njoroge, co-founder & Group CEO of Cellulant Corporation, Kenya placing second.

The Uber for Tractor business is a disruptive business with a software that helps equipment owners manage their entire operations; from monitoring their assets, scheduling jobs and managing their crews, to route optimization and fuel management.

Competing for the award of ALM Young Person of the Year 2020 was the founder of Mozhandlings of Mozambique, Eder Pale . He came runner-up against the global football star, Senegal’s Sadio Mane. His company offers professional logistics services to clients and finds innovative ways of handling freight.

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Sadio Mane, Football player at Liverpool FC

The African Philanthropist of the Year 2020 went to no other than the Sudanese billionaire, Mo Ibrahim, Chairman of Mo Ibrahim Foundation which has the sole aim of promoting good governance and leadership in Africa. Placing second are Ayo & Helen Oritsejafor, the founders of Eagle Hand Foundation, Nigeria.

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Mo Ibrahim

African of the Year 2020

The biggest award was the African of the Year 2020, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, fend off competition from Zimbabwean billionaire and philanthropist, Strive Masiyiwa, founder & executive chairman of Econet Group, a telecommunications group with operations and investments in Africa, Europe, South America, North America and the East Asia.

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

He was recently appointed to the board of Netflix.

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Strive Masiyiwa

Making a case for women on the continent was Tiguidanke Camara, who was adjudged African Woman of the Year 2020, she is chairman & CEO of TMG Group. She is from Guinea. The runner-up is Vera Songwe, the executive secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa.

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Other winners of the ALM Persons of the Year

The African Political Leader of the Year 2020 went to Ghana’s President H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo. H.E. John Magufuli, President of Tanzania – Runner-up

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Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo Addo

African Educationist of the Year 2020:

Professor Samuel Edoumiekumo, Vice-Chancellor, Niger Delta University, Nigeria – Winner & Dr Patrick Awuah Jr. Founder & President, Ashesi University, Ghana – Runner-up

African Industrialist of the Year 2020:

Nicky Oppenheimer, Chairman, Oppenheimer Generations, South Africa – Winner & Abdulsamad Rabiu, Chairman, BUA Group, Nigeria – Runner-up

African Climate Champion of the Year 2020:

Graca Machel, the former first lady and climate activist, Mozambique – Winner & Agnes Matilda Kalibata, President, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa – Runner-up

Africa Peace & Security Leader of the Year 2020:

H.E. Goodluck Jonathan, former president of Nigeria – Winner & General Vincent Nundwe, Army Commander, Malawi – Runner-up

African Energy Leader of the Year 2020:

Kwameh Kyei, MD/CEO, Unity Oil Company Ltd, Ghana – Winner & Nkechi Obi, MD/CEO, Techno Oil, Nigeria – Runner-up

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African Public Health Champion of the Year 2020:

Dr John Nkengasong, Director General, Africa CDC, Cameroon – Winner & Jean-Jacques Muvembe, Ebola Vaccine, Congo – Runner-up

The Persons of the Year Awards this year recorded a 50% surge in voting with most coming from within Africa and the Diaspora. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic stretching the continent to its limits in every aspect of life, these awardees and others have done immensely in combating its effects.

In his words, Dr Ken Giami, the Publisher of the African Leadership Magazine said

“All the nominees for this year’s persons of the year have contributed in no small measure towards minimizing the impact of the pandemic on the continent through their work and are deserving of the crown. The nominees have demonstrated great faith in the Africa project, and are ‘walking their talk’ in their communities, helping in changing the negative narratives about Africa globally. They all are true lovers of Africa, determinedly contributing, sometimes amidst challenging circumstances but undoubtedly making Africa and the world a better place for all.”

The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year is in its 9th year and is noted for awarding very distinguished Africans, who have blazed the trail in the year under review.

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The Global Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge Calls for Applicants, Chance to Win €200K

Tommy Hilfiger announces launch its third annual global Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge, supporting entrepreneurial startup and scale-up stage companies developing solutions and making the fashion landscape more inclusive.

Its mission according Tommy Hilfiger, is creating a fashion that Wastes Nothing and Welcomes All. The fashion frontier challenge will support entrepreneurs who are standing up for what they believe in and are committing to driving change in their communities.

The prizes for winners of the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge aim at financing and providing knowledge to grow their business ideas.

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image cource: Tommy Hilger facebook

Launched in 2018, the third edition of the this fashion challenge endeavours to support black, indigenous and people of color entrepreneurs, especially those working to advance their communities and nurture a more inclusive future of fashion.

After the outdooring of the initiative Mr Tommy Hilger said that,

“I have been inspired by this talented group of social entrepreneurs whose innovations are making the fashion landscape more inclusive and sustainable.”

All interested fashion entrepreneurs are welcome to submit their applications which focus on creating an inclusive fashion value-chain.

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Successful applicants are going to be narrowed down to six finalists and invited to virtually develop their project plans with the assistance of dedicated Tommy Hilfiger and external subject matter experts. There will be coaching from an experienced pitch coach, and the finalists will pitch their final concept to a prestigious jury panel and associate audience at the worldwide Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge final event, slated for early 2022.

What does Tommy Hilfiger consider a startup and a scale-up?

The Startup: The business should be in its early stages, it’s yet to reach product-market fit, still experimenting with customer segmentation and working toward overall positive contribution margin but you are making some revenue.

The Scaleup: The company has a validated product with product-market fit with a clear and sustainable unit economics (outlook), and it is in a growth-mode. You must have made revenue for at least a year.

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Lewis Hamilton modeling a Tommy Hilfiger apparel. image cource: Tommy Hilger facebook

The process

  • After applying, successful applicants will be notified in June 2021 to progress to the second round of the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge.
  • Once selected, participants provide additional information regarding their business enterprise, including a one-minute pitch video.
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Note: Applications should be in English and business pitch also in English.

Progressing further will be six (6) finalists who are invited to further develop their business or project plans during a digital Design Sprint with the support of a team of dedicated internal Tommy Hilfiger associates and external specialists in October 2021.

Each finalist will pitch their concept at the global Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge final event in early 2022, with a chance to win the prize package.

The Prize Package

  • Win up to €200,000 and a chance at an additional €15,000 prize for winning the “Audience Favorite Vote”
  • A year-long mentorship with Tommy Hilfiger’s internal experts globally and access to Tommy Hilfiger’s network brand association
  • A place on the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Program (ISEP)
  • Year-long INSEAD mentorship

The Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge application closes at midnight of 8th March, 2021.


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