Twenty (20) winners of RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition 2019 announced

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the 20 winners of the 2019 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (West Africa). The competition attracted applications from 421 youth (110 females and 311 males) from 12 countries in West Africa including: Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. The following three stage process was undertaken to identify the top 20 winners:

  1. All 421 applications were reviewed for compliance to the call guidelines
  2. A total of 373 (88.6%) applications were compliant and were each evaluated by three assessors
  3. Top 60 (16.1%) applications were shortlisted for the second level of evaluation. Each application was once again assessed by a team of three expert assessors
  4. Top 20 applications were selected as winners after undergoing the second level evaluation

The final list of the top 20 successful winners from six countries in West Africa are presented in the Table below.

RUFORUM believes in the transformative power of entrepreneurship in addressing youth unemployment in Africa. Empowering and involving young people in enterprise development will support youth integration into the economic growth for youth employment. The twenty (20) competitively selected business enterprises will receive an all-expense paid trip (air ticket, and hotel costs) to participate and pitch their innovations at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Cape Coast Ghana, 2-6 December 2019.

The call for applications focused on West Africa and was the first edition of the RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition that is sub-regional in nature. The first competition which was organized in 2016 attracted a total of 756 applications from 38 countries. The fifteen (15) most competitive youth enterprises were awarded during the Fifth Africa Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference that was held in Cape Town, South Africa.  The second competition was organized in 2018, it attracted a total of 1,332 youth from 42 African countries and 23 competitive youth enterprises were awarded during the Sixth Africa Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference that was held in Nairobi, Kenya.

RUFORUM extends its appreciation to all applicants for responding to the RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs 2019 Competition (West Africa) and to the reviewers.

Top 20 winners of the RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition 2019 (West Africa) ranked by Score

No. Serial Name Gender Nationality Language Average Score
1 1521 Aisha Kombeh Jatta  Female Gambia English 80.0
2 1623 OBOGNON  Noel  Male Benin French 79.3
3 1628 Thierno Souleymane AGNE  Male Senegal French 78.3
4 1575 Oluwatomisin Kolawole  Male Nigeria English 77.3
5 1595 Fatodu Taiwo Olawande  Male Nigeria English 77.0
6 1756 Abdou Rachidi Fancisco  Male Benin French 76.0
7 1439 Toyin Olowogbon  Male Nigeria English 75.7
8 1765 DOSSA Sonagnon Jocelyne  Female Benin French 75.5
9 1830 Omasan Alabi  Female Nigeria English 75.3
10 1555 Felix Ayite  Male Togo French 75.0
11 1455 Anthony Ebitimi Owei  Male Nigeria English 74.7
12 1819 MEDENOU Codjo Mawunou Esteban  Male Benin French 74.3
13 1549 Ante Joseph  Male Nigeria English 73.7
14 1581 Israel Terwase AYUA  Male Nigeria English 73.7
15 1629 Nnaedozie George Idoko  Male Nigeria English 73.3
16 1836 Benjamin Agyin Turkson  Male Ghana English 73.3
17 1694 Tunde Adeyemi  Male Nigeria English 73.0
18 1440 Michael Olusanya  Male Nigeria English 72.7
19 1796 Ugochukwu Stephen Ugwudi  Male Nigeria English 72.7
20 1814 ADECHIAN Akinhola  Male Benin French 72.7

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