JOHANNESBURG - Twenty two women from various African countries have been selected as finalists for awards honouring female entrepreneurs and innovators.
Non-profit organisation Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) on Thursday announced the contenders for the awards which will be spread across eight categories, namely young entrepreneur, social entrepreneur, empowerment, lifetime achievement, tech entrepreneur, agri entrepreneur, creative industry and global brand.
AWIEF works to promote excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation in female-owned businesses across all sectors and in all African countries.
"Women-owned businesses are a vital part of our African economy and the women of Africa are our most valuable, untapped resource," founder and chief executive Irene Ochem said in a statement.
"Each year the entries to the AWIEF awards grow in number and this response signifies the importance of recognising and celebrating women in Africa for their achievements and contribution to Africa’s economic and sustainable development."