SME100 Africa rewards over 20 entrepreneurs, businesses
Over 20 individuals and businesses across various sectors of the economy have emerged winners of the SME100 Africa 25 under 25 Awards at the seventh edition of the Nigerian Youth Entrepreneur Leadership Programme.
The SME100 Africa 25under25 Awards is a platform that is aimed at recognising and celebrating micro and small businesses, including startups transforming industries that impact millions of lives every day in the country.
The awarded entrepreneurs cut across sectors, which include agriculture, fashion, foods and drinks, software and design, sports, active citizenship and government engagement, arts and culture, beauty and makeup, creative writing and content creation, e-commerce, education, energy and sustainability.
Others are, environment and Interior décor, event planning, finance & fintech, health and skincare, hospitality and tourism, manufacturing and logistics, media and communications, music, performing arts, photography, professional services, social entrepreneurship, Information Technology.
The awardees are Isreal Chigozirim of Riwe Technologies Limited), Oladimeji Caxton-Martins of Street Kids Helping Initiative, Solomon Chidinma of Jachi Art, Ayomide Ojomu of 360 Beauty Enterprise, Ayotunde Olayinka Bello of Ninth media, Oyin Soyombo of Litfootware Enterprise, Samantha Lazarus of The springs gate grammar school, Michael Uchime of Rainbow petroleum retail and supply, Joseph Eshofune of Reset Interiors, Christian Agu of Chris event, Samuel Anefu of Jaykole fashion Empire, Emmanuel Obiayo Michael of Elite Learners Hub, Debra Pepple of House of Azu.
Others are Ismail Ajagbe of Measura Health Limited, Precious Bassey of Purple Leisure, Omirin Aderinsola of SolaSoles, Okoli Micheal Panda of Panda Media Entertainment and Productions, Emmanuel Dairo of Red Circle Digital Agency, Akalezi Timothy of Acarlezy Studio, Anyalewechi Precious of D’Rubix IT Solutions Limited, Esther Chineye (Music), Okonkwo Pau (Performing Arts), Victory Ifeanyichukwu Uzoma (Social Entrepreneurship) and Daniel Samuel (Software and design).
The event was hosted by Eyowo and supported by Softcom, AXA Mansard, Doika, Power horse, Bryne foundation, DBN and the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) in Lagos, with the theme: “Youth Innovation for tomorrow.”
The Founder, SME100Africa, Charles Odii, emphasised the importance of developing small businesses in Nigeria and their relevance to the economy.
Charles said small business owners create employment, thereby reducing the rate of unemployment and eradicating poverty in the country, adding that SME100Africa will continue to support them to excel.
He explained that Nigeria’s 25 under 25 awards is a yearly youth entrepreneurship leadership programne aimed at identifying, recognising, celebrating and supporting Nigeria’s most innovative entrepreneurs under the age of 25.
Charles said the entrepreneurs include innovators, influencers, trendsetters, inventors and entrepreneurs, who are doing phenomenal things and contributing to social-economic development in Nigeria.