In no particular order, meet the 2017 Leaders of Great Innovation in Africa. These are the people who are making dramatic impact in business leadership and tech and social entrepreneurship in Africa.
Brigitha Faustin, founder of Fahari Yetu
The first three months after she started business , Faustin wasn’t 100% sure that her brand will survive the competition. She had limited perception of what her business is capable of! She chose to understood the core value proposition in her business model and demystified the workings of the business world. Finally, she found myself achieving more than what she have ever dreamed was possible.
Brigitha Faustin is a 29 Years old, Mother, Wife, social and business leader from Tanzania. A firm believer in the private sector as the best possible option for sustainable social and economic change in Africa.
Faustin is the founder of Fahari Yetu. Fahari Yetu is a youth led nonprofit company working in delivering projects that support Socioeconomic development in Tanzania.
She also co-founded “OBRI Trading Co. LLC” an agriculture company that sources, processes, packs and supplies unique range of food products. OBRI Company has empowered farmers who are under farmers associations in Tanzania by providing sustainable market channels for their produce. OBRI’s cooking oils are in retail outlets across the country.
Faustin said “running a business is like riding on a roller coaster.” in an interview with SLA (She Leads Africa).
Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala, Founder and CEO of Bakulu Power
Bakulumpagi-Wamala was staying with one of her cousins and her family in Gayaza when the Bakulu Power idea first came to her. As they drove to and from town she would look at the garbage on the street and wonder how to get rid of it. She grew up in Canada so seeing garbage on the streets wasn’t normal to her. What she found interesting was that the waste was primarily agricultural. She thought about making fertilizer then quickly scrapped that idea. She started to read everything she could about waste management, informal workers, deforestation and waste to energy. Lucia joined associations around those themes and talked to a lot of people. She gained a theoretical understanding of how to convert waste to energy and wanted to support women. Everything else has really been a series of miracles.
Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala, 34, is the Founder and CEO of Bakulu Power, a Ugandan renewable energy company.
Bakulu Power is currently developing 3 solar mini-grids on islands off Lake Victoria and a clean cooking fuel (biomass) production plant on a refugee camp in Western Uganda. Bakulu Power invests in the renewable energy sector. They design, make, own and run energy infrastructure. They are a young team with bold visionary ideas. Bakulu Power’s engineers and researchers are some of the brightest in Uganda. Uganda is a young country; about 77% of its population is under 30. By providing access to and hands-on involvement in the emerging renewable energy industry, Bakulu helps power Uganda’s tomorrow.
Mooketsi Bennedict Tekere, founder of Ngwana Enterprises
Tereke is a serial entrepreneur, a development expert and an entrepreneurship development champion based in Botswana.
He founded Ngwana Enterprises, a company based in Botswana that is developing entrepreneurship and education solutions all across Botswana. The aim of Ngwana Enterprises is to improve the future of country young citizens. He holds a strong academic background in entrepreneurship development, management and program development for education.
Tereke is part of global communities such as Global Entrepreneurship Wee, One Young World, Global Healthcare Travel Council. As a young entrepreneur he has been able to inspire and impact the country leadership to see a need to invest in entrepreneurship and education. He has developed a strong network and a tribe of entrepreneurship development in Botswana, Africa as a region and internationally collaborated to share knowledge and experiences in the areas of education, entrepreneurship and medical tourism for development of Africa health systems.
Rajiv Mehta, founder of Tangerine Investments
Mehta attended junior & high school in Kenya and then college and started studying business management and marketing in university but actually never completed his education and one of the major reasons was not being able to afford to complete his university.
Growing up Mehta always had an interest in advertising and always thought he would one day have his brand on a billboard, just that the outcome is that he now puts people’s brands out there on his billboards and street poles.
Rajiv Mehta is the founder of Tangerine Investments, an advertising firm that uses public transit vehicles to market leading consumer goods in Kenya.
Tangerine, founded in 2008, has clients such as Kenya Airways, Pizza Inn, Subway and Coca Cola HP among others. Tangerine currently services 500 plus companies including multinationals and local companies. Tangential reach is in any city in the country that the client needs so they work on client’s needs and make sure they try to get them what they are looking for. They have revenue of over $1 million annually for the outdoor advertising company. Apart from that they have diversified and got into other countries and businesses like Large format printing.
Teta Isibo, Founder of Inzuki Designs
“Teta’s story is one that could inspire many other young aspirant women entrepreneurs in Africa. She had a dream not only to build a business, but to also take it to the global marketplace. The Inzuki brand is definitely going places and is one to watch for the future.” said Melanie Hawken, LoA founder and editor-in-chief
Teta Isibo, 32, is the founder of Inzuki Designs. Isibo quit her job as an urban planner in Kigali to launch Inzuki, which means ‘bees’ in the local language.
Inzuki Designs is a young Rwandan brand specializing in Jewellery, accessories and Interior decor. Inzuki’s products typically fuse traditional craftsmanship and contemporary style to present a transcontinental finish. Isibo works with many local artisans that use their skills to translate Inzuki’s authentic designs into vibrant quality pieces sold all across Rwanda. Inzuki has grown into a popular Rwandan brand with a boutique in the Heart of Kigali City. It is now targeting international markets including the rest of Africa, and North America through distributors and an online store.