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Chidi Nwaogu Wins First Prize In Entrepreneurship At The Africa 35.35 Awards
Nigerian serial Internet entrepreneur, Chidi Nwaogu, has won the first prize in the 'Entrepreneurship' category at the 2019 Africa 35.35 Awards, which seeks to recognize 35 people under 35 from Africa or the African diaspora who have made outstanding achievements in their communities. Other winners in the Entrepreneurship category are Jorge Appiah of Ghana, Kimberly Addison of Ghana, and Saif Eddine Laalej of Morocco.
Other Laureates of the Award include Halimatou Gadji of Senegal, Elijah Amoo Addo of Ghana, Affiong Williams of Nigeria, Aline Savadogo of Burkina Faso, Ansoumane Mory Mara for Guinea/Morocco, Daraja Haidara of Mali, Fatoumata Coulibaly Koné of Cote d'Ivoire/Burkina Faso, Chinemenma Umeseaka of Nigeria, Isabelle Vovor of Côte d’Ivoire, Funkola Odeleye of Nigeria, Modou Njie of Gambia, and Kuami Eugene of Ghana.
Nwaogu is one of the 35 young people from 16 African countries that made the list of laureates of the Africa 35.35 Awards celebrating African youth and afro-diaspora excellence. Formerly known as the Francophone 35.35 Youth Awards, which expanded to cover both French and English-speaking Africa, the Awards reward young people on the continent and its diaspora aged 18 to 35 who have achieved exceptionally in the course of the year.
Selected out of 350 nominees living in 49 countries, Chidi Nwaogu and other laureates will be awarded during a ceremony on the 25th of November 2019 in Accra, Ghana. The event shall be enhanced by the presence of leading figures of the host country. Nwaogu will return with a trophy and first prize in the Entrepreneurship category, and so will other laureates. A super prize of the "Young African of the Year" will also be awarded during the ceremony.
Many laureates will also be given a platform to share their ideas or innovations before a gathering of 300 participants during the special "Inspiration Africa" event. Nwaogu is the Co-founder and CEO of Publiseer, a digital publisher for African Creatives, described by Konbini as "one of the largest digital publishers in Africa", identified by IFC as one of the startups "that could speed up innovation in Africa" and listed twice by ModernGhana as one of the "10 African Innovations" in 2019.
So far this year, Nwaogu has received several honours and awards, which include emerging a winner of the Young Leaders Award 2019, winner of The Bizz Business Excellence Award 2019, winner of Startup World Cup Nigeria Regionals 2019, winner of the ITU Innovation Challenges 2019, two-time recipient of OD Young Person of the Month, and first place winner of OD Impact Challenge 2019.
Nwaogu started his entrepreneurial journey when he was 16 with the creation of 9ja Boi Interactive, a video game development company, after which he has co-founded, grown and sold two Internet companies, including LAGbook, a social network that garnered over 1-million registered users within three years. He has been described as one of the "Young innovators making Africa great in 2019".
Chidi Nwaogu Wins 2019 Young Leaders Award For His Works At Publiseer
Serial Internet entrepreneur and computer programmer Chidi Nwaogu has won the 2019 Young Leaders Award in the "Media and Entertainment" category with the works he's doing at Publiseer, a digital content distribution platform for independent African writers and musicians. After rigorous evaluation by the Panel of Judges, the Young Leaders Team announced Chidi Nwaogu as the winner.
Nwaogu's selection as a winner validates the work he as a Young Leader who is poised to make a great change in society. Nwaogu's selection as a winner of the Young Leaders Award gave him an opportunity to network with the Mandela Washington Fellows in Nigeria, leverage on the network of young leaders, and increase his capacity to do more great work.
Funded by the Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria with the Support of United States Embassy in Abuja, the award presentation was held during the Young Leaders Assembly that also featured the Grand Finale of the Beyond School Community Challenge.
Chidi Nwaogu is a serial Internet entrepreneur and computer programmer. He is a Westerwelle Fellow 2019, Yunus&Youth Global Fellow 2019, and Halcyon Incubator Fellow 2019. He is also the winner of The Africa 35.35 Award 2019, The Bizz Business Excellence Award 2019, ITU Innovation Challenges 2019, and OD Impact Challenge 2018, just to mention a few.
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