Africa finalists

Julius Shirima (Tanzania)

Julius founded Darecha while still a high school student, which is a youth entrepreneurship development organisation and micro-venture company that enables Tanzanian youth to transform their business ideas into profitable ventures which provide employment to young people.

Esther Kelenzi (Uganda)

Esther is the founder of the youth-led charity 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation. Her organisation supports the education of vulnerable children through facilitating income-generating projects and vocational training for orphanages and poor families in slums and rural communities.

Ijeoma Idika-Chima (Nigeria)

Ijeoma is the founder of Teenz Global Foundation, an NGO that works to promote education among young people and supports at-risk youth. Since June 2011, Teenz Global has reached over 10,000 teenagers in Nigeria through its free guidance and counselling sessions, and the provision of education support services.

Catherine Jacqueline (Uganda)

Catherine started her own business, Kingfire, in November 2013 to tackle problems of deforestation, waste management and poor access to energy. Kingfire offers a cheaper and cleaner alternative for charcoal to poor communities by recycling organic waste materials into quality briquettes for households and schools.