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Entrepreneurship: What Must Young Africans Do Differently?

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Africa House is delighted to sponsor NYU African Student Union’s event on entrepreneurship in Africa.


On October 2, 2019, NYU’s African Students Union will be hosting an event to discuss entrepreneurial opportunities for growth in Africa and how young people of the African diaspora can tap into these opportunities. The event will include two speakers, Isanya Yunge and Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph, who will be sharing their experiences as young Africans building businesses and social enterprises in Africa.

Speakers Bio:

Isaya Yunge is the founder and CEO of SomaApps Technologies in Tanzania, which created SomaFiti - a smart bracelet that focuses on the future of health and well-being of the African community, and SomaApp: a mobile app that is disrupting how scholarships are offered in Africa. Isaya and his team came up with the idea after seeing how many domestic and international scholarships go unclaimed each year because young people are simply unaware of them. After collecting information about each student’s academic qualifications, SomaApp matches students with the scholarships that they qualify for globally. More than 15,000+ students are currently using SomaApp daily and 550 students have won scholarships through SomaApp. Isaya won the prestigious Queen's Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty The Queen of England. He was named by Forbes Africa as Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 in 2018.

Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph is an entrepreneur who founded the Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights: working in 10 African countries to end the practice of female genital mutilation. He recently built Africave, a platform that connects young Africans to global opportunities and connects Africans in the diaspora to opportunities on the continent. Kennedy is the youngest Nigerian to win the highest awards in honor of two British monarchs: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, and Princess Diana. He is a fellow at President Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative and was the first Nigerian to be accepted as a Yenching Scholar. He has spoken on 80+ platforms including a keynote address the United Nations Youth Assembly and 2 TEDx events.