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Finalists

2024 Finalists

Top 5

Itaagi Devin

Chief Executive Officer, Canine Safaris Ltd, Uganda

Top 5

Ajena Jafar

Founder & CEO, Tour Plug, Uganda

Top 5

Joseph Owiredu

Chief Executive Officer, Fihankra ComTech Ltd, Ghana

Top 5

Kedumetse Liphi

Founder & Chief Engineer, Ked-Liphi (Pty) Ltd, Botswana

Top 5

Gerald Muema

Technical Advisor, ReNewGen, Kenya

2nd Runner-Up

Ntshabo Lehong

Founder – mTemp, South Africa

2024 Namibian Finalists

Speaker_Rosalia Laudika

Top 3

Rosalia Haufiku Laudika

Student, NUST, Namibia

Speaker_Sarah Anghuwo

Top 3

Sarah Anghuwo

Founder, Africikoatizay
Namibia

Speaker_Sarome Hamata

Top 3

Sarome Hamata

Student, NUST, Namibia

Itaagi Devin

Chief Executive Officer, Canine Safaris Ltd, Uganda

I was born and raised in Mbarara. I am the CEO Canine Safaris Ltd, team leader at BuildSafari software and a Digital Marketing Officer at Empower Youth In Technology. I am also a member of the YALI Network. I have vast experience in business development, building innovations and mentoring young people.

Ajena Jafar

Founder & CEO, Tour Plug, Uganda

Ajena Jafar is a disruptor in the best sense. He is an experienced marketer, a tech advocate, and a champion for a sustainable and inclusive future of African tourism. His dedication to harnessing technology’s power positons him as a key figure in shaping the industry’s positive
transformaton.

Ajena’s career path is a testament to his diverse skillset. He has thrived in government agencies, private multinationals, and tech startups, gaining a holistc understanding of the challenges and opportunites facing African tourism. His core strength lies in crafing impactul marketing and communication strategies that build brands, attract customers, and promote responsible travel practices.

A strong advocate for empowering local businesses, Ajena played a key role in developing a digital marketing curriculum for Ugandan tour operators with the Netherlands’ Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI). This initiative equips them with the tools to compete in the digital age.

He demonstrated his visionary leadership when he founded and led the Tourism Promoters Club – a platorm that champions inclusive and sustainable tourism development among the youth in Uganda. The organizaton has grown beyond 200 members over the past 12 months with aspiratons expanding into a contnental network.

As an employee of the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), Ajena’s leadership shone during the pandemic. He spearheaded the development of UTB’s digital marketing strategy, encompassing both pre-pandemic and post-pandemic recovery plans. His focus on responsible tourism practices was woven into all aspects of UTB’s online presence.

Ajena spearheaded East Africa’s frst virtual tourism expo during the pandemic, enabling over 1,000 B2B interactons. This groundbreaking event showcased the industry’s resilience and adaptability. He also managed from start to end, a Euro 500,000 Smart Tourism Development Project funded by the Hungarian Foreign Ministry.

Joseph Owiredu

Chief Executive Officer, Fihankra ComTech Ltd, Ghana

Joseph is an analytical thinker with a deep passion for innovation, human behavior and safety. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, having pursued a combined major in Economics and Marketing.

His entrepreneurial journey commenced at the University of Ghana Business School Innovation and Incubation Hub, where he played a pivotal role in supporting and nurturing student entrepreneurs towards sustainable business ventures. During his student years, he founded Effusion Network Ltd, an influencer and student marketing agency with social media influencers and student activation teams across four universities in Ghana, alongside working as a freelance product developer, building products for a wide range of clients in different industries.

He is currently serving as the CEO of Fihankra ComTech LLC, a travel security and safety technology start-up, where he leads a ten member team towards the charge of creating cutting-edge technologies aimed at ensuring people’s safety wherever they go. He, together with his team, have pitched and won various awards and recognition for their work towards pushing for safety innovation within Ghana.

He has had extensive experience within the space of innovation as a technology startup founder, community moderator, product manager and researcher. He is currently pursuing his graduate studies at the University of Ghana Business School, specializing in MPhil Marketing with a focus on Innovation and Product Development.

Kedumetse Liphi

Founder & Chief Engineer, Ked-Liphi (Pty) Ltd, Botswana

I am Kedumetse Liphi, a 33-year-old Electronic Engineer and Innovator from Senete in the northern region of Botswana. Graduating from St Joseph’s College in 2009, I embarked on a unique journey, joining the Military College and becoming a soldier. While in the Army, I pursued my university education part-time. Simultaneously, I ventured into entrepreneurship, establishing my IDE Business,
Ked-Liphi(pty)ltd, which laid the foundation for my future successes.

Currently, I stand as a thriving Entrepreneur who has significantly impacted the lives of Africans through
my innovative ventures. My company, Ked-LiphiBw, has forged partnerships with esteemed organizations such as the U.S Army, UNDP, Dimension Data, reflecting my commitment to excellence and collaboration on both local and international fronts. My work has been recognized and appreciated both locally and internationally with notable achievements, including showcasing my work at COP27 and COP28 conferences, and receiving accolades like the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Technology Award at COP28 and the SEED Climate Adaptation Award in 2023, highlighting my significant contributions to sustainable development and technological innovation.

My numerous awards, including the Best in Innovation & Technology Award 2023, Youth Business
Innovator of the Year 2023, and Best Male of the Year Award in 2023, solidify my position as a trailblazer
in the field.

Gerald Muema

Technical Advisor, ReNewGen, Kenya

Occupation: Renewable Energy Specialist and Environmental Sciences Specialist     

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Renewable Energy and Environmental Sciences, Graduated July 2023.

Currently studying Certificate in Tourism Management.          

Achievements: Winner, Leap-Re Ideathon Innovation on. Solar Mini-grids and Ecosystem in Kigali, Rwanda.

Co-founder: ReNewGen Tech Ltd (Startup company focusing on green and sustainable energy).

Brief Bio: I’m a dedicated professional with expertise in renewable energy, environmental sciences, and tourism management. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Renewable Energy and Environmental Sciences in July 2023 and I’m currently pursuing a Certificate in Tourism Management. My commitment to sustainability and innovation led me to win the Leap-Re Ideathon Innovation on Solar Mini-grids and Ecosystem. As a co-founder of ReNewGen Tech Ltd, I actively contributes to developing green energy solutions. My passion for environmental sustainability extends to my studies in tourism management, where i aim to integrate my expertise to promote sustainable tourism practices.

Ntshabo Lehong

Managing Director, Makeeda Hospitality & Wellness

Ms. Ntshabo Lehong is the managing director of Makeeda Hospitality Tourism and Wellness with an International Hotel School – Hospitality Management Diploma. She has a strong hospitality and training sector background, however in the last 3 years has found her desire and passion to work within the technology sector. In her previous role she worked as an assistant training manager for a hospitality temporary employment services company wherein she saw an opportunity to improve the way skilled and unskilled workers access opportunities.

Identifying this challenge is how the idea for m-Temp came about. m-Temp is an on-demand, managed Hospitality Staffing WhatsApp Chatbot and Web platform used by two types of users: the temporary or short-term work seeker, and the hospitality enterprise client. The job seeker applies for jobs throughthe web platform, and the recruiter utilises only the web platform to post an available job vacancy.

Rosalia Haufiku Laudika

Student, NUST, Namibia

I’m Rosalia Haufiku, an electronics engineering student at the Namibia University of Science
and Technology with a strong interest in applying technology to environmental solutions. This passion led me to develop a system for streamlining Environmental Management Plan (EMP)
audits. My background in electronics engineering proved valuable in creating a user-friendly platform that simplifies data collection and reporting for environmental compliance.

Sarah Anghuwo

Founder, Africikoatizay, Namibia

Sarah Anghuwo, a visionary advocate for creatourism and cultural preservation, stands at the forefront of Africa’s artistic renaissance. Born on March 22, 2004, in Windhoek, Namibia, Sarah proudly embraces her Oshivambo roots intertwined with Ugandan heritage, embodying the rich tapestry of African diversity.

Currently a second-year student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Public Management at the University of Namibia (UNAM), Sarah’s educational journey is marked by a relentless pursuit of knowledge and a commitment to excellence. She obtained her National Senior Secondary Certificates at both the Ordinary and Advanced Subsidiary Levels, laying a strong foundation for her future endeavors.

Sarah’s multifaceted skill set encompasses teamwork, problem-solving, adaptability, and effective communication, underpinned by her digital literacy. These qualities serve as pillars for her leadership role as the Founder of AFRIC IKŌ ATIZAY, a platform dedicated to showcasing Africa’s diverse artistic expressions and promoting sustainable tourism.

Her contributions to the discourse on creatourism and cultural identity are evident through her publications in esteemed newspapers and media outlets. From advocating for the integration of art into national progress to addressing gaps in regional artistic landscapes, Sarah’s insights resonate deeply with readers across various platforms.

Noteworthy achievements punctuate Sarah’s journey, including securing a coveted spot for AFRIC IKŌ ATIZAY in the University of Namibia’s mentorship program. Furthermore, her launch of AFRIC IKŌ ARTIZAY e-magazine volumes underscores her commitment to amplifying African voices and narratives on a global scale.

Sarah Anghuwo’s dedication to advancing Africa’s artistic heritage and fostering cultural exchange exemplifies her role as a trailblazer in the realm of creatourism. With a steadfast resolve and unwavering passion, she continues to inspire change and uplift communities, leaving an indelible mark on Africa’s cultural landscape.

Sarome Hamata

Student, NUST, Namibia

I am an electronic engineering student at the Namibia University of Science and Technology in my final year of studies, and I am passionate about technology and how it has the power to completely transform human existence. I have explored the complex worlds of electronic systems, circuits, and communication technologies over my academic career, developing my abilities and broadening my knowledge base to harness the potential of innovation for societal improvement. My intense interest in electronic engineering is a result of my enthusiasm with the countless opportunities it offers to improve human lives. I am fascinated by the number of ways that technology can be used to address urgent global issues and raise people’s quality of life everywhere, from improving healthcare solutions to optimizing energy efficiency.

I actively participate in extracurricular activities and initiatives that enable me to use my knowledge in practical settings in addition to my academic endeavours. I work best in settings that encourage creativity, teamwork, and practical learning, whether I’m working with peers on research projects or taking part in hackathons to solve challenging issues. Through these experiences, I have gained a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of electronic engineering as well as priceless problem-solving and teamwork skills that are necessary for success in the profession. I’m dedicated to using my experience in electronic engineering to further good deeds and build significant solutions that influence the course of technology, in both R&D and product innovation. 
I believe I have the potential to make a positive impact in the field of electronic engineering and beyond, I am eager to play a part in technological advancement and benefit others with my fundamental technical abilities, curiosity, resilience, and willingness to learn. Even though I have a vision for the future I recognize that I still have a lot to learn. As I strive towards my objectives, I am prepared to take on opportunities and overcome obstacles.