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by David Fick

Author of two published books concerning entrepreneurs creating jobs and improving the quality of life in all 53 countries of Africa:


The 2008 Pioneers of Prosperity Africa Awards

The awards recognize and reward six business leaders of Africa who serve as role models to Africa⤙s aspiring entrepreneurs and demonstrate business excellence, innovation and profitability. Leaders of small and medium enterprises have the opportunity to participate until 31 August 2008. This year, submissions will be accepted from Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda.

A total of USD 350,000 will be awarded to the winners, and the funds directed towards growth and strategic re-investment in the business. Winners will be selected based on a rigorous and transparent selection process by an international panel of leading business experts. Successful and innovative entrepreneurs are abounding in Africa. The 2008 Pioneers of Prosperity Africa Awards will identify and reward business leaders of Africa in 2008. These businesses will serve as role models to the next generation of entrepreneurs in Africa.

Business is a key driver of development, providing scalable and sustainable

solutions for economies. The Pioneers of Prosperity Africa Awards are an

investment that will deliver exceptional returns by paving the way for increased

investment in Africa and the development of capital markets�

The 2008 Award program builds on the success of the inaugural Pioneers of

Prosperity Africa Award in 2007 which attracted firms from five countries in

East Africa. Six winners â¤"AAA Growers (Grand Prize Winner), Good African

Coffee, Entreprise Urwibutso, KenCall, Tele-10 and Virtual City were recognized

during the Award Ceremony hosted by His Excellency President Paul Kagame, in

Kigali on November 30, 2007.

These winners have been profiled in the documentary ⤜Unlocking Africa�,

directed by award-winning filmmaker Jeff Zimbalist.

2008 Winners will be selected on their ability to operate truly sustainable

and innovative businesses.

Winners will be chosen based on their ability to:

⤢ Create unique value for customers through innovative products and/or


⤢ Generate sustainable profit for owners/shareholders commensurate with the

risks taken by investing in them.

⤢ Invest in their employees through training, safe working conditions, and

high and rising salaries.

⤢ Protect the future by strengthening local and global environments and


This competition is open to all businesses in participating nations meeting

the following eligibility criteria:

⤢ For profit entity in existence for three years or more

⤢ Should be located in Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d⤙Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya,

Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda

⤢ Annual revenues of below or equal to $US 25,000,000.

To register, companies should visit _www.pioneersofprosperity.org_

and fill in the application form online.

The deadline for submission applications is August 31, 2008.

For any information on the competition, please do not hesitate to contact

Jeremy Kahn by email at

Contact Details

Jeremy Kahn, Associate

OTF Group, Polisi Building, 2nd Floor, B.P.6974, Kigali, Rwanda

Rwanda Mobile +250 0830 4337

Skype kahnjeremy

E-Mail: _jkahn@otfgroup.com_ (

Best Regards,

David Fick

Please also E-Mail me at _whlgeagle@aol.com_ ( with

your suggestions for entrepreneurs in Africa and their success stories to

feature in my proposed third book, African Entrepreneurs in the 21st Century,

Their Stories of Success (STE Publishers, Johannesburg SA, proposed

publication, August 2009)dave fick pioners