31 Jan

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year (Ghana)

Audrey Esi Swatson

Whilst growing up, Audrey has always wanted to fly and be an athlete for Ghana. She had her basic education at the University of Ghana Basic Schools, Legion and her secondary education at the Ghana Christian International High School, Dodowa.

After her WASSCE in 2015, at the age of 18 years, she got admission at Mach1 Aviation Academy in South Africa to pursue her dream of becoming a pilot. Her first solo flight during her flight training was at the age of 19 years and that was on the 4th of April,2016. It is a day every pilot never forgets. She got her private pilot license that same year.

She is 21 years of age and holds the prestigious commercial pilot license to the standards of the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

Her flight training experience with Mach1 Aviation Academy has developed my ability to operate in a fast-paced high-performing organization, reinforced the requirement to make sound decisions in a sometimes ambiguous environment, led by example, and deliver results with little margin for error.

Audrey believes that anyone who is interested in pursuing an aviation career, should set specific goals, take it one day at a time and have a long-term vision and plan.

 

Bernice Dapaah

Meet Bernice Dapaah – a young entrepreneur from Ghana who decided to build eco-friendly bikes to not only help the environment, but to improve the lives of those living in her community. The initiative uses mainly natural resources – such as bamboo – to create a more sustainable mode of transport for people to be able to get to school or work. And the great part? For every bamboo plant Bernice’s team uses, they plant 10 more to replace it!

The Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative has proven to be a success story; reducing local pollution, helping people living in rural areas get to work, providing jobs locally, and, in turn, helping to reduce poverty.

Bernice is enabling children to make learning a priority, Bernice is responsible for boosting the community’s local economy by employing locals to harvest and plant bamboo, build the bikes, and sell them to markets around the world.

She also employs 35 women in her initiative.

 

Eric Vondee

He is the C.E.O of My Home Teacher – a business organization that provides home tutoring services to students at their homes with the consent from their parents.

My successful company is called, My Home Teacher. My Home Teacher is a business organization which operates as a sole-proprietorship. The idea behind My Home Teacher, is to connect parents who need home tutoring for their children to well-qualified teachers. These well- qualified teachers go to the homes of the parents in order to teach the children privately.  So in this instance the school is directly brought to the doorstep of thechild/student.

The business commenced its operation in January, 2015 in Ghana and he has made tremendous impact in the lives of students and teachers. He is also a Radio Correspondent for Radio Univers and a Student Radio Presenter for ATL FM. He is a Social Media Assistant for Obaasema Magazine. He is an Actor and a Singer.

 

Sean Drake

Drake’s story has surprised many. He built the Wealth Project Holdings, a sustainable investment holding company focused on social impact through financial services and education in Africa. Drake 29, also runs the Wealth Project Institute, an educational, entrepreneurial, and investment institution in Ghana.

Sean is currently designing a state of the art Centre for Entrepreneurship on 0.5 acres of Land located in Airport, Accra. The centre has already received hundreds of expressions of interest from Entrepreneurs in Ghana alone and expecting hundreds of thousands across the continent before doors officially open to the public by this year.

Sean’s story is inspiring: from losing all his savings, student loan and friends money on the stock market to establishing a leading investment company with $20mln pledged to invest across the continent and being endorsed by FORBES AFRICA to be worth at least $200mln in the next 5 – 10 years is inspirational in itself.

Sean is a 2017 Forbes Top 30 under 30 Entrepreneur, a 2017 Top 50 Influential Young African, Finalist of The Sustainable Investment Awards 2017, A CNBC AFRICA Expert Commentator and proud Author of the upcoming book “Investor Magnet” already on the essential reading list of Top Universities and set to reach at least 2million Entrepreneurs once published on the 3rd of November. In September 2016, Sean was named an Expert Commentator on CNBC AFRICA and has made over 15 appearances   reaching and impacting over 250,000 business viewers per month.

 

Alloysius Attah

Alloysius Attah is the founder of Farmerline, a Ghanaian software company and social enterprise. Farmerline builds technologies to connect rural customers to information, financial services, and supply chains with a focus on smallholder farmers. He employes 23 full-time staff and has offices in Kumasi and Accra.

Farmerline has developed multiple proprietary softwares that are used widely across different sectors. These include the MERGDATA platform, a data analytics and insight solution, and PAYTIME, a credit scoring and lending app that uses alternative data sources for farmers with no credit history.

Alloysius is committed to helping smallholders farmers to produce food and support their families.

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