Ken Njoroge, Cellulant founder, to receive ‘Company of the Year’ award at ADA event




Ken Njoroge, the founder and CEO of Cellulant – a mobile payments and digital commerce service solutions provider – is set to be honoured during the African Diaspora Awards (ADA). Also set to be honoured during the event is Bolaji Akinboro, the co-founder and CEO of Cellulant’s subsidiary in Nigeria.

The duo will receive the ‘Company of the Year’ award during the awards set to be hosted by Applause Africa on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Florence Gould Hall, located in New York City.

(TOP: Ken Njoroge, the Cellulant CEO. Photo: The STAR).

Now in its seventh edition, the annual African Diaspora Awards (ADA) recognises and celebrates “outstanding African leaders who are engines of impact and change within the United States and around the world.”

Below is the complete list of the 2017 ADA Honorees:  

  • ImeIme Umana, President of Harvard Law Review, Person of the year;
  • Jaha Dukureh, Human rights activist, Humanitarian of the Year;
  • Richelieu Dennis, Founder, Sundial Brands & Shea Moisture, Entrepreneur of the Year;
  • Ethiopia Habtemariam, President of Motown Records, Mark of Excellence Award;
  • Cece Olisa, Entrepreneur, Blogger and Influencer, Face of Change;
  • Christine Sass, Cofounder and President at Andela, Friends of Africa;
  • Darlene and Lizzy Okpo, Designer of the Year;
  • Elizabeth Ngozi, CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, Afrika Tikkun USA, Advocate of the Year;
  • Famond Konneh, Bronx Borough Directoe, NYC (CAU), Community Service of the Year;
  • Ugo Nwaokoro, Deputy Mayor of the City of Newark, New Jersey, Governance and Civic Leadership Award;
  • Constance Ipoh, Education scholar and Professor, Scholar of the Year;
  • Christian Epps, Creative Person of the Year;
  • Cellulant, Ken Njoroge and Bolaji Akinboro, Company of the Year.
  • A special tribute will be paid to the late Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin who championed health and well-being through his humanitarian work with the United Nations.

ADA honors the new breed of African diaspora leaders, activists, artists, entrepreneurs and businesses solving the problems of today and tomorrow. The nominees represent a cross-section of organizations, startups, and young talents.


The initiative celebrates and accelerates innovation; creativity and enterprise amongst Africans in the Diaspora between the ages of 22 to 45. It has produced over 80 winners and over 2,550 nominees since its first edition in 2010. There are 13 categories in all—ranging from Person of the Year, Advocate of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and more—and they’re judged by a sterling selection of leaders across many industries.




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