Kenya’s Cellulant among 12 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE) nominees

The African Leadership Network (ALN) will hold its ALN Annual Gathering (ALN2016) in Mauritius from November 2-4, 2016. Each year, ALN convenes some of the most inspiring and influential people in Africa for 3 days of relationship-building and leadership development.

Participants leave the meetings with powerful relationships, enhanced trust, and a deeper understanding of Africa and the key trends shaping its future.

ALN2016 features an experiential keynote from Grammy award-winning jazz musician Kirk Whalum on what jazz improvisation can teach African leaders about collaboration, innovation, and leadership.

ALN2016 also includes the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE), that recognize Africa’s leading entrepreneurs.At the AAE awards ceremony, guests will be inspired by the achievements of 12 extraordinary entrepreneurs who have achieved success in Africa despite the odds.

This year’s AAE finalists include the following:

Transformational Business

IBL Group

Aspen Holdings


Outstanding Growing Business


Pioneer Academies

Spark Schools

Outstanding Social Enterprise

Ghana Bamboo Bikes

Broadreach Healthcare


Outstanding Young Entrepreneur

Chukwuwezam Obanor, PrepClass, Co-Founder and CEO

Fabrice Alomo, MyAConnect, Founder and CEO

Andrew Mupuya, YELI Paper Bags Ltd, Founder and Managing Director

In intimate tailored workshops, ALN2016 attendees will explore the challenges of leading as an African elder, millennial, and woman. They will learn about leading in an uncertain world, succession-planning, and navigating change in Africa’s burgeoning cities. They will also gain practical tools for managing mature organizations.

“This year’s Annual Gathering will be the most innovative yet; we are breaking the frame between the arts world and the business world, combining approaches from both to further empower Africa’s leaders,” remarked ALN co-founder Fred Swaniker.

ALN co-founder Acha Leke said, about ALN2016: “ALN Annual Gatherings represent an opportunity for African leaders to get together on an annual basis, exchange ideas and best practices, and collaborate. Partnerships that have emerged from ALN Annual Gatherings have led to new ventures, business partnerships, and investment in projects that positively impact the continent of Africa.”


ALN brings together Africa’s most influential leaders from business, government, civil society, and the arts as part of its mission to build relationships and promote pan-African collaboration that will drive Africa’s prosperity.

ALN also has a strong focus on entrepreneurship through the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship, an annual awards ceremony honoring Africa’s top entrepreneurs. ALN’s Annual Gathering will be held at the Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa. ALN was founded in 2010 by Acha Leke and Fred Swaniker.

The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE) recognize and award exceptional entrepreneurial leaders who demonstrate business excellence, innovation, and profitability. Since their inception in 2007 by the Legatum Group, AAE has awarded almost US $2 million to leading entrepreneurs. In 2016, leading entrepreneurs on the African continent will be recognized in the categories of Transformational Business, Outstanding Growing Business, Outstanding Social Enterprise, and Outstanding Young Entrepreneur.


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