Africa’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs

June 14, 2016

 

  • Issac Oboth, 26, Uganda

Founder: Media 256

After the videographer he hired to film his high school prom was a disappointment, Oboth founded his own company Media 256, which shoots and edits commercials, documentaries and TV shows. He currently employs seven people and makes over $100,000 a year and boasts a client list including CNN, Coca-Cola, Nestle and the African Leadership Academy.

  • Andrew Mupuya, 24, Uganda

Founder: YELI Paper bags Limited

In 2008, a then 16-year old Mupuya collected used plastic bottles, sold them to a recycling plant for 28,000 shillings (US $8.50) and borrowed 8,000 shillings (US $2.50) from his teacher to start YELI Paper Bags, a packaging and manufacturing company which produces and markets handmade eco-friendly paper bags from recycled paper. Yeli has made 5.6 million bags which have been sold in Africa, Europe and the US.

  • Hellen Dausen, 29, Tanzania

Founder: Nuya’s Essence

Former beauty queen (Miss Universe Tanzania) is the founder of the handmade natural bath and body care brand, Nuya’s Essence. When she first started, the soap making plant she had invested in, in her parents backyard, was deemed not up to standard and the regulatory authorities instructed her to destroy it. Dausen, showed resilience and a few weeks later called the authorities back for another inspection and her organization was created. Nuya’s Essence product range now soaps, body oil, body butter, shea butter and virgin coconut oil.

 

  • Mogau Seshoene, 27, South Africa

Founder: The Lazy Makoti

After realizing the large the number of people that don’t know how to make traditional South African foods, Seshoene founder of the The Lazy Makoti. The cooking start-up teaches women to shine in the kitchen. As well as teaching other cuisines, Seshoene also sells branded chopping boards, recipe journals, aprons and tea sets.

 

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