by Hauwa Gambo
We are especially proud of Chocolate City, which amazing story featured in the last edition of Y! Magazine, as they receive their award at the 4th Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship in Nairobi, Kenya.
There were 3,300 applications from 48 countries. The 10 finalists represented 8 countries, with 3 companies from Nigeria (the highest number).
Of the 10 finalists, Chocolate City Group (Abuja), Pepperoni Foods (Port-Harcourt) and 4 others won $50,000 each
Part of the criteria for the Awards is the Corporate Social Responsibility component of the business. In addition to supporting children in Abuja, Choc City and Audu, the CEO, are one of the founding members of Enough is Enough Nigeria. In one of the more powerful moments during the March 2010 Abuja Rally, Audu challenged an armed official.
In January 2011, two of the label’s artistes – MI and Ice Prince – performed public service announcements for our Register. Select. Vote. Protect, RSVP, video campaign. It’s exciting to see entrepreneurs who have an interest in governance issues get rewarded for their work.
The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship was founded by Legatum, a private investment group based in Dubai. The 2011 Awards were also sponsored by Omidyar Network, Kenya Airways and The Coca-Cola Company.