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APO Group, a long-term communications partner of Africa’s Business Heroes (“ABH”) Prize Competition, has announced Hadassah Egbedi, Editor, Ventures Africa, as the winner of the Grand Journalism Excellence Award (Africa), at its inaugural Africa’s Business Heroes Entrepreneurship Journalism Excellence Award. The award recognises and celebrates the role journalists play in promoting and supporting African entrepreneurship.

The newly introduced Award seeks to acknowledge outstanding work in journalism, especially with a regional dimension, which highlights the innovation, community impact and strategies of African entrepreneurs. It also recognizes entries that reflect the role of ABH in contributing to the entrepreneurship drive across Africa. The impact of the entries, both in terms of reach and depth, is considered by the adjudicating panel.

The awards are divided into geographical categories, with an award offered to the journalist behind the best work from each of the five regions in Africa. There is also a Grand Journalism Excellence Award offered to the journalist who the judges deem produced the best article overall. Egbedi is the recipient of the Grand Journalism Excellence Award.

Hadassah Egbedi, Editor, Ventures Africa

The award selection process consists of two stages: story shortlisting and then final nominations reviews by a panel of senior public relations experts at APO Group, leading to the selection of the regional and Grand Journalist Award winners.

Other winners of the inaugural ABH Entrepreneurship Journalism Excellence Award organized by APO Group are:

Northern Africa

Mrs Doaa Abdel Moneim, Head of Business and Economic Affairs Desk at Ahram Online

Southern Africa

Ms. Asanda Beda, Journalist and Writer at SABC

West Africa

Mrs. Juliana Olayinka, Channels Television London Bureau Chief and Host of Channels Business Global

Central Africa 

Ms. Nana Kamsu Kom, Multimedia Journalist at Africa 24  

East Africa 

Mr Dusabemungu Ange de la Victoire, Founder of Top Africa News

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, APO Group Chairman and Founder said, “We are deeply appreciative of the invaluable support that journalists provide in promoting African entrepreneurship. Their stories shed light on the remarkable achievements of our continent’s entrepreneurs, which are a great inspiration to others. We congratulate the winners of the ABH Entrepreneurship Journalism Excellence Award for their exceptional work.”

Incepted in 2019, the ABH Prize Competition is a philanthropic program sponsored by the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Philanthropy with a mission to support and inspire entrepreneurs in Africa, and ultimately foster a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem across the continent. Over the past five years, ABH has seen over 100,000 participants from all corners of Africa and has recognized dozens of outstanding entrepreneurs among them, providing the latter with not only financial support but also training, mentorship and networking opportunities.

Now celebrating its 5th anniversary, ABH has a rich history of nurturing the growth of African entrepreneurs who are making significant and meaningful contributions to their local communities. As a long-term partner of the ABH program, APO Group shares its vision of championing African entrepreneurs and is proud to extend its recognition to the journalists who play a significant part in driving the entrepreneurship story and agenda across the continent.

All winners will be eligible for a sponsored trip from their current location to Kigali, Rwanda to attend and be honoured at the ABH 2023 Summit and Grand Finale.

The event, taking place from November 23 to 24 at the Kigali Convention Centre, will be the culmination of ABH’s five-year journey and a celebration of African entrepreneurship. It will be a unique opportunity for entrepreneurial ecosystem players from across Africa to gain valuable insights and witness the top 10 ABH finalists of this year compete for the title of the 2023 Africa’s Business Heroes Winner.

Those who wish to attend the event in person can register now. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

About APO Group

Founded in 2007, APO Group is the leading pan-African communications consultancy and press release distribution service. We assist private and public organisations in sharpening their reputation and increasing their brand equity in target countries across Africa. Our role as a trusted partner is to leverage the power of media and build bespoke strategies that enable organisations to produce a real, measurable impact in Africa and beyond. The trust and recognition granted to APO Group by global and multinational companies, governments and NGOs inspires us to continuously enhance our value proposition within Africa to better cater to our clients’ needs.

We have prestigious clients and are honoured to represent such entrenched brands: Facebook, Dangote Group, Nestlé, GE, FIFA, Canon, Coca-Cola, DHL, Marriott Group, Ecobank, Siemens, Standard Chartered, Orange, Jack Ma Foundation, African Development Bank, World Health Organization, Islamic Development Bank, Liquid Telecom, Rotary International, Kaspersky, Greenpeace and more.

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