First African Diaspora Entrepreneurship Awards Tonight in Montreal, Canada
BY ALAN GREEN
The first edition of an award ceremony honoring African entrepreneurs of the diaspora will be held tonight in Montreal, Canada. The mega-event is co-organized by The African Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (AFFEED), an NGO launched four years ago that ambitions to promote entrepreneurship and the concept of Zero Capital and Export-Driven Entrepreneur (ZCE). AFFEED is the brain child of African economist Samuel Apossan Mathey who serves as its president and CEO.
Other co-organizers, based in America, Africa and Europe, include Nephtali Consulting, Africa-Canada-Monde and Rdio Centre Ville.
The nominees, listed herein, will be rewarded in a multitude of fields, including the economic sector (agribusiness, industry, services, technological innovation), culture, gender promotion, the environment, and more.
These entrepreneurs of the African diaspora are poised to become an army of entrepreneurs servicing and developing the host-countries they are operating in. With the inflow of newcomers adding to previous generations, the African diaspora in these host-countries, on all continents, is constantly growing in number and developing into a force to reckon with.
Sure enough, some members of the African diaspora are steadily climbing the social ladder in their adoptive new homes in areas as varied as sports, music, business, science, the arts and more, but the vast majority of them live at the bottom of the social ladder, with low-paid jobs, sometimes on welfare.
The consortium of African business leaders that are behind this unprecedented initiative vow to reverse the ongoing trend by turning the African communities in their host-countries into job-creators, value end wealth providers and agents that are advancing the host-countries.