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This is Tunji Eleso. He is an alumnus of the #ViMP, (Venture in Management Program) in JA Nigeria. He is now Co-founder of Co-Creation Hub.  CcHUB is Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space designed to be a multi-functional, multi-purpose space where work to catalyze creative social tech ventures take place. The HUB is a place for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government, tech companies, impact investors and hackers in and around Lagos to co-create new solutions to the many social problems in Nigeria.

Adedayo Fashanu participated in the JA company program at Cayley College in Lagos State, Nigeria in 2005. Along with her peers, she co- created an enterprise that focused on producing jewelry using African beads. She also participated in the Junior Achievement Nigeria LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, Achievement & Development) Camp.

Adedayo is now a journalist, speaker, moderator, writer and author. She is the author of “The Art of Being Alive Series” on The Huffington Post and also writes for Forbes Magazine. She interviews young entrepreneurs, social activists, innovators, global change-makers & individuals focusing on Global Development & Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

Ramadhan Obiero, is an alumnus of Junior Achievement Kenya and founder of Best Start, a company which sells high-quality, low-cost, nutritious breakfasts in low-income neighborhoods via mobile carts on the Streets of Nairobi.

Ramadham believes that the blue collar workers of Kenya: maids, gardeners, drivers, etc also deserve access to nutritious, high quality food that is affordable and his company targets that market.  Check out this video where he shares his story.

Converting Biking Into Energy

Five friends who took part in the JA Uganda Company Program developed a device to charge a phone while riding a bicycle. “We developed it to help people in rural areas who have no electricity but have phones and bicycles,” they say. The device works when connected to a bicycle dynamo and inputs a USB charger to charge the phone. It is connected using two wires.

Unlocking Entrepreneurship Talent

After graduation, 31 year-old Rudo Mazhandu tried to get work in the public sector in Zimbabwe as a secondary school teacher; but the pay was low and her skills were being underutilized. She left the job in less than a year. In December 2014, Rudo decided to start her own soap making business.  “All of 2014 I didn’t have a record of what I was doing,” Rudo says. “For me I was doing business but in reality I wasn’t.”

Unorthodox Toothpaste

While Team Apex knew their community lacked resources, they were not aware of how much of a concern dental hygiene was, especially tooth decay and halitosis. Once they identified this concern in their community, they put their JA Zimbabwe Company Program skills to work and developed Apex Tooth Gel

Turning Trash to Treasure

Jean-Bernard, Hubert and Laurette were exploring as a hobby, then it became bigger than that. They came up with a  prototype which eventually won them the JA Gabon National Company of the year competition in 2014.

JA Leads Angel to Profits

“Our business has now been running for a year now and we make K8, 000 per month.  The business is doing well thanks to JA Zambia.”

Ugonna Achebe got involved with Junior Achievement Nigeria in secondary school. Through the JA Company Program, he and his classmates began a popcorn business which had them learning about liquidating, selling shares and investment. His JA experience made him understand that people are willing to pay for anything that makes them feel good, happy and comfortable. If you can meet these needs, then you will be successful. Today, Ugonna is educator looking to pursue his studies in Educational Leadership & Management. Read more about his JA story here.

Farai Munjoma, is the 22-year-old social entrepreneur behind a new e-learning platform in Zimbabwe, called Shasha Iseminar. The site offers A-level high school students in the country a free, online library of course and study notes, past exams, as well as career guidance. Munjoma’s efforts caught the attention of the Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier award for its youngest entrepreneurs, and last year he was named one of its 12 finalists. Soon after, he applied to study at the prestigious African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, and received a Global Merit scholarship to be a catalyst student. He is currently studying at the African Leadership University in Mauritius.

Rolinhlanhla Zinyemba (Middle)

Rolinhlanhla Zinyemba is an alumnus of JA Zimbabwe who underwent training in a program funded by MBCA Bank. Rolinhlanhla completed the JA Company programme as the Production Director of Daylight Holdings, a mini company established at St Dominic’s School in Mutare. He went on to represent Zimbabwe at the 2016 Company of the Year (CoY) competitions which was held at the Harare International Conference Centre.

Rolinhlanhla says he learned a lot from participating in the JA Company Programme. He said it helped him find purpose in life, improve his confidence, communication skills, team work and decision making.

After his participation in the Company Program, he applied to the African Leadership Academy in South Africa. The academy focuses on developing future leaders through entrepreneurial leadership curriculum for two years. He is amongst the 100 students that were selected out of the 2,000 from all over Africa that applied in 2016..

He was later selected to participate at the Global Leader’s Summit, a week-long program in the UK. The program identifies young leaders from all across the world and nurtures them into the leaders not of tomorrow! Rolinhlanhla attributes his success to JA and encourages other students to join and participate in JA programmes.