By Kudakwashe Pembere.
FOUR Zimbabweans hold their breath with fingers crossed in anticipation to bring the much-coveted Africa Youth Awards home. The shortlisted nominees announced by AYF on December 4, 2017 while voting ended on December 17.
Africa Youth Awards, the continent’s most wanted awards for young achievers and change makers announced 141 young Africans and organisations from 25 countries as finalists for the 2017 Africa Youth Awards.
Selected in the Africa Youth of The Year (Female) representing Zimbabwe was Dr Faith Nyamukapa who runs KinderCare Zimbabwe.
“Being selected among the best 6 in the WHOLE continent of AFRICA has been my greatest achievement in my life this year. I thank everyone who has been supporting me. I thank AFRICA for seeing the power within me to give me such an honor… Above all I thank GOD for giving me the strength to work hard for Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole,” she said on her Facebook Timeline yesterday.
In the technology category was Dr CadX, a local startup charmed the AYF organisers through its computer aided diagnostic system that helps doctors diagnose medical images more accurately and at a low cost to earn a place on the shortlist.
“It is real honor to get such a nomination,” reacted Dr CadX co-founder Gift Gana.
Renowned media personality Makosi Musambasi was nominated for the special recognition award.
NoViolet Bulawayo’s trailblazing literary works did not go unnoticed getting chosen in the Literary Excellence category.
Pride Machingauta for his Beekeeping project got a sweet deal earning himself a chance to compete for the Agriculture Award. Launched in 2014 and currently in its 4th Edition, the awards has become a recognised platform for young Africans to showcase what contributions they have made to the success of the continent thus far, and the potential that they possess to take Africa to the next level across various key industries.
With the selected finalists waiting to exhale, winners will be publicly announced on 1st January, 2018.
Nominees which span across 23 categories include: 51 females, 73 Males and 17 organisations in Africa and the Diaspora.
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