The 5th edition of EY ‘Entrepreneur of the Year Awards’ in West Africa is in its final stage with nine finalists from Nigeria and Ghana shortlisted in the Master and Emerging categories, following thorough and rigorous screening processes.
The award programme was launched in West Africa in 2011 to honour and celebrate entrepreneurs who have combined ingenuity, hardwork and perseverance to create sustained successful growing businesses. The programme has enjoyed international recognition for the past 30 years.
While giving overview of the award, Henry Egbiki, EY Country Leader and Regional Managing Partner for West Africa said “The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award was instituted to recognize and celebrate unique sets of men and women in West Africa who use their entrepreneurial energy and passion to change the world through creating job opportunities”.
Over the years we find that one of the most exciting places where entrepreneurial spirit is alive is across Africa. We at EY will continue to celebrate entrepreneurs in our own little way” Egbiki said.
Sharing further insights about the awards, Bunmi Akinde, EOY leader in West Africa, notes that for the past five years, EY in West Africa has joined EY global Entrepreneur Of The Year team to recognize and honor entrepreneurs in West Africa.
“As the entrepreneurs continue to reshape our world with their innovation, energy and challenging status quo, they create economic and social value anywhere we look and that is why they are a good gift for the EY brand, because at EY, we are committed to building a better working world. I invite Nigerians to join us this year and be part of this our 5th year edition of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in West Africa”, Bunmi says.
EY started the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards programme in 1986 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States, to celebrate successful entrepreneurs, so they could share their stories, inspire others and receive the recognition they deserve. By 1987, it was held across 11 cities, and by 1993, the programme started to expand internationally.
In 2000, EY went global and started World Entrepreneur Of The Year. Held annually in Monaco, Entrepreneur Of The Year country winners compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title.