5 Africans Among Finalists for The “Young Champions of the Earth” Prize

The list of finalists for the 2020 edition of the international “Young Earth Champions” award is known. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has recently published the list of finalists. Among the 35 candidates selected for their innovative approach to tackling environmental crises are five Africans.

Fernanda Samuel, Ghislain Irakoze, Joy Egbe, Nzambi Matee and Richard Kakunga Wambua are the five African entrepreneurs who are vying for the title of “Young Champions of the Earth” for the year 2020. Originally from Angola, Rwanda, Nigeria and Kenya, the start-ups are among the 35 finalists in the 2020 edition of the international “Young Champions of the Earth” competition, selected by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The annual competition aims to identify, support and reward outstanding individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 with innovative and progressive ideas for environmental protection.

Only 7 candidates will be retained in the final of the Young Champions of the Earth competition, including one entrepreneur from each region of the world (Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, West Asia and two from Asia and the Pacific). The winners will be selected by an international jury composed of the Executive Director of the United Nations Environmen Programme (UNEP), Inger Andersen; the United Nations Secretary-General’s Youth Envoy, Jayathma Wickramanayake; the UNEP Creative Economy Officer, Roberta Annan; and Elizabeth Cousens, the Executive Director of the United Nations Foundation. Read more…


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