Two Nigerians, Abideen Adelu and Murtala Sanni, were among 11 winners of the second edition of 2016 African Entrepreneurship Award in Casablanca, Morocco.
The ceremony, held on December 5, was chaired by President Othman Benjelloun of Morocco.
A statement by the organisers of the event noted that the award was to compensate the most significant and sustainable businesses in three categories including education and environment.
According to African Entrepreneurship Award Multimedia, 37 persons reached the final out of which only 11 winners were selected by a presidential jury.
It listed the winners to include Nigeria’s Abideen Adelu in mobile application for students and Murtala Sanni who bagged his award on online platform for skilled workers.
The BMCE Bank of Africa announced the winners, adding that $1 million was allocated annually for the award.
President Benjelloun, at the ceremony, said the award was to compensate the most significant and sustainable businesses in the categories.
The statement added that the event marked “a fundamental turning point for African entrepreneurship”.
The African Entrepreneurship Award was announced in November 2014 in Marrakesh at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit to promote entrepreneurship.
The award was also to inspire entrepreneurs to launch and scale up businesses, create jobs and improve lives in Africa.