Honoring Innovation and Resilience

The Founder of the Year Awards (FOYA) Southern Africa is a prestigious event dedicated to recognizing and appreciating young founders who are driving positive change and creating sustainable jobs through entrepreneurship across the African continent. The 2024 FOYA Southern Africa Awards, held on the 10th of February at the iconic Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, South Africa, showcased the remarkable achievements of young entrepreneurs from six countries: South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.

Theme: Limitless Potential, Boundless Innovation

Under the theme "Limitless: Breaking Barriers, Igniting Innovation," the FOYA Southern Africa 2024 celebrated the resilience and ingenuity of African entrepreneurs who continue to thrive amidst challenges. This theme encapsulates the spirit of African entrepreneurship, characterized by relentless determination, innovative thinking, and limitless potential. It served as a call to action, inspiring young entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams fearlessly and to harness the power of innovation to overcome obstacles.

Glamour and Excitement: A Night to Remember

The event was a glamorous affair, with attendees donning elegant all-white attire to complement the atmosphere of prestige and sophistication. Nominees, investors, industry leaders, and esteemed guests gathered in full capacity to celebrate the remarkable success stories and groundbreaking innovations of young founders across Southern Africa.

Recognizing Outstanding Achievements

Among the highlights of the evening were the announcements of the top three finalists in each category. Here are the outstanding achievers who emerged as winners and runners-up in the prestigious FOYA Southern Africa Awards 2024 :

FOYA Southern Africa Awards 2024 Under 30 Finalists

Founder of The Year

- Marcia Monareng (South Africa) - Winner

- John Chidule (Malawi) - 1st Runner up

- Andrew Tsuro (Zimbabwe) - 2nd Runner up

Social Founder of The Year

- Kudzai Mutiti (Zimbabwe) - Winner

- Ayanda Khumalo (South Africa) - 1st Runner up

- Mark Davis Simulengula (Zambia) - 2nd Runner up

Techpreneur of The Year

- Bongani Sibuyi (South Africa) - Winner

- Edwin Mwanza (Zambia) - 1st Runner up

- Chisomo Daka (Malawi) - 2nd Runner up

Fashionpreneur of The Year

Sylvia Mwashunguti -  Zambia Winner

Oscar Fakude - South Africa 1st Runner up

Philani Fortune Zulu -  South Africa 2nd Runner up

Most Promising Founder of The Year

Relebohile David Mokoena - South Africa Winner

Leslie Bhebhe - Zimbabwe 1st Runner up

Robert Phiri -  Zambia 2nd Runner up

Agripreneur of The Year

Jabulani Skosana - South Africa Winner

Tebatso Oitsile - Botswana 1st Runner up

Ayanda Khumalo -  South Africa 2nd Runner up

Realtor of The Year

Pricey Manaois - Zambia Winner

Edupreneur of The Year

Maserole Octavia Masipa - South Africa Winner

Edwin Ramatsitsi - South Africa 1st Runner up

Agreement Masenya - South Africa 2nd Runner up

Hospitality Founder of The Year

Asande Mpila  - South Africa Winner

Ruth Gondwe - Zambia 1st Runner up

Dennis Otukile - Botswana 2nd Runner up

Healthpreneur of The Year

Racheal Mpokota - Zambia Winner

Elipilious Chibwaya -  Zambia 1st Runner up

Mumba Kunda - Zambia 2nd Runner up

Entertainment Founder of The Year

Derrick Lethabo Motsomi - Botswana Winner

Popan Damascus - Zambia 1st Runner up

Mpho Tau - South Africa 2nd Runner up

Mediapreneur of The Year

Samuel Koji - Zambia Winner

Luyanda Taboshe - South Africa 1st Runner up

Joseph Nongo - Zambia 2nd Runner up

Manufacturing Founder of The Year

Solomon Lexson - Malawi Winner

Shontelle Rabothata - South Africa 1st Runner up

Andrew Banda - Zambia 2nd Runner up

Retail Founder of The Year

Winlet Chihwai - Zimbabwe Winner

Tafara Siyavunda -  Zimbabwe 1st Runner up

Tshisikhawe Nelwamondo -  South Africa 2nd Runner up

A Night of Inspiration and Achievement

The Founder of the Year Awards Southern Africa 2024 was not just a celebration of individual success but also a testament to the collective potential and innovative spirit of African entrepreneurship. As winners and finalists alike continue to break barriers and push the boundaries of innovation, they serve as beacons of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs across the continent.