Upcoming musical artist, Real Zeal had the audience screaming with his unique dance hall and rap influenced sound as he opened for Quantum Vibes, First Runners up in the 2012 Star Quest musical show, who had the crowing dancing to their hit song, Shine Shine Bobo.
The event was the award ceremony of the inaugural INDIAFRICA: A Shared Future business venture competition.At the end of a keenly contested competition with hundreds of entries received from across India and Africa in the ground breaking collaborative initiative, Poonam Kumari from India with her idea of a solar powered harvester; Zubaida Bai from India with her novel health-care venture and Kennedy Kithake and Kola Bayole of South Africa for their interesting education venture and Bhiraw Kumar Mandal of India for his innovative hydrogen based energy solution emerged first, second and joint third place winners with cash prizes of $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000 respectively. Pllonam Kumari and Kennedy Kithake also earned a trip to Davos 2013 as the top ranked Indian and African winners.
Amit Shahi, CEO & Co-founder, theIdeaWorks, the firm that runs the programme while thanking all stakeholders and partners noted in his welcome address that the INDIAFRICA “journey has been highly satisfying.”
The finals which held at the City Hall, Lagos Island on Tuesday, September 25 featured presentations by 9 teams from Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and India, before a 9 member Grand Jury that included Jahman Anikulapo, Editor of The Guardian on Sunday; Enase Okonedo, Dean, Lagos Business School; Ini Onuk, Sustainability Expert and CEO, Thistlepraxis Consulting amongst others.