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Thursday, 24 September 2015

2 Young Nigerians Amongst 2015 Anzisha Prize Finalists

Africa’s premier award for entrepreneurs, The Anzisha Prize has announced its 12 finalists for 2015. The award rewards young entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 and two Nigerians, Chris Kwekowe and Blessing Fortune Kwomo made the final list. 

The top 3 winners will be announced towards the end of November, with the grand prize winner taking home $25,000. Go here to see the full list and read Blessing Kwomo's story below:

Nursing student Blessing Fortune Kwomo was just 19 when she started De Rehoboths Therapeutic Studio – a holistic healthcare solution for low income families in Port Harcourt. Her entrepreneurial inspiration was drawn from her own experience. As a child brought up in a poor family, she found that she would often return to hospital after being discharged because she was unable to fully recover in her home environment.

Kwomo realised there was a need to provide an alternative healthcare solution that would support traditional methods, and has partnered with a local hospital to facilitate a post-care option for discharged patients from poverty-stricken families. The aim is to prevent their home and social environments from landing them back in hospital.

According to Kwomo, her model can be easily scaled and replicated across Nigeria.“Poverty is a complex, multidimensional disease that requires an equally broad and comprehensive cure. Thus De Rehoboths envisages a holistic healthcare package solution that addresses both the biological disease and the socio-economic factor that aggravates it,” she explains.

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