Africa Youth Awards Nomination

Leader of the Year

Elizabeth (Lizz) Ntonjira, is the only Kenyan Nominated for ‘Leader of the Year’ in the 2018 Africa Youth Awards. As the only Kenyan in this category, a vote for her is a vote for Kenya.

Although Lizz Ntonjira wears many leadership hats, she is currently the Communication Manager – Central, East & West Africa at IBM.

Africa Youth Awards is a prestige award scheme with the prime aim of appreciating the works of young Africans in Africa and the Diaspora.

Lizz Ntonjira Bags 2018 Africa Youth Awards Nomination
Lizz Ntonjira Bags 2018 Africa Youth Awards Nomination

Voting is open 13th December to 26th December 2018.  Winners will be announced New Years Day 2019.

About the 2018 Africa Youth Awards

Launched in 2014, the Africa Youth Awards scheme was inspired by the lack of recognition for young Africans who have selflessly dedicated their lives to making sure the future of Africa is optimistic.

The Africa Youth Awards is on a Mission to Transform the perception of the future of Africa in creating hope in young individuals who in various ways are contributing to the developmental success of the African Continent.

Who is Lizz Ntonjira and what’s her Passion?

Lizz Ntonjira is a strategic communications and public affairs expert. Her extensive experience was gained within a number of roles in the public, private and international development sectors spanning over 10 years.

As the Communication Manager, she leads external communication activities supporting business issues of major consequence to IBM and the business units in 25 Sub Saharan African countries in Central, East and West Africa. This involves acting in a consulting capacity, by providing communication advice and counsel to executive line management.

Some of her areas of expertise include but are not limited to strategic communications, brand development, project management, crisis management, policy facilitation, regulatory frameworks, advocacy, media management and outreach (both electronic, print, social media), marketing, stakeholder engagements, government and public relations.

Liz Ntonjira’s Awards and Recognition

In her current capacity, she is tasked with developing communication plans and strategies, collaborate on messaging architecture in Sub-Saharan Africa.

She was recently awarded as International Woman in Tech in the prestigious Women4Africa Awards that took place in Kensington, London on the 19th of May, 2018.

She was also awarded the IBM Smart Communicator Award™ for World Class Media Relations and exemplary communications work in Middle East and Africa in June, 2018.

Lizz Ntonjira Bags 2018 Africa Youth Awards Nomination
Lizz Ntonjira Bags 2018 Africa Youth Awards Nomination

Liz Ntonjira’s past Working Experience

Prior to IBM, Lizz was the Communications, Campaigns and Outreach Manager for an NGO where she managed and coordinated communication, campaigns and outreach programs across 16 countries in Africa.

She has also worked for a USAID funded project where she implemented networking and communications strategies to facilitate policy development and learning in the East and Southern Africa region.

Lizz also worked as a prime time news anchor and show host for NTV, Nation Media Group, which is the largest media house in East and Central Africa. During her tenure at the TV station, she was awarded the Best TV Reporter on Gender and Development issues by the United Nations Population Fund Awards, 2012.

Former NTV Anchor Lizz Ntonjira Shares Stage With President Obama - Lizz Ntonjira Bags 2018 Africa Youth Awards Nomination
Former NTV Anchor Lizz Ntonjira Shares Stage With President Obama

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (2015)

She is also a recipient of former US President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (2015).

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI was launched in 2010 to support young Africans as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, which began in 2014, brings young leaders to the United States for academic coursework and leadership training and creates unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.

Lizz Ntonjira - Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (2015)
Lizz Ntonjira – Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (2015)

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. 

IREX strives for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their people, and communities thrive.

Lizz Ntonjira feels strongly that economic empowerment of women leads to prosperity for families and communities.

Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, she continued her work in mentorship and policy facilitation, with a focus on developing long-term strategic activities to strengthen African decision-makers to become key drivers of increased agricultural productivity and food security.

Lizz Ntonjira Bags 2018 Africa Youth Awards Nomination - Speaking at Fatuma's Voice
Lizz Ntonjira Bags 2018 Africa Youth Awards Nomination – Speaking at Fatuma’s Voice

Lizz Ntonjira’s Educational Background

She holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, a Post Graduate Professional Diploma in Public Relations (Chartered PR Practitioner) from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

She is currently awaiting graduation on her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from Strathmore Business School. She is also Public Policy Management Fellow from Virginia Commonwealth University in Virginia (USA).

2017 Africa Youth Awards Winners
2017 Africa Youth Awards Winners

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2017 Africa Youth Awards Winners

2017 Africa Youth Awards Winners

  1. African Youth of the Year (Female) – Farida Nabourema (Togo)
  2. African Youth of the Year (Male) – Kwame Antwi-Agyei Opoku – Idea Factory Africa (Ghana)
  3. Award for Academics – Ngozi Marion Emmanuel – Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State (Nigeria)
  4. Advocate of the Year – Farida Nabourema (Togo)
  5. Award for Agriculture – Nathalie Kpante Gambah – Choco Togo (Togo)
  6. Award for Diaspora Achievements – Yvonne Amponsah – Cummins UK Ltd (United Kingdom)
  7. Award for Education- Gabriel Tekpetey – Litac Africa (Ghana)
  8. Award for Technology- Camidus (Cameroon)
  9. Award Youth Empowerment – Rose Aggrey Mmbaga – Raleigh International (Tanzania)
  10. Blogger of the Year – Elorm Beenie – Beeniewords.Com (Ghana)
  11. Discovery of the Year – Nadia Owusu – Saving the Arts in Africa (Ghana)
  12. Entrepreneur of the Year – Sangu Julius Delle – Golden Palm Investments (Ghana)
  13. Fashion Personality of the Year – Maajoa Asabea Yeboah – Asabea Ayisi (Ghana)
  14. Health Personality of the Year – Benson Owusu – Quik Medical Consult (Ghana)
  15. Leader of the Year – Raphael Obonyo – UN Habitat Youth Advisory Board (Kenya)
  16. Literary Excellence – Samuel Tinagyei – Mandate Book Clubs and Street Libraries (Ghana)
  17. Media Personality of the Year – Ngwane Hansel Masango – Hansel-Media Cameroon (Cameroon)
  18. Musician of the Year – Hanane El Khader (Morocco)
  19. Public Servant of the Year – Meshack Omega Omido – Government of Kenya (Kenya)
  20. Social Enterprise of the Year – Kente Master – (Ghana)
  21. Social Entrepreneur of the Year – Pinkrah Kwaku Kingsley – Community and Entrepreneurial Development Initiative (Ghana)
  22. Special Recognition Award- Roselyne Nyakona – Healthcare Rescue Centre (Kenya)
  23. Startup of the Year – The Wealth Project Holdings (Ghana)
Africa Youth Awards Winners
Africa Youth Awards Winners