Industry News: Audu Maikori’s Chocolate City Group Makes Top 10 Finalists for 2011 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship

Congratulations to Audu Maikori, Yahaya Maikori and all the Chocolate City crew for making the cut as top 10 finalists for the 2011 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship. 7 is my lucky number. So, 7 gbosas for all the hard work and hustle. No easy feat. Now let’s bring home the crown for the entertainment industry and Nigeria.

“The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship recognises and rewards business leaders who serve as role models to Africa’s aspiring entrepreneurs and who demonstrate business excellence, innovation and profitability.

Entry is open to all firms that have revenues between US$ 1 million to $15 million; have been profitable for at least two years; are independent, and not a subsidiary of a larger organisation; have more than 10 employees; are fully registered in their home country and free of legal actions.

One Grand Prize of US$ 100, 000 will be awarded along with five further prizes of US$ 50,00 each; two of these prizes will be reserved for businesses with less than US$ 2 million in revenue.
Following face-to-face interviews with each of the 15 semi-finalists, the judges have selected ten companies to go through to the final round and make a live presentation to an elite panel of judges in Nairobi on December 6th. With US$ 400,000 in prize funds to be won, the competition is hotter than ever.

Congratulations to all of the finalists:



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