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Rwanda: First Lady Roots for Social Entrepreneurship for Economic Transformation

First Lady Jeannette Kagame has said social entrepreneurship can be one of Africa’s most benefiting avenues for economic transformation of the continent.

The First Lady in a long red dress, poses with Dr Motsepe (to her right), Dr Akinwumi Adesina (to her left), Dr Babatunde Osotimehin (first left), Adrian Monck (second left), Dr Motsepe-Ramaphosa (third left), and social entrepreneurs.

Mrs Kagame made the remarks, on Wednesday, at a gala dinner in Kigali in honour of the 2016 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year Awardees for Africa.

The dinner was organised by Motsepe Foundation and Schwab Foundation.

Fourteen outstanding social entrepreneurs from 11 organisations operating in more than 70 countries were recently recognized in the 2016 Foundation Social Entrepreneurs awards edition, for pioneering solutions for social and environmental challenges, ranging from child labour, a women’s empowerment, to climate change.

The dinner was attended by; Adesina A. Akinwumi, the president of the African Development Bank, who delivered a keynote address; the Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin; Dr Motsepe-Ramaphosa, wife of Deputy-President of South Africa; Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the Motsepe Foundation, Dr Precious Motsepe, among other officials, and international guests, who are in Kigali for the World Economic Forum on Africa.

By Robert Muriisa.

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