Rwandan trio among Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa

Three Rwandan young entrepreneurs Sonia Mugabo, Teta Isibo and Jean Bosco Nzeyimana are on Forbes’ ‘ 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa 2017’ , as a recognition to their ambitious positive change, setting out to write their own destinies – establishing remarkable enterprises that will transform Africa and reignite its economies.

This year’s call for nominations attracted more than 250 entries from 23 African countries and the trio made the cut among 30 incredible young entrepreneurs, all under the age of 35, who are making the most dramatic impact in business in Africa

This year’s entrepreneurs cut across manufacturing, media, technology, agriculture and fashion.


Sonia Mugabo, (fashion designer, SM)

At such a young age, Sonia Mugabo has become a force in Rwandan fashion, entrepreneurship and women’s leadership. Sonia, 26, is the founder of Sonia Mugabo (SM), her eponymous fashion brand.

She is a self-taught designer who has focused her brand on sourcing locally including materials, employees and models from her home country of Rwanda. Her brand has quickly found a strong following and is reaching international awareness. She recent opened her second store inside of the Kigali Marriott Hotel and is a star clearly on the rise.

Having realized that she made the cut in Forbes’ most promising entrepreneurs, delighted Mugabo took to her Twitter timeline and wrote “We made it to the 2017 class of Forbes 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa”


Jean Bosco Nzeyimana, (Founder, Habona Ltd)

Rwandan entrepreneur, Jean Bosco Nzeyimana, 23, is the founder of Habona Ltd, a company that produces affordable and environmentally friendly fuels in form of biomass briquettes and biogas from waste. Habona also produces bio-fertilizer for farmers and provides consultancy and maintenance services regarding integrated waste management and energy solutions.


Teta Isibo (Founder, Inzuki Designs)

Rwandan-born Teta Isibo, 32, is the founder of Inzuki Designs, a young Rwandan brand specializing in Jewellery, accessories and Interior decor hand-made primarily from Local materials. Inzuki’s products typically fuse traditional craftsmanship and contemporary style to present a transcontinental finish. Isibo works with numerous local artisans that use their skills to translate Inzuki’s authentic designs into vibrant quality pieces that are sold all across Rwanda.

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