By Ange de la Victoire DUSABEMUNGU
“Today is a celebration of our five-year journey toward the realization of Mr. Ma’s commitment and the achievements we’ve made along the way.” – Mrs. Boateng Zahra Baitie
– “Our top heroes represent each region of Africa, and together they operate in 52 African countries, serve 38 million users and customers.” – Mrs. Boateng Zahra Baitie
– “ABH is a community, and dare I say, it’s a movement.” – Mrs. Boateng Zahra Baitie
Kigali, Rwanda – The Fifth Edition of the Africa Business Heroes (ABH) summit kicked off in Kigali today, attracting thousands of people physically and virtually. The event, hosted in the capital city of Rwanda, marks a significant milestone for ABH, which is an initiative of the Jack Ma Foundation.
Speaking at the 1st Day of the Summit, Mrs. Boateng Zahra Baitie, Head of Partnership and Programs at Africa Business Heroes, highlighted the journey that led to the ABH’s success. She emphasized Jack Ma’s commitment to creating entrepreneur heroes in Africa and his inspiration from the vision and passion of the entrepreneurs he met.
Mrs. Baitie expressed her pride in the achievements made over the past five years, stating, “Today is a celebration of our five-year journey toward the realization of Mr. Ma’s commitment and the achievements we’ve made along the way.”
She highlighted the impact of ABH’s top heroes, who represent each region of Africa and operate in 52 African countries, serving 38 million users and customers.
The statistics speak for themselves, with over $150 million raised in investment, 123,000 direct and indirect jobs created, and an impressive 42% representation of women among the heroes. These collective and individual achievements inspire the ABH community to dream bigger and strengthen the African entrepreneur ecosystem.
Mrs. Baitie also acknowledged the vital role of the ABH community, which includes over 900 judges from around the world who have volunteered over 15,000 hours of their time to support African entrepreneurship.
She expressed gratitude to the over 7,000 registered participants, both physically present and watching online, for their interest and support.
“The ABH community goes beyond heroes and judges; it represents a movement that fosters friendships, business partnerships, and mutual support among entrepreneurs.” Mrs. Boateng said.