The aim of this prize is to distinguish the talent and creative aspect of an African key-actor.
It was awarded in 2014 to Kenyan Evans Wadongo, a young computer engineer who revolutionised the lives of thousands of rural people in his country by designing thousands of solar lamps to replace kerosene which is more expensive.
Then it was the turn of the Senegalese Awa Caba to be rewarded in 2015, for his e-project Sooretul, an online space for women engaged in the processing of local fruits and cereals, intended to boost their production sales.
It was followed in 2016 by Christian Toé, CEO of Genuine Concept for the Laafi Bag project, which offers a lightweight, self-contained refrigerating bag equipped with a photovoltaic module to maintain and regulate the temperature within it, so as to convey vaccines and other sensitive products in the most critical areas without interruption of the cold chain.
In 2017, the prize was given to Fohla Mouftaou, co-founder of Green Keeper Africa, an innovative project that transforms water hyacinth into depolluting fibres in Benin.
In 2018, the prize was given to Flavien Kouatcha Simo, a young Cameroonian engineer and entrepreneur who founded Save Our Agriculture. By a process called aquaponics, it naturally fertilizes plants with fish excrement. For example, this technique saves 90% of the water wasted in traditional agriculture and reduces carbon emissions by 20%.
In 2019, the prize was given to Juveline NGUM NGWA CEO of the BLEAGLEE, an organisation specialised in the recycling of mining waste, with a social purpose.