Young Entrepreneurs

Beauty Manake – CEO Kungo Farms

Kungo Vegetables, a 35-hectare farm on which we produce vegetable and have plans to venture into full-time fruit production after a successful pilot with mango, orange and grape fruit trees.

Pii Jena Ranches, a 3600-hectare livestock farm where produce calves that are better adapted to local farming conditions by crossing temperate with indigenous breeds of cattle to achieve more vigor.

Kungo Consultants, a newly formed agribusiness marketing consulting company through which we aim to redefine how consumers view farm fresh products; and positioning them as a more nutritious, healthier and more attractive choice.

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“Young Nigerians do not want to dirty their hands anymore, and it just shocks me.”

This is according to Cynthia Mosunmola Umoru, a Nigerian woman who has spent the last 10 years building her entrepreneurial career within agriculture.

She started Honeysuckles PTL Ventures straight out of college, and today the business is engaged in farming, food processing and distribution. The company runs its flagship retail outlet Farmshoppe in Ikeja, Lagos offering a wide range of farm produce, including poultry products, eggs, snails, catfish and vegetables.

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David Morfaw, 20, is the only Cameroonian that will be receiving the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Choice Awards in 2016.

He is the founder and managing director of Poult-Vault Inc, one of Africa’s fastest growing agriculture business. David’s company which he started in 2011, sells life and frozen chicken of different sizes, uses chicken waste to make biogas for household and make feather pillows from chicken feathers. This company also provides a credit and schooling scheme for women, youths and school kids.

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Gobonaone Modisane is the owner and managing director of Young Chefs Academy, an international franchise which teaches children cooking skills and baking techniques.

It is the first culinary academy in southern Africa that focuses primarily on child development.

This unique company has the mission to teach children the joy and value of cooking, and to provide an interactive learning experience that gives children the opportunity to develop a life- long love for the culinary arts.

Founded in 2009, Modisane’s academy provides parents with an affordable extracurricular option that teaches children the joy of cooking, as well as the value of a healthy lifestyle and self-reliance. They offer weekly classes, birthday parties, holiday camps and field trips to children aged 4 to 18 years.

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MPHO Nemukula realised from a very young age that she wanted to be a farmer. Entering the male-dominated agricultural industry was no easy feat, but her love of and passion for farming has contributed to her success as a poultry farm manager.

Nemukula (34), who works as an area manager for Sovereign Foods in Uitenhage, said that despite the many challenges facing the youth of today, from being victims of crime, unemployment, substance abuse and peer pressure, they should find something that they love and go after their dreams.

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Hi… my name is Nma. I am quirky, and what you would call a nerd. As a growing girl, I disliked ‘going into the kitchen’ because I was so ‘lazy’. In fact, my laziness when it came to cooking could be said to have superseded epic proportions! At a point all I could cook was ‘jollof supergetti’ for my brothers.

While my father was alive (may GOD rest his soul), he used to have me make him fresh, oil-less okra soup and boy did I hate it! As the years went by, I started falling in love with art. And the necessity to cook for others, and myself, pushed me to look for ways to rustle up simple but delicious meals. From then, I became more interested in cooking and started developing recipes. I now see cooking as an art, and I consider it my own contribution to the arts in general. Cooking has inspired my project – “Dine Africa”, which is set to show Africa’s culinary culture and exotic cuisines alongside its wide variety of ethnic nationalities, cultures and enormous land mass.

Please join me as I celebrate the arts through African (Nigerian) cooking; and through my mother’s recipes (some of which I tweaked to fit my choices). I shall also share some easy kitchen tips for the ‘lazy’ cooks like me.

Join me as we celebrate food, love and life. Dine Africa with me.

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How many young women farmers do you know? None? Say hi to Ruramiso Mashumba. Ruramiso runs a horticulture farm in Marondera, Zimbabwe where she grows crops for export to the European Union and other African countries. Her passion for farming started as a child and though Ruramiso has worked abroad she returned to Zimbabwe to work on her farm.


What’s it like to be a young woman and a farmer?


Traditionally farmers have been known to look a certain way, mainly male and above 60 years. So, being known as a young woman farmer is exciting because it changes the status quo and lets people know that, ” Yes you can do it in spite of your current situation”.

My father bought a farm when I was in form 2. He used to keep cattle. I went to Watershed college, a school which was next to our farm. Learning at Watershed school exposed me to the possibilities of agriculture. At my school agriculture was quite attractive because you would see the farmers children driving tractors and all so there was some prestige to it. Still, it wasn’t easy. I remember I used to cry a lot because of the struggle, especially the bullying from the boys but I was determined. After school, I got an amazing opportunity to work at a British company for two years then returned back to Zimbabwe to farm.

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