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Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph

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Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph[1]
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Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph at Harvard Business School on 14 February 2020.
Born (1998-06-11) 11 June 1998 (age 22)
Lagos, Nigeria
🏳️ NationalityNigerian
Kennedy Ekezie[2]
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Calabar[3]
Peking University
💼 Occupation
Entrepreneur, Venture Funding and Technology Business
📆 Years active  2018 — present
Founding Africave[4]
TitleFounder and CEO of Africave[5]
🌐 WebsiteAfricave.co

Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph (born 11 June 1998), also known as Kennedy Ekezie, is a Nigerian entrepreneur best known as the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the technology company Africave. In June 2018, Ekezie-Joseph was named one of the Queen's "Young Leaders Award" by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph was born in Lagos, Nigeria before moving to Calabar, where he grew up and attended the University of Calabar.[7] He is cousin of Nigerian writer and filmmaker, Onyeka Nwelue.

Ekezie-Joseph earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 2017. During his time at Calabar, he was a competitive debater for the university for four years.[8] In 2018, he became the first Nigerian to earn a Yenching Scholarship.[9] The Yenching Academy of Peking University aims to build bridges between China and the rest of the world through an interdisciplinary master's program in China Studies. While in China, he worked at ByteDance, building its Africa business strategy.[10]

As an undergraduate student in Calabar, Kennedy founded the Calabar Youth council for women's rights.[11] The organization focused on ending the practice of female genital mutilation in Nigeria.[12][13]

Africave[edit]

In 2019, Ekezie-Joseph founded Africave with his brother Duke Ekezie-Joseph. Africave mentors distributed software engineering teams and connects organizations to software engineers from Africa.[14] In December 2019, Africave received backing from the German technology company, SAP.[15]

Since February 2020, Ekezie-Joseph has externally advised the Global Corporate Social Responsibility strategy at SAP.[16]

Awards and honors[edit]

Kennedy received the 2018 Queen's Young leaders award.[17] He also received the 2019 Princess Diana Award,[18] the Resolution Fellowship,[19] and presented a keynote at the 2017 United Nations Youth Assembly.[20]

See also[edit]

  • Imrana Alhaji Buba
  • Queen's Young Leader Award
  • List of Nigerian entrepreneurs

References[edit]

  1. "Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph". The Resolution Project. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  2. "Dan Najeriya na kokarin dawo da kimar Afirka a duniya". BBC News Hausa (in Hausa). 2 September 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  3. Bodunrin, Sola (31 August 2019). "Responsibility to create Nigeria we want by 2060 is solely ours - Kennedy Ekezie". www.legit.ng. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  4. "PASA Presents: AfriCave's Kennedy Ekezie". Princeton University. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  5. "BBC World Service - Newsday, Identifying Africa's 'best and brightest'". BBC. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  6. "Three Nigerians get Queen Elizabeth Young Leaders Award". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  7. Harolds, Laolu (9 June 2018). "Ekezie-Joseph: The Young man with big dreams » Achievers » Tribune Online". Tribune Online. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  8. "The dreams of Kennedy Ekezie". The Sun Nigeria. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  9. "Ekezie, High Flying Unical Alumnus Breaks New Ground". www.calitown.com. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  10. "How #BellaNaijaMCM Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph of Africave is Building the Future of Africa". BellaNaija. 12 August 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  11. "Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph". The Resolution Project. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  12. "Hello World: Digital Education". www.queenscommonwealthtrust.org. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  13. Ekezie-Joseph, Kennedy. "Cultural Sterotype and Female Genital Mutilation". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  14. Kene-Okafor, Tage (8 April 2020). "With Africave, smaller companies can access quality software engineering talent". Techpoint.Africa. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  15. "Africave Supports Africa's Long-Term Economic Success | SAP News". SAP News Center. 20 March 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  16. Magyar, Judith. "SAP BrandVoice: Empowering Youth Is Key To Long Term Survival In Africa And Beyond". Forbes. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  17. "Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph | Queen's Young Leaders". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  18. "These 9 Outstanding Young Nigerians Have Been Honoured with Awards in Memory of Princess Diana". BellaNaija. 3 July 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  19. "Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph". The Resolution Project. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  20. "Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph: Young African leader raising the bar in social activism". GLOBAL YOUNG VOICES. Retrieved 9 April 2020.

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