The prize winners received in separate audiences were Monique Ntumngia and Mandela Yvon Sébastien Tchoffo
The Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang in two separate audiences at the Star Building between 9: a.m and 11: a.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017 received Monique Ntumngia, winner of the best project and best pitch of Africa Youth Connect 2017 and Mandela Yvon Sébastien Tchoffo, the best candidate in baccalauréat général, Série C for 2017 examination session who is also the first bracket with Côte d’Ivoire in the international competition “Espoirs d’Afrique.”
Talking to the press after the audience, Monique Ntumngia said “Africa Youth Connect since 2012 brings together young African entrepreneurs from different domains with the idea to put us on a platform for potential investments and advancement of our projects.” This was the case between July 17- 21, 2017 in which within the framework of the Africa Youth Connect, the Rwandan government in the capital, Kigali organised the competition that had 100 selected projects. Concerning Monique Ntumngia’s project that won the best prize, she said, “I presented a project of the Pan African renewable energy business incubator.” The idea, she explained, was that African young entrepreneurs in the domain of renewable energy can work together and propose clean energy solutions by using biogas, solar energy and recycling of the waste. She is the founder and promoter of the Green Girls Energy Project that specialises in renewable energies.
Higher Education Minister, Professor Jacques Fame Ndongo who spoke on the occasion on behalf of the Minister of the Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Handicraft and Social Economy, Laurent Serges Etoundi Ngoa who is on leave, congratulated and encouraged Monique Ntumngia whom he described as a genius. He said the Agency for the Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises structured and supported Miss Ntumngia’s project for the competition and said the ministry would support the project.
The first audience Prime Minister Yang granted was to Mandela Yvon Sébastien Tchoffo the best candidate in baccalauréat general, Série C for the 2017 examination session and Cameroon’s candidate who emerged first in the Espoirs d’Afrique competition. The Minister of National Education, Technical Education and Professional Training of Côte d’Ivoire, Kandia Camara chaired the prize award ceremony in Abidjan on September 5, 2017. Secondary Education Minister, Jean Ernest Ngalle Bibehe who accompanied him said the winner is the pride of Cameroon, his success proof of credibility of education system and promised support.