Two Kenyans have received lifetime achievements.
Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company appointed Ory Okolloh to its Board of Directors. Okolloh, a Kenyan social justice activist and blogger founded Ushahidi.com which tracked post election violence.She is also the brainchild behind Mzalendo, a website which focus on parliamentary proceedings in Kenya.
“The Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company acts as a guardian of the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Created in the midst of World War II in 1941, the Trust Principles apply to the entire Thomson Reuters business and are designed to preserve its independence, integrity and freedom from bias in the gathering and dissemination of information and news. The new appointment will take effect on June 1, 2015,” reads info on the firm’s website.
Okolloh earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2005. She was named to the TIME 100 Most Influential People list in 2014.
Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, Chairman of the Founders Share Companyâ€™s Board, said, â€œA true pioneer in technology and philanthropy, Ory Okollohâ€™s creative insight, global perspective and sharp sense of accountability will be a valuable addition to the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Companyâ€™s Board of Directors. We are pleased to welcome her.â€
The African Inovation Foundation awarded USD 25,000 (SH2.4 million) after emerging second in the 2015 edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA).
Murui, a young Kenyan entrepreneur, developed a system to meet the perennial challenge faced by African farmers in accessing capital to finance planting and harvesting by providing an alternative from the burden of financial loans through his Farm Capital Africa project.