Simi Nwogugu, the CEO of NGO Junior Achievement Africa (JA Africa), has received the Africa Education Medal recognizing her work to improve youth education.
The NGO currently reaches more than 300,000 young people annually with entrepreneurial skills that prepare them for the future of work, it says.
The Africa Education Medal, which was founded by the T4 Education organization and the HP technology company in collaboration with Microsoft, is considered a prestigious education accolade.
“I am so honored to receive this accolade, but it is not just about me. This award is for all the fantastic staff at JA Africa, and for all the inspirational young people they have worked with, helping to pave the way to a brighter future for our continent’s young,” Nwogugu told the BBC.
Several of the Junior Achievement Africa alumni have gone on to have successful careers in business.
The NGO currently has a presence in 16 sub-Saharan African countries according to its website.