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26 Year-Old Ghana-based Ivorian Lady becomes 1st woman to win Africa Prize for digital innovation; bags £25,000

The leader of Ghanaian startup, BACE Group, has become the 1st woman to win the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize

Onyeka Koldsweat Akpaida
Onyeka Koldsweat Akpaida

Charlette Desire N'Guessan, an Ivorian lady who leads a Ghana-based startup called BACE Group, has become the first woman to win the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize.

Reports confirm that Charlette, out of 16 great competitors for the prize, won and took away £25,000 after eight months of learning, networking and hard work. Her innovation, BACE API, is a secure facial recognition technology for secure identity verification. BACE API uses live facial recognition technology to verify identities and protect financial and online identity fraud.

Her team, BACE Group, is a FinTech company that provides digital services to financial institutions. Speaking after the historic journey to winning the massive prize, Charlette expressed her gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success.

Ghana In Focus

Population: 31 million (Compared to South Africa's 59.6 million)

GDP

Total: $226 billion (Compared to South Africa's $369.85 billion)

Per capita: $7,343 (Compared to South Africa's $6,193)

Digital inclusion

Onyeka Koldsweat Akpaida

Female Financial & Digital Inclusion Specialist