By Marilyn King

One of the leading mobile companies in Sierra Leone, Orange Sierra Leone has on last Friday 2nd October 2020 awarded Thirty-Five Million Leones (Le35,000,000) and other prizes to the 2nd Edition Social Venture prize winners.

The event took place at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), New England Ville in Freetown.

Speaking to the innovators, the Public Relations Officer of Orange-SL, Mabel Manson stated that the Orange Social Venture Prize Innovation started last year, noting that appreciable prizes were won.

She furthered that last year’s event was very interesting as they were able to identify young innovators who showcased their talents at the platforms during the competition.

She noted that they had individuals that contested in the preliminary stage of the program and disclosed how Bayoh Turay of Agric Market, Innovation, emerged the winner, Isata Jalloh, of Stem Garage idea, came second, and Mark Fomba who invented the ATM Machine came third.

Mabel pointed out that during the completion, young Innovators were able to express their innovative ideas, and were given enough time to explore their talents.

The Network gave out Le20 million to Bayoh Turay, as first winner, Le 10 million to Isata Jalloh and Le5 million to Mark Fomba as second and third winners respectively.

Other consolidation prizes including modems with subscriptions were also given to other winners of the competition.

Bayoh Turay who is the young innovator of Salone Agric Market who emerged as winner expressed appreciation to Orange Sierra Leone for such a kind gesture that aims at promoting young people not only in Sierra Leone but in Africa as a whole.

He continued that the event was not a surprise to many as Orange Sierra Leone is always at the forefront in providing tangible development programs aimed at empowering young people in Sierra Leone.

He revealed that Orange Sierra Leone will make the journey successful as he has been yearning for such opportunity and pledged to continue to improve on his innovation ideas in the country.

The second winner, Isata Jalloh and the third winner, Mark Fomba also thanked Orange Sierra Leone for the kind gesture.

Distribution of prizes climaxed the occasion.