. . . the next Asian tigers are the African lions.
. . . because we are the future. Team Invictus Prize
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) was an English poet who wrote the beautiful and inspiring poem, 'Invictus': meaning 'unconquered' or 'undefeated' in Latin. At 17, William was diagnosed with tuberculosis and had one of his legs amputated. Yet, in spite of this disability, he went on to live an active and successful life and used his experience to write Invictus when he was 26. Invictus inspired many great leaders including Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela who recited it many times during his detention at Robben Island.
The Invictus Prize Africa (IPA) is a platform, a process, a series of events inspired by Henley's Invictus, Madiba's legacy and Wangari Maathai's Hummingbird. . The Prize seeks to engage, inspire and empower community innovators - as well as young people, women and girls, people living with disabilities, and marginalized and Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) communities; our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) - with tools, skills and resources to set up Social Enterprises (SE) that not only build a better world by promoting human rights, addressing climate change, generating jobs, creating incomes and improving health & livelihoods, but also contribute comprehensively and sustainably to the fight against poverty, and rejuvenate efforts contributing towards the realization of the AU Agenda 2063 and the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals and the agenda beyond using bottom-up approaches.
The Prize represents a generation of leaders who through self-mastery, their integrity, determination, passion, talent and energy have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their quest to not only empower themselves but also to impact their local and global communities in big positive ways through social entrepreneurship - businesses whose heart is people development.
The Prize is a living extension of the legacies of two of Africa's greatest revolutionaries: Nelson Mandela and Wangari Maathai
“ All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet"
"Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom. Of course the task will not be easy. But not to do this would be a crime against humanity, against which I ask all humanity now to rise up."