Simi Nwogugu
Africa Education Medal 2023 Winner

Words of the winner

“I am so honoured 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. I want to thank T4 Education, HP and Microsoft for giving these people hope that together we can make a difference.”

Simi Nwougugu

Simi Nwogugu, CEO, JA Africa, Nigeria, was named the winner of the Africa Education Medal, launched by T4 Education and HP in collaboration with Microsoft in 2022.

Simi Nwogugu is CEO of JA Africa, an NGO that prepares young people for the future of work. It is one of the world's largest youth-facing NGOS and is part of the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated JA Worldwide. Simi was first introduced to JA while working at Goldman Sachs in New York City. Impressed by the organisation, she quit her lucrative job at age 24 to bring JA to Nigeria, where it now reaches more than 100,000 young people annually. Today, she heads up JA’s operations across the continent.

Watch the winning announcement

Congratulations to the winner

Congratulations to Simi Nwogugu on the fantastic achievement of winning the Africa Education Medal 2023. Her work at JA Africa is truly empowering the continent’s next generation to face the future with confidence.

Mayank Dhingra, Senior Education Business Leader, Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa, at HP

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