19 November 2007 – David Ssegawa, a 22 year old Ugandan, has won the BBC young entrepreneur award, for coming up with a business plan to provide Ugandans with light.
His idea, to invest in a candle manufacturing plant, has the potential of saving millions of shillings as they would no longer need to be imported from China. Additionally, locally manufactured goods could be sold cheaper than imported alternatives.
Solomon O Mugera, BBC Swahili head, says Ssegawa’s idea thrilled the judges.
"David is a worthy winner. He has a dynamic and exciting business idea which thrilled the judges and will clearly benefit Ugandans. I wish him all the best with his plans. Am confident he has a brilliant future," Mugera said.
Ssegawa had to defend his idea in front of a panel of judges during a live broadcast on BBC Radion, ITV and East African TV in Tanzania.
His prize of US$2 000 and a laptop were presented to him by Tanzanian president, Jakaya Kikwete.
When asked what he would do with the prize money, Ssegawa said "I will buy a machine for melting and moulding the wax for the benefit of the local community."