By Wahu Kimani

International Accolades

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania – Kenyan firms were among the Top firms in Africa which were crowned in major International SMEs and Mid-sized institutions awards dubbed Pacesetters Awards Continental Chapter. Pacesetters Award (PSA) is an annual Industry Leadership Recognition program organized by Jubilant Stewards of Africa, a Non-Governmental Organization that champions the improvement of living standards, social ethics, dignity and empowerment of communities. This year’s Continental Awards ceremony was held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on 15th December 2023. This was after its Eastern Africa chapter was successfully held at Weston Hotel Nairobi on the 30th of June which saw over 150 top firms and professionals awarded in various categories while last year’s awards were held in Serena Hotel Kampala Uganda. The continental award brought together top organizations and entrepreneurs from at least 30 countries in Africa as well as others from select countries outside the continent like the US, Asia and Europe.


The Pacesetters Award (PSA) celebrates key industry leaders for their innovation, quality products, service delivery, job creation, exemplary leadership, growth of the economy, and transformation of society. These awards are based on the economic and social impact rather than the balance sheet. Jubilant Stewards of Africa is dedicated to the improvement of living standards, social ethics, dignity, and empowerment of communities. As part of its Corporate Social Investment (CSI), Jubilant Stewards of Africa (JSA) empowers and supports firms and professionals in their quest to better society and impact lives. The winners in various categories are carefully selected through a competitive and thorough process involving a public vote and a panel of judges.

The award winners in the Pacesetters Awards Continental chapter included; Ena Coach, Mwananchi Credit Ltd, Tuko News Media, Momzy Network, Regional Leasing firm Vehicle and Equipment Leasing Ltd (VAELL), Rentco Africa Limited, Amcco Properties Limited,  Kyoga Hauliers Ltd, Westlands Laser Eye Hospital, Tanzania’s Inter-Consult Limited Tanzania, Trinity Express Bus Rwanda, Admission World Consult Ghana, 101 Properties Kenya, Dafari Properties Limited Kenya, GF Trucks and Equipment Limited Tanzania, Global Chemicals (U) Limited Uganda, German Institute of Professional Studies, Certified Homes Ltd, Universal Network for Knowledge and & Empowerment Agency South Sudan (UNKEA) and Sun FM & TV Zambia.

The previous awardees featured in the Pacesetters Awards Continental Chapter include; Boredo Supplies Limited, E-bakers Creations, Inter-Consult Ltd Tanzania, and Comfort Homes among others.

Some of the winners that were featured in the awards for the first time included; Zanzibar Insurance Corporation, Fatema Juma-The Fitness Stop Tanzania, Amenfiman Rural Bank Limited Ghana, Trix Furniture Ltd Tanzania, Finsco Africa, Digit Vehicle Tracking Uganda, Insight Security Limited Tanzania among others.

“Pacesetters Awards considers a range of quantitative and qualitative aspects to determine and honour the winners. A novel survey model was initiated in 2020 as per the hyperinflationary environment. The model has since been tested and it demonstrated its functionality, elasticity, and robustness. Furthermore, models in various industries such as the financial sector were remodelled to enhance their significance to the current environment, enhance quality and increase the objectivity of results,” said Jared Oundo, Executive Director of Jubilant Stewards of Africa.

Some of the personalities awarded in the just concluded Continental Chapter include; Toyi A. Ruvumbangu of Tanzania’s top bank CRDB, Dr Vaibhav Pednekar – CEO of Westlands Laser Eye Hospital as the Surgeon of the Year, Margaret N Njihia – Pacesetter in Mental Health Advocacy, Dr. Hezekiah Kariuki – CEO of the year, Kotni Sudeept Kumar – Young entrepreneur of the year and Chef Geoffrey Tumukunde as Chef of the year among others.

“Receiving this award is evidence that our work is being recognized and this inspires us to work even better in the public transport sector. We are delighted to have won the prestigious Pacesetters Award for our outstanding performance in both transport and parcel services. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all our valued customers for their support, which has contributed to this remarkable achievement. Our commitment remains to provide you with nothing but exemplary services, ” said Richard Mogire CEO of Ena Coach.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam Tanzania, Anne Githinji Director of sales and marketing at Finsco Africa said, “We appreciate this recognition and honour, especially as one of the best Companies in real estate consultancy not only in Kenya but in Africa. We take pride in taking our client through the journey of home ownership in a unique way by ensuring that the client’s need is customized and accurate.”

Naiga Mai, Founder and CEO of Digit Vehicle Tracking Uganda said, “Receiving this award is a testament to the hard work and innovation that our team has put into developing cutting-edge tracking solutions. We have always strived to provide our clients with the most advanced tracking technology, and this recognition motivates us to continue pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. We are very pleased with this recognition. My team and I must strive to ensure that we maintain these standards as we aim higher.”

She added that being awarded for the second time is a huge recognition for them and went ahead and said that they have adapted to the dedication, expertise, and sheer hard hence improving the satisfaction for both sellers and buyers online.


Jubilant Stewards of Africa (JSA) is a Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to the improvement of living standards, social ethics, dignity, and empowerment of communities. JSA is registered with the NGO Bureau of Kenya to conserve the environment, provide access to education, and health care services, increase agricultural production, and promote peace. Over the years, we have been widely involved in leadership training, mentorship programs, Capacity building, business support, environmental advocacy, and protection, training of farmers, crusades against drug and substance abuse, promotion of peaceful coexistence, campaign for responsible sexual behaviour to bring up a responsible and a dependable generation. As an Umbrella of NGOs and other Community-Based Organizations, we work with strategic partners to serve humanity.


Pacesetters Awards (PSA) survey is a one-year Industry leadership Recognition appraisal initiated by Jubilant Stewards of Africa (JSA), a Non-Governmental Organization, to celebrate industry leaders for their innovation, and quality products, services, job creation, exemplary leadership, growing the economy and transforming the society. The winners in various categories were competitively selected through a thorough process that partly involved a public vote and a panel of judges.

PSA seeks to encourage organizations and individuals to go beyond the call of duty in their service to humanity. PSA awards don’t just look at excellence as being top in the industry but look at the processes involved and how organizations go out of their way to serve humanity. It also purposes to promote best practices and ethics in industry leadership. The awards are based on the Performance Index (OPI) where processes and systems are scrutinized and benchmarked against globally acceptable standards. Pacesetters Awards recognize and celebrate the key players in various categories who have over the years achieved outstanding results and made positive contributions to their industry growth.

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