Making the list of the Top 100 Emerging SMEs in Nigeria in 2018 out of 13,470 businesses is not a small feat at all. The nomination and voting processes were very cumbersome. The rigorousness of the voting process was enough to discourage faint-hearted "fans" from voting. Despite the odds, we made it to the top.

The MADEBYRURAL brand was nominated under the Social Enterprise Category. The brand is dedicated to selling handicrafts made in Africa. Our products are for lovers of African arts and culture as well as stakeholders in Africa; who desire to see a successful and prosperous Africa. MADEBYRURAL support handicrafts business in Africa while at the same time, provide funding for the provision of health care services in under-served African communities. This award, therefore, serve as a validation of our business model and as a “propellant” for us to succeed.

We are grateful to all our customers, fans and well-wishers, craftsmen and women as well as our business associates and partner organizations. This award is for you all. Thanks to all the people that voted for us.


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Izuchukwu Igwe