26-Year-old N’Guessan is 1st woman to win Royal Academy's Africa Prize

26-Year-old N’Guessan is 1st woman to win Royal Academy's Africa Prize

- A lady from Ivory Coast, Charlette N'Guessan, has won the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, making her the first female winner

- Charlette's BACE API, which wants to solve the problem of identity theft in Africa, raked in the £25k (R550k) prize money

- With the power of AI, the technology matches a person's real-time face with the image on their document to know if they are who they say they are

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Charlette N’Guessan has become the first woman ever to win the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. It was reported that that her win could change the entire face of cybersecurity and help reduce the scourge of identity theft in Africa.

The 26-year-old and her team won the £25 000 prize for their entry called BACE API, which verifies identities through the use of AI and face recognition.

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According to Charlette, the technology makes use of a person’s real live photo and verifies against whatever passport is on their document. When the technology is used on a site, a person’s identity will be verified through their webcam to ascertain who they really are.

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A collage showing the creative lady. Photos sources: CNN/BBC

A collage showing the creative lady. Photos sources: CNN/BBC
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The award ceremony for the prize was carried out online. Rebecca Enonchong, a Cameroonian entrepreneur, said that it is really a happy thing that she won, according to CNN.

It should be noted that Charlette is the CEO and co-founder of BACE Group. She said that the idea for the technology came to her while at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in Accra.

She noted that identity fraud is a big issue for financial institutions in West Africa that spend a lot to deal with it every year.

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Briefly.co.za recently reported on another inspiring young lady who is making her mark in the world. Some people work their entire lives without realising their purpose while others manage to achieve their dreams at a young age.

Nontobeko Nzama is one young lady who has proven that hard work pays off. Not only did she graduate as a pharmacist, she also works for herself. The stunning young medical professional owns her own pharmacy in KwaZulu-Natal.

Her story was shared on Twitter by entrepreneur Siyanda Calvin Ntenga, who goes by the handle @Ntenga3ZN. He captioned the post:

"Meet Nontobeko Nzama, a healthcare practitioner specialising as a pharmacist and owner of Edemed Pharmacy based in Pietermaritzburg, KZN. Her pharmacy is known for offering great healthcare support and best service."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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