What Happened to the Made in Africa Foundation?
In 2012 Ozwald Boateng (a UK fashion designer from Ghanaian decent), Hassan Kimbugwe and Chris Kimbugwe founded the Made in Africa Foundation; a UK non-profit organisation established to assist the development of the African continent by providing first-stage funding for feasibility studies and business development of large-scale infrastructure projects.
Ozwald describes Africa as a ‘blank piece of paper’ stating that it’s under development is its greatest advantage. His vision is that the development of infrastructure on the continent is a key factor to driving Africa’s growth. Hassan adds to that solutions should really come from African’s themselves as they usually have a better understanding of the real root cause of the challenges they are facing.
Ozwald created a lot of waves and gained the support from various American celebrities and important politicians. He voiced great ambitions for the foundation and, in association with the AfDB, launched the Africa 50 Fund which raised US$ 250 million and aims to raise US$ 500 million. He is a charismatic speaker, an example of which can be seen in his appearance at The Nigeria Summit 2013, where he shares with great excitement, his views and ambitions for the continent.
According to Companies House, the Made in Africa Foundation was dissolved on the 28th of July 2015. We have contacted the foundation through multiple channels to enquire whether this means the end of their activities or whether they have continued through alternative entities. Unfortunately, we have not heard back. We have updated their Wikipedia page.