By IGIHE, Le 17 septembre 2019 à 05:47
A young Ivorian doctor, Botoh Deythy Samson Bayard who founded ‘Classic Optic’, a shop selling optic glasses and other ophthalmic equipment used for eye treatment in Kigali has been awarded the African Development Prize (PADEV Prize) as the best entrepreneur for promoting eye care services in Africa.
The award handover ceremony held at Marriot Hotel in early September 2019 was attended by heads of diplomatic corps to Rwanda, politicians, representatives of civil society, and experts in economics among others.
Botoh opened Classic Optic doors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda to extend the availability of ophthalmic equipment.
Maryse Adekpate, the ophthalmologist at Classic Optic, Maryse Adekpate expressed delight over the award bestowed to them for the first time.
“This gives us the courage and is a recognition of services we have been offering in Kigali. The prize energizes us to keep up good service delivery and providing quality eye equipment,” she said.
Running operations at Umuyenzi Plaza in the Remera sector, Gasabo district of Kigali city, Classic Optic has been operating in Rwanda for four years.
“We want to import high-quality glasses from Europe to be delivered by experts working with us from Rwanda, Ivory Coast, and Burundi,” said Maryse.
Held for the 14th edition, PADEV competition attracted over 500 participants of who only 80 are from 15 African countries and others from Europe and the USA.
Participants from Ivory Cost dominated awardees walking away with 38 awards in different categories.
This year’s PADEV prize also awarded 100 best mayors from Africa’s cities, the best African, the Compaoré Appolinaire Award for Best Young Investors.
Participants at the award-giving ceremony enjoyed a luncheon before touring different parts of Rwanda.
The PADEV prize was initiated in 2006 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, working with the civil society from 12 African countries.
The idea behind the prize is to promote creativity and innovations and instilling among Africans the spirit of contributing to the development of the continent.