Founder of the Year Awards (FOYA), an award scheme which aims to empower young and old entrepreneurs in Africa, have nominated two Rwandan entrepreneurs for Africa realtor of the year. They are Remy Cyitatire and Philemon Hagenimana.
Remy Cyitatire is the proprietor of Remy Properties, while on the other hand, Hagenimana is the founder of Keen to New Service (KTN) Rwanda. Both entrepreneurs are real estate agents. They are also the first Rwandan entrepreneurs to make it this far as realtors of the year.
Hagenimana, started KTN Rwanda in 2012 as a brokerage firm before diversifying into the construction of low-cost houses. He said, “being nominated showed us that the journey has been worthwhile.” Due to this, last year KTN Rwanda received an accolade from Karisimbi Event for providing quick services.
Cyitatire, aged 25, started his real estate business in 2020. His firm deals in the buying and selling of properties and has grown to more than 25 employees. “Remy Properties made it thanks to our hard work and the support from our people,” Cyitatire commented. The owner of Remy Properties also said, “We employ different people and give them different opportunities to tackle unemployment in Rwanda”
Hagenimana’s firm eyes more markets in six other districts including Muhanga, Rubavu, Musanze, Nyagatare, Huye, and Rusizi.
The annual FOYA awards help medium enterprises to exhibit and showcase the world what they do. It features entrepreneurs from seven African countries including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia, Nigeria, and South Africa.
The categories include fashion, social, hospitality, real estate, education, entertainment, agriculture as well as most promising entrepreneur.
Under the real estate categories, the Rwandan firms are competing with 27 others from across the continent.
On September 3 this year, the award will reach its end where from each category, one company will be rewarded.