EMPOWER AFRICA TIMELINE

A brief history about the company

Timeline

The milestones that are shaping Empower Africa
01/2020
Empower Africa attends the UK - Africa Investment Summit and holds an exclusive "Driving Business in Africa" event at the Arts Club in London
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11 / 2019
Agriculture Trade Mission to Sierra Leone November 4th -7th
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6 / 2019
Empower Africa participates in the US-Africa Business Summit in Mozambique, connecting with local and US companies and organizations
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6 / 2019
Empower Africa attends the Ghrow-IL Agritech Summit in Ghana and begins building connections beyond Sierra Leone
03 / 2019
Empower Africa co-organized and sponsored a special investors dinner at Harvard University hosting Sierra Leone President Bio and his economic development team
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01 / 2019
Empower Africa launches kids coding computer game, CodeMonkey, with the local Innovation Axis Incubator
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12 / 2018
Understanding the urgent need for driving private sector growth, Ezi establishes Empower Africa
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12 / 2017
Ezi Rapaport and the Rapaport Group initiates international Peace Diamond auction, pro bono, in order to support development efforts
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05 / 2000
Martin Rapaport works with US Congress to introduce the US Clean Diamond Act
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01/2020
Empower Africa returns to Sierra Leone to sponsor the 2nd annual education day in Kono & holds roundtable discussions with key members of the agriculture sector
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07 / 2019
Ezi presents Empower Africa’s mission to fellow alumni at the annual Harvard OPM Reunion
6 / 2019
Empower Africa hosts a “Driving Business in Africa” event for representatives from the agriculture and energy sectors in Israel
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04 / 2019
Empower Africa organizes first Artisanal Trade Mission to Sierra Leone
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01 / 2019
Empower Africa builds a recording studio for the Kono Artists Movement, giving them the tools to spread their music beyond their community
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01 / 2019
Empower Africa partners with the Kono Artist Movement to organize a concert and celebration marking President Bio’s Free Education Initiative
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12 / 2017
Ezi and Shimshon Rapaport start the "Team Earth" Education Program to support the grassroots in the Suwafe Village of Kono District, Sierra Leone
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07 / 2006
Rapaport supports USAID Rehabilitation Program in the Kono District to help people returning home after the Civil War
01 / 2000
On request of the US State Department, Martin Rapaport (Ezi Rapaport’s father) joins a US led Reconciliation Mission to Sierra Leone to help end the Civil War
01/2020
Empower Africa attends the UK - Africa Investment Summit and holds an exclusive "Driving Business in Africa" event at the Arts Club in London
Learn More
01/2020
Empower Africa returns to Sierra Leone to sponsor the 2nd annual education day in Kono & holds roundtable discussions with key members of the agriculture sector
Learn More
11 / 2019
Agriculture Trade Mission to Sierra Leone November 4th -7th
Learn More
07 / 2019
Ezi presents Empower Africa’s mission to fellow alumni at the annual Harvard OPM Reunion
6 / 2019
Empower Africa participates in the US-Africa Business Summit in Mozambique, connecting with local and US companies and organizations
Learn More
6 / 2019
Empower Africa hosts a “Driving Business in Africa” event for representatives from the agriculture and energy sectors in Israel
Learn More
6 / 2019
Empower Africa attends the Ghrow-IL Agritech Summit in Ghana and begins building connections beyond Sierra Leone
04 / 2019
Empower Africa organizes first Artisanal Trade Mission to Sierra Leone
Learn More
03 / 2019
Empower Africa co-organized and sponsored a special investors dinner at Harvard University hosting Sierra Leone President Bio and his economic development team
Learn More
01 / 2019
Empower Africa builds a recording studio for the Kono Artists Movement, giving them the tools to spread their music beyond their community
Learn More
01 / 2019
Empower Africa launches kids coding computer game, CodeMonkey, with the local Innovation Axis Incubator
Learn More
01 / 2019
Empower Africa partners with the Kono Artist Movement to organize a concert and celebration marking President Bio’s Free Education Initiative
Learn More
12 / 2018
Understanding the urgent need for driving private sector growth, Ezi establishes Empower Africa
Learn More
12 / 2017
Ezi and Shimshon Rapaport start the "Team Earth" Education Program to support the grassroots in the Suwafe Village of Kono District, Sierra Leone
Learn More
12 / 2017
Ezi Rapaport and the Rapaport Group initiates international Peace Diamond auction, pro bono, in order to support development efforts
Learn More
07 / 2006
Rapaport supports USAID Rehabilitation Program in the Kono District to help people returning home after the Civil War
05 / 2000
Martin Rapaport works with US Congress to introduce the US Clean Diamond Act
Learn More
01 / 2000
On request of the US State Department, Martin Rapaport (Ezi Rapaport’s father) joins a US led Reconciliation Mission to Sierra Leone to help end the Civil War

Our Founding Story

Empower Africa was founded by Ezi Rapaport in 2018 out of the vital need to create significant international awareness and impact during a unique window of opportunity to help uplift Sierra Leone.

On April 4th, 2018, the Republic of Sierra Leone concluded its 4th consecutive peaceful election since the civil war which ended in 2002. It elected President Julius Maada Bio and a new government on the promise of a new era of unity and empowerment. Sierra Leone is a country of great historic significance and Empower Africa believes it is essential to not miss this unique window of opportunity. While we are a non-political entity we are encouraged and proud to be working in strong collaboration with the US Embassy which has recognized the nascent opportunity under President Bio’s “New Direction” strategy and has committed to helping drive sustainable prosperity.

The Rapaport family’s relationship with Sierra Leone began over 20 years ago when Ezi’s father, Martin Rapaport, Chairman of The Rapaport Group, flew to Sierra Leone during the civil war, on a US reconciliation program to help end the war. Martin was influential in introducing the Clean Diamond Act in US Congress and later in establishing the Kimberley Process to stop conflict diamonds from entering the international markets. After the war, the family worked with USAID on developing rehabilitation programs for people returning home to the Kono District.

Empower Africa’s mission stems from the Rapaport family’s values of developing ethical and transparent trade and from the imperative need to attract a broad range of leaders in the private sector to help drive comprehensive and timely sustainable economic development in Africa.

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