Monica Musonda

Benjamin Wachenje

Title: Founder and CEO, Java Foods; non-executive director, Bank of Zambia and Dangote Industries Zambia

Born: Zambia

Education: LLB, University of Zambia; LLM, corporate and commercial law, University of London

Early Marker: High-flying London corporate lawyer and in-house counsel at the International Finance Corp. and for billionaire Nigerian industrialist and First 25 lister Aliko Dangote, who inspired her to switch from lawyer to entrepreneur.

Big Idea: Her Zambian-based food-processing company aims to make affordable, nutritious and locally sourced products for eastern and southern Africa, starting with its "eeZee" brand of instant noodles; strong advocate of Africans investing in Africa to create sustainable development and wealth.

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