Digitize Our Economy and Activities with Systems that Are Built with Strong Ethics and Integrity. – AI Expert, Diyaol Haqq, Shares With SammytheAuthor.

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Do what You can when you can. Don’t be stopped by your Age or current circumstances. There’s a lot you can do or have to do to bless humanity i.e the gifts/talents instilled in you. Start now. Keep Pushing. Your Dreams are Achievable. It’s Possible. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Serial Entrepreneur and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Expert, shares with us, his life story and career as an Entrepreneur and Co – founder of Okuafo Foundation. Checkout the Interview Below.

1: Tell us a bit about Yourself. (Family, Career etc)
I grew up in a small community in the Ashanti Region. Growing up in a minority dominated community such as mine was challenging as I could barely have access to a computer and the internet. It was hard navigating the Computer Programming scene as there were no mentors or learning resources available to me.
I have four amazing siblings who are also in love with STEM and I am really excited about that.
A lot of my work is centered around Applied Artificial Intelligence which basically means I look out for ways we can apply new and existing AI technologies to generate real world value and impact.

2: With Your Field as an AI Expert, could you please share with us the Importance of AI Technology?
Just like the past Industrial Revolutions, the 21st will be hit by a major technological shift that will impact the way we do everything. At the frontline of the technological shifts is Artificial Intelligence. Like one of my favorite AI Pioneers, Andrew Ng said, “AI is the new electricity” it is clear the impact AI will have on people and industries.
With data becoming increasingly available, increase in computing power and the advancement of fundamental research in machine learning, humans are solving problems that seemed impossible a few years ago. ‘…the machines are learning, learning really fast, don’t just sit there mate, learn how they are learning to keep up with what’s coming’ a little pun there :).
The impact of AI on jobs will be massive. And No, the robots aren’t coming for your jobs yet. Applications of AI today are mostly targeted at tasks that are considered repetitive and boring, dangerous for humans, assisting in medical diagnosis etc.
But as time goes on, the capabilities of AI is advancing rapidly, jobs in the near future will require knowledge in Artificial Intelligence to enable workers function fully as companies go through the AI transformation.

3: Why Okuafo Foundation? What’s the Idea behind it?
Okuafo Foundation is a non-profit organization in Ghana working to create the future of Agriculture for rural farmers. Leveraging digital tools and AI, we build technologies that help rural farmers overcome their biggest hurdles; pests and food storage.

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4: Any Impact made so far?
Our Okuafo AI application is pioneered by 600 farmer leaders. Now powered by DeepFence, our crisis mapping tool. These farmers leaders make our tools available and accessible to about 30,000 smallholder farmers to enable them to detect pests early enough to take action to avoid further damage.

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5: How can we use Digital Innovation to counter Corruption in Africa?
Most of the corruption happening in Africa is as a result of the lack of digitization of our processes. Due to this, corruption goes undetected. To counter corruption, we need to digitize our economy and activities with systems that are built with strong ethics and integrity. This way, we can easily apply Machine Learning to detect irregular patterns.

6: I understand Challenges are inevitable, what has been your greatest challenge so far? Anything Shareable?
So far, I would say my biggest challenge has been navigating the Computer programming scene from a minority dominated community and bridging the gap of access. Managed to get access to the internet through internet cafes.

7: How was the feeling like when you were honored by the UAE?
It was really emotional for me and the entire team. I felt my dreams were accomplished, I have always wanted the chance to have a “real impact” on our people and I felt the Zayed Sustainability Prize has made that possible.

8: Kindly Shed more light on the Okuafo AI App? What are some of the Benefits derived by Rural Farmers?
The Okuafo AI app allows rural farmers with no literacy background to get insights into what is happening on their farms. Farmers are able to detect pests on their farms early enough and take sustainable actions to fight the pests.

9: What has been your Greatest Fear growing up?
Growing up, my daddy had always wanted to take the conventional path to success. He wanted me to get a degree and be an Engineer. The path I am on right now is pretty unconventional and there are lots of uncertainties in Entrepreneurship. Making that decision to take the unconventional path wasn’t easy for me. But here we are, guess we are doing good and poised to solving problems that will otherwise remain unsolved.

10: A Word.of advice for anyone aspiring to be an AI Expert. What are some of the things they need to know before they get started?
“Hey buddy, just get started…”
The field of AI is very broad and advancing rapidly. Once you get started, you need to focus on a subset that is exciting to you. Keep your eyes on a problem you want to solve and investigate the tools you can use to solve that. If they don’t exist, you create them.
When you get started in AI and Machine Learning, you will be greeted by some mathematics which you probably wouldn’t be happy with. But don’t let that scare you, brush your math foundations and you are good to go.
“Don’t worry about it if you don’t understand” – Andrew Ng. Keep this in mind. Ciao!

Connect With Him:

Instagram: @diyaolhaqq

Dusaf in Collaboration with ACL Brings to You, Operation Feed Our Heroes And The Vulnerable.

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The vision of DUSAF is to eradicate poverty in Ghana. One of our goal aims at providing foods and physical needs to the needy in society and as such we have been working on how to help fight this pandemic together with you. As we know, most vulnerable people in society do not have places to cook in order to feed themselves and family. Therefore we have partnered with Atlantic Catering Logistics to prepare delicious healthy meals as we fight Covid-19 together. All you have to do is, donate food items, sanitizers, drinks, water and other things whiles we cook and deliver to our Heroes & the vulnerable in aid of fighting Covid-19. Contact on any of the Numbers on the flyer. God bless you as you donate your quota to save humanity.

Partnership/Sponsorship is open to anyone who wants to partake in this initiative. Call this number: 0549990550.

Cash Donations To: Mtn Mobile Money

                                    Name: Dusaf

                                    Number: 0557371720.

Don’t Cower, Maximize the Privilege of Early Insight to Get Things Done – Data Scientist, Bridget Boakye Shares in An Interview With SammytheAuthor.

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Are You suffering from Social Anxiety? Have you imprisoned yourself due to inferiority Complex? Are You looking for ways to break free; break this chain of Fear? Do you find difficulties in choosing a career path? Whatever it is that you’re facing is never permanent. Open Up, be inspired by this interview. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Serial Entrepreneur and a Data Scientist, Miss Bridget Boakye, shares with us, her life story and career as an Entrepreneur and Co – founder of ChaleKasa and Women’s Corner Ghana. Checkout the Interview Below.

 

1: For the benefit of those who might not know you, Who is Miss Bridget Boakye? (Background, Education and Career).

I am a data scientist, entrepreneur, and an author. We will talk about the data science side in subsequent questions so let me focus on the other two attributes.

On the entrepreneurial side, I am the co-founder of ChaleKasa, a bespoke events company curating experiences to connect Diasporans and Africans. Our hallmark events are The Black Gala and The Catalysts Business Symposium held during the December season in Ghana each year. I am also the co-founder of Africans on China, a consultancy and advisory connecting Africans entrepreneurs/students and institutions to China and vice-versa, and the co-founder of Women’s Corner Ghana, a platform to foster dialogue & inspire action among Ghanaian women content creators. I also advise countless technology startups in Ghana and Nigeria, with a focus on 4IR solutions.

On the writing side, I am also the author of “Should I Return”, a book of poetry exploring issues of identity and belonging, especially as it relates to Africa and the Africa Diaspora. I have written 100+ articles with more than 1 million views on platforms such as Face2FaceAfrica and TechCrunch.

 

2: What’s the Story behind Your personality?

I believe the personality traits that define what I do are curiosity and pro-activeness. I have always been “that person”, ie. The person to call if there is some sort of social issue. I have vivid memories from childhood of being called on when my friends are being bullied and being the only girl in my riding bikes down steep roads with a gang of boys in my neighborhood in North Kaneshie. I generally can’t stand to see issues not being addressed or to feel constrained to societal norms. 

I have taken this similar approach with my career. As such, I have sought to address one social issue or the other with the work that I have done and continue to do. 

 

3: Who is a Data Scientist?

According to practitioners, a data scientist is “an analytical data expert who has the technical skills to solve complex problems – and the curiosity to explore what problems need to be solved. They’re part mathematician, part computer scientist and part trend-spotter.” In my eyes, the discipline is really about problem solving and giving people who enjoy interdisciplinary work, a set of tools with which to do so.

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 Presenting my Data Science project on Skin Recommendations for Black Women.

 

4: Why Stay X Stay Home? What triggered this Idea?

StayXStayHome is a 2-day innovation conference championing innovation from home. It was a project that we initiated on the onset of large scale event cancellation during the first week of March 2020. With a successful event with 35 speakers and almost 300+ registrants now on our backs, we are looking at ways to develop useful products and opportunities for people to connect with each, innovate, and simply, move the needle on their goals.

 

5: What inspired your decision to write the book titled “Should I Return”? And what has been the reception so far?

My book, “Should I Return”, is a poetry book about returning to Ghana and wrestling with questions about where I belong as someone who had lived outside of the country for 15+ years, at the time of my return. Writing, and specifically writing poems, is the best way for me to process my emotions and clarify my thinking so I would do it intermittently through my 4-year journey in Ghana. Eventually, I realized my poems told a compelling story about being a “returnee” from Ghana and I decided to compile the work and share it with the world through a book.

Click on this link to purchase a copy: https://www.amazon.com/Should-I-Return-Bridget-Boakye/dp/B084DHDP1Z/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=should%20i%20return%20bridget%20boakye&iq=1580999243&sr=8-2

 

6: With Your kind of Love and Passion for Africa, what are some of the measures you are putting in place to help Africa so far as Education is concern?

There are a number of ways in which I try to impact education across the continent. While I’ve taught in classrooms in Ghana and held education entrepreneurs with strategy and curriculum development, one of the most profound ways I impact education at this time is through my Africans on China consultancy. There, we started a Fellowship for university students across Africa called Africans on China Campus Leaders Ambassadors Program (AoCCLAP). Through this program, select young African engage in a 6-month training program to develop their leadership skills through immersive conversations with China-Africa leaders, followed by mentorship, thoughtful-assignments and feedback/support. Today, we have 5 ambassadors across Ghana and Nigeria, and they each have an average of 20 members in their campus chapters of the program. In this way, we are able to multiply the work of developing leaders who have the training and are supported to take initiative on issues.

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With AoCCLAP Student Ambassadors at the Jack Ma Africa Netpreneur Prize.

 

7: In this era of Covid-19, what are some of the things you think can help combat this epidemic. Any Upcoming Project?

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Don’t Give Up! Failure is Feedback – Odeyale Tobiloba, The Millennial Catalyst, Shares in An Exclusive Interview With SammytheAuthor.

Whatever challenges you’re facing, is never permanent; it’s temporary. Don’t let your Pain decieve You; You’re more than a Conqueror. Stay Focused and Continue Building. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Nigerian Bright Light, shares with us, his life story and career as a Creative and Millennial Catalyst. Checkout the Interview below.

1: Who is Mr. Skinni Tobi?

Skinny Tobi is a bright light, I help young creatives see the positive in their negatives, to help them see that there’s better & believe they were born for a greater cause.

2: Tell us a bit about yourself (Family, Education, Career etc.)

I am the 2nd of 4 children (2 girls & 2 boys😃😃) , precisely, the first male child.

Earlier on in my life, I knew I was different in everything from the rest of my siblings. I wasn’t the most intelligent, in fact, I always changed schools like i changed clothes due to one issue or the other so it wasn’t hard for me to be easily tagged the black sheep. I’m about 5’10, chocolate skinned, introverted and shy! I’m one person that accepts the labels before people even label me, that’s my greatest strength, which has really worked for me. I’m a dreamer and a rare breed of a creative! I’m selfless and I love social media! My love for social media has brought me to where I am today. I don’t just use social media like the average user, but I try to understand user behaviors, understand the platforms, see what works and use it to my advantage! As a result of my exploits on social media, punch Newspaper also featured me in April, 2018 (https://punchng.com/consistency-is-key-to-growing-a-business-odeyale/)

My university life is a huge part of my progress story today. Almost a decade in both Covenant university & Babcock university taught me a whole lot of lessons about life, most especially about failure. Thankfully, I was able to also gain clarity on what it is I should be doing with my life and what career path to take.

Over the years, I’ve created a couple of social media projects like “KaptionThis” and privileged to work with a couple of brands such as Krispy Kreme, UBA, Jumia, Nokia, UduXMusic, Coca-Cola, 5 Alive etc

3: Share with us things we need to consider in building self-confidence?

Self confidence is an inside job. Self confidence is knowing that whether people accept you for who you are or not, you’ll still be your best self. This is something I teach myself every day.

4: Why do you call yourself, the Millennial Catalyst?

Hahaha! Well, I did tag myself because I’m really passionate and fascinated about the affairs of creative, ambitious & purpose driven millennials. Since I am one myself, it’s very easy to spot persons like that, connect with them intelligently & be a part of their journey as much as possible. So I positioned myself as that person that fires up the millennials to become better version of themselves and to believe in their God given dreams & it wasn’t long before people started tagging me as a “Millennial Catalyst💥” as well.

Although it’s a tag name that might evolve as I’m in a stage where I gain more and more clarity each day.

5: As the Millennial Catalyst, what is your Drive, I mean what is your go-to source, when it comes to fulfilling your Purpose?

My go-to-source has to be my intuition. The voices in my head push me to come home to myself each day. Like I said earlier, I’m in a stage where I gain clarity each day and improving on myself and helping others improve on their journey as well! It’s sling game👊

6: What is your definition for Personal Branding? And what are some of the Steps you took in building your brand?

Personal branding is simply
you being branded/packaged/positioned to meet your tribe/ideal target audience/ideal customer, where they are online.

Personality + Branding

For starters, I didn’t even know what personal branding meant till sometime in June last year, prior to then, I was just all over the place and a random guy online (generalist). Then I met my mentor online, Dave Obada, who I learnt most of what I now know about personal branding.

I became more intentional about how I use my platforms, I started to zero in on what I know best to do and being unapologetic about it across platforms. Basically I’ll say, the steps I took to build my personal brand are; firstly, I realized I couldn’t continue being a generalist and I was tired of just playing around on the Internet. Secondly, I connected with a mentor and he taught me certain things. Thirdly, I immersed myself in podcasts, books and other materials that addressed personal branding and self development.

I’ll say those 3 steps changed the game for me.

7: Define Failure in three Words?

This will be hard. I’m very terrible with sticking to limited number of words when asked this type of question. Permit me to break this rule!

I was listening to Seth Godin last night and he said “If failure is not an option, then success is not an option” and if you think about this, it makes sense. because success is failing and failing again until you find the thing that works.

Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, but he also invented 99 other ways not to make a light bulb💡

My Point: Failure is Feedback.

8: What triggered the idea to start Through Millennial Eyes? What do you seek to achieve with it?

This is a mission similar to the “I have a dream” by Martin Lurther King mission!

“I Believe/Know” that one day every young person out there will be doing work they love and love what they do either with a degree or not!

Most persons has a dream when they were younger, but some where along the way, the world got it’s hands on them and they lost their way.

The goal? To drastically eradicate the depression and feeling unworthy or living an average life by most young persons today!

The “Through Millennial Eyes” is one that could be rebranded sometime soon though!

Connect With Him:

Instagram: @skinnytobi

EXCLUSIVE: STANBIC INCUBATOR TO HOST THE CLIMAX EDITION OF DIGITAL DRIVE IMPACT – DDI – SAVE THE DATE!!

Digital Drive Impact Initiative is an annually hosted tech conference that puts together employees, tech enthusiast, tertiary students, and Tech Startup Founders in ideating methods by which technology can be decentralized in the African market. This conference is an initiative of HypaMania Digital Group, an online (digital) based agency that commits to assisting businesses sell their brands with digital literacy, skills and transformation. The DDI program was hosted in both University of Ghana, Legon and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, putting together over 300 attendees, stakeholders, and partners. The climax edition will come off this year in March, a two days event with day number one as a knowledge acquisition Workshop on the Trends In Technology and day number two as the main Conference with great personalities to have a digital conversation on the Futurism of Technology In Africa and is being carried about by HypaMania Digital Group.

#ClimaxEdition – Tech. Trends & Futurism of Technology in Africa.

Click on the Link Below to Register:

Digital Drive Impact Registration

Date: 20th – 21st
March, 2020

Time: 9am – 4pm Each Day

Rate: It’s Free!!

Connect With Them:

Facebook/Twitter: Hypamania

Instagram: Hypamania.gh

Instagram: ddi.ghana

Challenges Are Inevitable, Fail But Don’t Stay Down – CEO of Inspire Women Connect, Naa Ayeley Ankrah, Shares In An Exclusive Interview With SammytheAuthor.

Whatever the challenges might be. Whatever pain you encounter in your quest to make an Impact, is worth it. Don’t lose hope when you fall. Be encouraged. There’s more to Achieve than there is to lose. Keep Your Head up and Work Hard. Your Dreams Are Possible.Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Serial Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, shares with us, her life story and career as an Entrepreneur and CEO of Inspire Women Connect and Naa Ayeley Ankrah Foundation. Checkout the Interview Below.

1. For the benefit of those who might know not you, who is Mrs. Ayeley Ankrah?

Naa Ayeley Ankrah is a young woman living life to impact lives through various initiatives Established. As a philanthropist and Founder of Naa Ayeley Ankrah Foundation ,a non profit organization-working to bring positive change in the lives of individuals. As founder and CEO of inspire women’s connect, working towards building women with value and purpose and founder of wetrend LLC, a digital marketing and advertising agency.

 

2. What’s Your Story? (Family, Education e.t.c)

I studied business in Morgan international school(high school). Completed high school with both O level and wassce certificate. Currently studying project management at Gimpa / year 2. First born of two children of my parents.

 

3. Being the Founder & CEO, what inspired your decision to start Naa Ayele Ankrah Foundation?

My parents have been a great inspiration towards the establishment of Naa Ayeley Ankrah Foundation. They taught me how to give and I have come to understand that impacting the lives of others is the best investment one can make.

 

4. What do you seek to achieve with your Initiative, Inspire Women Connect?

There’s a lot I seek to achieve with the initiative (IWC) . Women empowerment has surfaced and grown over the years but that doesn’t mean the work is done. Mainly I seek to make IWC the platform where women are able to come out of their comfort zones , share their story and develop their potentials. IWC is building women with value and promoting the #sheforshe movement. There’s nothing more beautiful than a woman confident, making waves and helping another woman up.

 

5. What are some of the Challenges You encountered on your Journey? Anything Sharable?

I’d say people have been one of my biggest challenges. Getting people to buy into your vision, working towards that vision to reach success together. Not everyone is capable of seeing what you see yet collaboration is necessary in the life of an entrepreneur. People make things happen therefore we all need to learn how to bring people in and work with.

 

6. In your line of business and from journey so far as an Entrepreneur, how would You define Failure?

Failure is when you Quit. There you have failed. Failure is bound to occur in the life of an entrepreneur and I am very happy I encountered several failures . Failure actually prepares you better only if you see it as an opportunity to come back better and stronger . I see them In the light as an opportunity to learn. As an entrepreneur one must get ready to fail. The road is never smooth. Most importantly picking yourself up, learning and moving forward is what makes you a success.

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Exclusive!! Vibez Records Signee AJ Saba to Release A New Single ‘Forever’.

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After being signed on to Vibez record label songstress AJ Saba is getting ready to release his first single. The track produced by the fast-rising sound engineer ‘Poppinbeatz’. During the signing of the songstress, the CEO of Vibez Studios, Tony Pee promised her artiste will change the Ghanaian music flavor as she (the artiste) flows with English and Twi placing her in a better position to also entertain music lovers.
Tony Pee believes that Vibez records are well-positioned to hit the music industry making a huge difference while projecting Ghana on the global and the music market.

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Exclusive: Multinational Company Signs Edem Fairre As Their New Brand Ambassador.

Amongst two other vibrant models and public figures , Edem fairre was granted an endorsement deal with Max international company, for their first makeup line, after many years of producing healthy supplements.

After touring 6 regions as face of max international lifestyle Tour, Edem Fairre as a beauty icon shared her experience with max beauty product as she believes it’s a revolution in the makeup industry that offer consumers an innovative product that maintain their natural beauty with elegant look especially those with darker skins.

Edem Fairre the Tv host for Vienntys, a fashion content on Joy prime has been making waves right after launching her depression and anxiety management forum through her Edem Fairre foundation, and also lately sworn in as UN youth Ghana ambassador for Zero hunger.

As part of her CSR initiative, She is embarking on Upcoming projects, to help her Ghanaian brothers and sisters to tackle the challenges of depression and anxiety by creating awareness in the various universities across the nation;

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Must Read!! An Emotional Story of A Child Born Without An Anus.

A 2year child who came on earth with no anus and one knee cap at Adankwame, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region situation get unmagenable.

This all came about when the mother was transferred from a clinic in Asuofua to Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hosital in order to undergo surgical operation before she can deliver her baby.
Kwasi Appiah, who is the father told Kofi Kyei Baffour, host of “EBAA NE SEN” on Barima TV that they realized their daughter had no anus, with only one knee cap and her lips and eyes were not in order so the doctor in charge demanded GH 8,000.00 before they can conduct a surgery to put things in place.
According to the father, “the doctor said a lot of things were wrong with my daughter so they had to undergo five different operations so that my daughter could survive but I didn’t have that amount to enable my daughter to go through that series of operations”.
So we were told to go home and prepare and return for the operation.
Within that same week they met a friend called ‘Hitman’ who introduced a man in Burkina Faso who eventually corrected the baby’s lips disorder.
Four months later, they went to the Okomfo Anokye Hospital where the doctors created a hole at the left ribs for her to deficate through that until they get Gh8,000 00 to undergo the actual surgery so she could use her normal anus to defecate.

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CYCLING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE – OVER GHS 100,000 CASH TO BE WON BY CYCLERS.

Greenway International Foundation is an environmental protection organization working for a carbon-free environment and oceans free of single-use plastics.

The Chief Executive Director of the Foundation named Hon. Michael Olusegun Olusanya launches official registration of the national event on Monday, 1 October 2018 Greenway National Cycling Competition in active partnership with Greater Accra Cycling Association chaired by Mr. Kofi Boakye-Yiadom at Ashalley-Botwe Road, Accra, where their office is situated.

The ultimate aim of this fierce Cycling competition is precise to mitigate the effect of climate change and progressively reduce greenhouse gases in all 10 regions of Ghana. Active participants are expected to register at http://www.greenwayin.org/event to promptly take advantage of the opportunity awarding over GHc 100,000 to the potential winners and other amazing prizes. Registration doors for the competition will be closed on 31st of December 2018. This historic event is open to all the willing people living in Ghana from age 19 – 45 years.

Event Quick Fact:

Registration: October 1 – December 31, 2018

Event Start Date: Jan 15, 2019 – July 21, 2019

Distance: 500 km (311 mi)

Location: All 10 Regions Participants: 5,000

Laps: Five (5)

Age: 19-45

Gender: Open to All

Award Prizes
First Prize
15,000 GHS

Two Pure Gold Medals

One Brand New Bicycle

National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras.

Second Prize
10,000 GHS

One Pure Gold Medal

One Brand New Bicycle

National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras.

Third Prize
7,000 GHS

One Pure Gold Medal

One Brand New Bicycle

National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras.

Fourth-Tenth Prizes
Silver Medals

Trophies

One Brand New Bicycle

National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras.