Media personality Lizz Ntonjira was among five women who were celebrated over the weekend during the inaugural Lioness Awards.

The Jennifer Riria Foundation in collaboration with Master Made Studios held the awards in a colourful ceremony at the Serena Hotel, Nairobi.

The ceremony was centered on this year’s International Women’s Day themes Choose To Challenge, and Women In Leadership.

The Lioness awards championed by Dr Jennifer Riria, recognized women 35 years and under, in line with this year’s International Women’s day theme, choose to challenge odds each day.

Lizz Ntonjira receiving award from Dr Jennifer Riria

The awards celebrated women in five categories, Kasiva Mutua Arts & Entertainment, Suzanne Silantoi Leadership and governance, Lizz Ntonjira Media, Carine Umutoniwase Social impact and Evelyn Kasina Entrepreneurship & Finance.

“This is the first award ceremony of its kind, and we as JRF have chosen to reward outstanding lionesses for their role in breaking the glass ceiling and inspiring younger ladies to do the same,” said Ms. Denise Kemunto, the foundation’s CEO.

Carine Umotoniwase receiving her award from Denise Kemunto CEO

“The future of the Lioness Awards is to create a network of women-thought leaders who are looking for peer to peer networking, to expand their social capital sphere, or are interested in mentoring younger women who are emerging leaders,” said Mbarathi Karuga, Master Made Studios Executive Director.

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