The 30-year-old Entrepreneur was nominated for the prize for his quick, highly innovative and sustainable response to the covid-19 pandemic.
Peter Okwoko with a sample of recycled plastic face shield at his workshop in Gulu City.
Peter Okwoko, the co-founder of Takataka Plastics, a social
enterprise aimed at fighting waste pollution by recycling plastic waste has won
the Danida Alumni Prize 2020 in Denmark.
The 30-year-old Entrepreneur was nominated for the prize for his quick, highly
innovative and sustainable response to the covid-19 pandemic.
In March, Okwoko and his business partner Paige Balcom
initiated the production of medical face shields using melted polyethene
terephthalate [PET] bottle plastic wastes in Gulu City. At the time of their
innovation, the country was in shortage of personal protective gear for medical
workers in health facilities.
Together, the innovators have been able to produce and distribute 10,000 face shields to various health facilities in over 25 districts across the country,
saving the burden of the shortage of protective gears amidst the fight against
He told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that he was honoured to have been
nominated for the prize and is among three other distinguished individuals who
received the prize earlier.
“This prize sends a message to a young and social entrepreneur across the
country that no matter how small their initiative is they have to keep working
Okwoko says the prize is a motivation for the young people, he is working with
at Takataka plastics and continues with the work they are doing in the waste
Okwoko earned a masters in Innovative Communication Technologies and
Entrepreneurship at Aalborg University funded by Danida in Denmark
The Danida Alumni Prize is awarded annually to Danida alumni who, based on his
or her Danida funded studies have contributed to positive change in their home
country or area of employment.
Okwoko becomes the fourth recipient of the Danida Alumni Prize since its
inauguration in 2017.
Other recipients of the prize in the past are World Health Organisation- WHO
Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who was the first alumni to
receive the prize in 2017, Dr Cheikh Mbow, Executive Director of the Washington
based organization START International in 2018.
The other is Associate Professor Dr Phan Thi Van, Director of the Research Institute for
Aquaculture in Vietnam who received the prize in 2019.
Bureau Chief, West Acholi