Meet Isabelle MANYA TEGHEN, AFREINs spotlight for February 2020

Meet Isabelle MANYA TEGHEN, AFREINs spotlight for February 2020

Meet Isabelle MANYA TEGHEN, AFREINs spotlight for February 2020

This February 2020, Afro Real Initiative (AFREIN) spotlights Isabelle MANYA TEGHEN from Cameroon: a remarkable and zealous agribusiness, youth empowerment, and community development young leader.


Be inspired to aspire, as you go through this phenomenal profile.


Who is Isabelle MANYA TEGHEN?

Isabelle is a seasoned agriculturalist, with four years of experience in the sector. Besides, she has been an agribusiness consultant for three years.

In 2014, while working as a technical member of Buea Poultry Farmers and Allied Industries, Isabelle created a sustainable market for the sales of ready table birds.

From December 2015 to July 2016, she volunteered as a manager at Agricultural Services and Consulting (AGROVISC), where with the team on board, she carried out agro-base experimental trials, project management, and published quarterly magazines.

Isabelle then later worked with Union Farms of Africa as an operations manager (from August 2016 to December 2017), where they trained more than 200 farmers on agribusiness techniques, at the institutions Farmers Business School.

Through the aforementioned experiences from a myriad of positions in the various institutions she served, Isabelle developed strong project initiation, coordination, and implementation skills.

Her unquenchable thirst for agribusiness and community empowerment urged her to found the Innovative Platform for Sustainable Agriculture (INPLASA), where she currently doubles as project coordinator. INPLASA is a start-up organization that promotes agribusiness, agro-base trainings, consultancy, and seed multiplication. INPLASA has multiplied 25,100 improved plantains seedlings and supplied to young farmers around the South West Region of Cameroon, built the capacities of more than 300 youths in agribusiness skills like snails farming and plantain seeds multiplication.

INPLASA currently has 3 demonstrations farms (for snails, poultry, and plantain plantlets) where youngsters are continually trained.

Isabelle, with her teammates, doing what she fancies most!


In 2015, Isabelle earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine from the University of Buea in Cameroon. She is currently enrolled for a Masters in the same university, specialised in post-harvest technology.

Isabelle has participated in several national and international trainings on agribusiness and entrepreneurship. For instance, she is an alumna of President Barack Obamas noble and prestigious leadership flagship programme, Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), having participated in the business and entrepreneurship track, in the 6th Cohort, at the Accra – Ghana Regional Leadership Centre. She remains steadfast and positive to keep on contributing to the sustainable development of her nation, Africa, and the world.


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Isabelle has a very strong obsession for agricultural entrepreneurship and youth empowerment.



Isabelle loves reading, gardening, and providing mentorship to youths.


Accolades, achievements, awards

In January 2020, INPLASA backed home an award as the best impact agricultural institution, following the first edition of Cameroon Heros’ Award organised by Go-Africa Initiative Cameroon (GAICAM).

Isabelle, brandishing her award.


Challenges, prospects and way forward

Isabelle stated that the major hurdles she faces are that they lack a permanent piece of land for use as a demonstration site and for continuous training and empowerment of youths, insufficient seed funding for expansion, and inadequate exposure of their agricultural produce (such as yummy seasoned snails) to potential markets.

As concerns her prospects, Isabelle hopes to:

  • lobby and get potential partners/sponsors for their projects,
    create more markets for the sales of their produce,
  • visit more communities, especially rural areas to set up micro businesses for youths, and
  • organise more training programmes geared towards youth empowerment.


Word of wisdom to youths

Isabelle admonishes youths to engage in entrepreneurial ventures, start small and grow big, [and] associate themselves with change makers in their society.



Tel.: (+237) 656 761 431 / (+237) 675 422 313


LinkedIn: Isabelle Teghen

Facebook: Teghen Manya

George C. Neba

Brand surgeon, social entrepreneur, business consultant, coach, mentor, author; and co-founder of,, and Global Network of Compassioneers (GNC). //The author has keen interest in "seeking economic justice, by upholding a sustainable business leadership culture in vulnerable African youths and women."/ He is a sustainable development fan who seeks to optimize his extensive experience —— to connect with like-minds, exchange shared values with peers, create wealth, & influence inclusive positive mindset evolution, community growth & foster global alliances./ His mission is triggered by his believe that "investing in [youths and] women's empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication, and inclusive economic growth ", UN Women./ Volunteering is his modus vivendi./ Neba has over 10 years of combined experience in the microfinance and civil society sectors, thus endowing him with the uniqueness of coping with people of all walks of life and giving him mosaic outlook on life's odyssey: especially when it comes to grassroots and underprivileged communities.//


Ethel Mulih Posted on4:16 pm - Mar 1, 2020

Wow very impressive
Congratulations Teghen for your achievements
Wish you all the best in your carrier

    George Neba Posted on10:59 pm - Mar 2, 2020

    Thank you Ethel. Isa is worthy. Bravo Isa….

Arrey Tabe Ndip Eyong Posted on8:38 pm - Mar 2, 2020

Kudos Isa ❤️ what you are doing, the sky is your limit.

    George Neba Posted on10:59 pm - Mar 2, 2020

    Thank you Arrey Tabe. Truly Isa is remarkable. Congratulations Isa.