Who is Botoh Samson B, 2022 Padev Prize winner?

By Zaninka Umutesi
On 17 October 2022 at 04:29

Botoh Samson Deythy Bayard,40, is an optician and businessman born in Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast. He currently lives in Congo Brazzaville and recently emerged among the Pandev 2022 prize winners due to his business ’Classic Optic’, which he set up in Rwanda.

The prize was bestowed to Botoh during a ceremony held in Kigali in September 2022.

"Classic Optic" is an eyewear dispensary, specializing in the sale of ophthalmic lenses, lenses, frames and eyeglass accessories.

The shop is based in Kigali where it has two branches: one in Remera, on the ground floor of the "Umuyenzi Plaza", and the other in the city center, on the ground floor of MIC building.

Samson Botoh B. is a married man and a father of two children. He holds a Master’s degree in business management from HEC Abidjan. Botoh B is alsoa graduate from the school of optics, (ISFOP-Abidjan) LOKO.

Speaking with IGIHE, he revealed that he left his country in 2009 to pursue his passion. At every turn of the conversation, Botoh would bring up his enthusiasm for these glasses, saying, "Sight is life!"

Botoh plans to expand his business countrywide, and possibly across the African continent.

He took this opportunity to express his gratitude for the organizers of the Pandev 2022 prize, for choosing him among the rest of the skilled Africans that were equally deserving. He also gave credit to the zeal and professionalism of his employees.

Their dedication is centered on top notch services to clients and the zeal for the pursuit of excellence.

The favourable environment, incentives offered to foreign investors and the strong demand for quality products and professionalism are among other reasons that lured Botoh to set up business in Rwanda.

Padev Prize is organized every year. It is bestowed to individuals from various sectors with outstanding contribution to the development of their countries and the African continent as well.


Botoh plans to expand this business countrywide, and possibly across the African continent.
Classic Optic has two branches in Kigali.