When marginalized communities are faced with problems, they adapt to find solutions of their own. Niger Delta communities in Nigeria have been economically marginalized for decades leading to poverty and massive unemployment, as a result, many young people in these communities are solving their employment problem with materials and knowledge available to them. These young… Read More How Niger Delta Youths Use Indigenous Gin-Distilling Technology to Refine Crude Oil
According to a Thisday report, the Nigerian Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the lack of adequate electricity in Nigeria can’t be responsible for the country’s slow-paced industrialization, or drop in levels of her economic growth. He said existing statistics in the power sector shows that Generation companies (Gencos) have been able… Read More Is Poor Electricity Supply Responsible for Nigeria’s Slow-Paced Industrialization?
Tawanda Chitiyo, a young Zimbabwean entrepreneur and a climate change enthusiast is championing the production of clean and sustainable energy from waste in his country Zimbabwe through his renewable energy start-up. The 31 years old from Mutare with no prior experience in project development or management has been able to use his street-horned skills to… Read More Young Tawanda Chitiyo and his Bio-Refinery Project in Zimbabwe
Benjamin Ufaruna and Asehinde Oladipo met at one of Nigeria’s emerging technology development services companies in Abuja. In the hard-charging startup world that the two men entered there was little time to remember the minutiae of everyday life — like paying bills on time. “In the midst of our busy schedules we would try to… Read More How BuyPower is easing the pain of utility payments in Nigeria
The history of biofuel production in Africa is marked with expensive and damaging failures. The much-hyped jatropha crop saw millions of dollars and vast tracts of land squandered, while the production of palm oil has been widely criticized for association with environmental damage and human rights abuses. But there is a new hope for the field. The Croton megalocarpus… Read More Croton nuts: Africa’s New Biofuel That Literally Grows on Trees
This list of 26 African science and tech innovators helps to reposition how we consider science and tech innovation in Africa and by extension what it means to be a science or tech innovator. Each of the individuals spotlighted, share a commitment to something simultaneously infinite, yet quantifiable: change. 1. Tonje Bakang Afrostream, Cameroon ‘You… Read More 26 African Science and Tech Innovators To Watch