INNOVATORS FROM OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES

In order to raise awareness of developments in social innovation and digital social innovation among Ethiopian entrepreneurs, Ethiopian innovator regularly profiles innovators from other African countries.
 

Profiles of social innovators from other African countries

Making money from waste in Nigeria

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Scrapays co-founder Boluwatife ArewaBy Kate Okorie, bird story agencyWaste is everywhere in Nigeria. The streets are littered with plastics and metallic parts. The culprits are regular citizens who discard trash with little regard to how and where, and even the decrepit waste collection trucks can ...
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Nigerian startup, Raenest, wants to help Africans get hired and paid anywhere

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July 08, 2022 In April 2021, Twitter announced it was establishing an office in Ghana. And Microsoft opened its Africa Development Center in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2019. Twitter and Microsoft are not the only companies not founded or headquartered in Africa looking to tap into a growing pool of tech ...
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Ghanaian innovator develops affordable houses from recycled plastic waste

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A worker is busy at the plastic recycling company established by Nelson Boateng in a suburb of Accra, Ghana, May 27, 2021. (Photo by Seth/Xinhua)As a teenager, Nelson Boateng, a resident of Ashaiman near Ghana’s capital Accra, needed to earn some income to support his education as well as aid his ...
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MoringaConnect - Ghana

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Kwami WilliamsHow we made it in Africa speaks to Kwami Williams, CEO of MoringaConnect, a Ghanaian company which manufactures food and personal care products from the moringa tree. Its brands include Minga Foods and True Moringa. The business also supplies bulk moringa oil, tea and powder to brands ...
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Nigeria: Entrepreneur uses local ingredients to manufacture high-end skincare products

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Joycee Awosika, founder of ORIKIJoycee Awosika started her cosmetics line ORIKI in 2015, using indigenous Nigerian ingredients to make high-quality skincare products. The brand has since expanded to include a contract manufacturing business and a chain of spas. Awosika spoke to James Torvaney about ...
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From Trying out Different Ventures, Femi Oyedipe Has Found Her Success in Chocolate Making.

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In Nigeria, starting and running a business – any business, is no walk in the park, as countless entrepreneurs have failed repeatedly. Hence, starting and successfully scaling a business, is a feather only few can lay claim to. Co-founder and CEO of Loshes Chocolate, Femi Oyedipe, was a guest on ...
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Anne Drane, championing artisan women in Kenya with her slow fashion brand Sawa Sawa Collection

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Startup Story - Anne Drane, founder of The Sawa Sawa Collection (Kenya/USA)One of the biggest challenges for women artisans in Kenya is getting their handcrafted products into global markets. The Sawa Sawa Collection, founded by Anne Drane and her co-founders looks to help change that narrative, ...
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SUNSWEET SOLAR – Tanzania

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FOUNDER (S): George Mtemahanji, Manuel Rolando, Co-founder & CTOINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS George left his home in 2003 at only nine years of age, as his mother took him to Italy in search of new work opportunities. However, eight years later he returned home, and upon seeing that the same ...
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REPURPOSE BAGS – South Africa

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REPURPOSE BAGS – South AfricaFOUNDER (S)- ThatoKgatlhanye, Co-founder Rea NgwaneINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS When she was 21, Thato Kgatlhanye and her friend, Rea Ngwane, then 22, decided that they wanted to help their community. “When we looked around there was nothing we wanted to be a part ...
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HEALTH – E – NET – KENYA

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http://www.health-e-net.orgFOUNDER (S) -   Dr. Pratap KumarINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS The diagnosis of a serious illness takes heavy emotional and financial toll on the sick and their families. Patients also have to make tough decisions on the choice of medical care. In many African ...
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COMPANY- SLATECUBE, FOUNDER – Chris Kwekowe

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COMPANY- SLATECUBE https://www.slatecube.comFOUNDER – Chris KwekoweINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESSIn 2014, twelve 300 level students, mostly Chris’s classmates interned at Microbold, his first startup. Two months into the six months that the internship was meant to last, another classmate who had ...
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ESPINNACHEA-INNOVATIONS-South-Africa-FOUNDER-S-Lufefe-Nomjana

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ESPINNACHEA INNOVATIONS - South AfricaFOUNDER (S) Lufefe NomjanaBACKGROUND OF FOUNDERLufefe had a difficult childhood, and was separated from his mother due to her inability to support the family. He states, “At 13, I began working at a supermarket and earned R20 for my family. My eldest brother ...
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Company- MitiMeth - Nigeria

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FOUNDER - Achenyo Idachaba-INSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS.Born in the US, Achenyo, had a deep conviction to return to Nigeria and do some social good. She had spent more than half of her life in the U.S., but she had also spent part of my childhood and early adult years in Nigeria. Her parents ...
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COMPANY - AFROES- Kenya and South Africa

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FOUNDER (S) - Anne Githuku-ShongweINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS.Afroes (the name comes from a play on the words African Heroes and Heroines), was founded by Anne Githuku Shongwe and was inspired by conversations with her own children. She worried that they weren’t being exposed to any positive ...
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