On October 18, we were so excited to host the 2018 SIPA! It gathered social innovators, corporate leaders, development professionals, public & private sector players, academics, young people to explore pathways in social innovation & socio-economic transformation. It featured a keynote, plenary session, awards for outstanding fellows of the 2017/2018 Social Innovators Programme and the induction of the 2018/2019 fellows.

Dr. Patrick Awuah Jr. founder, Ashesi University, delivering a keynote at SIPA 2018.

Ashesi University founder, Dr. Patrick Awuah Jr. joined us at SIPA this year as keynote speaker and shared insights along the lines of social capital, capacity building, job creation, launching a social enterprise, working with the SDGs and other key insights. Below is a powerful excerpt from his session:

“It is really something to grow an idea to reality, we need to collaborate with others as social entrepreneurs; find a co-founder, mentor, who will guide your way”. 
“The journey of a thousand miles starts with a step, but the journey of a thousand miles does not end with the first step, you need a second, the third step until you get to the thousandth mile”.   

– Patrick Awuah Jr., founder, Ashesi University, Ghana. 

The panel had a mix of people from across tri-sectors, Olufunbi Falayi, Partner Passion Incubator, Folawe Omikunle, CEO, Teach for Nigeria, Akintunde Oyebode, Executive Secretary LSETF, and Nkem Okocha, Founder Mamamoni.

L-R: Olufunbi Falayi, Partner Passion Incubator; Kehinde Ayeni, Manager, Communications/PR, LEAP Africa; Folawe Omikunle, CEO, Teach for Nigeria; Nkem Okocha, Founder Mamamoni; Akintunde Oyebode, Executive Secretary LSETF; and Femi Taiwo, ED, LEAP Africa. 

Olufunbi Falayi, CEO, Passion Incubator highlighting pathways for social entrepreneurs on the panel.

To create an ecosystem of sustainable enterprises, social entrepreneurs must always reflect on the collective good of giving opportunities and platforms to start-ups 

– Olufunbi Falayi ,CEO, Passion Incubator

Nkem Okocha, CEO, Mamamoni championing the cause for women in low-income communities during the panel session at SIPA 2018.

A lot of female entrepreneurs are low-income earners who cannot afford to attend Business Schools; listening and providing help for them is necessary

-Nkem Okocha, CEO, Mamamoni

Issues around building an ecosystem, safe spaces for social innovators to thrive, local & global partnerships and exploring opportunities were brought to the fore as well as possible actions young people can run with.

Akintunde Oyebode, Executive Secretary/CEO, LSETF sharing some insights on the panel at SIPA 2018.

When we celebrate people whose source of income is through unjustified means, when we give them honorary degrees and stand up to clap for them, we create a problem in society. This act does give room for the youth to believe less in what we do as social innovators. We must change this dialogue!

-Akintunde Oyebode, Executive Secretary/CEO, LSETF

The panel session allowed for interaction between the panelists & conference attendees while the fireside chat with the keynote speaker featured a rich discourse and dialogue.

Folawe Omikunle, CEO, Teach For Nigeria sharing her passion for youth leadership in Nigeria at SIPA 2018.

There is a role for everyone to play. We need to build collective leadership across all sectors.

-Folawe Omikunle, CEO, Teach For Nigeria

Honours were presented in two categories to three (3) Outstanding Fellows and the Dr. Pamela Hartigan Prize for Social Innovation winner. The Dr. Pamela Hartigan Prize for Social Innovation created by Mrs. Ndidi Nwuneli in 2017, recognizes an outstanding SIP Alumni who has translated the learning and professional insights acquired from the fellowship into channeling innovative solutions to address critical social problems in society.

Three Outstanding Fellows; Okoroleju Alero, Amusa Victor, and Ayeni-Babajide Olamide won the prize of #1,000,000 (One million naira) each for demonstrating the most growth and excellence during the fellowship year. All the outgoing fellows join the SIP Alumni of 140 innovators and will continue to receive support on their ventures.

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Photo 1 – Amusa Victor receiving the Outstanding Fellow Award
Photo 2 – Okoroleju Alero Sandra receiving the Outstanding Fellow Award
Photo 3 – Ayeni Olamide receiving the Outstanding Fellow Award
Photo 4 – Olumide Adeleye (SIP 2017 Alumni) receiving the Dr. Pamela Hartigan Prize for Social Innovation

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Unveiling the 2018/2019 Incoming SIP Fellows!

  • Oscar Udebuana (CEO/Founder, EduPoint) – Edupoint uses technology to connect students to highly skilled teachers to improve learning outcomes while creating jobs for unemployed graduates & retired teachers. Its current revenue model ensures tutors earn at least $0.70 for every $1 EduPoint makes.
  • Ugonna Ginigeme (CEO, Vasiti.com) –  Through Vasiti, Ugonna’s is providing a platform for undergraduates using tech apps and resources to promote student entrepreneurship and connect them to opportunities.
  • Kperrun Elizabeth (CEO/Co-Founder, Zenafri Limited) –  Zenafri simplifies learning for African children via mobile applications and video content (animation) that teach children in their native languages and in contexts they understand.
  • Idehai Rita (MD, Ecobarter) –  Ecobarter is addressing human-induced degradation of the environment not only with sensitization but also curbside recycling collection scheme for households and businesses in Abuja using low-cost pedal cargo bicycles thereby creating income for poor and unemployed persons.
  • Adegbite Mayowa (CEO, Ashake Foundation) –  Mayowa’s foundation assists widows via one of his initiatives, the Widows Business School. Through the vocational training from this school, widows are able to set up small enterprises.
  • Adereni Abiodun (CEO, HelpMum) –  HelpMum is helping achieve SDG 3, Health & wellbeing through the provision of sterilized ultra-affordable clean birth kits in rural areas to reduce infant & maternal mortality caused by the use of unhygienic equipment by traditional birth attendants. It also uses cheap technology like SMS to enable women in rural communities to access necessary healthcare information.
  • Tochukwu Egesi (Co-Founder/ED, RemindMe) –  RemindMe provides an automated vaccine reminder for immunization, maternal care routines & vaccination for people in rural and urban centres using a USSD string and SMS technology.
  • Alayande Abiola (Strategy & Product Lead, TREP Labs) –  TREP (Test, Refine, Evaluate and Prototype) Labs is a Talent Accelerator that recruits top talents, democratizes access to IOT and builds indigenous replicable solutions for African problems. Its most notable product of is REALDRIP, a device that prevents back-flow of blood during drip treatment.
  • Ucheaga Chizaram (Head, Corporate Strategy & Operations, MAVIS Computel Ltd) –  Chizaram using his innovative Mavis Talking Books provides quality primary education to children in under-served communities in a language they understand to help improve literacy & numeracy outcomes.
  • Ubah Ikenna (Founder/CEO, Ubabio Biomass Energy Solutions, UBES) –  UBES provides sustainable, affordable clean energy sources, through recycling of organic agricultural wastes into green biomass energy. This improves access to clean energy in rural communities and is an additional source of income to farmers and women.
  • Olaosebikan Kabir (CEO, Craft Planet) –  Craft Planet is a waste recycling enterprise in Northern Nigeria that upcycles plastic waste into reusable
    materials with a high market value such as interlocks, roof tiles, solar kiosks, and poultry fencing with future plans to use them for housing construction in IDP camps or emergency situations. Kabir is not only creating job opportunities but also contributing to environmental sustainability by reducing deforestation and carbon footprints.
  • Adeyemi David (CEO, Ecogenic Solutions) –  Ecogenic solution produces cost-effective, eco-friendly, non-toxic and 100% safe Multipurpose Organic products from Kitchen Wastes (Fruits, Food & Vegetables) to prevent the hazardous effect of this waste and environmental degradation.
  • Ajayi Tobiloba (Chief Responsibility Officer, The Let CP Kids Learn Project) –  Tobiloba’s social initiative promotes Inclusive Mainstream Education for children with Cerebral Palsy using a 5-way method that covers School Readiness Assessments, Counselling, Referrals to appropriate medical and paramedical service providers, School placement Support and Teacher Training for schools.
  • Sunbola A. Michael (President, Lagos Food Bank Initiative) –  Michael’s initiative acts as a frontline agency assisting those struggling with hunger and malnutrition in Lagos with food warehouses across 20 local governments. It also connects beneficiaries to employment opportunities that enable them to fend for themselves and contribute to the enterprise as well.
  • Abdulazeez Oguntoyinbo (Founder/CEO, Electronic Esusu) –  Electronic Esusu caters for unbanked individuals across communities through the digitization of the thrift collection process while helping them access micro-credit and financial inclusion services.
  • Mmekidmfonabasi Umana (Founder, Aimcare NG) –  Mmekidmfonabsi Water for All (WALL) initiative, is an online platform that connects rural communities, schools or health centers in need of clean water in Africa with international and local donors. To ensure sustainability, Aimcare produces quality hygiene products, smartly packaged, sells these packs to private boarding school to inject funds into his social enterprise.
  • Oluwatomi Solanke(Founder, Spotted) –  Spotted is a web-based application that uses Facial Recognition Technology & Artificial Intelligence to find Missing People, Unidentified Accident Victims & Victims of Human Trafficking.
  • Kumesine Beauty (Executive Director, Blazing Heart Autism Center) –  Kumesine’s drive is providing the highest quality therapy for autistic children as well as support for their families. Some of the ways Kumesine is driving the conversation for autism is through the PortHarcourtWalk4Autism as well as educative practical seminars.
  • Olumide Ogunbanjo (Founder, AgroData Network) –  AgroData Network introduces rural farmers to sustainable organic agricultural practices. One of such practices is beekeeping which ensures a continuous supply of natural bee honey and active crop pollination which increases yield and generates extra income for these farmers.
  • Nonso Opurum (Co-Founder, Jaracare) –  Jaracare is a new age tool and platform that equips users with instant access to health care services they need. They also connect patients in Nigeria who need treatment abroad to doctors and hospitals in India free of charge.







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