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This Nigerian #Insiders4Good entrepreneur is tackling the problem that causes 1 out of 10 African girls to drop out of school

Damilola Samuel started his journey as an entrepreneur working to help farmers in Ondo, Nigeria build agripreneurship skills. But while working within farming communities, Samuel noticed a pattern: rural girls regularly missed school and stayed home because they didn’t have the means to cope with hygiene during their periods. According to Samuel, over 20 million women in rural Nigeria don’t use sanitary pads during menstruation and must improvise with paper,…

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Lessons from the journey of a rising Nigerian tech entrepreneur

Omasirichukwu Udeinya, Microsoft #Insiders4Good Fellow and tech entrepreneur, began his project during a university class where a professor gave an assignment: identify a problem in the community and develop a database solution. Omasiri started with the school clinic. With both parents in the medical field, he was no stranger to healthcare settings. But analyzing the clinic from the perspective of a problem-solver sparked an idea. “I noticed that they were…

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Amidst Conflict in Northern Nigeria, an Entrepreneur is Boosting Farmers’ Livelihoods With Solar Power

Ibrahim Aboki was born and raised in a community of smallholder farmers, who in Nigeria produce 98% of the nation’s food. It’s a big responsibility, and Ibrahim—an entrepreneur and Microsoft #Insiders4Good Fellow—is on a mission to help make farmers’ livelihoods more secure and prosperous. “I’m proud of my roots as a farmer,” Ibrahim said. “So after receiving my diploma in renewable energy and having done an internship with a solar…

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This #Insiders4Good Entrepreneur Is Tapping Tech to Increase Student Success and Societal Access to Justice

Olayinka Olanrewaju had begun a prestigious law career in the UK, but something unmistakable called him back to his home in Nigeria. “Many years ago, I had lost my father,” Olayinka explains. “So as a child, my education and a lot of my dreams got truncated. But through the help of my community and family members, I got back on track and went to one of the best schools in…

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Doing What You Have to Do: This #Insiders4Good Fellow is determined to solve preventable maternal mortality in Nigeria

Many entrepreneurs launch businesses because they’ve identified a problem that they just cannot leave unsolved. Dr. Enokela Moses is a Microsoft #Insiders4Good Fellow and a sonologist specializing in diagnostic imaging for pregnant women. As a physician in an urban hospital in Nigeria, he often saw pregnant women arrive from remote areas to receive care only when it was too late. “I watched while an expectant mother and her unborn child…

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Kido & Kelechi – Lessons from Two Nigerian Insiders4Good Entrepreneurs

For many entrepreneurs, inspiration starts at home. For Kido Chukwunweike, missing homemade Nigerian cooking while he was a grad student in the UK was a lightbulb moment. For many Nigerians, breakfast is synonymous with akara, a quintessential comfort dish made from cowpeas (called “beans” in Nigeria). Pan-fried with chili and onions, the cakes are enjoyed sizzling hot (and are delicious with a side meal of custard). Typically, making akara takes…

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Being “Constructively Lazy” Led this Entrepreneur to Create a Potentially Life-Saving Tech Solution for Mental Health

While at university in Nigeria, Paula Aliu noticed that mental health was rarely spoken about. Peers and community members who suffered from PTSD, anxiety, or depression hid their struggles, or were treated for spiritual ailments by well-meaning but uninformed family members. Suicide was rarely discussed as suicide. “Many people aren’t aware that if someone is acting strange, it does not necessarily mean the person is possessed by the devil or…

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Building Digital Libraries in Indian Slums

Many children in Indian slum schools never see a computer. Their homes don’t have one, and their schools don’t have one. Their learning is based on memorization and they are not trained on practical technical skills. Three AMAZING high school girls – two in the United States and one in Hong Kong – are on a mission to change that. Aishwarya Suresh, Megha Sreekanth, and Naina Mishra are 16-year old…

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Sonya Saturday, Cartoonist and Windows Insider

  “I make cartoon art for adults,” Sonya Saturday says, describing her artwork in a nutshell. Love, sex, gender, and politics all find their way into her irreverently playful cartoons. Her most recent work includes an adult coloring book of Republican presidential candidates and a story anthologized in ALPHABET, a collection of LGBTQAI comics. Why use comics to talk about these subjects? Sonya points out that when heavy themes come…

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Books on Irfan's Desk

“It’s not going to come to you. You have to go to it.” While in a government office to pick up a some official piece of paper or other, I met Irfan, the man behind the desk.  I was in a foul mood.  In general I detest wasting time on paperwork anyway, and today had been an unusually busy day even before I’d spent an hour in line waiting my turn…