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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

SOMETIMES, LOVE ISN’T ENOUGH (WHY WE CAN’T ALWAYS SAVE THE ONES WE LOVE).

Hi, I’m  Paula Aliu representing Cogno-Aid, one of the 25 Nigerian Fellows of The #Insiders4Good program. Cogno-Aid is a start-up that aims to connect People to licensed Therapist from the comfort of wherever they might be. To get more info on Cogno-Aid here is our website : http://cogno-aidcdm.azurewebsites.net/ Here are some thoughts I would love to share with the community. As humans, we tend to place our loved ones on…

The Windows Insiders Program – A Perspective

“Shhhh, let’s not leak our hard work” – a maxim that was shared by Microsoft not very long ago during the Windows 8 era. This maxim is now resigned to the history books – as Microsoft has become more open in every possible way – open sourcing many of their development technologies but also more significantly with the creation of the Windows Insiders Program. Step forward until 2014, and enter…