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Nathaniel Okwoli’s Booklify is Encouraging a Better Reading Culture

It has often been said that many Nigerians don’t read. While some have attributed the country’s low reading culture to a lack of interest, others, like Nathaniel Okwoli, believe it has more to do with a lack of access. In Nigeria, there are only 316 libraries for a population of almost 200 million, making access […]

Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti Pays Her Knowledge Forward with the Launch of her new Book

It was a pleasure to support Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti, in Lagos last Thursday, July 26th at the launch of her book “Accessing Grants for Startups”, which serves as a roadmap to funding opportunities for African entrepreneurs. Having benefited tremendously from her participation in various business development opportunities, Ifedayo has attempted to pay some of her knowledge […]

TEF Alumni Wins Silver Medal & £10,000 Cash Prize From the UK Royal Academy

The UK Royal Academy Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, is an internationally coveted award that seeks to identify talented sub-Saharan African engineers from across disciplines who are applying their skillset to developing novel solutions to critical challenges within their communities. This year, Ifediora Ugochukwu, an Alumni of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, received a silver medal […]

Filling the Financial Literacy Gap in South Africa with 2CEE Holdings

Entrepreneurs have different stories of venturing into business, ranging from personal experiences to a passion, for Thusi Sabelo, his  journey of entrepreneurship started back in 2011. “I resigned at Old Mutual Finance and started my own marketing company Walking Tall Communications. Unfortunately the company didn’t succeed due to a lack of clients and was running […]

From a Childhood Experience to a Thriving Business, Meet Shamim Nabuuma

At the age of 6, Shamim Nabuuma experienced tooth pain and this was repeatedly treated with pain relieving tablets, however this was not enough to keep away the tooth pain which soon degenerated to a swollen jaw. Even with all that pain, her parents couldn’t afford to take her to the dentist. They however mobilized […]

Disrupting the African Fashion Industry with Serah Kassim Ready to Wear Brand

Textile and clothing is the second largest sector in the developing world after agriculture, this sector is dominated by SMEs and holds the potential to create jobs for millions of women and youth across Africa. Discussions on African inspired clothing takes the centre stage at forums on fashion and exhibitions around the world. From the […]

Dainel Oulai’s Multiple Solutions to Tackling the Challenges of Food Security

Across the world Food security brings a huge debate with organisations, individuals and governments taking a centre stage in the tackling the interrelated elements of: availability, access, utilisation and stability. Grainothèque founded by a young agroecology activist and, Daniel Oulai (2017, Agriculture), is one of such organizations that is driving the agenda of  food security. As a young boy […]

Shabbirali Mussa: Solving the Waste Challenge of Tanzania

From Arusha to Dar es Salaam, over every 5 mins walk you will find a plastic bag (polythene) on the road or in a drainage leading to pollution. In Tanzania, a devastating amount of over a million polythene plastic bags are used each year. Only a small percentage of these plastic bags are used again […]

Inside Chigozie Bashua’s World of Nut Processing

With a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, one would expect Chigozie to focus on a career in line with her degree but in her words, “I believe I was called to do more than just my degree, I was out to fight the rising cost of food prices and bring innovation and the […]