Telecommunications company IHS Nigeria, in collaboration with NGO “WeForGood International,” has provided N3 million grants to six startups to support the implementation of sustainable ideas. The grant recipients, selected from a pool of contestants across Africa, presented their innovative ideas during the second edition of the Sustainable Solutions Africa Project (SSAP) organized by the NGO.
During the grant presentation ceremony in Lagos, Temitayo Ade-Peters, CEO of WeForGood International, emphasized the urgency of finding viable solutions to address the consequences of climate change and environmental degradation. The SSAP platform was created to drive skills development among youths in sustainability and commemorate World Youth Skills Day, observed on July 15.
Ade-Peters highlighted that the focus of this cohort was on environmentally-driven solutions that tackle environmental challenges while considering economic and social aspects. Entrepreneurs from across Africa were invited to pitch their innovative ideas or businesses, and a panel of judges carefully selected the final six grantees.
Expressing gratitude to IHS Nigeria for their significant support as the major grant sponsor, Ade-Peters acknowledged the company’s positive impact on Nigeria’s telecommunications sector, contributing to economic growth.
The six grantees identified are Chikere Onyinyechi, Muhammad Abdullahi, Olanya Richard, Zainab Ishaq, Yolo Smith, and Grace George. Each of them will receive N3 million to bring their sustainable ideas to life.
The initiative showcases the commitment of IHS Nigeria and WeForGood International to fostering entrepreneurship, driving sustainable development, and nurturing innovative solutions that address pressing environmental challenges. Through such initiatives, young African entrepreneurs are empowered to create positive change and contribute to a more sustainable future for the continent.