Waste is gradually changing the face of our environment, if not the earth. Nigeria, with a population exceeding 170 million generates more than 32 million tons annually, one of the largest producers in Africa out of which an average 25% is collected. Solid waste management is the most pressing environmental challenge faced by rural and urban areas of Nigeria.
As a not-for-profit organization partnering finance communities, governments, civil societies, environmental and developmental NGOs, our commitment has led us to crannies of the nation attracting brilliant minds working across the entire value chain on innovation, infrastructure, education, advocacy and clean-up effort to keep waste in the right place.
Diwee powers is co-founded by two partners, Oluwapelumi Samuel and Oluwaseun Samuel who are active climate Enthusiast, entrepreneurs, and detailed operational personnel. Diwee power is a subsidiary of DIWEECS NIG ENT which is focused on Renewable energy solutions. Ranges include biogas and wind energy solutions with maximum climate-friendly considerations in all operations.
Diwee’s vision is to create a complete renewable Energy dependant system for all areas covered. Reduce the production and usage of Nitrogen-oxide producing fertilizers. Reduce the amount of methane produced by organic waste in Nigeria. Make available cheaper cost of electricity for SME’s and low-income homes. Reduce GHGs equivalent by 20m tons by 2023
Ogunseye Babatunde is a trained Social entrepreneur and animal nutritionist, an SDG advocate, and a preservationist of natural resources in relation to human use and food security. Owing to his passion to solve World Food hunger, food wastages and malnutrition, he founded Agrimax in 2018 which is committed to creating healthy and sustainable solutions for animal farmers and feed producers using insects to solve hunger and malnutrition caused by expensive feeds for animal farmers.
Agrimax Limited is a registered Social Enterprise that produces cheaper, affordable, and highly nutritional insect meal for Animals farmers (fish, pig and Chicken) and feed producers through insect (Black Soldier Fly) production and conversion of organic waste.
Agrimax vision for a food secure world is to efficiently use resources in the best possible way thus ensuring there is sustainable protein meal for farmers and feed producers.
Lightsup Energy Solutions is a social enterprise created majorly to address the problems of inefficient utilisation of waste and energy challenges among farmers, low-income households, and rural communities in Nigeria. Lightsup Energy is led by Udekwe Chinedu Martins.
Lightsup specializes in the installation and production of Biogas and Biomass Energy from plant, food and agricultural waste specifically for cooking and lighting. Carbonizing units and kilns are used to carbonize collected bio-wastes after going through a drying system. The char is crushed, mixed with molasses, compressed with briquetting machine and sun-dried.
Presently, 2 main types of biomass briquettes are made: Honey-comb briquettes and stick briquettes. The company also fabricates and installs biodigesters for harnessing biogas energy from plants, animal, and agricultural waste primarily for cooking and lighting.
Meyana is a ground-breaking renewable energy enterprise providing “green” energy and efficient agricultural and waste management solutions. The MeyanaWattsPro™ is a simple, smart, efficient, and sustainable design that conveniently allows customers access to electricity in addition to cooking gas and fertilizer, all starting with wastes generated on-site.
Waste is loaded through an inlet into a containerized plugin system and the efficient controller handles it all. Through the process of wet anaerobic digestion, the waste is then converted into biogas, then purified into methane gas and used to power a gas engine that generates electricity and cooking gas.
Mer Best is the co-founder and CEO of Meyana. A trained Biotechnologist and renewable energy expert with several years of research interest in bioenergy. His specialization is on fermentation biotechnology with specific emphasis on advanced biofuel and biofertilizer production.
Mildev Green collects organic and human waste from public toilets and farms, recycling into biogas used to power backup Biogas Generators with no environment effect as well as organic fertilizer for smallholder farmers. Prince Chiemeka Nmenabu is the CEO of Mildev Green, and he is on a mission to provide affordable, clean, off-grid, hybrid electricity to a localized group of individuals in rural areas as well as in underserved low-income community via pay-as-you-go using a specially designed photovoltaic solar cube.
Mildev’s technology is fitted with smart electricity meters that leverage on AI and blockchain technology to render decentralized and system adaptive energy use. Equipped with a 3G / 2G module it allows wireless communication with a web platform using any local GSM network to enable accurate and real-time energy monitoring.
Eco-connect is a smart, easy to use mobile/Web App that allows households to turn their waste into a currency that could be exchanged for cash or other valuable items. Eco-connect Portal (App) allows households to generate income from their waste and make raw materials consistently available to Recycling companies. Users can simply download the app or visit the website www.ecoconnect.ng to create an account, pile up waste, notify eco-connect when they have a certain quantity, and it is collected in exchange for points that could be redeemed accumulation of a certain amount.
Osayi Omokaro is the founder of Eco-Connect Portal, an audacious bold program to coordinate the waste/environmental management process in states all over Nigeria and Africa. He is an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Quality Management Systems (QMS) Auditor, Accessor, Consultant and Trainer, HHhHe is a Certified Business Coach, Business Development Expert, Business Consulting Expert, Business Management Experts and a Certified Public Speaker, trained at the Business Training Institute of Florida and the Pan African University, EDC, Lagos Business School.
Salisu Abdullahi is the founder of eTrash2Cash, a social enterprise in northern Nigeria, which helps low-income Nigerians earn more, by exchanging their wastes for cash. eTrash2Cash collects a variety of wastes (plastic, paper, metals, food, glass etc) from thousands of low & middle-income earning communities and commercial hubs in Kano through scrap dealers and mobile waste managers using technology, and exchange those wastes with direct cash incentives.
Mobile wastes managers register low-income households on its web/app portal and use tricycles to collect wastes from the doorsteps of every household to a central site. These wastes are then reprocessed and recycled into reusable materials that are environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Food waste is converted into organic compost for use by the small scale Nigerian farmers, paper waste is recycled into tissue papers for use by low-income community members and plastic waste converted to termite-resistant plastic lumber for making benches, desks and chairs for local primary school.
Ajekiigbe Timothy is the founder of Ecobuild Plastic Tiles. In 2017, Timothy was selected as top 5% innovators in Africa by Africa Entrepreneurship Award, in 2016, he represented Nigeria as a delegate at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 in Silicon Valley, USA hosted by President Obama. A finalist at LEAP Africa Social Innovator Programme award 2016. Originally trained as a Telecommunication & Electronics engineer, he has undergone trainings such as How to Build A Startup (Canvas Model) at Udacity USA, Business Finance Management at Rose School of Business in USA, Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Business – USA, Certificate in Business Management at Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of Lagos Business School, Adansonia Entrepreneurship Course at SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy.