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Six Nigerian innovators shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation


Six creative and innovative Nigerians have been shortlisted for the African Prize for Engineering Innovation award.

These prolific young Nigerians developed different tech apps to further advance economic activities across the globe.

Elohor Thomas

Below are their names and the innovation they came up with.

Elohor Thomas who created CodeLn, an automated tech recruitment platform that helps companies looking to hire people in the software engineering field. It is also an accessible learning tool, allowing novices and professional programmers alike to improve their coding skills, with special functions for those with additional needs, such as visually impaired and neurodiverse coders

Faith Adesemowo who developed Social Lender, a digital service that provides immediate access to formal financial services to those with little to no previous access.

Jacob Azundah who developed Aevhas, a high-efficiency garri processing machine, used to process the tuberous roots of the cassava plant into garri – a powdery flour and diet staple across West Africa.

Olugbenga Olufemi Olubanjo who created Reeddi, an energy system used to provide clean, reliable and affordable electricity to households and businesses operating in the energy-poor communities of sub-Saharan Africa.

Taofeek Olalekan who developed RealDrip, a medical device that simplifies essential intravenous therapy, used especially for pregnant women during drip and blood transfusions.

Yusuf Bilesanmi who developed ShiVent, a low-cost, non-electric and non-invasive ventilator for patients with respiratory difficulties, available at a fraction of the cost of mechanical ventilators. Its simple design enables it to be operated by unspecialised healthcare workers.

In 2017, the Prize was won by a Nigerian innovator, Godwin Benson, who developed Tuteria, an online platform that connects people seeking to learn ‘anything’ with verified local experts who can teach them what they want to learn, as well as ensuring safety, accountability and quality learning delivery.


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