Two Nigerians Shortlisted for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2020

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Two Nigerian Innovators have recently been announced by the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) as candidates for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2020.

Two Nigerians Shortlisted for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2020

The innovators, Aisha Raheem and Victor Boyle-Komolafe, were shortlisted alongside 14 engineers and entrepreneurs for developing solutions that address local challenges across sub-Saharan Africa.

The selected innovators will benefit from a unique package of support over the next eight months to help them accelerate their businesses.

The two Nigerian innovators were shortlisted for developing solutions to local challenges across sub-Saharan Africa.

Their Creations


Innovator: Aisha Raheem
Innovation: Farmz2U

Farmz2U is a software that helps farmers and families prevent food waste and enhance nutrition by using tech solutions.

Farmers tell the application how much land they have, what crops they want to grow, what their budget is, and even their target profit.

Farmz2U calculates how many seedlings the farmer should get, what fertiliser and pesticides to use, and provides training guides and videos for certain crops. Farmers can also find out where there is demand for their product, track orders and invoices, and find storage locations. Farmz2U even allows users to access financing, insurance, and receive weather reports and warnings.

Innovator: Victor Boyle-Komolafe
Innovation: Garbage In, Value Out (GIVO)

Garbage In Value Out (GIVO), automates and digitises the collection, processing and sale of recyclable materials.

Garbage In, Value Out (GIVO) is a system that automates and digitises the collection, processing, and sale of recyclable materials.

GIVO is used by communities, governments or waste management entrepreneurs who want to host a waste collection centre in a particular area. Once registered as a GIVO collection point, waste collectors bring the plastic they have collected to that centre, where they have a profile on the GIVO app. The app tracks how much they have collected, what it’s worth, and when they last dropped off plastic.

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According to the academy, the two Nigerians (Aisha Raheem and Victor Boyle-Komolafe) along with the 14 other selected innovators will benefit from a unique package of support over the next eight months to help them accelerate their businesses.

The innovators shortlisted from the award were selected from across six countries and six of them are women.

The other selected African innovators are

Jack Oyugi, Aquaprotein (Kenya);

Charlette N’Guessan, Bace API (Ghana);

Catherine Tasankha Chaima, Cathel (Malawi);

Adrian Padt, DryMac (South Africa);

Timothy Kayondo, Eco Water Purifier (Uganda);

Bernice Dapaah, EcoRide (Ghana);

Isaac Sesi, GrainMate (Ghana);

Josephine Godwyll, Lab and Library on Wheels (Ghana);

William Wasswa, PapsAI (Uganda);

David Tusubira, Remot (Uganda);

Samuel Rigu, Safi Organics (Kenya);

Justine Abuga, Solar Jiko (Kenya);

Tracy Kimathi, Tree_Sea.mals Mini-Grid (Kenya).

Richard Arwa, CIST Ethanol Fuel (Kenya)

The winner of the pitch will be awarded £25,000 as the winner of the 2020 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation while the runners-up will each be awarded £10,000.

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Currently, in its 6 year, the prize aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovative engineers from across the continent.

Innovator: Victor Boyle-Komolafe
Innovation: Garbage In, Value Out (GIVO)
Country: Nigeria



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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