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Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by scholes0(m): 10:55pm On Aug 08, 2015
Nigerians are making waves in every field of Human endeavor, whether home or abroad, that is an indisputable fact.... This is a list of some top-notch Nigerian Inventors, Innovators and entrepreneurs currently making a lot of progress. Feel free to include more people you are aware of.
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1: Ayodeji Adewunmi, Opeyemi Awoyemi & Olalekan Olude
Creators of Jobberman
Nigeria / ICT / Employment






While many believe Nigeria’s high rate of unemployment is caused by a lack of jobs, there is another critical issue – closing the gap between talent and opportunity. This is what Ayodeji Adewunmi and his fellow co-founders are trying to accomplish through Jobberman, a Lagos-based, pan-African online job search engine. Jobberman was started by three entrepreneurs – Ayodeji Adewunmi, Opeyemi Awoyemi and Olalekan Olude – during their last year of university. The trio held a common interest in addressing Nigeria’s unemployment issues and quickly joined forces to develop the innovative platform. Today, backed by a powerful private equity firm, Jobberman has blossomed into West Africa’s most popular job site, with over one million jobseeking professionals and 23,000 employers as of June 2014.

2: Kunlé Adeyemi
Makoko Floating School
Nigeria / Architecture




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Makoko is one of the poorest areas in the Nigerian megacity of Lagos. Perched right on the edge of the massive Lagos,Lagoon, it is often prone to flooding, and thus many homes are built on wooden platforms that sit above the water.

Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi had a vision to develop a sustainable community in Makoko that incorporated water as part of its central plan. His vision became a reality in March 2013 when his team completed a solar-powered school made from local materials that floats on recycled plastic barrels. The Makoko Floating School takes an innovative approach to addressing the social and physical needs of poorer communities that will suffer disproportionately in the wake of climate change and a rapidly urbanising African landscape. More importantly, the school offers children in this slum an opportunity for a similar education to those in better-resourced urban areas. The floating school was nominated for the International Award for Public Art and World Design of the Year in 2014.

3: Cyprian Emeka Uzoh
Chip Interconnection Technology
Nigeria / Device Hardware and Device Communication Technology






A technologist, scientist and prolific inventor, Cyprian Emeka Uzoh holds more than 300 semiconductor patents worldwide and is co-author of more than 35 publications in scientific journals. He is a pioneer in the field of computer electronics and has discovered, co-developed and co-implemented various critical elements and technologies, which have led to the successful implementation of copper interconnect technology at companies like the IBM Corporation. Uzoh is also responsible for the bottom-up metal plating process in submicron features, a critical technology used across the breath of the semiconductor industry in today’s cell phones, laptops, servers and super computers.

After finishing secondary school in eastern Nigeria, Uzoh attended college and graduate school in the United States where he studied metallurgical engineering. Holder of Patent number 6709562: Method of Making Electroplated Interconnection Structures on Integrated Circuit Chips, which was a key development in chip technology, Uzoh is likely responsible for the developments that have empowered Africa’s mobile technology explosion by making components smaller and cheaper.

4: Oyekunle Ayinde Olukotun
Multi-core processors
Nigeria / ICT






Fellow of the globally acclaimed Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Professor Olukotun is a pioneer of multi-core processors – a foundation of the IT revolution of the past three decades. In the mid-1990s, Olukotun and his colleagues argued that multi-core computer processors were likely to make better use of hardware than existing designs. In 2000, while a professor at Stanford, Olukotun founded Afara Web systems, a company that designed and manufactured multi-core, SPARC-based computer processors for data centres.

Following Olokutun’s discovery, Intel and other IT giants began to develop multi-core processes during the early 2000s. They have become the base of modern Central Processing Unites (CPUs), the key component of any computer system.In 2008, Olukotun founded the Pervasive Parallelism Laboratory at Stanford after gathering $6 million in funding from several computer industry corporations. The laboratory explores how to increase the efficiency of computers and programming languages.
Olukotun is a member of the board of advisors of UDC, a Nigerian venture capital firm. He was also elected as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in 2006 for his “contributions to multiprocessors on a chip and multi-threaded processor design”.

5: Nnedimma Nkemdili Okorafor
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing
Nigeria / Literature






Nigerian-American, Nnedi Okorafor, is one of the most successful sojourners in the world of science fiction and fantasy literature. [b]Okorafor has received global recognition for the creative blend of African culture, science fiction and magical realism that she brings to life in her books. [/b]Several of her novels and short stories have received awards and positive reviews. Among them, her novel Zahrah the Windseeker has won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature and her novel Who Fears Death won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

Okorafor began writing as a way to cope with the complication of paralysis that resulted from surgery to correct her severe scoliosis. She had been a star athlete and tennis player in high school and college, but the complications and subsistent recovery cut short the possibility of career in sports. As Okorafor’s sporting dreams faded, her passion for writing germinated and blossomed, and she went on to earn her Master’s and PhD in English. She is now a professor of Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Buffalo.

6: Okechukwu Ofili
Okada Books
Nigeria / Literature / ICT[/b]






With one innovation Okechukwu Ofili has provided an effective solution to two of Nigeria’s biggest literary headaches: the deteriorating reading culture and a lack of access to indigenous literature. Ofilli’s Okada Books is an easy-to-access online bookstore and mobile app that makes thousands of Nigerian books available to readers on their personal computers or mobile devices. Ofilli, an author and engineer, says that Okada Books seeks to harness the power of the mobile phone to make it easier and cheaper for Nigerians to read. His application currently has over 8,000 books, 27,000 users and 316,000 downloads. Okada Books was named the “MTN App of the Year” for 2013.

7: Justus Nwaoga
Mimosa Weed Solar Energy
Nigeria / Power/ Renewable Energy






Professor Justus Nwaoga is a Nigerian man with a mission. He is the chief engineer in the Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry Department at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and has turned a common weed (Mimosa Pudica) into a potentially viable source of solar technology.

Professor Nwaoga discovered the potential of the weed mimosa pudica in accumulating solar energy when he noticed that its leaves opened at sunrise and folded at sunset. Further exploration showed that the plants contain a compound he calls “black silicon”, which is responsible for their sensitivity to light. Professor Nwaoga has used the same pigments extracted from the weed to create solar panels which have generated attention from places as far afield as China – the world’s leading manufacturer of solar panels. The author of Plant Weed for Solar Cell Development, Professor Nwaoga was one of 10 finalists for the Innovation Prize for Africa in 2013.

8: John O. Dabiri
Advancements in Medicine
Nigeria / Science and Technology






John O. Dabiri (born 1980) is a biophysicist, professor of aeronautics and bioengineering, and dean at the California Institute of Technology at such an impossibly young age. Born to Yoruba immigrants from Nigeria, He is best known for his research of the hydrodynamics of jellyfish propulsion and the design of a vertical-axis wind farm adapted from schooling fish. He is the director of the Biological Propulsion Laboratory, which examines fluid transport with applications in aquatic locomotion, fluid dynamic energy conversion, and cardiac flows, as well as applying theoretical methods in fluid dynamics and concepts of optimal vortex formation.

In 2010, Dabiri was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for his theoretical engineering work.[2] He established the Caltech Field Laboratory for Optimized Wind Energy (FLOWE) in 2011, a wind farm which investigates the energy exchange in an array of vertical-axis wind turbines. His honors include a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE),[1] and being named as one of Popular Science magazine's "Brilliant 10" scientists in 2008. Bloomberg Businessweek magazine listed him among its 2012 Technology Innovators.

9: Ndubuisi Ekekwe
Advancements in Medicine
Nigeria / ICT






Ndubuisi Ekekwe represents the perfect blend of science, technology and entrepreneurship - the ethos of African innovations. Professor Ekwekwe started his first business – Ultinet Systems – fresh out of university, by selling computers to university lecturers and professors. Although the business was successful, he decided to go back to school. During his time at Johns Hopkins University, Professor Ekekwe conducted research around creating artificial human organs such as the retina, cochlea and the brain. A holder of two doctoral and four master’s degrees, Ekekwe is a pioneer in technology in Africa.

Professor Ekwekwe holds two pending patents on microelectronics and has consulted for universities and the World Bank. As well as holding visiting appointments in two African universities, Professor Ekwekwe founded the African Institution of Technology, which is now sponsored by billionaire entrepreneur, Tony Elumelu. Professor Ekwekwe is also the founder and CEO of FASMICRO Group, which controls businesses in microelectronics, cyber security, real estate and ICT. Professor Ekwekwe has received several awards, such as the United Kingdom Congress on Computer Assisted Surgery, and was nominated for the Johns Hopkins Institutions Diversity Recognition Award.

10: Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi
Awojobi Clinic, Eruwa (ACE)
Nigeria / Health






n a rural area of Nigeria where, as elsewhere on the African continent, high-quality machinery and electricity are not easily accessible, Dr Oluyombo Awojobi built a clinic that delivers quality care using techniques and improvised devices, constructed right on site.

Dr Awojobi set up his clinic in Eruwa, Oyo State, Nigeria in 1986 after spending some years working as a surgeon at a district hospital in the same area. At ACE, he makes use of materials that are easily accessible within his immediate environment. For example, he has built a hematorcrit centrifuge from a bicycle wheel that can turn at 5,400 rpm, creating a force 3,000 times stronger than Earth’s gravity to separate oxygen-carrying red cells from a patient’s blood. He has also constructed an operating table that is 90 percent wood and 10 percent metal. Used maize cobs serve as fuel to generate the heat for terilizing surgical equipment, and rain water collected during the rainy season is stored for use in flushing toilets during the dry season. Not one to keep his life-saving knowledge to himself, Dr Awojobi has published his designs and findings in numerous international medical journals.

11: Yemi Adesokan
Nigeria / Health Technology


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US- based Nigerian born researcher, Yemi Adesokan, put his country's name on the map of nations of innovation.
Adesokan's discovery which has potential to change the way mankind responds to disease pathogens, according to experts, may bring an end the era of increased burden of drug resistance in the world particularly, in sub Saharan Africa.

When he moved to United States in 1996, little did the young innovator have realise that he was going to rub shoulders with some of the greatest names in scientific technology. But today, Adesokan who has been listed by Technology Review, an independent media company owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (MIT). As one of the TR35 Award of the 2011 World top innovators. Past recipients have included Sergey Brin (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), & Konstantin Novoselev (later a Nobel Laureate in Physics). Adesokan is being so specially honored for his work in the application of next generation sequencing to clinical diagnostics. He is also the founder of Pathogenica Inc, was selected as a member of the TR35 class of 2011 by a panel of expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review, who evaluated more than 300 nominations.

12: Chinedu Echeruo
Nigeria / Tech Entrepreneur






Chinedu Echeruo, formerly an analyst at investment banks and hedge funds founded HopStop in 2005. Echeruo is now Chairman of the Board for HopStop. HopStop.com provides free customized public transit directions, as well as other related features and information relevant to public transit. Users can get step-by-step public transit, walking, taxi, biking, and hourly car rental directions based on the travel options selected (departure time, transportation mode, more walking vs. more transfers, etc.).

The City Guide helps users find attractions, bars, restaurants, hotels, shopping areas, & other businesses.The Community tab offers users the ability to plan a trip with multiple destinations, including City Guide listings & custom location He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Syracuse University. In 2011, HopStop was named one of the top 100 fastest growing software companies in the United States and ranked 1,182 overall on the 2011 Inc 500 | 5000 list. Since the release of iOS 6 in September 2012, in which Apple replaced support for Google Maps with their own mapping, HopStop has been named as one of the top transit apps for Apple products by multiple publishers including Business Insider, Fast Company and Wired.
The company was acquired by Apple Inc in July 2013.

13: Ayokunle Adeniran
Nigeria / Science and Technology






A few weeks ago, the Internet was buzzing with photos of what was tagged the ‘Nepaless Iron’. It was very intriguing, and as you can imagine, we wanted to get in behind the story. The ‘Nepaless Iron’ is actually called the ‘Iron Rhino’ and is the innovative brain child of a Nigerian Engineer, Ayokunle Adeniran. A graduate of Covenant University, ‘Sean’ as he is fondly called by his friends, works as a mechanical design engineer in the United States, and has found a way around having to wait for the ‘NEPA’ before getting nicely pressed outfits. The Iron Rhino is a gas powered device which is portable and easy to use. should expect to see the product on our shelves.

The Iron Rhino is a product designed in response to the inability of people to iron their clothes due to electrical power outages plaguing developing countries such as Nigeria. It is a butane gas powered pressing iron, meaning it does not require electricity to function. It looks very similar to and functions like existing electric irons. The butane comes in canisters that retail for about N120 and can last for 1 week usage at 20 minutes daily ironing. The canisters presently are being manufactured by a Chinese company, but provisions are being made to have them produced locally by a Nigerian company. The projected production rate is calculated to serve all functioning irons abundantly, also a recycling process of the canisters will mean users can get discounts on recycled canisters.

13: Tunde Kehinde
Jumia, Nigeria's No1 Online retailer
Nigeria / Business / E-Commerce





JUMIA is a Nigerian online shopping site for a wide range of items, and one of the largest online market places in Africa. The business was founded in 2012 by Tunde Kehinde and Raphael Afaedor with funding from Rocket Internet. As of 2015, Jumia has warehouses in ten other countries, including: Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Cote d'Ivoire, Uganda, Ghana, United Kingdom, Tanzania and Angola. In 2013, the business received $35 million in Series B funding from Millicom to contribute towards its expansion in its domestic market and the move into a new 90,000 square foot warehouse located in Lagos.

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by Sibrah: 11:14pm On Aug 08, 2015
See that NEPALESS Iron! No big grammar. Just identify a problem and solve it. Very soon we will a laptop version that uses a 120 Naira butane canister to run for 2 weeks, and it will be the end of programmers having raining dry seasons.

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by Teempakguy(m): 11:16pm On Aug 08, 2015
Hmm

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by RobinHez(m): 11:21pm On Aug 08, 2015
I hope to make it to that list too...!

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by Ehimenboy(m): 12:16am On Aug 09, 2015
Wow!
Notably, the fields are from Technology (esp ICT,) Literature and Health.


But, that UNN man amuses me... 'Engineer at Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry...'. A mention of four quite distinct fields; one man!

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by ojkalito(m): 12:21am On Aug 09, 2015
i knw dis thread go make FP but i no wan comment
Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by YonkijiSappo: 2:02pm On Aug 09, 2015
I feel Inspired!!
Grabs a paper and starts enumerating things I could do with my life .....

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by Seun(m): 5:35pm On Aug 09, 2015
Is Dangote not innovating?

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by RobinHez(m): 5:46pm On Aug 09, 2015
YonkijiSappo:
I feel Inspired!!
Grabs a paper and starts enumerating things I could do with my life .....

Sorry but that got me laughing... grin

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by RobinHez(m): 5:49pm On Aug 09, 2015
Seun:
Is Dangote not innovating?
Uhm...I think he's made a name for himself. These guys are to be on the watchlist. wink

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by Ololanla: 6:09pm On Aug 09, 2015
The list is not completed. My name is not on it nah. Op do the needful.

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by prelinctus: 6:10pm On Aug 09, 2015
Good, but Op, why exactly should we watch out for them? undecided

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by Seun(m): 6:26pm On Aug 09, 2015
RobinHez:

Uhm...I think he's made a name for himself. These guys are to be on the watchlist. wink
The Jobberman guys are awesome but what are we watching them for at this point?

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by Dharniel(m): 6:30pm On Aug 09, 2015
Sibrah:
See that NEPALESS Iron! No big grammar. Just identify a problem and solve it. Very soon we will a laptop version that uses a 120 Naira butane canister to run for 2 weeks, and it will be the end of programmers having raining dry seasons.

it's really a great invention...

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by RobinHez(m): 6:46pm On Aug 09, 2015
Seun:
The Jobberman guys are awesome but what are we watching them for at this point?
Yeah..that's a case of people with 'like-minds'

Hmm...that's what I don't understand. Maybe the Op should change the title of the post...or maybe he wants Nigerian's to be aware of their 'own'.

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by scholes0(m): 6:53pm On Aug 09, 2015
Seun:
The Jobberman guys are awesome but what are we watching them for at this point?

it is mostly an innovators list.
Jobberman guyz are still innovating.
And another point of the whole thread, is not mentioning all the already well known 'Big wigs" Dangote, Otedola and co....

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by Nobody: 6:56pm On Aug 09, 2015
#to look out for, we are looking. Some are still cooking, just a mile more.
Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by Nobody: 6:58pm On Aug 09, 2015
Sibrah:
See that NEPALESS Iron! No big grammar. Just identify a problem and solve it. Very soon we will a laptop version that uses a 120 Naira butane canister to run for 2 weeks, and it will be the end of programmers having raining dry seasons.
We are waiting, preferably from your stable.
Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by McLove(m): 7:24pm On Aug 09, 2015
Seun Osewa the founder of the platform where you post this nko?

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by scholes0(m): 7:26pm On Aug 09, 2015
McLove:
Seun Osewa the founder of the platform where you post this nko?

Abi na why I neva make front page yet ni?
Make I add am join? lol j/k
cc: 1forall , CrazyMan , Seun, Lalasticlala , FOD , naijacutee , puskin
Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by McLove(m): 8:24pm On Aug 09, 2015
scholes0:


Abi na why I neva make front page yet ni?
Make I add am join? lol j/k
like seriously, this should be on front page nah
Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by YonkijiSappo: 8:28pm On Aug 09, 2015
RobinHez:


Sorry but that got me laughing... grin

Lol, I was serious bro.
See my mates doing one thing or the other and making +ve contributions.
Anyways.... what I need now is starting capital.

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by RobinHez(m): 8:32pm On Aug 09, 2015
YonkijiSappo:


Lol, I was serious bro.
See my mates doing one thing or the other and making +ve contributions.
Anyways.... what I need now is starting capital.
ok...i pray u make it too.

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by Shininstar30(f): 10:13pm On Aug 09, 2015
Seun:
The Jobberman guys are awesome but what are we watching them for at this point?

Seun pls in God's name help me, I get banned whenever I try creating a thread and I see other people creating the similar threads as what I keep getting banned for. Pls help me cos it really frustrating. Thanks.

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by scholes0(m): 10:23pm On Aug 09, 2015
Shininstar30:


Seun pls in God's name help me, I get banned whenever I try creating a thread and I see other people creating the similar threads as what I keep getting banned for. Pls help me cos it really frustrating. Thanks.

That is the spam bot's doing, no one is banning you.
Make sure you put most of your post in a single list like I have done with this thread.

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by Shininstar30(f): 11:11pm On Aug 09, 2015
scholes0:


That is the spam bot's doing, no one is banning you.
Make sure you put most of your post in a single list like I have done with this thread.

I got banned when I tried it. The most frustrating of it all is I get banned too when I reply to peoples' post. Pls help
Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by Vstuffs(m): 12:43am On Aug 10, 2015
smiley smiley smiley
Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by jashar(f): 4:02pm On Aug 10, 2015
my life must make sense ooo... I wish more young people would see this, read it and be inspired. Get their minds of s..e.x and dig deeper to find their core that would bring value to this world and glory to God.

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by darkid1(m): 8:47pm On Aug 11, 2015
Love that nepaless iron, looking at it, it seems like no biggie, but it really is...thanks to my hibron brother. I love CU...all this are really inspiring, not walking up to nairaland and seeing '80 old man rapes 8 year old girl' those things are very depressing

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by scholes0(m): 10:00pm On Aug 11, 2015
prelinctus:
Good, but Op, why exactly should we watch out for them? undecided

Because they could become household names in a few coming years.

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Re: Top 14 Nigerian Innovators To Watch Out For. by YonkijiSappo: 6:59pm On Aug 12, 2015
Lalasticlala !!

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