MEET THE TWO NIGERIAN WOMEN ON THE QUARTZ AFRICA INNOVATORS 2016 LIST
BILIKISS ADEBIYI-ABIOLA – FOUNDER, WECYCLERS
Along many streets of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, piles of waste have long been an eyesore. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola’s recycling company, Wecyclers, saw that as an opportunity by cleaning up the city and putting some money in the pockets of those who help along the way. Using affordable tricycles to meander Lagos’ infamous traffic jams, Wecyclers collects recyclable waste from households in low income communities in exchange for points that can be redeemed for food, cash and household items. Wecyclers’ work has proven crucial in a city where only 13% of waste is recycled annually and as a result, it now works in collaboration with the Lagos state waste management agency. For the 6,500 low income households who typically live on less than $1-a-day now signed up to the service, Wecyclers is fulfilling Adebiyi-Abiola’s dream of turning waste into a resource for those “who need it the most.”
NNEDI OKORAFOR, FILMMAKER
Okorafor and Kahiu are about to usher their feature-length animation film The
Camel Racer into development, with the support of South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Company.
Okorafor is a Nigerian-American professor of creative writing and literature, who counts a PhD in English amongst her many academic credentials. She has written multiple novels exploring African-based stories of science fiction, magical realism and fantasy.
Quartz Africa Innovators series celebrates and highlights African thinkers for their ground breaking intiatives and creative solutions to problems. Africa Innovators series celebrates and highlights african thinkers for their ground breaking initiatives and creative solutions to problems.
Culled from: www.Qz.com