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Watch Video of OBRI Tanzania at The Nature Accelerator

Published: July 23 2021

OBRI Tanzania produces, brands, and distributes sunflower oil in Tanzania, aggregating and buying from hundreds of smallholder farmers, 90% of which are women.

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A New Take on Passion | Robert Mutagwaba | TEDxUTampa

Published: July 23 2021

Has our approach to finding a rewarding career been wrong all these years? Robert Mutagwaba shares experiences and encounters from his last trip home to Tanzania and how passion may come after a career begins, not before. Experienced Financial Analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry.

An award winning speaker with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, and a minor in Entrepreneurship from The University of Tampa. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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Our C.E.O Brigitha Faustin got featured in Forbes 30 Africa 2018

Published: July 23 2021

Africa’s young entrepreneurs keep moving the needle. They are taking more risks than ever before and building phenomenal businesses that are tackling problems and creating lots of jobs in the process.

In its seventh year, this annual ranking of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa features some of the most exceptional young innovators and disruptors in African business today. These 30 were chosen from more than 650 nominations sent via email, researched by a small team and vetted by a panel of expert A-list judges to make sure they’re deserving of a spot.

Cut across real Estate, financial services, manufacturing, media, tech, green tech, agriculture and fashion, the 30 young African entrepreneurs featured on this list are impatient to change Africa. Together, they represent the entrepreneurial, innovative and intellectual best of their generation. There are a few names here that have featured in the past, but the majority of them are new to this list.

In no particular order, meet the 2018 class of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa – the remarkable young entrepreneurs transforming Africa as we speak.

Temitope Ogunsemo, Nigerian

Founder, Krystal Digital

Nigerian-born Temitope Ogunsemo, 33, is the founder of Krystal Digital, a fast-growing educational technology company that specializes in the creation, development and deployment of customized and service oriented software applications for educational institutions in Nigeria. Founded in 2010 in Lagos, Krystal Digital’s flagship service, MySkool Portal, a web-based application for School Information Management System designed for proper storage and documentation of school data, has been adopted by more than 50 Government-owned High schools in Nigeria, and has more than 65,000 active student users. Krystal Digital now has more than 150 employees and annual revenues of more than $3 million.

Brigitha Faustin, Tanzanian

Founder, OBRI Company

Faustin, 31, is the founder and managing Director of OBRI Company, an Agro-Industrial company whose main businesses include edible oils manufacturing and fractionations under the OBRI brand. OBRI Company is modeled as a co-operative social enterprise. Under this model, OBRI has empowered more than 230 local Tanzanian farmers who are organized under farmers associations in Tanzania by providing sustainable market channels for their produce. OBRI’s cooking oils are sold in retail outlets across the country.

Nthabiseng Mosia, South African

Founder, Easy Solar

Nthabiseng Mosia, 27, is the co-founder and CFO (as well as CMO) of Azimuth, known locally as Easy Solar. Easy Solar is a for-profit enterprise with a social mission to make clean energy affordable to off-grid communities in West Africa. The business distributes and finances affordable, high quality solar-powered devices on a rent-to-own basis enabled by Pay-As-You-Go technology. The business model is underpinned by a trusted brand built on superior customer service and a network of community-based agents going the last mile, to ensure solar reaches a wide range of customers underserved by the grid. Easy Solar currently operates in Sierra Leone, where more than 87 percent of its 7 million population live without electricity and, in rural areas, only 1 percent have access. Since launching operations in 2016, Easy Solar has provided electricity to over 40,000 people in the country. The company has 35 employees and 40 agents, with points of sales across 8 of Sierra Leone’s 16 districts. To date, Easy Solar has raised funding from the likes of, Acumen, Gaia Impact Fund, Cordaid, the African Enterprise Challenge Fund, MasterCard and SIMA Funds.

Oluwatobi Ajayi, Nigerian

Co-founder, Jetvan

Oluwatobi Ajayi, 30, is a co-founder and CEO of Jetvan Automobiles Limited, the largest authorized dealer of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in Nigeria. He started his career at Mercedes-Benz Nigeria where he became the Head of division (Commercial vans) at 24. In 2015, he pulled together a group of investors and founded Jetvan which sells more than 500 vehicles every year.

Paul Kihiko, Kenyan

Founder, Wing It Nairobi

30 year-old Kihiko is the founder of Wing It Nairobi, Kenya’s first and only wings-only Quick service restaurant. Its first outlet at the Galleria Shopping Mall in Kenya​ has been extremely successful and is doing 6-figures annually in revenue. Last year, Wing It raised $75,000 from two investors for a minority stake in Kenya’s edition of Dragons’ Den. Kihiko is set to open other outlets this year.

Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed Falalu, Nigerian

Founder, Falgates

Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed Falalu, 27, is the founder of Falgates, a company that farms and mills rice. Falgates owns a rice milling facility that has a capacity of 15 tons per day and has a rice farm that employs more 180 people in Kaduna state in northern Nigeria. The company had revenues of $400,000 in 2017.

Etop Ikpe, Nigerian

Founder, Cars45

Etop Ikpe is the founder of Cars45, Nigeria’s foremost auto auctioning and car buying service. In May last year, Cars45 raised a $5 million Series A round from the Frontier Cars Group. Ikpe is a veteran entrepreneur with experience in transport, automobiles, mobile communications technology, and marketing. Etop was previously the Commercial Director of Konga, one of Nigeria’s largest e-commerce platforms, and formerly the CEO and Co-MD of DealDey, West Africa’s answer to Groupon

Obinna Okwodu, Nigerian

Founder, Fibre

Obinna Okwodu, a 27-year-old MIT grad and ex-Morgan Stanley Investment Bank analyst, is the founder of Fibre, a real estate booking start-up in Lagos that allows middle-income tenants the option to pay monthly. Renting residential real estate in Lagos, Nigeria could be a hassle. Not only are houses overpriced, Landlords typically demand potential tenants to pay up to 24 months years rent upfront. As a result, Fibre is growing fast and is gaining popularity with many middle-income earners in Lagos.

Gossy Ukanwoke, Nigerian

Founder, Edutech and BAU Executive Education

Education entrepreneur, Gossy Ukanwoke, 30, is the founder of BAU Executive Education which provides Executive Education Programs to professionals, executives and graduates looking to develop business and leadership skills online and on-campus. His holding company, BAU R&D has completed investments in two Nigerian traditional Universities. He is also the President of EduTech Nigeria, an tech company that works with universities to automate the online student lifecycle from recruitment to graduation by helping African traditional universities take their on-campus degree programs online through the implementation of the best of technology, process management, recruitment, admissions and advisory.

Rahma Bajun, Tanzanian

Founder, MnM Clothing Line

Bajun, 29, is the founder and Creative Director of MnM Clothing Line, a popular Afro-centric clothing brand in Tanzania that produces affordable clothes, wallets and other fashion accessories for men and women using the popular East African Kitenge fabric. The company has 7 full-time employees and sells its products across East Africa.

Idris Sultan, Tanzanian

Founder, Sultan By Foremen

25-year-old Tanzanian national Idris Sultan won the 2014 edition of Big Brother Africa, walking away with the $300,000 cash prize. He has put that money to good use. In 2017, he founded Sultan By Foremen, a footwear brand that has become extremely popular amongst Tanzania’s hip, urban population. Sultan By Foremen did more than $200,000 in revenues in 2017.

Anerlisa Muigai, Kenyan

Founder, Nero

Anerlisa Muigai, the daughter of revered Kenyan alcohol tycoon Tabitha Karanja, is forging her own path. Muigai, 30, is the founder of Nero, a beverage company that manufactures and sells the top selling Executive Still Water brand across Kenya

Fahad Awadh, Tanzanian

Founder, YYTZ Agro-Processing

Fahad Awadh, 30, is the founder of YYTZ Agro-Processing, a cashew processing company that is adding value locally while creating jobs and boosting the income of farmers and the community as a whole. The company’s flagship processing facility in Zanzibar has an installed capacity of 2,500 Tons per annum. Last year, YYTZ Agro-Processing raised a $500,000 investment from the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund to establish another processing facility in Mtwara, southeastern Tanzania.

Jean Bosco Nzeyimana, Rwandan

Founder, Habona Ltd

Jean Bosco is the Founder and CEO of Habona Limited, a company that provides integrated waste management services and further processes the waste into affordable and environmentally friendly fuels such as biogas and biomass briquettes. The company is also diversifying into the installation and operation of clean power plants, ranging from waste to energy, such as solar, biomass, hydro, and wind, as well as climate-smart farming.

Patricia Majule, Tanzanian

Founder, Unique Favors

24-year old Patricia Majule is the director and founder of Unique Favors TZ, a company that locally designs and manufactures custom party supplies, box packages, favors & gifts for informal parties and corporate organizations across Tanzania. Majule founded the business in 2014 when she noticed that many Tanzanians were importing paper supplies from abroad. The business has been growing consistently ever since and Majule now has 10 employees

Ricky Rapa Thompson, Ugandan

Founder, SafeBoda

29-year-old Ugandan entrepreneur Ricky Rapa Thompson is a co-founder of SafeBoda, Uganda’s ‘Uber’ for motorcycle taxis. He has been instrumental to growing Safeboda into a large community of over 1,000 riders who have come to embrace technology through the SafeBoda app.

Doreen Estazia Noni, Tanzanian

Founder, 102.5 Lake FM

Doreen Estazia Noni is the founder of Eskado Bird, an upscale Tanzanian fashion and lifestyle brand that produces accessories inspired by East Africa’s Kitenge fabric. She is also the owner of 102.5 Lake FM, a community centric commercial radio station in Mwanza, Tanzania.

Ronke Bamisedun, Nigerian

Founder, BWL Agency

Ronke Bamisedun, 30, is the founder of BWL Agency, a leading boutique Public Relations agency based in Lagos, Nigeria. BWL Agency has advised multinational companies such as Pandora, Moet Hennessy, Pernod Ricard and Universal Music Group as well as many non-government organizations. BWL Agency is also the exclusive affiliate for Grayling in Nigeria.

Mostafa Kandil, Mahmoud Nouh, Ahmed Sabbah, Egyptians

Co-founders, Swvl

The Egyptians, who are all under the age of the 27, are the founders of Swvl, a premium mass transit system that provide buses to every neighbourhood in Cairo. It allows people to share a ride in a van or bus during morning and evening commutes for a fixed flat fare with no surge pricing. Through an app, one can book a ride at an affordable rate. Last year, Careem, a ride-hailing app based in Dubai, invested $500,000 in Swvl in return for a minority stake. Swvl, which was launched in March 2017, already has a team of more than 30 people and completes 100,000 rides per month across Cairo and Alexandria.

Rodrique Msechu, Tanzanian

Founder, Anza Strategy

After working for the French trade office in Nairobi for three years, Msechu returned to Tanzania in 2016 to found Anza Strategy with a clear vision and mission: To drive economic advancement by encouraging participation and accountability of African changemakers. Anza, a trade advisory company has since advised more than 30 companies from four continents on market intelligence and entry strategies into Tanzania.

June Syowia, Kenyan

Founder, Beiless Group

At just 22, Syowia runs Beiless Group, a fast-growing experiential and digital marketing agency that has handled marketing campaigns for more than 50 popular Kenyan brands over the last two months. Syowia is a recipient of the 2017 Global Student Entrepreneur Award in Kenya.

Ibrahima Ben Aziz Konate, Cote D’Ivoire

Founder, Poultry d’Or

Ibrahima Ben Aziz Konate, 23, is the founder of Poultry d’Or, a company that produces and distributes fresh poultry products and agro-foods. Their products are slaughtered, cleaned, packaged and delivered all in the same day. The company specializes in the production and distribution of agri-food products and they aim to sell chicken at competitive prices directly to the consumer. Konate was the 2017 winner of the prestigious Anzisha prize.

Nasir Yammama, Nigerian

Founder, Verdant Agri-Tech

Yammama is the founder of Verdant, an AgriTech value chain company that seeks to support rural crop farmers for improved food production using mobile phones. The company offers mobile agricultural extension, market information, managerial support, and access to financial services to smallholder farmers.

Harold Okwa, Nigerian

Founder, Jetseta

Nigerian-born entrepreneur, Harold Okwa, 30, is the founder of Vestates, a luxury real estate agency based in Abuja. He is also the founder of Jetseta, a company that provides easy and affordable access to private air travel and helicopter shuttle services through a mobile app that seamlessly connects travelers to private aviation providers at attractive fares worldwide, on the go.

Rajiv Mehta, Kenyan

Founder, Tangerine Investments

Rajiv Mehta, 32, is the founder of Tangerine Investments, an outdoor advertising firm that uses public transit vehicles, litterbins and street poles to market leading consumer goods in Kenya. Tangerine, which was founded in 2008, has clients such as Kenya Airways, Pizza Inn, Subway and Coca Cola HP among others. The company recorded revenue of more than $1 million in 2017.

Source: FORBES - 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2018

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Glad to be part of 23 innovators in Eisenhower 2018

Published: July 23 2021

Twenty-three creative global professionals from five distinct fields of innovation have been selected as the 2018 Eisenhower Innovation Fellows. These ascendant leaders from around the world will embark on a seven-week journey across the United States to engage in transformative exchanges of ideas with leading innovators in their fields.

During their fellowships, these mid-career international leaders develop concrete projects to create positive and sustainable change across professional disciplines, national borders and cultures after they return home. The 2018 Innovation Fellows will focus their projects in five areas: the future of work, education, health and life sciences, energy and the environment and design—the 21st Century design of new systems that ties together all the other fields.

The 23 Innovation Fellows are creative visionaries and disruptors who are working to make the world a better place. They include:

A winner of Taiwan’s 2018 Innovation Award for his innovative work in transforming waste glass into the environmentally green building material it calls “glass stone.”

An award-winning female scientist from Peru who is bringing newborn and maternal care to nearly 800 women in the Amazon Basin region. A tireless advocate for children’s literacy who opened over 100 libraries across 17 islands in eastern Indonesia. A food entrepreneur who provides sunflower cooking oil at low prices to about six million consumers across Tanzania. An Australian venture capitalist and startup champion who established his country’s only fintech accelerator.

Eisenhower Fellowships Chairman Robert M. Gates said the Innovation Fellows will apply what they learn from their peers and in their meetings with experts in their respective fields to maximize their potential and produce sustained impact long after their fellowships are completed.

“We welcome these exceptional leaders into the dynamic global network of Eisenhower Fellows around the world who are working to enhance international understanding and generate a positive impact in their countries,” said Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense.

“This remarkable group of change agents is committed to solving some of the most pressing global issues of our day,” said George de Lama, president of Eisenhower Fellowships. “Their Eisenhower fellowships will allow them to exchange ideas and best practices with leading American innovators and bring action-oriented solutions back to their communities.”

The 2018 Innovation Fellows are:

Mariana Calenda | Argentina

Entrepreneur ∙ INTEAL

Toby Heap | Australia

Founding Partner ∙ H2 Ventures

Andre Wongtschowski | Brazil

Head of Operations ∙ World-Transforming Technologies

Steven Guanpeng Dong | China

Chairman and Dean ∙ Academy of Media and Public Affairs,

Communication University of China

T.A. Wu | Chinese Taipei

Director ∙ Spring Pool Glass

Carl Acolatse | Ghana

Co-Founder & CEO ∙ MindNET Technologies

Neha Kirpal | India

Social Entrepreneur

Global Alliances, CitiesRISE

Elvera Makki | Indonesia

Director & Country Head of Corporate Affairs

Citi Indonesia

Nila Tanzil | Indonesia

Founder & CEO ∙ Taman Bacaan Pelangi

(Rainbow Reading Gardens)

Faisal Hakki | Jordan

Managing Partner ∙ AB Ventures

Rogito Nyangeri | Kenya

Founder ∙ Alterfina

Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq | Nigeria

Chief Executive Officer ∙ Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria

Magaly Blas | Peru

Director Mama River Program, Associate Professor, Researcher ∙ Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University

Agnieszka Skonieczna | Poland

Team Leader ∙ Directorate for Financial and Economic Affairs ∙ European Commission

Emery Rubagenga | Rwanda

Founder & CEO ∙ Ishango Consulting Ltd

Wei-Lin Lai | Singapore

Deputy Secretary ∙ Ministry of Education

Tan Yinglan | Singapore

CEO & Founding Managing Partner ∙ Insignia Ventures Partners

Alberto Benbunan | Spain

CEO ∙ G8 Ventures

Himesh Fernando | Sri Lanka

Director of Innovation ∙ Hemas Holdings PLC

Brigitha Faustin | Tanzania

Founder & Managing Director ∙ OBRI Tanzania

Bhume Bhumiratana | Thailand

Consultant ∙ Securities and Exchange Commission

Chi Hieu Nguyen | Vietnam

CEO ∙ Innovative Education Group

Natasha Oppenheim | United Kingdom

CEO ∙ No Desire to Retire

Source: EISENHOWER FELLOWSHIPS WELCOMES 23 INNOVATORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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Some of benefits of using Obri Sunflower cooking Oil

Published: July 23 2021

Our product

Quality assurance and customer satisfaction remain the core values of OBRI company and will be the driving force for all future initiatives. The finest quality sunflower seeds are selected from the best sunflower farms of Tanzania who are dedicated to organic agricultural practices. The sunflower seeds are sieved before pressing, in order to reduce the wax content in the finished product. The cleaning process is effectively done under hygiene work conditions.

Healthy Benefits

OBRI sunflower oil doesn’t contain any saturated fats, which means it can actually reduce your overall cholesterol content in the body. Our sunflower oil is rich in vitamin A,D & E which acts as an antioxidant in the body. Your skin is better protected against damage from the sun.

Energy Booster

The fatty acid content in OBRI sunflower oil is also connected to energy levels in the body, can keep you feeling energized and ready to face your day.

Immune system Health

OBRI sunflower oil improves the general immune system and the ability of the body to resist attacks by infection. Highly recomended protection from infections.

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Startups changing the future towards sustainability

Published: July 23 2021

OBRI Tanzania

Modeled behind the concept of co-operative social enterprises, OBRI Tanzania is an edible oils processing company that works with sunflower growers in Tanzania to produce and supply quality, low-price African flavour cooking oils to consumers in Africa while conserving the environment.

Central park bees

Central Park Bees Limited is a social enterprise that partners with smallholder farmers and beekeepers to strengthen their income through sustainable beekeeping by giving them access to free beekeeping training, equipment loans, extension services and guaranteed markets that offer competitive prices for the honey and beeswax they produce.

Crické

‪Crické‪ is a food-innovation start-up based London, that produces and markets healthy,‬ eco-friendly and tasty insect-based food products. We combine traditional Mediterranean recipes with cricket powder – a great low-impact source of protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre.

Green Charcoal Uganda

Green Charcoal uses discarded palm kernels to extract the true value of an otherwise wasted resource. Our principal product comes from milling the husks themselves where we create a more efficient and heat-radiating briquette. We also source other abundant otherwise discarded agricultural waste like coffee husks, maize (Corn) cob and rice husks to make our briquette. The remaining nuts are milled to get cold pressed vegetable fats and palm kernel cake. We solve many problems with our circular economy approach to business, but our main focus is on solving the problem of fuel scarcity for local populations.

iGreengo

iGreengo is a platform for sharing and improving open green spaces and the environment while seeking to collaborate with the owners of these spaces. iGreengo understands the essential and individual needs of nature and green spaces for the general public, offering something unique, removing the chaos generated by the local mass tourism hotspots. iGreengo proposes an experiential or emotional tourism where tourists can immerse themselves in beautiful exclusive places.

iNergy AgTech

We bring the benefits of sustainability and innovative technology to grassroots level, for smart producers, cities and communities, making healthy food and nature available and accessible. We offer value through iNergy’s holistic approach and product mix, empowering everyone to take control and re-vitalise their crops, greenhouses and, even any kind of space. That means more productivity for growers, more nature and healthy food in urban areas. All with less input.

Oxyn

Oxyn is a blockchain infrastructure and cryptocurrency driven by environmental incentives that can be used in everyday life. We offer a fast, secure, and low-energy blockchain technology that enables us to handle payments between businesses, conscious consumers and environmental organizations

Sintala design

Sintala Design creates products made of solid wood without cutting down trees. The Company works with wood that has been collected from fallen trees, prunings and remains of other manufacturing processes. Our finishes are highly ecological and respectful with the environment.

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