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A hybrid mini grid station powered by solar energy in Nigeria. Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images
Electricity is a scarce commodity in Nigeria. With just over 4,000 megawatts supplying nearly 220 million people, the electricity access deficit stands at about 40% nationwide. The picture looks even darker in rural areas. There, 73% of the population is off the power grid.
There was a time when cooking brought tears to Fatima Bangura’s eyes. It wasn’t necessarily the ingredients that went into the 25-year-old’s culinary creations. Or pride that her popular dish of cassava leaves and beans draws customers back to her food stall in Susan’s Bay, an informal settlement in Sierra Leone’s Freetown.
Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem is a dynamic and rapidly evolving landscape with the potential for economic growth and innovation. The continent is home to about 1.4 billion people, representing 16 per cent of the world’s population. The countries in Africa are diverse not only in culture and language but also in economic output.
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In recent years, or maybe I should say in all the years I have been an entrepreneur, because maybe this has been going on for longer than I know, there has been a surge in capacity building programs targeting African startups and small businesses, particularly those led by women.
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Growing up in rural Kenya, I understood the daily struggle of living without electricity. It seemed like a luxury reserved for urban dwellers, something beyond our reach. Instead, my family relied on firewood to cook our meals and kerosene lamps to illuminate our evenings after the sun set.
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The Twaake integrated energy minigrid was recognized at this week’s Reuters Global Energy Transition 2024 Awards for its work in delivering economical, clean energy to the community of Kiwumu, Uganda.

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