Thursday, 21 September 2017

Connect with Nigeria's SME Women (#42-56)

Top Row (L-R)

1- Abimbola Alawode
Rhabe Ventures Limited

AgroProcessing – Rhabe Quik Egusi, Quick Beans Flour, Rho Ogbono, Rhabe Ally Crayfish

2- Elizabeth Nwaizu
YesChilli Ventures

Convenience foods: Pepper and ginger sauces in oil |

3- Fatima Togbe
Hayati Magazine 

Media & Publishing: Hayati is an online lifestyle and fashion magazine for modern Muslim women.

4- Monalisa Abimbola Azeh 
Mona Matthews Ventures 

Design and production of high quality leather shoes and bags for ladies, gentlemen and children.               

5- Ogo Ibok
SENCE Agric Marketplace

Connecting farmers with city buyers |


Middle Row (L-R)

1- Ngozi Nzegwu
Dugo Limited

Design, print, corporate gifts. Total creative solutions for business promotion

2- Therese Mbama
Real Woodwork Limited

Design and manufacture of high quality furniture for kids and teenagers

3- Ndidi Nwuneli
AACE Foods

Food processing, packaging and distribution |

4- Daba Ibiama

Producers of Zesty Juices (fresh and healthy juices)
Instagram: @zestyjuices |

5- Morenike Gbadamosi
Thoughts Paper Scissors

A paper craft design studio creating hand assembled bespoke paper decorations and stationery for bakers, occasions & events


Bottom Row (L-R)

1- Saudat Salami
Easyshop Easycook Services

Online grocery delivery of fresh farm produce to working women, making it easier for them to balance work and home life

2- Yop Pam Tok
Pye-Ryat Foods  

Makers of Pye range: Instant organic Baobab, granola, whole grains, pudding, kunu, flour, | Facebook: Pye-RyatFoods

3- Ruqayyatu M Hussaini
Vivido Schone International LTD

Producers of room and body fragrances, black and green spice tea, mixed spices, kitchen furnishing (cabinets, accessories and appliances).

4- Olufunto Borrofice
Chanja Datti (Recycling)

Social enterprise collecting and transforming recyclable waste, while also creating jobs for women and youths.

5- Femi Olayebi
My World of Bags/ FemiHandbags 

Design and manufacture of an exclusive line of leather handbags and a corporate conference line.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

He makes backpacks from ice-cream sticks!

Sphiwe Jele - Founder, Panashe Design
Sphiwe Jele played with ice cream sticks one evening at his home in Philippi – a township in Cape Town – and was surprised at the interesting pattern they formed. “I thought: ‘Oh, I can make a bag'”. That night he couldn’t sleep from excitement.

The next morning, Jele started gathering ice cream sticks at bus terminuses and taxi ranks from Sea Point to Mitchell’s Plain. Soon, children ran to him with their ice cream sticks or collected them and placed them next to his gate. Cafes stored them for him in bags.

“You need to go crazy for what you love,” he said.

Backpacks made from ice cream sticks marked the start of his wooden bag business in 2014. He named it Panashe Design – panashe means the presence of greatness. His kiosk attracts many tourists, but locals too. Each bag is a novelty with a unique handmade design, selling for between R1,000 ($75) and R5,000 ($380).

Original/ full story here (Forbes Africa)

Engaging video: Release of the Freetel ICE 2 Android Smartphone (Nigeria)

Have you ever heard of Freetel? The relatively new Japanese handset manufacturer has been offering sleek, affordable phones in its home country and touts the quality of Japanese design and manufacturing in its devices. Well, the long-awaited arrival of its Google-backed AndroidTM smartphone Freetel ICE 2 in Nigeria has happened - launched by mobile devices distributor, TD Mobile, in collaboration with mobile services provider, MTN. View tech specs of the ICE 2 phone here

For the release video clip, we say: Nice, uplifting soundtrack and fluid visuals