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Nigerian girls win Silicon Valley contest for app that spots fake drugs

Five months ago Jessica Osita had never used a computer, sent an email or even browsed the internet, yet she is part of a team of five teenagers who have just won a major tech award in California.

Despite their limited tech knowledge, the Nigerian teens learned how to build a mobile app from scratch by using opensource software from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The app, called FD-Detector, helps users identify fake medicines using a drug's barcode to verify its authenticity and expiration date.
"I feel very excited and relieved. I'm extremely proud of myself," Osita, 15, told CNN from San Francisco, in the group's first interview since they won the 2018 Technovation Challenge on 9 August.

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Tayo Bello, a highly creative jewellery designer from Nigeria taking her inspiration from global travel experiences

It takes a huge amount of passion and personal conviction to change careers, and start a business. But Tayo Bello, founder of jewellery design company Bello Creations, successfully made the brave leap from IT specialist to jewellery entrepreneur.

What does your company do?

“Design with unique simplicity and timeless elegance”. 

At Bello Creations I design and create handcrafted simple yet elegant jewelllery pieces with clean lines and originality.

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Turning tables on female boundaries

Take us back to the beginning

Being a woman entrepreneur in an industry largely dominated by men can be daunting. But not for Lucy Agwunobi, the co-founder of Arredo by TRT – a Nigerian company that designs and manufactures high-end furniture. It was the thrill of breaching uncommon boundaries that first attracted Agwunobi to study architecture and to later start her own business in the male-dominated furniture industry.

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Meet Tope Ogunsemo, the Nigerian entrepreneur who runs a $3m edtech startup

33-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur, Temitope Ogunsemo is the founder of Krystal Digital, an educational technology company that develops and deploys customised and service oriented software applications as well as IT training for educational institutions in Nigeria. With annual revenue of more than US$3m and over 150 employees, Krystal Digital’s goal is to drive growth in the education sector by building a leading sub-Saharan IT company. Mfonobong Nsehe recently had the opportunity to speak with Ogunsemo in Lagos on Krystal Digital’s ambitions and future plans.

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