According to the World Bank, Africa generates nearly 70 million tons of waste every year. As the income and spending power of the average African continues to rise, more goods will be consumed leading to even more waste. The volume of waste generated on our continent is expected to double in the coming years as Africa’s economy becomes more prosperous and the size and population of its cities explode, especially Nigeria, been the most populated country in Africa, and of course, supposed giants.
Waste is anything that people do not value anymore and would love to throw away. However, waste isn’t entirely useless because there are people and businesses who’ll pay to have them. Waste will remain a part of our lives for as long as we exist. While some people may produce more waste than others, everybody produces it every day as leftover food, dirty water or garbage. There are solid forms of waste and liquid forms, which can be domestic, commercial, industrial, agricultural, hazardous, health or electronic wastes.
While it may not be one of the most popular business ideas out there, a few smart entrepreneurs are turning the huge waste we produce every day into money-making products. It’s such a brilliant idea that profits your pockets and the environment at the same time! These smart Nigerians are already building wealth from waste and creating jobs for hundreds of Africans. The success of these inspiring entrepreneurs proves that there can be profitable business ideas in very unlikely and niche parts of Nigerian society.
One of these smart individuals is Mrs Jumoke Olowookere, CEO, African Creative Hub, who partnered with DSIGATE to organize an event to enlighten, address the mismanagement of waste and how to be productive and creative with waste. The partnership brought about the planning of a massive Summer Camp, where wastes would be exchanged for skills. The camp is aimed at training 10,000 students (children) from 10 communities in Ibadan, (1000 students from each of the 10 communities), within 10 days. In pursuance of this, a 2-day certification event tagged “WASTE TO WEALTH” was organized to train 250 persons who are above 18 years, on how to turn waste to valuable products, after which this trained individuals will be co-training children at the coming summer camp holding between 1st and 29th of August, 2019.
The training held between 23rd and 24th of July, 2019, at Race Course, Amphitheatre, Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan, Oyo State.The event had in attendance individuals above eighteen years of age, from different corners of Ibadan and environs who are willing to learn and become productive by converting waste materials to valuable products, and also reach out to more Nigerians, both old and young.
Waste materials were gathered together at the training included used water bottles and caps, can-drink covers, used cartons, foams, fabric pieces, used plastics, buttons, plywood, spray paint, needle, thread, tack nails, glue stick, soldering iron, matchsticks, used newspaper/magazines, hammer, craft cutter, glue gun and a few other materials.
The trainees had a foresight interaction on the importance of waste products to individuals and the economy at large, after which the physical extensive training began, there was really a whole lot to learn as waste products were seen been magically turned to something extraordinary, some of the end result of waste up-cycling included, auto man, string art, wallpaper designs, jewelries, red carpet banner, rug, wall paint, crafts and other amazing products.
This is the idea, there is no such thing as ‘away’, when we throw something away, it must go somewhere, so instead of throwing away waste into more waste, a better thought would definitely be, throwing waste into wealth. Often when we think we’re at the end of something, we’re just at the beginning of something else.
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