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Provide jobs for youths & constant power supply

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This project is aimed at reducing the unemployed youths by engaging them in activities like Fish Farming, Poultry and also providing constant power supply for people within a community by putting up solar panels.

Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

First of all, the rate of increasing unemployment in Nigeria is unbelievable. We have graduates with First class degrees sitting at home for years with no jobs. We can make a change by engaging these youths in activities that would assist them with basic necessities. Fish Farming and poultry are very lucrative businesses that can be used to engage youths. The proceeds from the farming can be sold to Market women and companies who are interested in purchasing. Setting up a standard fish farm and poultry will assist to make youths have something to do and will keep them out of depression/discouragement. Also, the country Nigeria is suffering from inadequate electricity supply, some areas do not have electricity for weeks and when they do have its only for some time. Solar panels are very useful in these kind places. At least there would be power supply to power light bulbs, charge devices like telephones and laptops and in some cases depending on the power of the Solar system, some can be used to power up fridges and other house hold appliances.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Beneficiaries of these ranges from 0-35Yrs old.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

My idea is unique because we are engaging youths and also providing power supply to places where there are no power.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

We are into everything, making the world a better place.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • No, but we plan to register in the future.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

I was unemployed for some time and decided to take up the challenge to help people in my situation.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

No influence except from Funding to secure farm land and solar panels.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Mr. Kome Mugbeh

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

This project will provide food, income and power.

Geographic Focus

Selected states in Nigeria

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

atleast we can kick off within the first 6months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


Join the conversation:

Photo of David / Thomas Svarrer / Høyer

Hi Tega,

Can you elaborate in details - you have 5,000 characters - on various reasons why large minorities of Nigerians with 1st degrees sit home without work?

Just take it around the political spectre without being political (We are not politically interested in our project ...), and just address the main 5 causes of this.

I would like to understand this phenomena, because we see the same phenomena in many other countries, including for instance USA, and many countries in Europe.

I hope you have the time to do so?

David Svarrer / Thomas Høyer
Rational Intuitive IVS
Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator 

Photo of Tega Sowho

Dear @David /Thomas,

Thanks for your response. Apparently I have been very busy and have not been able to check my emails hence the reason for my late reply to your question.

Going straight to the point, 5 main causes of having 1st class graduates sitting at home. These could be different considering the location of such people. Taking Nigeria as our focus location, the main causes I would point out are as follows:

1. Having a link/connection or knowing someone in of importance the country
2. Willingness
3. Integrity
4. Team work
5. Awareness/exposure

1. On this point, if you have a brother, uncle, aunty that works in a known Organization or is in the Government circle, you have higher chances of getting a job thanthe person that does not have anyone in such positions.

2. The willingness to continue the struggle is waved off after spending time in School and sitting at home for a few months after graduation searching for a job.

3. You can hardly depend on someone going through such drama. They hardly keep to time or instructions as required.

4. This is a very big issue as been away from a social environment may hinder productivity within the team.

5. Majority of the Nigerian youths have not been exposed to the outside world so they have limited knowledge of what and where the world is heading to.

I can write more but I do not have so much time. We can talk much more on this later.


Photo of David / Thomas Svarrer / Høyer

Dear Togwo,

Thanks for your good response. Now, one of the very big differences between innovators and others is this, that someone who is innovative, see the same problems as the one who is not innovative. The innovative ones differ from those who are not innovative in that they articulate the same complaints as the not innovative ones but now the innovate and create solutions.

So, when I was asking you to address the causes, it was with the aim of that you innovate and create solutions which fits in your community. And here I would like to be sparring with you, like I do now.

So, on the 5 topics you have mentioned, what would in your opinion be workable and durable solutions for each of the topics, seen in an innovative perspective?

And if the solution is political or within research - then I am asking you for those of the topics you mentioned: How can innovation steer development in the right direction, by providing examples of solutions which can now inspire others to do the same? How can you organize these youth in your local community, who are having this experience, to do something, together, which can be of use?

I would like if you could respond to these questions for each of the 5 causes you mentioned, such that we maintain a strong focus on workable, hands on solutions, based on action, linked to your own community and the people you know.

I am writing this to you from my heart, because I feel what you say - and we have in our Nexus 7 project been through the same development, where we through many - countless - interactions with locals both in Denmark, Sweden, Kenya and Uganda - have adjusted, re-adjusted and then adjusted again, the solutions we created.

One would - before you try it out practically - think that you just apply the same solar concentrator everywhere; we have learned that we must create an adaptable solution which by splitting the solution up in various modules, enables the solution to adapt to various environmental, astronomical (!), community, and technical environments.

We therefore encourage you to take that time, to go through these mentioned 5 topics, with people from your community, and discuss it from an innovation point of view, with the aim of creating locally founded solutions.

You will be very positively surprised what it spins off in terms of solutions, networking, and confirmations of that "you can". Right now is the time to talk, not in 2 days, 2 weeks or 2 months from now. We have this open window opportunity right now to link up, through the OpenIDEO, and I strongly request that you take the time, now. That is - the very day today.

If you are very busy, then consider involving those you would spend your weekend with, if they would maybe like to have a very different weekend with you than the usual one. Consider inviting them to go through the problem faced by the youth together with you. Gather like-minded people around you, and meet up, somewhere in Nigeria - if you are in Lagos, then meet up at a parking lot during the weekend, or at a foot ball field - and structure a meeting, and if you are 50 at the meeting, I will bet that 2 or 3 at least would like to do this with you. Repeat this process until you are many enough.

Then agree to the action you will take !

Let me not say more for now - but I have tried this here in Kenya, and surely, Kenya is not Nigeria and vice versa - but it has worked well, here, so given that you do it in a way which works for you in Nigeria, it will also work for you :-)

Gods blessings, and welcome back when you have questions, feed back, or similar.

David & Thomas
Rational Intuitive IVS (Denmark and Kenya)
Nexus 7 Solar Concentrator

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Hi Tega Sowho,

Its nice having you on board:
Please what are the strategies for marketing fish in your intended location if chosen? and source of water supply ? in my current location (North Central) it takes up to N600,000 to sink a borehole while within the eastern part it not more than N200,000.  

Photo of Tega Sowho

Hello Shedrack,
Many thanks for your comments. However the source of my water is basically from Bore hole. I intend to set up the farm in the South South region of Nigeria which would be close to a small river. Sinking a bore hole is not an issue in this part of the country and there is water supply from the Water cooperation as well so clean and healthy water is not a problem for this project. Thanks again.

Photo of Ozuluonye Shedrack

Hi @ Tega Sowho, I appreciate your response. Still waiting for your response to the strategy for marketing your fish at the end.

Photo of Tega Sowho

Thats the catch. I have been into fish farming earlier on in my life while I was in the university within the Edo and Delta axis. Marketing the products I would say is within the Team and stays within the team. We can talk more in private. Have a productive day ahead. God bless.

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Thanks please

Photo of Ashley Tillman

Hi @Tega Sowho, great to have you in the Challenge! Would love to learn more about your project. Human-centered design relies on designing specifically for your end users needs. Can you are more information about your beneficiaries? What community would you start with? When you say young people, for your program is there a certain age you'd start with to create your program, and most importantly why?

Photo of Tega Sowho

Hello Ashley Tillman 
Its a great pleasure to get a comment from you.
Without wasting much of your time, let me go straight to the questions,
1. More information about my beneficiaries?
Speaking on the beneficiaries of this project, it is important to state that the beneficiaries cut across board, what I mean is, the people that would be directly engaged with the project to assist with the Fish Farming are not the only ones that stand to gain or benefit from this project, after the Farming of fishes, there would be the harvest which would be sold at moderate prices to the markets thereby creating free/affordable fish in the market and also providing food for people in that community. Same applies with the poultry.
On the other hand, Solar power is something that would be greatly appreciated in communities with little or no power supply. There are alot of places that still don't have adequate power supply there by having people still living with Kerosene Lamps, Candles and so on which are not healthy. Solar Panels can provide basic lighting in a house and on the streets during the evening/night hours. The end users are basically the ones that would benefit but we could also engage people to install/service these panels there by providing some form of employment for these people.

2. Communities to start with?
There are different communities in the country, spotting out the ones with little or no power supply and unemployment would be the criteria to select where to deploy our solution.

3. Age?
The current state of Nigeria is terrible. The average 5year old is already corrupt. Engaging the young early enough would make them more independent and focused. There is no certain range to start on this project. If you can understand and work with your hands and are willing to work with the team, you surely are welcome aboard. Getting youths and engaging the young in communities is our target and the major reason is to get them off the streets, get their minds off illegal activities and make them more responsible preparing them for the future ahead of them. If some of us had encouragements like this, we'd probably would have had a better life by now. I cannot agree any less.

Thanks again Mam and God bless you richly.