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innovation_prize_for_africa   Sulaiman Bolarinde Famro has been announced as one of the ten finalists of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) by the African Innovation Fund (AIF). These ten African innovators have succeeded in creating practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable challenges ranging from a domestic waste biogas system to a wafer matrix for pediatric antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment. Chosen from almost 700 applications from 42 countries in the continent, the finalists for the IPA 2014 represent Africans’ potential to address the challenges that are unique to Africa. Sulaiman Bolarinde Famro’s innovation is known as a Farmking Mobile Multi-crop Processor which uses centrifugal forces to process cassava, sweet potatoes, soy, she-nuts, grains and cereals. It helps to separate the tubers from liquid, particles and impurities/toxic elements. The extractor is designed to replace the present crude fermentation and pressing technology which is extremely slow and wasteful and offers limited output and profitability. The extractor reduces a process that normally takes 3 – 4 days into a 5 minute process offering higher quality product outputs. Other finalists are Ashley Uys from South-Africa with the OculusID Impairment Screening, Daniel Gitau Thairu from Kenya with the Domestic Waste Biogas System, Elise Rasel Cloete from South Africa with the GMP Traceability Management Software CC , Joshua Okello from Kenya with the WinSenga, Logou Minsob from Togo with the Foufoumix, Dr. Nicolaas Duneas from South Africa with the Altis Osteogenic Bone Matrix (Altis OBM™), Maman Abdou Kane from Niger with the Horticultural tele irrigation, Melesse Temesgen from Ethiopia with the Aybar BBM and Viness Pillay from South Africa with the WaferMatTM. The winners of the IPA 2014 will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 5th of May in Abuja, Nigeria. The key note speaker and Nigeria’s Minister for Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will highlight the importance of innovation to unlock Africa’s potential for sustainable development and economic growth. The winner will receive USD 100, 000 for the best innovation based on marketability, originality, scalability, social impact and clear business potential. The runner up will receive USD 25, 000 for the best commercial potential and another winner will receive USD 25, 000 as a special prize for innovation with the highest social impact. Prior to the awards ceremony, a roundtable featuring innovation experts will take place, to address the theme “A Path to Building Industrial Nation Skillsets in Africa”. Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, founder of the African Innovation Foundation and the IPA explained, “As global leaders gather for the 2014 World Economic Forum on Africa to discuss approaches to inclusive growth and job creation, the IPA 2014 innovators demonstrate that the best way to achieve equitable economic growth for all Africans is to invest in local innovation and entrepreneurship.”

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This article was first published on 10th April 2014

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