Maryam Lawal Gwadabe: Pioneering Technopreneur Appointed Special Adviser to Minister of Communication, Innovation, and Digital Economy

Maryam Lawal Gwadabe: Pioneering Technopreneur Appointed Special Adviser to Minister of Communication, Innovation, and Digital Economy

In a groundbreaking move for Nigeria’s digital landscape, Maryam Lawal Gwadabe has been appointed as the Special Adviser to the Minister of Communication, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani. With a remarkable track record as the former CEO of Bluesphare Hub in Kano, Maryam’s ascent to this prestigious role is a testament to her status as a pioneering technopreneur dedicated to advancing the nation’s digital economy.

As the newly appointed Special Adviser, Maryam Lawal Gwadabe’s mandate is clear: to lead the charge in shaping and executing policies and initiatives that will steer Nigeria towards digital transformation and inclusivity. With her extensive experience in the technology sector, she is uniquely poised to tackle the challenges and harness the vast opportunities presented by the ever-evolving digital landscape.

This appointment underscores Maryam’s unwavering dedication, expertise, and remarkable achievements throughout her career. Her profound understanding of the catalytic potential of technology, particularly its role in driving economic growth and societal progress, is poised to usher in a new era of innovation within Nigeria’s digital ecosystem. Maryam Lawal Gwadabe’s leadership promises to leave an indelible mark on the nation’s journey towards a tech-driven future.

Elevate Your Brand with Stunning Product Photography: Dive into the Blue

Welcome to September, where creativity and aesthetics collide! At @sals_epiphany one of startup Kano’s pitchstar Alumni, this month is all about celebrating the tranquil charm of the color blue. If blue is a part of your brand’s identity, get ready for an irresistible offer that can take your product visuals to the next level. Picture this: a 50% discounted product photoshoot tailored to showcase your brand’s blue-themed products in all their glory.

In a world driven by visuals, the way your products are presented can make or break your brand’s appeal. With this exclusive promotion, you have the chance to collaborate with a seasoned product photographer in Abuja who knows how to capture the essence of your blue-infused products. Whether it’s the soothing shade of blue in your baby care line or a striking blue packaging for your beauty products, this is the moment to make your brand shine. Don’t wait; reach out via DM to secure your spot for this limited-time opportunity and watch your products come to life with the artistry of product styling and photography. It’s time to elevate your brand and captivate your audience in the world of visual storytelling.

 Empowering Nano & Micro Enterprises: Grant Opportunity for Those Affected by Fuel Subsidy Removal

In a move to support Nano and Micro enterprises in Nigeria adversely impacted by the removal of fuel subsidies, an international investor has joined forces with Bspace Technology to provide a lifeline. This initiative aims to create access to grants ranging from N1 million to N5 million, providing much-needed relief to businesses struggling in the wake of this significant policy change.

For Nano and Micro enterprises interested in this opportunity, there are some essential criteria to meet. Firstly, your enterprise must have been in operation for at least two years as of 2023. Additionally, even businesses with business names are eligible to apply. The total number of grants available from each state stands at 70, presenting a considerable opportunity for deserving enterprises across Nigeria.

To seize this chance, find out more here

Empowering Women in Engineering: Julius Berger’s 2023 Female Scholarship

Are you a female undergraduate studying engineering in a Nigerian public university? If so, here’s an opportunity that could change the course of your academic journey. Julius Berger is offering a merit-based scholarship exclusively for full-time female engineering students, and the 2023 edition is now open for applications. This initiative aims to support and empower young women pursuing engineering degrees in Nigeria, fostering gender diversity in a field that has traditionally been male-dominated.

To be eligible, applicants must be Nigerian citizens, enrolled in Federal or State-Owned Universities in Nigeria, and majoring in Engineering, Environmental, or Technology-related fields. Additionally, applicants should currently be in their second year of full-time study and maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.5 in a 5-grade system. This scholarship not only provides financial support but also encourages and recognizes the dedication and talent of female engineering students across the nation. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to advance your education and career in engineering. The deadline for applications is October 9, 2023, so seize this chance and apply here 

 now through the official scholarship portal.

Julius Berger’s commitment to supporting female engineers is not only commendable but also a step forward in breaking down gender barriers in STEM fields. By offering this scholarship, they are not only investing in the education of these young women but also paving the way for a more diverse and inclusive future in engineering. So, if you are a female engineering student with a passion for innovation and a dream of making a mark in the field, this scholarship could be your ticket to success. Apply here today and take a significant step towards achieving your academic and career aspirations in engineering.

 Revolutionizing Education in Northeast Nigeria: NEHIH and IRC Join Forces

In a remarkable stride towards enhancing education in Northeast Nigeria, the Northeast Humanitarian Innovation Hub (NEHIH) has unveiled an inspiring collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). This partnership, driven by a shared vision of progress, is set to revolutionize learning opportunities for the region’s youth and address the plight of out-of-school children in the Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) states. NEHIH’s mission to drive social change through innovation finds a powerful ally in IRC’s commitment to supporting communities recovering from conflict and disaster.

At its core, this partnership aligns with the USAID’s Opportunities to Learn (OTL) Activity, an initiative backed by a $25 million Cooperative Agreement under IRC’s leadership. The OTL initiative’s dual focus on immediate education support and long-term systemic improvement sets the stage for transformative change. Its ultimate goal is to equip young minds with essential skills for higher education, training, and workforce integration. NEHIH’s status as an independent social innovation enterprise and IRC’s unwavering dedication make this partnership a unique opportunity to address education challenges in Northeast Nigeria, with a particular focus on the BAY states. Education stands as the cornerstone of development, security, and rebuilding, and together, they aim to pave the path towards a brighter future for the region.

This partnership with IRC’s EduTank Hub comes bearing two transformative projects: the Northeast EdTech Innovation Challenge (#EdTech Challenge), designed to nurture innovative solutions for educational challenges, and the #DigitalUpskill Program, aiming to empower 10,000 youth in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states with digital, creative, and entrepreneurial skills. This call to action extends to social innovators and young individuals eager to bolster their digital and entrepreneurial prowess. By joining this dynamic partnership, you can be part of the solution, working towards creating safe learning environments and a brighter future for children and youth in Northeast Nigeria. Find out more here. 

Embrace the Future: Exploring the Role of Cybersecurity in Blockchain Technology

Are you ready to dive into the dynamic world where cybersecurity meets blockchain technology? Here’s your chance to be part of an exciting journey that promises to revolutionize digital security and safeguard the future of blockchain.

Join us for an immersive experience as we explore the crucial Role of Cybersecurity in Blockchain Technology. In this cutting-edge event, we’ll delve into innovative security solutions designed to protect digital assets and fortify the blockchain landscape against threats.

Startup feature: Safiyah limited.

An engaging interview with the face behind Safiyyah limited

Interviewer (I): Hello Zuwaira, thank you for joining us today. Can you tell us more about Safiya Limited and what inspired you to start this business?

Zuwaira (Z): Hello! Thank you for having me. Safiya Limited is all about providing organic skin and hair care products. What inspired me was a deep concern for the harmful effects of chemical-based products on people’s skin and hair. I wanted to offer a healthier alternative.

I: That’s a noble mission. Can you share some insights into the impact your products have had so far? How many customers have you gained since starting the business?

Z: I wish I could give you an exact number, but I’ve honestly lost count. The response has been overwhelming. People are loving ourorganic products, and it’s been heartwarming to see our customer base grow.

I: It’s incredible to hear that. Can you tell us more about the training aspect of your business? How does Safiya Limited empower women and youth?

Z: Certainly. We have a dedicated section of our business that focuses on training. We provide both voluntary and paid training opportunities, especially for women. We believe in empowering them to build their businesses and become independent entrepreneurs. It’s a way for us to give back to the community.

I: That’s commendable, Zuwaira. In terms of leveraging technology, you mentioned using social media for sales. Could you share some insights into how technology has impacted your business?

Z: Technology has been a game-changer for us. Platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp have allowed us to reach a wider audience not only within Nigeria but also beyond. We’re also in the process of launching our website, which will further expand our digital presence and reach.

I: That sounds promising. Finally, what do you appreciate most about the PitchStar Incubation Program, and how has it contributed to Safiya Limited’s growth?

Z: The PitchStar Incubation Program has been a fantastic experience. I particularly appreciate the courses, networking opportunities, and the guidance from mentors. It’s provided us with valuable insights and connections that have contributed to our growth. And, of course, Demo Day is always an exciting event.

I: Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Zuwaira. It’s been inspiring to learn about Safiya Limited and your dedication to providing organic products while empowering others. We wish you continued success in your mission.

Z: Thank you for having me. It’s been a pleasure sharing our story, and I look forward to reaching even more people with our organic products and training programs.

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