A Nigerian woman, Fatima Oyiza Ademoh, has won the Young Energy Leader Award at the 2017 African Utility Week Industry Awards in South-Africa, All Africa reports.
Fatima is the founder of Ajima Youth Empowerment Foundation and has over five years of experience in business development, entrepreneurship, agribusiness, and the energy sector.
She is the project manager for the United States African Development Foundation– funded off-grid energy project executed by Ajima Farms.
Having grown in an environment where agricultural communities could not access electricity, which leads to the loss of many perishable goods, Fatima decided to work towards a solution.
Upon returning from her studies in the UK, she developed the Waste to Watt project, the first mini-grid biogas to the power system in Nigeria, which has provided renewable electricity to two rural communities, with over 1,100 people.
The Waste to Watt renewable energy project is a 30KW mini-grid biogas to a power project in two off-grid rural communities in Nigeria. It converts agricultural waste into biogas which can then be used for generating electricity.
In an interview with British Council, Fatima explained that the Waste to Watt project has impacted the communities of Rije, with 520 residents, and Kuwizhi, with 600 residents, in Abuja, as they now have access to electricity.
According to her, the project has improved the communities’ access to clean water, healthcare services, quality of education, and boosts the security of the community. It has also increased the productivity of their agribusinesses.
She explained that Waste to Watt also reduces greenhouse gases because agricultural waste from animals and crops produce methane which is harmful to the environment, but they are converted to biogas.
Waste to Watt serves as an example for other entrepreneurs to invest in biogas.
After she completes her Mandela Washington Fellowship, Fatima plans to scale up the Ajima Farm’s off-grid energy project to promote access to energy services for rural off-grid communities and agribusinesses.
Fatima Oyiza Ademoh is the winner of the Study UK Alumni Award for Social Impact, Nigeria 2017.