Today’s Solutions: May 25, 2024

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How portable solar-powered batteries can help expand access to clean energy

Reliable access to electricity is a luxury in Lagos, Nigeria, where the power can go out multiple times a day, rendering many inhabitants dependent on expensive, noisy, and polluting diesel generators. A corner shop in the Nigerian city, however, offers a solution to this problem in the form of a Read More...

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The Met Museum to return two Benin City artifacts to Nigeria

Back in May, we shared how Germany plans to return its collection of the Benin Bronzes to their home country of Nigeria this year. The Met Museum has announced it will follow suit and return two brass plaques, also part of the Benin Bronzes, to their rightful owners.  The Benin Bronzes refers Read More...

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Nigerian farmers win 13-year case against Shell for oil spill damages

A 13-year environmental justice trial has finally come to a close with a long-awaited victory for four Nigerian farmers harmed by oil spills at the hands of Shell Nigeria. The company has been ordered by a Dutch court to compensate the farmers for oil spills that polluted their land in 2004 and Read More...

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Venture capital firms collaborate to offer African startups a pandemic lifeline

The pandemic has taken a toll on African start-ups. One estimate predicts that investment in African startups could drop by as much as 40 percent by the end of the year. In an effort to keep these companies afloat, Ventures Platform, an Abuja, Nigeria-based early-stage fund, is creating a relief Read More...

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Africa to be officially declared free of wild polio

Just twenty-five years ago, thousands of children in Africa were left paralyzed due to the poliovirus. Now, Africa is to be declared free from wild polio by the independent body, the Africa Regional Certification Commission. Polio is a virus that spreads from person to person, usually through Read More...

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These solar-powered fridges are reducing food waste and hunger in Nigeria

Food waste is a huge problem all around the world, but the causes of spoilage are different depending on the region. In many developing countries like Nigeria, the primary cause of waste is not inefficient purchasing and cooking habits, but inadequate storage facilities to keep food fresh. When Read More...

New photos of world’s rarest

New photos of world’s rarest great apes with babies raises hopes

The Cross River gorilla is the most endangered subspecies of gorilla, with only 300 of them known to live in the wild. But the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has raised hopes that these animals at risk of extinction are actually reproducing after many photos of the rare gorillas were captured Read More...

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Nigerian citizen designs portable hand-washing stations for his city

Hand-washing is one of the most promoted and effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but what about regions where hand-washing facilities are not readily accessible? An estimated 157 million Nigerians lack adequate hand-washing facilities, which prompted one resident, Bamigbose Adams, to Read More...

Nigeria to become self-suffici

Nigeria to become self-sufficient in tomato production thanks to novel technology

Nigeria consumes 2.3 million tons of tomatoes annually, but because of outdated agricultural techniques, the country has been struggling to meet consumer demand and often has to rely on importing the vegetable. Now that’s about to change as Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote has unveiled a Read More...

Africa on brink of eliminating

Africa on brink of eliminating polio as Nigeria marks 3 years without the virus

As the world strives to eradicate polio, Africa may soon reach a major breakthrough in efforts to rid the planet of one of the most devastating diseases of all time. Marking three years since the last case of polio was detected in Nigeria, the continent is expected to be certified free of wild Read More...