Salubata Technologies Wins Kigali Start-up Festival 2022

Salubata Technologies, a Nigerian new company, has come up as one of the main four champs of the Kigali Startup Festival 2022 at the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) in Kigali, Rwanda.

Yewande Adebowale, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Salubata, which changes plastic waste into modified shoes, got an award of $10,000 at the end of the Forum.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Youth Forum is one of the four that occurred before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

As per the coordinators, no less than 400 applications were gotten for the startup grants which are in four classifications: green development, inter-trade, agricultural innovation, and computerized nerds.

Adebowale’s application was chosen in the Green Innovation Guru Award classification.

In a meeting with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, the Salubata COO said her items affected the Nigerian economy.


‘‘We wanted to do something that impacts the everyday part of our lives. We’ve always seen plastic waste around us and have always looked for ways to help the environment.

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“We believe these customizable shoes from Salubata could help stamp out plastic wastes in its entirety.

“We believe we are making a very significant change, particularly from an environmental viewpoint, because the volume of plastic wastes in our environments keeps growing every year,” she said.

In the interim, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Rwanda, Aishatu Musa has saluted the Nigerian youth group sent to CHOGM 2022 for representing the nation well.

The High Commissioner, who facilitated the representatives at the Chancery in Kigali, encouraged them to keep on depicting Nigeria as a nation of pioneers and business people.

“It is great to see young people from Nigeria doing great things. I must commend your efforts and contributions in trying to address some of the challenges facing the commonwealth countries.

“Nigeria is blessed with lots of talents and the youth are the country’s pride, so I urge you to be passionate about your dreams and aspirations and continue to push them to make the world a better place,” Musa said.

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She communicated her happiness that the group of youngsters who went to the youth discussion in the interest of the nation was drawn from the scholarly world, clinical workforce, innovation and logical fields, and youth-associations agents, among others.

On her part, Oluwakemi Areola, head of the group and aide to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, said thanks to the High Commissioner for the warm gathering of the representatives.

Areola portrayed the High Commissioner as a genuine inspiration to youthful Nigerians, encouraging her countrymen to gain from Musa’s insight.

She said the Nigerian representatives were among the more than 350 youth pioneers from the 54 nations of the Commonwealth that partook in the three-day meeting to organize, trade thoughts, and build abilities, among others.

NAN reports that following long stretches of consideration, the CYF introduced a six-point activity plan (The Youth Declaration) on youth improvement.

The current year’s discussion tended to topical regions like governance and law and order, innovation, skills, innovation, sustainability, wellbeing, Covid-19, and trade.

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