West Africa Development Program
The West Africa Development Program is an initiative under the Social Entrepreneurship MA (SEMA) program in Tallinn University. The aim of the program is to contribute to bridging the knowledge gap in social entrepreneurial possibilities in West Africa as compared to the rest of the world.
The program concentrates on areas that seek to solve or significantly reduce eminent problems in the sub-region through high impact social entrepreneurial initiatives.
I am a social entrepreneur from West Africa and I would like to join the program
I am an expert from West Africa and I would like join as mentor
We are an organization dealing with innovation and development in West Africa and we
would like to cooperate
Head of the program:
Seth Amofah (Ghana)
Seth is an urban and development sociologist. He has been involved in many non-profit and social enterprises that work towards ensuring positive social change especially in Anglophone West Africa. He has worked with Wechiau Community Library (WCL), a first social enterprise which uses mobile library and offline digital learning platforms in Northern Ghana to promote reading in rural areas. He has also worked with MTÜ MONDO, an Estonian development NGO operating in Africa (including Ghana), Europe and Asia.
Seth is a PhD Sociology candidate at the School of Governance, Law and Society at Tallinn University in Estonia. His PhD research focuses on the intersection between NGO activities and social enterprise in reducing poverty in West Africa. He is the leader of the West Africa Development Program under the MA Social Entrepreneurship program of Tallinn
Tolulope Kilanko (Nigeria)
Tolulope has background in Urban Planning and currently studying Masters in Social Entrepreneurship at Tallinn University. A co-founder at Avena Games a Nigerian mobile games development company with skills developed in 3d modeling, animation, project management, entrepreneurship, 3d design, marketing and software development life-cycle management.
His passion includes humanitarian activities, environmental protection and educational empowerment. He believes is using technology to solve educational problems in a fun and engaging. As a social entrepreneur, he is currently exploring sustainable and creative ways to make learning more fun for kids in selected countries in West Africa through technology.
Tolulope's project is focused on solving educational problems through technology. The aim is to build toys that will help kids (‘in school kids’ and ‘out of school kids’) to learn in their native language. The toys would focus on subject-specific learning topics and allow the user to have sound knowledge of selected topics. Topics could be Biology, Geography, Space Science, etc. Kids would interact with it by pressing buttons and listening to the pre-recorded narration in both native languages and some cases interactive quizzes. The broader target market includes countries with high illiteracy rates in Africa and the Middle East, however, to start we would be focus on just 3 countries(Nigeria, Gambia, and Kenya) and 5 native languages. The goal is to make learning easier for these kids, even those who have never been inside a classroom. To improve their numeracy and literacy skills and bridge the inequality gap in learning which exists in the target locations.
Lily Agyare (Ghana)
Lily is a dedicated lover of volunteerism. She is a certified and recognised Sign Language interpreter by the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD).
She has been interpreting for the hearing impaired since 2009 in churches, hospitals, job interviews, and other social functions. Her passion for this voluntary activity made her take Sign Language studies as one of her subjects her undergraduate study.
Lily is currently enrolled in a Master of Social Entrepreneurship program at Tallinn University, Estonia.
Lily is a co-founder of Urban Sense, a Ghanaian social enterprise engaged in disability interest in urban areas. Her social enterprise is based on using skills transfer through technical and vocational training to empower people living with hearing impairment.
Okeleye Solomon (Nigeria)
Solomon is a business enthusiast and a social entrepreneur. His experience cut across leadership and business management sphere.
He's been involved in a number of innovative business solutions in Africa and the world at large including "Skydah Networks" a security and identity solution. His famous natural cosmetics brand "Tropics" is well embraced in Georgia and the Caucasus region, providing his viability in the production sector.
His passion for humanity birthed "StreeTreasures" a social enterprise combating the menace of child streetism in Nigeria one at a time.
Solomon is a graduate of Business Management (BA) and Social Entrepreneurship (MA).
"StreeTreasures" is a social enterprise that rescues, rehabilitates and aggrandizes the life of street children in Nigeria by equipping them with the relevant IT skills that enables them to be independent and with a snowball approach encourages a replication of the same to other street kids using a consciously designed intervention plan and business model.
The aim of this project is to propose, and design a simple renewable energy supply chain for people living in rural areas in West Africa. The project seeks to rely on technological and academic asset of participants to innovatively connect the renewable energy products to the people at a cheap cost in order to reduce poverty and create jobs at the same time in West Africa.
Participants are expected to propose and design simple but applicable sustainable entrepreneurial venture that will focus on supplying affordable renewable energy solutions to rural dwellers targeted at reducing rural poverty in West Africa Country.
Our partners in Africa:
Idea2Market Africa is a Non-Profit Organisation created in 2017 in response to the growing need to focus on technology development, deployment and diffusion of home-grown innovations for economic and social impact. The mission of Idea2Market is to enhance the commercialisation of home-grown technologies in Africa, strengthen institutional linkages in the innovation ecosystem and to boost private sector participation in the innovation development process.