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Meet the Boss: Ugwem Eneyo, CEO, Solstice Energy Solutions

As a high school student in southern Illinois, Ugwem Eneyo originally planned to study journalism and political science. The daughter of Nigerian-born parents who worked in engineering and computer science, Ugwem had a sudden change of heart during her senior year. “At the last minute I decided that I should stop running away from my destiny, so I applied to Illinois for engineering,” she laughs. While at Illinois, Eneyo has been active in the National Society of Black Engineers, Engineering Council, the Provost’s Student Advisory Board, the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee, the Illinois Student Senate as a member of the Committee for Environmental Sustainability, and significant volunteer work through the Morrill Engineering Program, which serves underrepresented groups in engineering. She is also an Engineering Learning Assistant for a class in clean water access for the Illinois Engineering First-Year Experience program, which targets freshmen for project-based engineering education.

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Inspirational African Women: Kelechi Udoagwu

Creating great content is a part of our everyday lives, whether in the print or broadcast media, or in the ever expanding social media space in Africa. One entrepreneur, Kelechi Udoagwu, co-founder of Skrife, is providing a much-needed platform to bring great writers and specialist content creators together with clients who are looking for engaging content for their businesses.

What does your company do?

Skrife is an online platform that helps entrepreneurs, brands, digital agencies and startups communicate and create quality written content by leveraging on our exclusive community of freelance writers and editors.

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Nigerian Internet Sensation Uses Fame To Give A Voice To African Artists

Using the people of his Lagos community as subjects, Nigerian painter Oresegun Olumide creates oil paintings that are so realistic, they have become a viral sensation. His Instagram account has 15,000-plus followers and social media have helped his career in an environment where art is considered a luxury and the government is too strapped to support the arts. Born in Ikorodu, Olumide, 35, started painting when he was just 4. He went on to study fine art at Yaba College of Technology in Yaba, Lagos. By 2005 Olumide had launched his professional art career. Today, he owns an art studio in Lagos, selling and showcasing his work.

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Nigeria Reclaims Africa's Top Oil Producer Spot

Nigeria may have reclaimed its position as Africa's top oil producer which it lost to fellow African oil producer, Angola earlier in March 2016. According to the December 2016 Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), crude oil production from Nigeria rose slightly above that of Angola even before the January 2017 planned production cut agreed by OPEC and non-OPEC producers. Angola would be expected to cut about 78,000 barrels per day (bd) of its production in the agreement which was sealed in late 2016.

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