As part of our ongoing tech female spotlight, we are featuring and celebrating dynamic tech female entrepreneurs who are using unique opportunities to create meaningful innovations and community engagements that affect humans globally. For this edition, we are presenting Chinwe Ohajuruka; Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Comprehensive Design Services (CDS) a firm that is committed to practical sustainable design solutions for Nigeria and Africa, read this article about her and get inspired!
Chinwe Abulokwe Ohajuruka is a “green” Architect, Project Manager and Sustainability Consultant with over 26 years’ work experience in a variety of international settings. Chinwe has been involved with several design projects for collegiate, commercial, residential, institutional and industrial clients. Having designed and managed building projects in Nigeria, the United States and five other countries, Chinwe has a diverse background that complements the diverse and international settings she has found herself in. Other countries she has worked in and done work for include Scotland, Jamaica, Barbados, The Gambia and Zambia. She has been a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and achieved accreditation in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in 2008. Subsequently, she has worked on several sustainability projects in leadership positions such as LEED Project Administrator, LEED Project Manager & LEED Advisor. She is also an Accredited Professional (AP) of Green Star (South Africa) and BREEAM (UK), and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Green Building Council, Nigeria (GBCN).
HOW IT STARTED
She usually uses this quote by Zig Ziglar; “Success is when opportunity meets preparation” to frame her journey as an African Diasporan who decided to invest in the USA. Chinwe is a hardworking lady with 3 degrees in Architecture, 3 accreditations in green building and the sustainable built environment, a ton of research on the social, economic and environmental challenges in Nigeria. With a burning passion to use her training, exposure and skills to contribute to making a difference in African continent, to the second African Diaspora Marketplace Business Plan competition organized by USAID in collaboration with Western Union. She entered for the Renewable Energy category and she eventually partnered with the US government to bring meaningful development in Nigeria.
Her project is addressing the following challenges:
(a) huge house deficit,
(b) high unemployment,
(c) constant power outages,
(d) clean water and improved sanitation.
Chinwe’s vision is to build hundreds of thousands of self-cooling homes that actually generate their own electricity and source their own water, thereby reducing the demand from the public utilities and giving home owners a certain degree of power independence. Nigeria currently generates approximately 4500 megawatts, imagine being able to generate up to 50 megawatts of energy from the sun domestically.
The reason for investing in Africa is to attempt to lead the world in sustainable development at the grass root level, using the continent’s abundant resources to create a greener and more equitable society.
Thank you Chinwe for sharing your story.
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