For our #BellaNaijaWCW feature this week, we shine the spotlight on and celebrate Adaeze Akpagbula, co-founder of Farmspeak Technology, an agritech startup committed to eliminating extreme poverty amongst African farmers by increasing productivity, promoting efficient resources use and enhancing farm profitability.
Farmspeak leverages technologies such as intelligent electronic sensors, internet of things (IoT), data analytics, and artificial intelligence to drive data-driven agriculture that reduces wastage and improves overall farm productivity.
Currently, Farmspeak is helping poultry farmers improve their yield with its technology. Its PenKeep device works with an intelligent electronics sensor which when installed in a Pen house collects micro climate data like temperature, humidity, air quality etc and wirelessly transmits the data to a cloud server where advanced computational models help to make sense of what is happening in the pen house. The device gives the farmer total control over the micro climate in the pen house as he/she can monitor and control those environmental parameters.
Farmspeak does not just help farmers get optimum yield, it also links them to the right buyers after harvest, helping them save storage or feeding cost for crop farmers or livestock farmers respectively.
Adaeze holds a bachelors degree in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering from the University of Ibadan. She’s also one of the 200 digital startups selected for Forbes’ first Digital Startup Accelerator program in Nigeria where she made it to Top 15.
We celebrate Adaeze for helping farmers increase their yield and income and we’re rooting for her.
In an age where large physical concerts are not possible due to the pandemic, we can easily remember the great concerts that we’ve had in the past. You cannot mention concerts without thinking of Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless who have brought Nigerians several amazing shows over a decade.
Activities marking the 10th anniversary of Nigeria’s premiere fully-scripted concert brand, Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless came to a crescendo at the Lekki Leisure Lake venue of the Buckwyld n Breathless Beach Bash on November 29, 2020.
It was a befitting climax to a series of activities to celebrate the milestone and thank the cast, crew, sponsors and friends of the game-changing concert brand. The high point of the night was the unveiling of the lead headliner for the 2021 edition – quadruple threat Banky W and the theme, “The Evolution”.
Banky W expressed delight to headline the 2021 edition. It’s interesting to note that he co-hosted the inaugural concert in 2010 with MI. Banky W used the opportunity to announce a brand new album in 2021 and a B’n’B performance to remember at “The Evolution”.
Preceded by the B’n’B: The Re-Definition television special (which ran on HipTv, Pop Central and Nigezie) and B’n’B: The Roundtable, the Beach Bash feted guests alongside pop icons 2Baba and Banky W.
Key B’n’B players present included Executive producer Efe Omorogbe, co-execs, Rhiemen “Phenom” Omorogbe and Helen Emoh Abutu, Andre Blaze (host/creative resource), Elsie Uvie Oluku (ticketing solutions), Mike Igbelabo (choreographer/talent management) and Don L3 (music director). Co-executive producers Edi Lawani and Kingsley James were unavoidably absent.
Distinguished guests present included Ruggedman, Elajoe, Padita Agu, Sam Onyemelukwe (Trace), Osam (Naija FM), Tony Unu, Neville Sajare (Nevada Bridge TV), Nwanne Okafor, Ruffcoin, Remi Adeleke (Cruise Events), Victoria Nkong (Qtaby), Tomi Falade (Independent), Toun Banjo (Pop Central), Ikhane Akhigbe (AbOriginal), Dan De Humourous, Bamise Oye (Trophy) and Tunde Demuren (EME), Titi Kuti, Frankie Ogbole, Justin Ige (Creative Legal), Loveline Nnabude among many others.
The fun-filled event hosted by Andre Blaze had fans sharing their favourite B’n’B moments over the years. Efe Omorogbe, CEO Buckwyld Media paid glowing tribute to 2Baba for his role in birthing the brand and expressed profound gratitude to all who had supported the brand from day one. In his words, “Without them, there would have been no Buckwyld n Breathless”.