Azuri solar tech helps inspire Nigeria’s future engineers

Students from primary schools across Apado Town participate in a workshop.
Updated 17 August 2019
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Azuri solar tech helps inspire Nigeria’s future engineers

Azuri Technologies, a provider of pay-as-you-go solar home solutions to off-grid households in Africa, has joined forces with Imperial College London to inspire young school children in Nigeria to become the country’s future engineers.

The five-day workshop titled “Creative Futures Nigeria” is the brainchild of Dr. Sunday Popo-Ola of Imperial College London and introduces school students from all backgrounds to the potentials of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through a series of activities that test their imagination and skills.

“Creative Futures is designed to inspire pupils to achieve their full potential and encourage them to think about science and higher education. It is an interactive learning experience bringing together nine- to 16-year-old pupils, role models, mentors and inspirational speakers,” said Dr. Popo-Ola.

Azuri General Manager for West Africa Vera Nwanze said: “Azuri is delighted to be involved with such a project, designed to inspire Nigeria’s future engineers. During the workshop, students will have the opportunity to see and test cutting-edge solar technology that is connecting hundreds of thousands of off-grid households to the modern digital world.”

In Nigeria, Azuri solar home systems have been installed in over 20,000 off-grid households located in 12 northern states of the country as part of the office of the vice president’s rural electrification intervention “Beyond the Grid.” Further pilot projects are being embarked for commercial installations across the country to deliver clean, sustainable and reliable solar home solutions to the over 70 million underserved Nigerians living in off-grid communities.

In addition to gaining insight into how the latest solar technology is changing lives in Nigeria, students will take part in challenges involving construction, mechanics and robotics in an effort to inspire them to become innovators of the future.

Workshops will be held in two locations in Kwara state. The first workshop, taking place this week, includes students from six primary schools from Esie, followed by another workshop in Apado Town.

Azuri entered the solar market in Africa in 2012 and is now one of the leading providers of pay-as-you-go solar power lighting and TV systems, operating in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria.

Azuri’s vision is to create a level playing field where all African consumers can access and benefit from the digital economy, wherever they live.


InterContinental Riyadh serves up Mexican cuisine & culture

Updated 23 September 2019

InterContinental Riyadh serves up Mexican cuisine & culture

The InterContinental Riyadh hosted the Mexican Gastronomic Festival from Sept. 16 to 22.

Chef Aldo Servin, executive chef at the Traspatio restaurant in Los Cabos, Mexico, was specially flown in to head the team of chefs at the hotel. Several authentic ingredients, including spices, were also brought to Riyadh to prepare Mexican dishes.

Tariq Dowidar, area general manager at IHG Government Hotels and general manager at InterContinental Riyadh, said he was happy to be able to bring to the Kingdom the Mexican cultural experience once more after a successful run in September last year. 

The food festival, which took place at Al-Bustan Restaurant from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., attracted a number of foodies from the capital who wanted to experience Mexican cuisine and culture.

In a speech during the opening ceremony, Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Mexico in Saudi Arabia Eduardo Hector Moguel Flores highlighted the cultural heritage of Mexico, starting with its millenary history to its cuisine and mariachi music, which he said have attained the UNESCO’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” status. Guests included Saudi officials, diplomats and members of the media. 

For the second time in a row, the Embassy of Mexico and the InterContinental Riyadh partnered to bring the mariachi band “Mariachi Semblanza” to perform live and entertain guests at the food festival. 

“Just two days ago in Oud Square, the mariachi band gave a flash-mob performance, captivating the attention of around 100 people, mainly Saudi youth,” said Flores. “The interest of the Saudi youth in the culture of other countries is tangible,” he added. 

The InterContinental Riyadh is a luxury hotel with a nine-hole golf course in the heart of the Saudi capital. Guests staying in or visiting the InterContinental have the option to walk around the 40 hectares of exotic green grounds and relax in the lap of nature.