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Achenyo Idachaba

Posted November 27, 2017

Ms. Achenyo Idachaba is a Computer Scientist turned Social Entrepreneur. She is the Founder of MitiMeth, an award winning Social Enterprise in Nigeria. MitiMeth trains and engages riverine communities and local artisans to produce and earn livelihoods from unique handcrafted home décor and personal accessories utilizing invasive aquatic weeds and agro-waste such as Water Hyacinth, Cattail, Banana and Maize. She also utilizes non-timber forest resources, specifically wild Bamboo. MitiMeth’s unique handmade products have featured in domestic and international exhibitions and in 2013 MitiMeth received the Local Raw Materials Content Award from the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) for its innovative use of Water Hyacinth. In 2017, MitiMeth received the ACE Award for the Best Eco-Friendly Product Innovation.

Achenyo was named among YNaija and LLA’s 2017 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria and a 2017 Vital Voices VV Lead Fellow. She was nominated the 2015 Emerging Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the Creative Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (CEAN) and is a 2015 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) Awardee. She is the 2014 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Laureate for Sub-Saharan Africa and a 2013 YouWIN!Women Awardee. Achenyo has spoken at TED and at Harvard University. She has also been featured on Deutsche Welle TV, CNBC Africa, CNN’s African Start-Up, The Nation and BusinessDay Newspapers, Inc, BusinessLife Magazine and on BusinessAfrica TV. Her work has also been published in the Nigerian Field Journal. Prior to founding MitiMeth and Greennovative Chain Consulting, Achenyo spent 11 years with ExxonMobil in the U.S. where she held a variety of Regional and Global positions. She has a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, an M.S. in Applied Computer Science from Illinois State University and an M.B.A from Cornell University.