By: Onifade Bello
Olarewaju Fadodun, an undergraduate student of Microbiology Department at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, is set to compete at the 2018 Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards in Toronto, Canada.
Olarewaju became Nigeria’s winner; defeating Aliyu Bello Aliyu, a student of Pharmacy at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, and Emmanuel Tishion, a student of Business Administration at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
He runs Temophadis International, a company whose production centres on packaging of food items like bean flour for moin-moin, akara and gbegiri soup.
Speaking at the Nigeria’s version of the awards which held at the Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Olarewaju said he developed his business by leveraging on his expertise in food science, food microbiology, quality control and graphics design.
Olarewaju remarked that he is “skilled in food product formulation, food bio-preservation, food processing equipment design and cleanability and products branding.”
The winner said he has “worked as a salesperson of a frozen foods merchandise and as a manager of a start-up business enterprise in the time past.”
The 2017 recipient of the award was Julian Rios Cantu of Higia Technologies, a teenager from Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico.
Cantu started his business after watching his mother battled two cases of breast cancer. His company, Higia Technologies, specializes in how biosensor is used to boost women’s quality of life through professional self-exploratory methods that increase early detection of breast cancer.
The world’s best student entrepreneurs from over 50 countries are expected to converge in Toronto, Canada, for the 2018 Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards. However, Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (EO) has stated its plan to host the students for two and a half days for intensive learning, mentorship and pitching innovative ideas.