Session: “Africa’s Brightest Innovators”
March 12, 2020
09:30 – 11:00
Virtue Oboro is an entrepreneur from Nigeria who co-founded the organisation Tiny Hearts Technology with her business partner Ezoukumo Oboro. The organisation is focused on raising awareness and educating Nigerian women about neonatal jaundice, at the same time producing and deploying cost-effective solar-powered Phototherapy Units for the treatment of neonatal jaundice. Virtue was inspired to start the organisation after her son was diagnosed with severe neonatal jaundice in 2016. Her experience during his treatment recovery triggered an idea to redesign a device that effectively treats jaundice in new-born babies across Africa. This led to the invention of the Crib A’glow photo-therapy unit, which is used for the treatment of jaundice in newborns. The Johnson & Johnson African Innovation Challenge Winner and Mandela Washington Fellow comes from a corporate branding background and had no formal technology training. Since inception, Virtue has saved over 3,000 babies and sensitized 20,000 women virtually and physically on neonatal jaundice which has earned her multiple awards like the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards, Sterling Bank Startups Pitch, Diamond Bank BET6, amongst others. Virtue wants to save more babies by increasing the impact of her work to more communities across Africa and beyond through partnerships, collaboration & expansion.