TechCabal Live, Episode 5: Meet your makers

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I’m still getting email about last week’s TechCabal Live broadcast. And a lot of that email is not even from Nigeria. Wow. Thanks, everyone. Dotun and Lanre certainly were brilliant guests and have set the bar. So I’m happy to inform you that this week’s guests on the 5th edition of TechCabal Live will be…

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Mark Essien, and Ifedayo Oladapo, to talk about maker culture in Nigeria. Actually, we’re really thinking of going with a more clickbaity title (will Nigerians ever get good at hacking hardware?), but it’s currently under advisement.

Mark Essien is mostly popular of being founder and CEO of Hotels.ng, but he’s also a not-so-closet maker, tinkerer and DIY-enthusiast who likes to cheat Nigerian auto-mechanics out of their inflated billings. No jokes, lol.

Ifedayo Oladapo is the founder and CEO of Grit Systems, a Lagos-based hardware startup that created the Grit meter, a device that runs energy balance simulations to help you determine if and how alternative power sources would save you money.

Of course, yours truly will have a few things to say. I spent an enjoyable ten days building a talking tree  among other things with the great folk from Watershed and British Council in March, so it’s a subject I feel even more connected to now. I’ve also commented on maker culture in Africa on occasion.

Excited yet? Then subscribe to get notified when we go live tomorrow. If you know makers, or are a maker yourself, we’d love you to join the conversation…you can contribute via live chat, or simply dial in. See you on Wednesday at noon.