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Here’s Why Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola Inspires the Entrepreneur in Us

Bilikis Adebiyi-Abiola, CEO, WeCyclers

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Here’s Why Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola Inspires the Entrepreneur in Us

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Here’s Why Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola Inspires the Entrepreneur in Us

Though Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola professional journey began with a bachelor degree in Computer Science, her dive into entrepreneurship began with her unnerving concern about poor waste management in Nigeria…

‘We love the fact that one woman entrepreneur (Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola) had an incredible vision to positively change lives and make a difference in her country… She is also bringing tangible solutions to the massive unemployment situation in Nigeria and empowering local communities to create new opportunities to make their live better.’

– Melanie Hawken, CEO, Lionesses of Africa

Though Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola professional journey began with a bachelor degree in Computer Science, her dive into entrepreneurship began with her unnerving concern about poor waste management in Nigeria. This also spurred her to enroll for a Master programme at the MIT Sloan School of Management where she developed the idea for her thriving business, WeCyclers.

Now the CEO of WeCyclers, Bilikiss and her team of employees have stayed committed to picking up household waste, offering recycling training and services to corporate organisations, and helping them perform their corporate social responsibility. As at 2015, Wecyclers had 80 people in its employ and had collected over 500 tons of rubbish.

‘WeCyclers gives low-income communities in developing countries a chance to capture value from waste and clean up their neighbourhoods through an incentive based recycling program’

-Source: Lionesses Of Africa

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, CEO, WeCyclers

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, CEO, WeCyclers

The entrepreneur in us can’t help falling in love with all that Bilkiss has achieved in the course of her entrepreneurship journey. Here are 2 more reasons why she should also inspire the entrepreneur in you:

#1

She understands the value of experience

‘I have always been interested in ideas that focus on repurposing waste… the idea dfor WeCyclers came up in my development ventures class at MIT… Also, I worked at a large company prior to MIT so, I think that this was a combination of several factors, One of which was that timing was just perfect’.

-Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola (Source: Lionesses of Africa)

Other than having the right education, Bilkiss understood the importance of having the right work experience. Thanks to her job as a research assistant at Vanderbilt University while studying for a Master Degree in Computer Science and her role as a software engineer at IBM, Bilkiss garnered invaluable experiences that were further developed during her MBA programme at MIT.

This also explains why the launch of WeCyclers in 2012 was a tremendous success and the business model on which it runs promises to be remain sustainable in the years ahead.

#2

Bilikiss is socially responsible

For one whose long felt desire has been to provide tangible solutions to the socio-economic problems of Nigeria, Bilkiss is no slowing down on her efforts to engage more people in her WeCyclers initiative.

Believing that the Nigerian recycling industry has the ability to create over 500,000 jobs, Bilkiss ensures that WeCyclers remains committed to helping corporate organisations align their core values with their corporate social responsibility.

What’s more, individuals are very well encouraged to up their recycling efforts via the WeCycler’s partnership with various organisations to offer basic food items, consumer electronics, and even cash to people who participate in the WeCycler’s programmes.

For us, Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola is one Boss Lady we have come to love and appreciate and look forward to celebrating more of her achievements as she keeps creating value out of rubbish.

 

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