Accomplished architect, Chinwe Ohajuruka, is taking time away from her business life to solve the housing and energy crises in Nigeria.
While living and working in the United States, Chinwe decided that she wanted to give back to her home country. After immersing herself in the issues facing Nigerians today, Chinwe realized she could use her experience to solve some of these problems.
40% of Nigerians today lack access to electricity, and what little electricity actually supplied is often unreliable. Nigeria produces 4,000 megawatts of electricity for public use, while over 200,000 megawatts are actually needed to power the country. Alongside energy issues, 30% of Nigerians don’t have access to toilets or clean water, and 17 million people in the country lack proper housing.
By designing affordable homes, Chinwe has created a model of sustainable housing capable of improving the lives of millions of Nigerians. Each unit is made up of 4 self-contained apartments with a shared cooking area. Each unit also has built-in bathrooms and toilets, a self-cooling roof system, solar panels, and a reliable water source. Chinwe says that one of her motivations for the project is, “to create a safer and better environment for women and girls where they could have the dignity of built-in bathrooms and toilets, thereby reducing the incidents of rape.”
By developing a philanthropic model based on her business experience, Chinwe is a pioneer in the field of sustainable housing.