Okey Esse / Nigeria
Okey Esse is the founder and CEO of Powerstove Energy, based in Abuja, Nigeria. Founded in 2018, Powerstove Energy designs, manufactures, and distributes Powerstove and Goodlife Biomass Pellets. Powerstove is IoT-enabled and completely smokeless, thereby saving users $300 yearly on cooking fuels by using 70% less biomass to cook foods at a rate of five times faster than with traditional stoves. At the same time, it generates 50 watts of electricity for the user’s household, thus enabling them to charge other things around the home such as phones and power LED bulbs. Powerstove has won more than 12 international awards including DEMO Africa, Engie Startup of the Year 2018, Cisco GPS, and GIZ-TEF. It The company has raised $50,000 in seed grants and has been mentioned in Forbes as one of the climate-smart products that will change the world.