Sim Bawa – Founder of Sim Solutions Interview

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Sim Bawa – Founder of Sim Solutions Interview

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What is your full name?

Sim Bawa

What is your age range?

21-30

Where were you born and raised?

Lagos, Nigeria

What countries/states did you school in?

Nigeria, Benin and Singapore

Did you go to university? If so, where did you go and what did you study?

French

In what countries are you based?

Nigeria

What do you do to earn a living and when did you start?

Engineering services and I started in 2017.

What did you use to do before you did this?

Teaching French and Hausa online

What inspired you to start your business?

Watching business owners fail in using renewable energy as a weapon to increase revenue and savings.

Why should anyone use your service/product?

Because it saves them hundreds of thousands/millions of Naira yearly on utility costs.

Tell us about your team.

I’m currently the only woman on my team… we’re training the first-ever all-female Solar engineering team in Africa.

What is something you wish you knew before starting your business?

That engineering would do better with more females. I started off feeling like an outcast at the beginning.

Would you advise other people to start businesses or invest in Africa? Please also share the drawbacks.

Investment in Africa requires loads of determination and cultural acclimatisation.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you can give to other Africans looking to start-up?

Just start. Start, study and it doesn’t matter if you’re the first, or no one in your industry looks like you. If they can use your value in the back room, you can rewrite the rhetoric and outlook of any industry.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you can give to other Africans in the diaspora?

Only Africans can build Africa. We need your voices here and wherever you are.
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