For our #BellaNaijaWCW feature today, we celebrate Yetunde Fadeyi, the environmentalist and renewable energy advocate who’s leading a vibrant organisation promoting environmental sustainability and inspiring millennials across Africa.
She’s the founder of the youth-led REES (Renewable Energy & Environmental Sustainability) for Africa Initiative, a non-profit which is helping rural and underserved areas access energy as well as promoting environmental sustainability as a lifestyle and a business process across all target audience.
REES Africa advocates and takes proactive actions in tackling challenges that deter sustainability. Its ultimate goal is to preserve the environment for future generations by living sustainably whilst boosting sustainable development.
Through Yetunde’s work, 8 century-old rural communities with no prior access to electricity in Lagos and Oyo states have been literally lit up, impacting about 7,000 people directly. REES Africa has also prequalified 10 more communities in Ogun, Oyo, Kaduna, Abuja, and Nasarawa.
The organisation is currently on a mission to fight climate change, and eradicate energy poverty at the same time through advocacy and enterprise solutions.
REES Africa has carried out over 20 environmental sustainability campaigns in urban and peri-urban areas, to address lifestyle issues and create awareness impacting a total of 9,000 beneficiaries in Nigeria and Ghana.
Yetunde is the co-founder of WattCore Energy, a renewable energy development company committed to deploying clean, sustainable, specialised, and cost-effective solutions to different target audiences ranging from commercial to utility markets.
It offers power, cooling and heating services while being the catalyst to deliver a substantial reduction in carbon emissions for organisations and households.
Yetunde holds a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and has completed courses in sustainable and renewable energy, as well as climate change. She is also a 2019 Chevening Shcolar.