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#AfricaNext: Jessica O. Matthews Is Bringing Energy to Communities  Worldwide With 'Uncharted Power'

Award-winning tech entrepreneur Jessica O. Matthews talks renewable energy and being a millennial in the business space in the latest video for our Africa Next series brought to you by Samsung Next.

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When she was just 22 years old, Nigerian tech entrepreneur Jessica O. Matthews founded Uncharted Power, and award-winning renewable energy company that harnesses kinetic energy, created from the motion of everyday objects into ecosystems that can power everyday devices. Her creation has helped bring power to communities across African and the diaspora.

Matthews, who has been featured in Forbes and was named one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women in 2017, is the latest tech entrepreneur to be featured in Samsung Next's "African Next" series. In a short video, she discusses her journey into becoming an African leader in the tech world, and what it's like being a millennial in that space.


"I feel so confident about what we're building at Uncharted Power," says Matthews. "I know that it is going to change the way we think about energy, and in particular the way we consume energy."

Watch the video below, and revisit the previous African Next feature with Kela Ivonye and his innovative app that's helping ensure that our mail doesn't go missing.

Africa Next' is a video series profiling young tech entrepreneurs throughout the African diaspora who are innovators in their fields. These young pioneers are achieving excellence through their work and are NEXT in line to change their communities and the world for the better.

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It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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