Suleiman Babamanu is helping the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria implement the country’s largest investment in solar energy.
Suleiman Babamanu’s path to the heart of Nigeria’s biggest solar power program started in disappointment. After university he worked as a trainee geoscientist for a unit of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. A job in the industry—Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer—would have been a traditional route, and a lucrative one. But he couldn’t find employment.
This was about 2010, when the growth of clean energy around the world made it start to seem like a potential career path. The industry hadn’t gained much traction in Nigeria, and he set aside the idea, until a conversation with a relative persuaded him to reconsider.
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