By Nudge Sustainability Reporter Akanimo Kufre
Creative use of resources brings hope for the future of humanity. The WASTE BIN TO LIVING ROOM program is an initiative of two young businesses in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria which helps in providing jobs to young unemployed while cleaning up the city's waste. The founders Mr Itohowo Inyang, a trained art sculptor and Mr. Akanimo Akan, a microbiologist / corporate communicator found a way to combine working in sustainability and creative metal fabrication.
Their initiative aims to train young apprentices on reclaiming metal waste/plastics to beautiful art pieces that go back to the people's living rooms. Metal waste from the public vehicle repair garage is selected and fabricated to luxury artwork with high monetary value. There is no limitation to their raw material need as there is enormous waste generated in Africa’s most populous country.
FROM WASTE BIN TO LIVING ROOM has also used off cut clothing materials from tailor shops or old water bottles to create exotic art pieces. Even the wood of a fallen electricity pole is used to construct a masterpiece named NIGER DELTA.
The sponsor of the initiative, Mr Akan promised that as long as they exist and the earth faces challenging xenobiotic waste, WASTE TO LIVING ROOM will respond with God’s given wits.
"We will not yield to any form of waste challenges nor unemployment. Younger apprentices are already taking up the challenge as well. We always have our brainstorming sessions, instead of burning tires especially 10 feet heavy duty tires, we will rather make dumper truck tires to become city street flower pots.", the University campus waste bin designer jokes.
Mr Inyang who had worked with Clean Up Nigeria in Lagos said: "We hope to work out a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government to fund some of the training costs".
The witty sculptor cum metal fabricator expressed his commitment to help young unemployed youths to take advantage of the program with creative thinking, marketing, and advocating government patronage of Made In Nigeria technology.
"When the government as the major consumer patronizes our services, Nigerian technology is going to be promoted and sustained."
They are certainly inspired and there is the desire to sustain the ecosystem.