Shell unveils first African solar-powered football pitch


pitch4If you thought innovation had no place in sports, you got another thing coming.  Here we have Africa’s first ever solar and player powered football pitch which was recently unveiled by Shell at the Federal College of Education Technical in Lagos, Nigeria.  Present at the launch was award-winning artist Akon, Shell Nigeria representatives as well as other stakeholders of the project.

The solar-powered pitch was the winning entry in Shell’s #makethefuture programme, a project aimed at inspiring bright ideas from the youth to give them an opportunity to contribute towards building a better future.  The project was developed by UK-startup “Pavegen”, who were the proud recipients of the Shell LiveWire funding.

Speaking at the unveiling was Managing Director of Shell Nigeria, Osaige Okunbor, “We are bringing to bear the key things we believe in at Shell, for us it is about, youth, access to energy and about innovations.  Access to energy is one of the major challenges of our society today.  This initiative is designed to be a platform to inspire youth to come up with ideas that will make a difference in our country.”

pitch3We know by now how Akon is proud of his African roots and how he’s constantly contributing to the development of the continent.  The global icon did not resist using the platform to perform his brand new single “Tell me we are ok”, to be released early next year.

“A project like this innovative football pitch draws attention to major opportunities that Nigeria as well as the whole of Africa have if we look to better harness technologies and the continent’s abundant renewable energy resources.  This is why Hardwork and I will feature this pitch in our upcoming video for “Tell me if we are ok”, added Akon.

We love seeing such initiatives in the continent and with the pitch being featured in Akon’s video, it will definitely draw attention to Nigeria, putting Africa on the map.  We look forward to seeing the video!