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Valentine Okoli Emerged as Winner of Fund It Forward Season One

Congratulations are in order for Valentine Okoli who has been crowned as the maiden winner of Channels Television’s social entreprise show Fund It Forward.

Valentine, whose social enterprise – Bach ‘Nuudles’ Instant Abacha – was fueled by hunger and the loss of 10kg of Cassava tapioca (Abacha), beat two other finalists to land the N30m grand prize in the climax of nine weeks of intrigues, resilience, innovation, triumphs and heartbreaks.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen! The grand winner of the ultimate N30m grand prize for Season One of Fund It Forward is Bach and Moen Limited!” Mojibade Sosanya, who hosted the show and co-hosted the finale alongside Channels Television’s Kayode Okikiolu, announced to a rousing audience of captains of industries, businessmen, government officials, and a host of dignitaries.

With a hug from the Minister of Communication, Innovation, and Digital Economy Bosun Tijani, Valentine who broke into tears upon his emergence, smiled home with a N30m cheque to “expand” his social enterprise.

Thara Aishat Atta of TrashFormas emerged as the first runner-up, earning N15m for herself while Agriffy’s Ayodele (Delz) Erinle was announced as the second runner-up and got N10m as a prize.

 

Valentine’s win is a fitting cap to his resilience, innovation, and personal story. The 29-year-old’s drive to embark on the social enterprise was fueled by a loss of a 10kg bag of Cassava tapioca, locally known as ‘Abacha’ some years back.

Pushed by that loss, the Abacha Man as he is also known, was determined to make local delicacies stand the test of time and curb hunger and food waste. That led him to establish Bach and Moen Ltd in 2011.

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