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Thirty-four-year-old Temie Giwa-Tubosun just wanted to save lives through quick delivery of blood to patients in dire need. But now she is gaining fame and fortune from this simple act of mercy.
In 2016 Giwa-Tubosun founded LifeBank, a logistics company that collects blood from registered blood banks and delivers it to patients in hospitals.
In the past four years, the company has distributed about 26,000 products to more than 10,000 patients in nearly 700 hospitals in Nigeria; Giwa-Tubosun’s effort is now celebrated at home and abroad as an epitome of social entrepreneurship – using business to solve a major societal problem.
She has been featured in international media, including CNN, Bloomberg, The Guardian, and Newsweek. She has met some of the world’s richest persons, including Chinese billionaire and founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, as well as Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
When Zuckerberg visited Nigeria in 2016, just after LifeBank launched, he said, “This is a thing [LifeBank] that needs to exist. If she can actually pull it off, she’ll show a model that will impact not just Lagos, not just Nigeria, but countries all around the world.”
Young, savvy and boisterous, the US-educated entrepreneur is on a mission to put a …
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