Dr Charles Immanuel Akhimien Co-Founder, MOBicure
Dr Charles Immanuel Akhimien is a medical doctor, innovator and the co-founder of MOBicure, a social enterprise providing mobile technology solutions in healthcare for Nigeria. MOBicure’s flagship product, the multi-award winning OMOMi is a mobile platform for pregnant women and mothers of under-5s that enables them monitor their children’s health, provides access to specific and life-saving maternal and child health information, as well as medical expertise at the touch of a button. OMOMi has been used by over 18,000 women across Nigeria.
OMOMi (meaning ‘my child’) has already garnered a lot of international support and recognition. It was selected as one of 18 winners in the World Summit Youth Awards in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in June 2015, as well as the Best Initiative in the 4th edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona in November 2014. OMOMi emerged as one of the winners of the Health Innovation Challenge Awards for 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Dr Charles is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow as well as a highly-commended runner-up of the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders Award. He is also a 2017 Commonwealth Youth Awards finalist, as well as an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society. He is also an Alumnus of the Yunus & Youth Global Fellowship, as well as the Global Startup Youth (GSY). In June 2016, he was one of 50 Mandela Washington Fellows selected as winners of the United States African Development Foundation’s (USADF) 2016 Business Plan Competition.
In November 2014, he got an honourable mention in Healthcare for the OMOMI app in the Tech-I 2014 competition, organized by the U.S State Department and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Marrakech, Morocco. Furthermore, Charles was one of three finalists in the Chivas Regal’s The Venture competition in Nigeria in 2016.
An avid writer, Charles was the winner of the 2013 World Environment Day Blogging competition organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and he subsequently represented UNEP in Mongolia as the official blogger for the 2013 World Environment Day.He bagged his medical degree from the University of Benin in June 2013.