Innovative Entrepreneur Turns Banana Leaves into Global Business: Meet Nigeria’s Trailblazing Ọlaedo Chiọma Irene


In a remarkable tale of entrepreneurial ingenuity, Ọlaedo Chiọma Irene, a savvy Nigerian woman, is making waves by turning banana leaves into a lucrative business venture that extends far beyond the borders of Nigeria. According to, in a Facebook post on Wednesday, November 1, Chioma shared pictures showing how she packaged the banana leaves into nylons and cartons after neatly folding them.


Narrating how it started, Chioma said she first emailed African shops in South Africa and the United Kingdom and advertised banana leaves to them. According to her, she explained to them the beauty of having customers eat moi moi from natural leaves and further made a Zoom presentation on it. She said her girls laughed at her. However, last week, she received an email from one of the shops abroad, requesting banana leaves.


Chioma encouraged people never to give up as she shared a transaction message showing how she received $450 (over N439k) for her packaged banana leaves. An elated Chioma wrote: “I sent an email to one of the African shops in South Africa, UK and introduced to them how to making moi moi with banana leaves. “I explained the beauty of having customers eat and enjoy moi moi made with natural leaves. “The day I made the presentation on zoom, my girls were laughing at me.


“So last week, I received an email from the shop to ship banana leaves. Nigerians commend Ọlaedo Chiọma Irene.

Omotayo Khareemah said: “Congratulations. “This is amazing,you are intelligent. “More wins.”

Randy Sammy said: “Naija banana leaf don first me japa. “Omo banana leaf sef don get level oo.”

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