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Kemisola Bolarinwa

Leaders Africa 2023


Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nextwear Technologies





Kemisola Bolarinwa is the founder and chief executive officer of Nextwear Technologies, the first wearable technology startup in Nigeria. In her role, she designs and develops technology worn near the body to treat health-related problems. Building on her robotics and system engineering experiences, Kemisola invented a smart bra that can detect early-stage breast cancer before symptoms develop. Recognized by BBC Africa, the smart bra is unique in its wide accessibility to those in rural or low-income communities who cannot access health facilities for conventional tests. Kemisola was inspired to create a smart bra after her aunt’s death due to the late-stage detection of breast cancer.