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 One young man is taking the Nigerian fuel crisis into his own hands, quite literally.

"It's insane," said Subomi Owo-Odusi, founder of FueledUp, describing the interest in his business, an app due to launch at the end of May that will deliver fuel straight to its users in Lagos. "A lot of people are keen," he said.

"This will take away a lot of the pain and pressure and stress of people waiting for hours," said the 23-year-old Owo-Odusi, describing the situation in Nigeria, which is witnessing another round of fuel shortages and leaving many to wait in line for hours.

Nigeria is no stranger to a fuel crisis. Despite being Africa's largest oil producer, it had massive fuel shortages a year ago which nearly paralyzed the country. Long lines became the norm, and crowds of people had to push their way through gas stations with jerry cans at hand.

In the past several days, the ongoing shortage of fuel has hit another crisis point and many locals have taken to social media to vent their frustration.

Fuel is used not just for cars and trucks in Nigeria, but also commonly used to power generators for homes and businesses across the country. Many Nigerians commonly have limited electricity daily.
Working in a fuel distribution company for the past two years, Owo-Odusi said the idea came to him from his experiences of life in Lagos. "I understand the stress that people here have," said the enthusiastic Lagos native.

How it works?

After downloading the app, users will be able to touch a "Get FueledUp" button, which shows the price per liter. Then, the user enters how much fuel they need, vehicle information and choose a delivery time frame.

There are three tiers: priority which delivers in 30 minutes to an hour, expectant which promises delivery in 30 minutes to two hours, and flexible which has a three hour guarantee. Delivering on time, in traffic-laden Lagos, is the major priority, said Owo-Odusi.

The young entrepreneur hopes to help Nigeria's fuel shortage

Receipts will be sent and messages will alert users once their fuel is delivered.
The fee for such a service will be the cost of the fuel plus a small fee for the delivery. The fees are still being determined, but Owo-Odusi said a high volume business will help keep the costs low for customers.

Big ambitions

Owo-Odusi says his background and contacts at depots in Lagos will ensure his company gets the fuel they need. Undeterred, he said his network on social media, is also helping get the word out about his upcoming launch.

Though the app has yet to launch, Owo-Odusi is ready to expand. "The vision is past Lagos."

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She writes:

“The horrific tragedy that occurred in Orlando continues to weigh heavily on my mind. I am sending so much love and so many prayers to the victims and their families. Like so many, I want to help be part of the change this world needs to make it a beautiful inclusive place where humanity can love each other freely and passionately.

We live in a time of diversity, in a time of endless possibilities, in a time where expression of oneself is something to be celebrated. And I am left wondering how people filled with so much love could be taken by so much hate.

Though there is such heavy sadness I believe that there is much more love in the world than we know. We need to learn to love again, we need to learn that one person does make a difference; we need to keep love in our hearts. As Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

We all have the choice to spread love, encourage individuality and make a difference to others – we are all in this together, as one, united in love.

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