5 Nigerians Listed Among Forbes 30 Most Promising Young African Entrepreneurs for 2016


Meet the Nigerians who made it onto the recently-published Forbes list of 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa 2016.

Every year since 2011, Mfonobong Nsehe has identified the most exceptional young African entrepreneurs below the age of 35.

This time out, Forbes has released a list of the most promising young African entrepreneurs under 35 for 2016. Abiola Olaniran, who made the list last year, reappears in this year’s list. He is joined by 4 other Nigerians.

Abiola Olaniran


Founder, Gamsole

 Olaniran, 27, is the founder and CEO of Gamsole — a Nigerian gaming company, Olaniran founded the company in 2012, and it has venture backing from 88mph, a Kenyan seed fund. The company’s games now have more than 9 million downloads both locally and internationally on the Windows Phone store.

Olatorera Oniru


Founder, Dress Me Outlet

Olatorera Oniru, 28, is the founder of Dressmeoutlet.com – a Nigerian e-tailer of fashion products, health & beauty products and home-goods. Dressmeoutlet stocks more than 1,000 products from premium designers globally. Dressmeoutlet ships worldwide and currently has customers in different states across Nigeria, Uganda and the United States of America. The company now employs more than 20 full-time employees and has funding offers from notable investors including Nigerian investor Tony Elumelu.

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Ogunlana Olumide and Chukwuwezam Obanor


L-R: Chukwuwezam Obanor; Ogunlana Olumide

Founders, PrepClass

Olumide and Obanor, both 24, are the founders of PrepClass — a Nigerian academic solutions provider offering online test prep software, full-length tests, and a Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) experience similar to that of Nigerian university pre-entry exams. PrepClass also provides personalized home tutors in Lagos, Nigeria, skilled at meeting individual academic needs. The company has been funded by CRE Venture Capital and the Venture Garden Group.

Kasope Ladipo-Ajai


Founder, OmoAlata

Ladipo-Ajai, 29, is a co-founder of OmoAlata – a Nigerian brand that processes and packages local Nigerian spices and peppers. Its flagship OmoAlataPeppermix which is a blend of fresh organic tomatoes, onions and peppers has been favorably received in the Nigerian market. Kasope Ladipo-Ajai was the winner of the 2015 She Leads Africa Pitch Competition.

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