Young Entrepreneurs are changing the face of Africa. I set out to produce a list of some of Nigerian Young successful Entrepreneurs who are in their early 20s or early 30s, making the most dramatic impact across the continent. This list was compiled together through adequate research…
Opeyemi Awoyemi, Olalekan Olude & Ayodeji Adewunmi. (THE FOUNDERS OF JOBBERMAN).
The trio founded jobberman, Nigeria’s biggest job search engine and aggregator. Jobberman went live in August 2009, and today the site attracts over 50,000 unique users each day. Through simple, yet cutting-edge technology, jobberman helps link qualified personnel to right job opportunities. Jobberman is one of the few companies in Nigeria’s tech space that enjoy venture capital backing
Nigeria geek Oluwaseun Osewa is the founder of Nairaland, Africa’s Largest online forum. He founded the site in March 2005- as a general purpose discussion forum with a bias towards issues of interest to Nigerians. The site took off, Nairaland now has close to 1million registered users and is the most popular Nigerian website today. For perspective, In Nigeria, Nairaland gets more visits than wikipedia, Nairaland earns it revenue through its ad inventory.
(Medical Doctor Founder,Flying Doctors)
A Nigerian healthcare entrepreneur and medical doctor, Orekunrin, 25, is the founder of Flying Doctors in Nigeria, West Africa’s First Air Ambulance Service. Flying Doctors Nigeria provides urgent helicopter, airplane ambulance and evacuation services in Nigeria and other countries across West Africa.
CHUDE JIDE ONURO & ADEBOLA WILLIAMS. (Founders, Red Media/ The Future Project)
Jide onuro and Williams are co-founders and partners of Red Nigeria- a leading full service media- content, communication and development company in Nigeria. The firm also own The Future Project (TFP) – a strategic social enterprise / change communications firm which hosts the annual Future Awards, Nigeria’s most important awards for outstanding young Nigerians.
TOYOSI AKERELE (Founder of RISE)
Toyosi is the founder of Nigeria’s first and most prominent youth interest organization, RISE, is a consummate young professional and outstanding manager. Toyosi is also a public speaker, Youth Advocate and Entrepreneur. She was selected as part of 101 young African Leaders to be delegates to African Business Leaders’ Forum. A multiple award winner.
In 2011, Toyosi was invited as a consultant and strategist on the Federal Government Project tagged ” Bring Back the Book”. She was in june 2011 described by Mrs Michelle Obama the first Lady of the United States of America, as one of her personal inspirations.
GOSSY UKANWOKE (Founder of Beni University)
Gossy Ukanwoke,24, is the president and founder of Beni American University, an online university that makes educational resources available to its members free of charge.
Launched in December 2010, the site currently has more than 2000 registered members, and over 20,000 more that are non-registered. He’s been hailed as Mark Zuckerberg of Africa.
ADESAYANA OLADOYIN JOSHUA(a.k.a D’TUNES) Extraordinary producer
Working tirelessly producer, D’tunes, is the man behind the popular hit “Kukure” by Iyanya
Some call him “The magic finger”. The multi- award winning producer has also produced so many artistes’ hit songs such as SEAN TIZZLE, RUGGEDMAN e.t.c. To compliment his effort for last year, he picked up the award of “The producer of the year” at the Headies 2013.
LADI DELANO (Co-founder and CEO of Bakrie Delano Africa)
He is presently the Co- founder and CEO of Bakrie Delano Africa (BDA) – a $1bn joint venture with the $15bn ( market cap) Bakrie Group of Indonesia. The Indonesian Conglomerate has provided over $900m worth of funds to invest in Nigeria and Bakrie- Delano Africa is responsible for Identifying Investment opportunities for the company in the country.
JASON NJOKU (Founder of IROKO TV)
The internet entrepreneur is the founder of IrokoTV, the world’s largest digital distributor of African Movies. Analysts believe Iroko TV could be worth as much as $30m.
LINDA IKEJI (Ex- model, Blogger)
When we talk about entrepreneurs in Nigeria today, Linda Ikeji can never be left out. She’s a multi-talented blogger who is uniquely gifted in breaking gist and happenings in Nigeria and yonder.
Linda Ikeji, who is often referred to as “mother of all bloggers” is a highly celebrated young Nigerian.