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8 #LazyNigerianYouths make Forbes 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa 2018

April 20, 2018


8 #LazyNigerianYouths make Forbes 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa 2018

In the last seven years, Mfonobong Nsehe puts together a list of 30 remarkable young entrepreneurs under the age of 35, who are making the most spectacular impact on business in Africa annually. This year 8 Nigerians made the list.

Temitope Ogunsemo, 33

He is the founder of Krystal Digital, a fast-growing educational technology company that specializes in the creation, development, and deployment of customized and service-oriented software applications for educational institutions in Nigeria. He founded the company in 2010 in Lagos, Krystal Digital’s flagship service, MySkool Portal, a web-based application for School Information Management System designed for proper storage and documentation of school data. Krystal Digital now has more than 150 employees and annual revenues of more than $3 million.

Oluwatobi Ajayi, 30

He is the co-founder and CEO of Jetvan Automobiles Limited, the largest authorized dealer of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in Nigeria. He started his career at Mercedes-Benz Nigeria where he became the Head of division (Commercial vans) at 24. In 2015, he pulled together a group of investors and founded Jetvan which sells more than 500 vehicles every year.

Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed Falalu, 27

He is the founder of Falgates, a company that farms and mills rice. Falgates owns a rice milling facility that has a capacity of 15 tons per day and has a rice farm that employs more 180 people in Kaduna state in northern Nigeria. The company had revenues of $400,000 in 2017.

Etop Ikpe

He is the founder of Cars45, Nigeria’s foremost auto auctioning and car buying service. In May last year, Cars45 raised a $5 million Series A round from the Frontier Cars Group. Ikpe is a veteran entrepreneur with experience in transport, automobiles, mobile communications technology, and marketing. Etop was previously the Commercial Director of Konga, one of Nigeria’s largest e-commerce platforms, and formerly the CEO and Co-MD of DealDey, West Africa’s answer to Groupon.

Obinna Okwodu, 27

An MIT grad and ex-Morgan Stanley Investment Bank analyst is the founder of Fibre, a real estate booking start-up in Lagos that allows middle-income tenants the option to pay monthly. Renting residential real estate in Lagos, Nigeria could be a hassle. Not only houses that are overpriced, Landlords typically demand potential tenants to pay up to 24 months years rent upfront. As a result, Fibre is growing fast and is gaining popularity with many middle-income earners in Lagos.

Gossy Ukanwoke, 30

He is the founder of BAU Executive Education which provides Executive Education Programs to professionals, executives and graduates looking to develop business and leadership skills online and on-campus. His holding company, BAU R&D has completed investments in two Nigerian traditional Universities. He is also the President of EduTech Nigeria, a tech company that works with universities to automate the online student lifecycle from recruitment to graduation by helping African traditional universities take their on-campus degree programs online through the implementation of the best of technology, process management, recruitment, admissions, and advisory.

Nasir Yammama, 27

He is the Founder of Verdant Agri-Tech. A northern Nigerian with a knack for technology. Nasir was raised as a farmer’s child and most of his siblings are still active farmers. Once Nasir became old enough he ventured out from the fields and into Institute and Creative Technology at Middlesex University, London.

Harold Okwa, 30

He is the founder of Vestates, a luxury real estate agency based in Abuja. He is also the founder of Jetseta, a company that provides easy and affordable access to private air travel and helicopter shuttle services through a mobile app.


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