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16 Most Promising Nigerian Entrepreneurs You Will Love To Meet

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Entrepreneurs are mostly known for their ultimate traits.

They are always in search of unique ways to get problems solved; not how to get people to solve their problems.

They think of what to offer the society, and not what to benefit from the government – even if they get, they see it as a bonus.

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With steady hope, the 16 entrepreneurs in this post will trigger Nigeria to stand at the peak of awesome reputation – they are full of bright vision plus stunning effort.

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The following entrepreneurs have been scanned and passed by our unique criteria.

1. Amujo Temitope

Nigerian entrepreneurs: Amujo Temitope

CEO at AmuGold Global Network

A skilled and focused Nigerian. Tope holds his Master’s Degree from the University of Ilorin. He has ventured and showcased into many entrepreneurial sets.

He has been an exemplary role model to many youths and young adults in the country.

In April 2013, Tope registered a global company called AmuGold Global Network. This company has since, gained potential concentrations on its popular local, but a modernized product, Jimpo-ORI; a shea butter cream-like product.



As a ready-to-help Nigerian, Temitope runs a non-governmental foundation called amuGOLDHelpers Foundation, where he strives to reach the unreached and help the helpless individuals.

2. Ajisefini Ayodeji Tajudeen

Ajisefini Ayodeji Tajudeen

Chairman at EGI (Enterprise Grooming Institute)

Mr Ajisefini, a Nigerian, is a stunning and determined entrepreneur, with a steady focus in Agriculture. His effort has been commended and supported by various financial institutes across the nation.

As an entrepreneur, he’s known to be a member of different professional associations, which include Institute of Personnel Management, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Bio Fuel Farmers Association of Nigeria, Material Management Institute of Nigeria, and so forth.



He has supercharged his strength and entrepreneurial skill by working for reputable companies, out of which are Denge Engineering Company Limited (1994 – 1995), Dickwatt Engineering Company Limited (1995 – 2001), Bras Group of Companies (1999 – 2003), and the list continues.

Today, Mr Ajisefini is successfully heading a company named EGI, which seems to be the best answer to Agricultural needs.

EGI (Enterprise Grooming Institute), under the watch of this outstanding entrepreneur (Ajisefini), focuses on promoting professionalism in Agribusiness, vocational and management enterprise through the provision of steady academic and professional training which embodies the spirit of co-operation.

EGI farm is rapidly working to make local and healthy food as reachable as possible.

3. Timothy Ademola Oduwole

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Founder of CAIP and Uncle Tim Integrated Farms

Timothy holds his bachelor’s degree in computer science, from the National Open University (NOUN). As a determined entrepreneur, he put forth his effort to emerge as a notable member of the Computer Profession of Nigeria (CPN).

While still in school, he founded a mini agro-business named Uncle Tim Integrated Farms —as a response to his entrepreneurial desire.

At Uncle Tim, he vibrantly rears chickens and fishes. As he went in-depth in sustainable research, he started producing healthy tomato paste and packaged chicken.



He believes that the sky is the limit for an Entrepreneur. Timothy recently founded a company that focuses on agricultural and environmental services, which he named CAIP.

His love for Agriculture made him co-found a sensitizing program (AgripreneursFest) for young Nigerians who will love to get their feet wet in the world Agricultural.

4. Juliana Olayode

Juliana Olayode

Actress .  Author . Speaker

Juliana is a motivator. As recorded from her public testimonies, she started from nothing and is gradually making something out of her hustles. She hails from Ipokia local government in Ogun State.

Olayode has been featured to deliver an interactive discussion on ‘the impact of entertainment on culture’ at TEDx open presentation.

She’s a free and friendly individual with an awesome vision to changing the mindset of young adults and youths in the society.

Olayode revealed her torchy story in her recent book known as ‘Rebirth’, where she narrated and explained how she went through struggles and sex abuse.



Her creativity linked her with the lady legend, Funke Akindele, who made her play in the popular TV series (jenifa’s diary), as Toyo Baby.

5. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ngozie Adichie

Author . Speaker . Motivator

Ngozie is a Nigerian novelist with a stunning entrepreneurial mindset. She got her inspiration and made a steady decision to rule in the world of writing, after reading a book titled ‘things fall apart’ by Chinua Achebe, at the age of 10.

Being a qualified (international) motivator, Ngozie featured in TED public presentation in two different times, where she talked about The Danger of A Single Story, and We Should All Be Feminists in 2009 and 2012 respectively. She got an honorary degree from Yale University.

She has outstandingly written awesome books, which include Half of a Yellow Sun, The Thing Around Your Neck, Americanah, and so forth.

6. Funke Akindele

Funke Akindele

CEO, Scene One Film Production (Sceneone TV)

Akindele Olufunke Ayodele (popularly known as Funke Akindele) has tried and is still trying to build the best of her legendary in Nollywood industry.

As a response and commendation to her entrepreneurial effort, she has won the prize of ‘best actress’ from different reputable firms.

Akindele is a dynamic Nigerian with a helping mindset. She runs a non-governmental organization known as the Jenifa Foundation, which aims at making provision of vocational skills for young people of the nation.



As a dedicated woman to learn from, she started her career —from nothing— in the movie industry in the year 1998, and has been giving it what it takes to always be in the leading role.

Currently, Akindele seems to be going into technology, as she owns a marketplace (nollywoodsearch) for every talented individual who deems it fit to join the Nollywood industry.

Her motive for creating the marketplace includes a struggle to ease the linking between upcoming talents and the stars in the Nollywood industry.

7. Azeez Makinde

Azeez Makinde

Founder, Naijaloaded

Entrepreneurs search their solution in opportunity and crisis. Azeez acted upon the love of young Nigerians for music and entertainment.

In the 1st of October 2009, Azeez launched Naijaloaded, a digital web platform for anyone who may like to watch or download new music albums and video content.

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As the brain behind Naijaloaded, Azeez has been recognized and awarded by various music industries.

8. Oluwaseun Osewa

Oluwaseun Osewa

CEO at Nairaland

Oluwaseun Temitope Osewa is a popularly known Nigerian internet entrepreneur. He chased his dream with an entrepreneurial spirit since 2005 – when the internet didn’t seem to gain much ground in Nigeria.

Oluwaseun is a reserved person about his personality; he turned down the presidential invitation to the Aso-Rock villa (white house) in the regime of Goodluck Jonathan.

He sponsors coding competition among secondary schools to sensitize teenagers about the robustness of the internet – every year.



After trying and failing in different businesses, Oluwaseun relentlessly invested in the internet business, which is, since that time, known as Nairaland Nigerian Forum.

9. Paul Olorunsola

 Image of Paul Olorunsola

Founder, PaulGeek.com.ng

Olorunsola Paul Olorunrantimi is a dedicated young man, with a steady entrepreneurial mindset. As at the time of this writing, Paul is still battling with his excellence dream at the University of Ilorin.

While still in school, he has strived to make provision for up-to-date information on various blogging platforms.

As a lover of internet and technology (at large), Paul founded a blogging platform called PaulGeek, where he makes publications on tech news, online business, entrepreneurship, digital marketing and the likes.



As a commendation to his awesome contribution, Paul was presented with the Award of Blogger of the Year by the faculty of communication and information sciences (2018/2019 session).

He was selected as one of the 100 most reputable students in the University of Ilorin, 2019 edition.

10. Jide Ogunsanya

Jide Ogunsanya

Founder, Ogbonge Blog

Jide graduated from Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) in Ogun State, Nigeria.

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He has been living as a lover of technology but had no opportunity to go deeply into tech, until the time he was doing his National Youth Service in Onitsha, where he learned Java programming at NIIT.

Ever since his time of Youth Service, Jide has been trying to put his effort together to build a problem-solving business. He later built ogbonge blog, which he describes as “…the place which I share tutorials and tips related to blogging, social, digital marketing, money-making ideas.”

11. Temie Giwa Tubosun

 Image of Temie Giwa Tubosun

Founder, LifeBank

Temie is a renowned health manager and founder of LifeBank (previously One Percent Project). She hails from Ila Orangun in Osun state Nigeria.

As a tool to fight the problem of blood shortage in Nigeria, Temie founded LifeBank in 2016. As a determined entrepreneur, she decided on the concept of the business due to her experience while having her first child.

12. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

Image of Ayin Aboyeji

Co-founder at Andela

A graduate of Waterloo University, Canada. Iyinoluwa is an awesome entrepreneur and the co-founder of Andela. He was the formal managing director of Flutterwave.

Iyin has been ruminating some sorts of entrepreneurial mindsets, right from his childhood.

In a partnership with a friend, he started a social learning platform, bookneto.com at age 19, which was later acquired by the Canadian Innovation Center in 2013.

As a skilled entrepreneur, he has the ability to work with a set team. In the first half of 2014, he co-founded Andela, which was set to help global companies to bypass the shortage of skilled software developers.

13. Evans Akanno

Image of Evans Akanno

CEO at Cregital

Evans obtained his degree in Industrial Chemistry in the year 2010. He proceeded to acquire design skill. After a couple of months, he started freelancing for small businesses.

With an entrepreneurial spirit, Evans launched an agency, named Evans Akanno Creative Agency, in 2012 – where he got connected with reputable clients like DStv and Recycle Point. He contributed his design skill at the birth of jumia.com in 2013.



In 2015, he founded Cregital (a fusion of Creative and Digital) where they design brands; create websites and digital products for startups and the likes.

14. Mark Essien

Image of Mark Essien

Founder of Hotels.ng

Mark is a software developer and startup investor. He’s a reputable entrepreneur with a deep interest in creating life-changing solutions. Mark has been penned as one of the 30 youngest entrepreneurs in Africa by Forbes.

As a focused entrepreneur, Mark built a file-sharing software called Gnumm, which was later acquired by Snoopstar.com. Relentlessly, in 2013, he founded Hotels.ng, a large marketplace for hotel reservation in Nigeria.

TEDX hosted Mark Essien to talk on ‘leveraging networks to build a business’ in 2016.

15. Habeebullahi Faruq O.

Habeebullahi Faruq

CEO at Abibas Agro Enterprises

Faruq is a young, but a vibrant entrepreneur with a great love for agricultural life. He started his career in Agric-business, while still in school.

He runs a mini-business, known as Abibas Agro Enterprises. His vision is to explore greatly into Agric as a sustainable business and currently produces packed smoked, dried fishes, which he named ‘marinated oven dried catfish’.

His entrepreneurial spirit made him research on how food can be preserved by common and hygienic leaves like moringa, scent leaves, and the likes.

He’s currently the president of Agbelere Practical Oriented Club (APOC)

16. Uche Pedro

Image of Uche Pedro

CEO at BellaNaija

Uche Pedro is a well-known entrepreneur in Nigeria. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada. She founded BellaNaija with the strong aim of promoting entertainment, lifestyle, and the likes.

Uche has been recognized and awarded with various prizes which include The Future Awards, African Fashion Week, FAB awards, La Mode Awards to mention but few.



Conclusion

As the heading dictates, the list in this post consists ’16 most promising entrepreneurs in Nigeria, not all entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

Being an entrepreneur isn’t a mere walk in the park; hence we deemed it fit to post this, to say “a well-done job” to those in the list.

Anyone (including you) can get inspired by this post, if read with no criticism. Thanks for reading.

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Adeoti Nurudeen
A Programmer | Chief Editor and Diamond Writer at Mutualpress Magazine.

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