Written By Damilola Faustino
Starting a business has uncountable challenges in Nigeria. From the lack of power to unstable government policies, government bureaucracy and much more, they all collude to discourage Nigerians from owning businesses. Regardless, with technology widely available in the country, young Nigerians have taken advantage of this to set themselves up with something. Interestingly, these Nigerians have been successful so far and have dominated the tech entrepreneurial space in Africa and at the same time attracted seed funding from venture capitalists. Although quite a number of them are trained abroad, others have never left the shores of this country. In a nutshell, here are the Nigerian tech entrepreneurs changing the way we live.
Jason Njoku is the co-founder of iROKO TV which is a media streaming platform focused on Africa. iROKO TV was launched in December 2010 when Jason, a chemistry graduate from the University of Manchester, couldn’t find any Nollywood movies online for his mother. As a result, he identified a huge gap in the delivery of local content online and founded the company with Bastian Gotter in 2010. You won’t be wrong if you describe iRokoTv as the Netflix of Africa.
Paga is one of the early entrants into the Nigerian mobile scene. Tayo Oviosu is a former business development manager at CISCO. He founded Paga in 2009 and it has more than a million subscribers that use its services daily.
Unemployment is a huge problem in Nigeria and recognising this, Ayodeji Adewunmi founded Jobberman while studying Medicine & Surgery at the Obafemi Awolowo University. It is the leading employment website in Nigeria and Ghana. Today, Jobberman is synonymous with job search.
When it comes to hotel business in Nigeria, then look no further than Mark Essien. He is the co-founder and CEO of Hotels.ng, which is an online hotel booking platform. Mark is on Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 2015.
You may not know him Oluwaseun Osewa but you will definitely know Nairaland. He established Nairaland in 2005. It is Nigeria’s leading forum that has over one million members. It features everything you want to talk about from politics to religion, relationship, business, and sports among others.
The C.V. of Iyinoluwa is fly. He was one of the co-founders of Andela which raised $24 million from Facebook. He left Andela in 2016 and established Flutterwave, an end-to-end payments platform that covers all the bases in payments in Nigeria.
Omoniyi Olawale is a medical doctor turned entrepreneur who is the founder of IroFit which serves as a payment solution for startups. His startup has won several awards.
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Bilikiss Adebiyi is a Nigerian tech entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of WeCyclers. This Lagos-based company is focused on giving low-income communities in developing countries a chance to capture value from waste and clean up their neighborhoods through an incentive-based recycling program.