If you are an entrepreneur and are looking for inspiration, Instagram is definitely a place to visit. Why? There, you’ll find lots of entrepreneurs doing amazing things and you’ll sure be inspired. Today, we placed the spotlight on 10 Nigerian entrepreneurs to watch on Instagram.
1. Eniola Claire Nnani (@claireidera)
Who is Ms. Nnani?
She is a young, creative entrepreneur with an educational background in architecture, creative practice and fashion design! Her illustrations have been exhibited in Washington DC in support of the Art for a Cause Initiative and Rele Gallery for International Women’s month.
In 2016, she earned a nomination in The Future Awards Africa and her work has been featured on a magazine cover and she’s the subject of many publications. In addition to this, she has worked with clients like Hugo Boss, Lisa Folawiyo, and Zashadu to mention a few.
Over the years, Nnani has gained significant teaching experience from teaching fashion at Kingston University, London. She also facilitates a arts and design class at Oxbridge College while also running her business.
Her life mission is to work on the enhancement of Arts and Design knowledge in the African space. If you need inspiration on fashion, travel, arts and culture, check her out on Instagram via @claireidera[Great Read: Thinking of Starting a Business? Here are 6 Common Mistakes to Avoid]
2. Adanze Njoku ( @ms.izellakidscouture)
If you love kids fashion and are looking for someone to place on your watchlist on Instagram, Adanze Njoku, CEO of Izella Kids Couture is someone to check out. She is an Abuja-based socialite, fashion enthusiast and owns one of the biggest kids fashion houses in Nigeria. Her bespoke and couture design is outstanding and worthy of attention. She focuses on ball dresses for girls and she’s great at what she does. Check her out on Instagram via @ms.izellakidscouture
3. Folake aya Akanni (@folakeayaakanni)
Creativity and innovation are not always about coming up with something that has never been done but it’s also about looking at what is, and coming up with unique ways to present it differently. This is exactly what Folake Akanni has done, is doing and will continue to do with her eye-popping product pictures. She sells props, backgrounds and lighting and she also enlightens entrepreneurs on how to get clearer pictures and videos to increase sales on Instagram. Her teachings have been beneficial to a lot of entrepreneurs and she’s definitely someone to watch on Instagram. You can find her at @folakeayaakanni[Great Read: The Step-by-Step Details of How to Start Profiting from Your Passion]
4. Ngozi Opara-Sea ( @heatfreehair )
The natural hair industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and if you’ve been thinking of starting a business in that industry and are looking for success stories, Ngozi Opara-Sea is one of your go-to personalities. Her story is of a woman with a passion for natural hair combined with the entrepreneurial drive to start a business providing natural hair extensions, plus a movement to educate and inform women on how to care for their natural hair.
Her brand, Heat Free Hair is the first manufacturer of Virgin Hair exclusively created to blend with African American textured, kinky, and curly hair.
Can’t wait to learn more about her? Check her out via @heatfreehair
5. Toun Lawal ( @bucklesmemoirs)
Have you met Toun Lawal of Buckles Memoirs? Well, she’s a badass child photographer and creator who creates timeless custom design scenery for the best children portraits. In addition to this, she’s also a great storyteller who tells the story of each child in a unique way with the props and backgrounds. Her eye for details is commendable and her photography skills are not one that blends with the crowd. She is definitely not just your regular photographer, she’s extraordinary. Check her out via @bucklesmemoirs[Great Read:4 Reasons Why You Should Write a Book and 6 Steps to Take Before Writing One]
6. Dave Obada (@daveobada )
He is a personal brand strategist and investor. He has 8 years of experience in media/ content strategy and branding. He is the founder of Sleek Initiative Africa which is targeted at reaching millennials poised to change the African narrative.
He is the convener of The Biz Hub, an online community of business minds equipping them with knowledge of how to position their brand while making a profit. He recently started a show called “The Brand to Unveil” to showcase brands, products and places. Check him via @daveobada[Great Read: Understanding Influencer Marketing and How to Use It to Grow Your Business]
7. George Okoro (@georgeokoro)
George Okoro is regarded as one of the best in Nigeria’s photography industry. His forte includes wedding and pre-wedding photoshoots, landscape photography and video coverage of events. In his words, photos tell a “thousand stories” and he uses his pictures to tell the stories of his clients. He’s definitely an inspiration and you can find him on Instagram via @georgeokoro
8. Abdusalam Kassim Baba (@the_shoemaker)
Abdusalam Kassim is a Kaduna-based shoemaker. He manufactures hand-made premium leather goods. His excellent products have earned him the recognition in his industry and his aspiration of starting an online shoemaking academy is noteworthy. He’s definitely a Nigerian entrepreneur to watch on Instagram. You can connect with him via @the_shoemaker[Great Read: 6 Instagram Content Tips That Your Audience Will Actually Read]
9. Sijibomi Ogundele ( @sujimoto81)
Sijibomi Ogundele is an award-winning luxury real-estate and hospitality expert. He’s also a venture capitalist, the lead partner of Sujimoto Group of Companies that deals in real estate, finance and energy and one of Nigeria’s youngest billionaires. You can connect with him on Instagram via @sujimoto81
10. Jerry (@jaxgrehman )
He is an image and clothing consultant that specializes in bespoke and ready to wear men outfits. His designs and work is definitely worth a check and you can connect with him via @jaxgrehman on Instagram
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