7 Most Promising Nigerian Entrepreneurs in 2018

What does is it take to be a promising entrepreneur from Nigeria? It takes vision, determination and grit. The Nigerian business climate is not for the faint-hearted and so if you can start a brand from the ground up and the business can stand the test of time in Nigeria, you deserve to be celebrated. This Onpoint Success’s list of the 7 most promising Nigerian entrepreneurs is designed to let you know that the key to success is your ability to not only dream dreams but also to make things happen against all odds. Congratulations to these recipients.

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Grace Okoli

Grace Okoli, Shanyi Organics                                                 

Grace Chinomso Okoli, a 25-year-old passionate African woman is a serial entrepreneur, God-lover, inspirational speaker, organic enthusiast amongst others.

She hails from Anambra State, Eastern Nigeria and is the 2nd out of 5 girls (popularly called‘The Okoli Sisters’) born into the home of Pastor and Mrs. Okoli.

A graduate of Microbiology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 2014, alumni of the Central Bank of Nigeria Enterprise Development Centre in 2016, selected as one of the successful 1,000 entrepreneurs in Africa for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurial Program in 2017 and one of the successful entrepreneurs selected for YouWin Connect in 2017.

She launched her first business Shanyi Organics in January 2016, an organic beauty manufacturing company that focuses on the formulation and sales of hair and beauty care products made from pure, certified organic ingredients, herbs, oils, butter and plant extracts targeted at the Afro textured woman and her family. 

One year later in March 2017, Shanyi Organics was nominated by BelleAfricana ACE Awards as Best Emerging Beauty Brand in Nigeria. In May 2017, Shanyi Organics was nominated by the Afrinikky Awards as The Best Natural Haircare Product in Nigeria. In June 2017, she was nominated by SME 100 Nigeria for the 25 under 25Award in the Manufacturing Category and in November 2017, she was nominated by The Future Africa Awards in the Beauty Category. In July 2018, Shanyi Organics won the 25 under 25 Award in the Beauty Category and in November 2018, she was nominated by HER Network Woman of the Year Award in the Woman of the Future category.

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Funmi Oyatogun

Funmi Oyatogun, TVP Adventures                                              

Funmi Oyatogun is the founder of TVP Adventures, a travel company she founded in 2016 to offer budget-friendly that all-inclusive itineraries and adventures within explore Africa.

TVP Adventures organizes group tours, custom trips, honeymoons, retreats and other adventures around Nigeria and Africa. It takes care of the hassles of planning for trips, as well as sell adventure travel packages for budget travelers.

TVP Adventures has planned and executed trips to over 50 locations in Nigeria and Africa.

Oyatogun holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado – Boulder and a master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh.

Through her NGO,  Wahamba, she also provides outdoor learning and leadership experiences for under-served teens.

Wahamba has organized two camp meetings for teenagers: the first edition involving teenagers on a slavery tour in the Badagry area of Lagos.

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Femi Aliu

Femi Aliu, MyFarmBase                                                  

Femi Aliu is the founder of Myfarmbase.com.ng where he focuse on using an array of tech tools to solve key problems across the food value chain.

He calls himself a “Techie Farmer” who is passionate about the future of Agriculture and the recent technological trends that anchors Agriculture in the 21st century.

Aliu’s Agtech inclinations includes use of emerging technologies like Blockchain, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Hydroponics and Green House Technology in emerging economies to advance food security in Africa.

He was named top 20 African Youth in Agribusiness in 2017 at the African Agribusiness Challenge and he has graced many global conferences to speak about his passion including TEDxIbara where he spoke about “Smart Agriculture and Technology”, the biggest South-South Tech convergence, Start Confest in Akwa Ibom, the African Youth Empowerment Forum by Afrika Youth Movement, Ghana. His paper on how emerging technologies can power agriculture in Africa was selected amongst top 30 to be published at the African Union in 2018.

He is a Tony Elumelu Foundation mentor, a Fate Foundation mentor, a Google Launchpad mentor and a Nigeria Bottling Company youth mentor amongst many.

He is also a communications professional whose skills and experiences have been put to good use in many global organizations in the UK, Singapore and Nigeria.

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Uju Udoka

Uju Udoka, Lady Painter                                                

Uju Udoka is the founder, Lady Painter.

She is a 2010 graduate of the University of Port Harcourt, where she studied Economics.

The Lady Painter is Nigeria’s first Female Painter offering commercial painting services and providing unequaled painting services for residential and commercial spaces, from 3D Visuals to implementation of the paint design with emphasis on detail and quality.

Udoka left her banking career and started painting in 2015 when she got bored with seeing bland walls in homes and offices. She decided to bring in that wow factor into spaces using paint to make sure that every wall has a story to tell or a statement to make and reflects her client’s personality.

She is passionate about making homes and offices beautiful by bringing walls to life.

Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze

Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze, Accounting Hub

Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze is the founder of Accountinghub.ng, Nigeria’s No. 1 small business accountant; offering an online and retail shop selling professional accounting services.

Launched in mid-2015, Accounting Hub is Nigeria’s No. 1 small business accountant; offering an online and retail shop selling professional accounting services. It brings together a collection of brilliant accountants and consultants offering quality accounting services to Nigerian SMEs. Born out of the need to grow healthier Nigerian businesses, it offers an extremely new, affordable, fast and easy access to accounting and business financial consulting tasks.

Ifeanyi-Eze is the recipient of the 2018 Advisor of the Year award from Sage Partners.

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Olawale Ayilara

Olawale Ayilara, LandWey Investment

Olawale Ayilara started out as an entrepreneur by running a coaching center in Abeokuta, Ogun state in Nigeria, but that business soon failed. He got into printing, business consulting, and even sold food at the annual The Experience concert held in Lagos at some point. They all failed after some time.

At some point, Ayilara even left the country and it was while he was away in South Africa, researching on what he wanted to do, that he decided to get into the real estate industry.

Three years prior to starting his business, Ayilara took time to learn about what it entails. He was providing digital marketing services for real estate firms and he at one time, helped a company increase its sales by N85 M in one month, a landmark achievement for that company, considering how much it had made in the entirety of its existence.

Ayilara decided to bring all his experience into play to start his business – LandWey Investment Limited.

By 2018, the company, which started with 5 employees, now has 42 full-time staff, 370 realtors and 16,000 consultants.

Ayilara has also been passionate about youth development and is the founder and director ofBeyond School Initiative which provides training programs for university students.

He’s an alumnus of Lagos Business School with an MBA from the London Metropolitan School of Business. In 2018, he was named in Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 (Business) list.

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Temitope Ogunsemo

Temitope Ogunsemo, Krystal Digital Networks

Temitope Ogunsemo is the founder of  Krystal Digital Networks, an ICT company that creates software applications for educational institutions in Nigeria, helping them improve their services. The company makes an annual revenue of $3 million(over a billion Naira). My Skool Portal is the company’s product which is a web-based application for School Information Management System designed for proper storage and documentation of school data.

Krystal Digital Networks Ltd currently services about 48% of federal government colleges in Nigeria.

Ogunsemo partnered with Microsoft to provide quality education training resources on Microsoft technologies to help institutions, faculty and staff and its enrolled students obtain the skills needed to reach their academic and career potential through the Krystal/Microsoft Imagine Academy partnership.

KrystalDigital Networks has now commenced IT training program in Twenty-four (24) Unity Schools.

Ogunsemo has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Ibadan and a master’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Salford.

In 2015, Ogunsemo won the Nigeria Technology Awards (NiTA)’s Best School ManagementSoftware Developer award.

In 2018, he was named in Forbes’ 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa list.

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