Let’s face the fact: young entrepreneurs in Nigeria are pulling weight, bringing nothing but glory to the giant of Africa.
There is no doubt that Nigerians are the hardest working people in the world, even though some rotten eggs are trying to drag the name to the mud.
Apart from being regularly featured on Forbes, these incredible, cutting-edge entrepreneurs know their onion, and they aren’t afraid to show it.
The reason I study successful people is because success follows a specific pattern.
When you can identify that pattern and apply them, you will be made for life.
As you study with me, these young entrepreneurs in Nigeria, get a book and write down some vital life lessons.
As you write down some points, you will notice a common trait runs through each of these young Nigerian entrepreneurs.
The purpose of this article is not to shove their success down your throat. I am not even in the mood to compare my life with another.
Table of Contents
1. Uche Pedro
Ever heard of BellaNaija? She is the brain behind that outstanding platform.
Uche Eze is one of the few Nigerian entrepreneurs I respect so much. How she was able to rise in a male-dominated world is thrilling.
She’s a media-tech entrepreneur and the founder of BellaNaija, a media platform reputable for its entertaining contents.
Under her excellent leadership, BellaNaija became much more than a blog.
Before she established her media platform, she worked with Shell Canada, Cadbury, and Cadbury in Nigeria.
She is one of the few that were able to escape the rat race.
Entrepreneurship is not for everyone; fortunately, she went for that path, saying bye-bye to mouth-watering job offers.
Not forgetting, she has won innumerable awards I can’t afford to mention.
Indeed, she deserves a spot on this prestigious list of young entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
Surprised? Don’t be!
This young, pretty entrepreneur has succeeded in carving out a niche for herself. When others taught no Nigerian could succeed as a YouTuber, Emmanuella and Mark Angel proved the naysayers wrong.
Emmanuella Samuel was born July 22, 2010, and is worth over $500,000.
The Mark Angel Comedy blew up, allowing her to tour the world, even nab a contract with Disney and numerous other film production companies.
As an entrepreneur, she discovered a way to solve sadness through laughter. Today, she’s a household brand with numerous hilarious comedy skits on YouTube.
Around 2018, Emmanuella was invited to the Nigerian National Assembly by Senate President Bukola Saraki.
This enviable young entrepreneur has won numerous awards, including Top Subscribed Creator from YouTube, and Best Comedienne & Princess of Comedy awards at the Afro-Australia Music & Movie Awards (AAMMA).
Although she’s a kid, she deserves the spot among young entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
3. Oluwaseun Osewa
Do you know why this name sound familiar? You’ve probably visited Nairaland. This platform has risen to be one of the giant forums in Africa, with millions of daily visits.
Although Seun, as popularly called, is a very, very private person. Despite being the founder of one of the most successful forums on the internet, no one knows much about him.
How could he establish a massive pseudo-social network and yet be a chronic introvert shy of a little attention?
The truth is glaring only to the few – he is a hardcore minimalist who believes you can make an impact without stepping into the spotlight.
Judging by how immensely I’ve benefitted from his platform, there is no wonder he’s in my list of young entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
4. Linda Ikeji
Despite the controversies and drama, Linda has been able to hold her head up high as a celebrity and blogger in Nigeria.
She is an epitome of a grass to grace story; a poverty impoverished, skinny ex-model who hit the limelight by paving the way for blogging in Nigeria.
She once bought a house at Banana Island, Lagos, for #400 million, which got many wondering how rich she is.
Her blog still holds the number spot in Nigeria, and the crew never fails to keep the gist alive. When you read the life story of Linda, you will discover that she’s a survivor.
Her mansion and garage worth billions of naira, making her inarguably the wealthiest young entrepreneur in Nigeria.
5. Elochukwu Umeh
This handsome young man is the founder of Terragon Group and has been a forefront pioneer in digital media in Africa.
Last year while I was cruising on a fun trip, I recall that Umeh’s Terragon acquired Bizense, a Singapore based mobile tech company.
Do you need further convictions that this young Nigerian entrepreneur is worthy of this spot?
When smartphones were introduced in Nigeria, it meant a lot to different people. But to Elo, it means he now has the avenue to use smartphones to drive interaction and offer values for businesses.
As a child, he has always daydreamed of traveling the world, seeing fascinating places, and exploring. Today, not only has he achieved that through his career, he has created a legacy.
Despite the countless hurdles he met, it never deterred him from chasing his young dreams even as an adult.
6. Etop Ikpe
If you’re not a car fan, then you probably never heard of him. However, he is one of the young entrepreneurs in Nigeria that deserves recognition.
He is the founder of Cars45, one of Nigeria’s foremost and largest auto-auctioning platforms. By offering people a convenient way to sell their cars, he has been able to succeed in his path as an entrepreneur.
Despite his success, he keeps improving and growing. This assertion is made evident when Cars45 raised $5-million Series A round from the Frontier Cars Groups in May 2017.
He didn’t stop there; he grew to have over 35 physical inspection centers, helping thousands of people sell their cars.
Entrepreneurship is about solving problems and offering value. When you do that, you will discover that creating wealth is by solving puzzles.
7. Gossy Ukanwoke
This cutting-edge entrepreneur is known as ‘Nigeria’s Budding Mark Zukerberg,’ one of the most inspiring young entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
He has been featured on Forbes more than once, and CNN, making him one of the fastest rising entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
Gossy is the founder of EduTech and BAU Executive Education, which automates student activities on campus.
This entrepreneur is hell-bent in ensuring that schools in Nigeria have the technological capacity to operate more smoothly.
He studied Management Information Systems at Girne American University, coming out as the best graduating student in 2013.
In case you’re wondering, he is 32 years old, and he surely deserves a spot on this list.
8. Dr. Ola Orekunrin
Olamide is one of the top young female entrepreneurs in Nigeria, and founding Flying Doctors Nigeria brought her to the spotlight.
She is a 30 years old British-Nigerian Doctor, one of the youngest medical doctors in England.
When I asserted that Nigerians are hardworking, it wasn’t a bluff.
When entrepreneurs like me focus on selling products and services, Dr. Ola is making an impact by saving lives.
If there be a hero in this list, it will be her.
She is also a trained helicopter pilot and is currently listed as one of the Young Global Leaders by World Economic Forum.
To propagate the spirit of entrepreneurship, she lectured on entrepreneurship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
As if that wasn’t enough, she is also a TED fellow.
9. Opeyemi Awoyemi, Olalekan Olude & Ayodeji Adewunmi
When I heard the story of these young entrepreneurs and how they founded Jobberman, I was stunned.
Believe it or not, these incredible men founded Nigeria’s most significant job search engine and aggregator.
They established the company in 2009, with over 50,000 unique visitors every day.
The platform aims to help connect qualified personnel to their desired job opportunity. If you’re an entrepreneur looking to hire some employees, Jobberman could be the ideal platform for you.
If there is one thing you should learn from these three young entrepreneurs in Nigeria, it is that you can do business with your friends.
Your friends are not just friends for nothing. If you trust them and feel they have the capability, why not chase a dream together?
Sometimes we achieve more when we tackle any issue as a team.
If these young entrepreneurs pulled it off, you can!
10. Bankole Cardoso
This 25 years old entrepreneur is the last on this list and surely deserves more recognition. Many consider him underrated, and there is a truth in that.
He is the co-founder of Easy Taxi in Nigeria in 2014. What brought him to the limelight was getting featured on Forbes as one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa.
He started Easy Taxi in 2013, intending to solve the problem of commuting, especially in Lagos. Furthermore, he said he wants to standardize the pricing of taxis around the country.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Let’s make him president already.
Easy Taxi is a smart app that allows users to request a taxi using the most natural way possible. He is one of the cutting-edge entrepreneurs in Nigeria that have the potential to achieve more.
Here is one thing you should learn from Bankole; taking action is what materializes your dream to reality.
While planning to start a business, do not forget to take action, as that matters most.
Over To You!
I hope that one day, I will be able to feature you as one of the young entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
Till then, I want you to keep surviving, to keep fighting.
It is not over yet, and I believe you have all the potentials to succeed.
If life at this stage is hard, it is a sign that you’re on the right track.
Keep doing what you’re doing, never quit. In the end, you will be grateful for the sacrifices.
So, tell me, which Nigerian entrepreneur inspires you the most?
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