Starting a business in Nigeria is daunting work. That’s why I try to bring to light these brave souls for solving the problems in the economy.
While being an entrepreneur is a daunting process in itself, young entrepreneurs in Nigeria comes with a different menu of process.
Some people will not take them seriously, others will try to take advantage of them while setting up their business from the ground up.
Despite all the hardship, they’re still going strong and that’s because they have a strong entrepreneurial mindset.
In this article, you’ll discover 15 young entrepreneurs in Nigeria that you need to keep an eye on.
Now, let’s get started.
1. Uche Pedro
Age: 36 years old
Brand: Founder of BellaNaija
Uche Pedro is the founder of Africa’s leading media tech company focused on Lifestyle, BellaNaija.
Founded in 2006, Uche grows BellaNaija to a promising position winning her numerous awards some of which is British Council International Young Media Entrepreneur of the year for Nigeria.
2. Temitope Ogunsemo
Age: 35 years old
Brand: Founder of Krystal Digital
Krystal Digital is a fast growing IT company which specializes in the development and deployment of customized software applications.
The company focused on the education sector and currently have over 50 government-owned schools using its software for storing and processing student information.
Temitope envision Krystal Digital because he faced a problem regarding his transcript while in school.
3. Oluwatobi Ajayi
Age: 32 years old.
Brand: Founder of Nord Automobile Ltd.
Ajayi started his career at Mercedes-Benz and became head of division (commercial vans) at 24 years old.
He took the market share of Mercedes-Benz vans from 1% to 7% as the head of division showing his impressive leadership ability.
He now owns Nord Automobile Limited, a company that assembles reliable, durable and cost-efficient vehicles.
Nord Automobile is currently worth over N4 billion.
4. Etop Ikpe
Age: 31 years old.
Brand: Founder of Cars45.
Ikpe previously worked as commercial director at Konga.com and served as CEO at Dealdey.com.
With his wealth of experience, he raised funds and started Cars45 in 2017 and have since grew Cars45 to prominent height in the Nigerian market.
5. Olamide Orekunrin
Age: 34 years old
Brand: Flying Doctors Nigeria
Olamide Orekunrin was born in London and started Flying Doctors Nigeria.
As one of the most promising young entrepreneurs in Nigeria, she dedicated Flying Doctors Nigeria to bring trauma care to the most remote part in West Africa through air ambulance.
Like most entrepreneurs, she got the idea of starting an air ambulance service through her pain.
Her sister died in Nigeria as a consequence of no medical air transport to quickly get her to hospital for immediate treatment.
She is one of the women entrepreneurs crushing it in Nigeria.
6. Emmanuel Ademola Ayilara
Age: 30 years old.
Brand: Landwey Investment Ltd
Emmanuel founded Landwey Investment, a real estate and land development company.
His company revenue is over to N14 million annually and over 16,000 employees.
He his one of the most promising young entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
7. Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed
Age: 28 years old.
Sadiq graduated from UNNC with Msc. in Entrepreneurship. He was a dedicated farmer hence he combined both Entrepreneurship and farmer.
He started FalGates because he saw opportunity in rice production. People consumes rice more than it is produce in Nigeria.
His company has 15 tons per day and a total annual capacity of over 5ooo metric tons.
8. Ladipo Lawani
Age: 30 years old.
Brand: L & L foods.
Ladipo founded L & L foods, a food processing company that produces groundnut.
His groundnut brand, Mr Ekpa does not contain addictive and they are all made in Nigeria.
9. Harold Okwa
Age: 31 years old.
Harold obtained his MBA from Cass Business School. He always has a love for aviation so he combined it with business.
He founded Jetseta to offer private planes and helicopters to individual and business.
Jetseta also offers the option to inquire about their service through mobile apps.
10. Nasir Yammama
Age: 27 years old.
Brand: Verdant Agri-Tech.
Nasir’s parent were farmers and he found a way to combine his love for farming and technology together.
He founded Verdant Agri-Tech, to help farmers increase and improve productivity and livelihood.
His company gives farmers access to farmer information, financial service and managerial support.
11. Ruth Obih
Age: 42 years old.
Brand: Founder of 3Invest
Ruth Obih graduated with Bachelor of Law from Imo state university and was admitted to study Oil & Gas Law at the university of Dundee but was rejected a visa to travel to the UK.
She founded 3invest, a real estate company after this event. The company serve real estates owners, investors, developers and occupiers globally.
12. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola
Age: 37 years old.
Brand: Founder of Wecyclers
Bilikiss Adebiyi is an inspiring Nigerian social entrepreneur and founded Wecyclers to collect waste in Lagos.
Her waste collection and recycling services helps resident earn some basic rewards through incentives creation.
To create incentives among low-income households to participate, rewards are given to them for every kilogram recycled, via points sent by SMS. These points are then redeemable against goods they value, such as cell phone minutes or basic food items.
She is one of the young entrepreneurs in Nigeria that think differently.
13. Yasim Belo-Osagie
Age: 30 years old.
Brand: Co-founder of She Leads Nigeria
Yasim and Afua Osei founded She Leads Nigeria, a Nigeria-based social enterprise.
The company is a digital media for millenial women who wants to build a successful business.
It provides support for ideas and gives opportunities to access professionals who can assist with mentoring and funding to escalate the process of re-branding a startups into business empires.
14. Tiwalola Olanubi Jnr
Brand: Founder of Dotts Media House
Tiwalola founded Dotts Media House in 2015. As a digital marketing company, the brand has overseen over 100 social media campaign for both local and international brands.
Since then he has Dotts Co-working space to provide affordable working space for entrepreneur and freelancers.
He also launched Zarafat Loaves, a bread bakery based in Lagos.
He is one of the most promising young entrepreneurs disrupting the status quo in Nigeria.
15. Ronke Bamisedun
Age: 32 years old
Brand: Brand We Love (BWL)
Ronke had her primary and secondary schools in Nigeria before moving to the United Kingdom for her tertiary education at Birmingham City University.
She then intern at several PR agencies before landing her first at Kazio PR before launching BWL.
BWL is a branding and reputation management company helping businesses to grow to a new height.
In 2018, she was listed in Forbes’ 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Nigeria (Africa as a whole).
In this article, you’ve discovered 15 most promising young entrepreneurs in Nigeria in 2020.
They’re the soul that is challenging the status quo and continually develop Nigeria economy.n
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