10 top young Nigerian entrepreneurs in technology

JASON NJOKU Worth over $30million, Jason Njoku is a graduate of Chemistry from the University of Manchester. He started IROKO TV with Bastian Gotter, when he couldn’t find any Nollywood movie online for his mother. He later discovered there was a huge gap in the delivery of local content online; this led to the birth


Jason Njoku, CEO Iroko TV

Worth over $30million, Jason Njoku is a graduate of Chemistry from the University of Manchester. He started IROKO TV with Bastian Gotter, when he couldn’t find any Nollywood movie online for his mother.

He later discovered there was a huge gap in the delivery of local content online; this led to the birth of IROKO TV – an African focused media streaming platform built to exploit a previously unexplored multi-million dollar market.

IROKO Partners started in December 2010 reaching 500,000 registered users within 6 months of it’s launch. Also, today iROKO is the largest Youtube partner in Africa, with over 500,000 movie licenses purchased. It has over 14 million hours of media content on its license rights and more than 800,000 registered users, making it the largest distributor of Nollywood content globally.

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Seun Onigbinde, CEO BudgIT

Seun Onigbinde founded BudgIT in 2011, to make information about the Nigerian budget and government expenditure accessible to the public. A major importance of this startup which is a product of a CcHub hackathon, is its representation of figures in a way that anybody on the street can comprehend.

BudgIT has been in the business of creating apps (Tracka – a social platform that allows concerned individuals collaborate and track capital projects in their community), games, interactive websites and infographics that make relevant public data sets available and more importantly, cognitively accessible to the public.


Mark Essien, CEO Hotels.ng

32 year-old Mark Essien, a software and mobile development expert, epitomises how you can transform a dedicated passion for technology to a company that redefined the hotel booking process in Nigeria. Motivated to be a part of the technology space through seeing his father build various mechanical devices, Mark decided to gain Computer Hardware Engineering degree and an M.Sc in Computer Science for post study degree.

Hotels.ng, a vibrant startup (founded in 2012) is the largest hotel booking portal in Nigeria. Hotels.ng raised $225, 000 in seed funding from Jason Njoku’s Spark.ng in 2013 and as at April 2015, it had 6,707 Hotels on its network. Mark was a nominee of The Future Africa Awards 2014 in the category of Technology. Mark is on Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 2015.


Bankole Cardoso; CEO, Eaxy Taxi Nigeria

Bankole is the CEO of Easy Taxi Nigeria, has always taken a keen interest in business concepts, which propelled him to study Accounting and Business/Management, at Boston College, USA. Through Easy Taxi Nigeria (founded in 2013), he developed the Easy Taxi app which is a technology-driven app that provides convenience for passengers in booking for taxis anywhere and anytime with the click of a button.

Bankole has been featured in Forbe Magazine’s 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa 2014 and CNN Africa Startup, also in the same year.

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Akin Alabi, CEO of Nairabet

Akin Alabi aka Otunba is the CEO of Nigeria’s No. 1 sports betting company – Nairabet. Akin started from a very humble beginning and with great determination and hard work, made his way to the top. Otunba has been interviewed severally on popular TV stations and blogs. He was recently interviewed on CNBC.

Seun Osewa

Seun Osewa is the CEO of Nairaland

Since its inception in 2005, Nairaland has grown to be the No. 1 online forum in Nigeria and No. 2 in Africa, with sections ranging from business, entertainment, education, sports, politics etc.

Seun was named as one of the 30 under 30 by Forbes


Editi Effiong; Managing Director, Anakle

Editi is the Managing Director of Anakle Limited, a media marketing and services development company, located in Lagos, Nigeria. Anakle is best known for Bride Price, an app that calculates the users’ value or worth based on answers to a series of ranked questions.


Sim Shagaya is the CEO of Konga

The name Sim Shagaya is synonymous with one of the largest e-commerce businesses in the country – KONGA. Sim started Konga with 10 employees as a vastly experienced tech professional, following stints at Google, Microstrategy and RealNetworks. Sim began his entrepreneurial venture with his first major break being the launch of Konga.com in 2012, which has received series of investment amounting to $35 million from keen profit seekers including South African-based Naspers and Kinnivik.

Asides Konga, Sim has also launched e-commerce platform DealDey, a locally coined name that implies a deal offering platform, sourcing the best discount offers from product and service providers across the country.

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Tayo Oviosu, CEO of Paga

37 year-old Tayo established Paga, a Nigerian money transfer service firm after he discovered as a former business development manager at CISCO that, while Nigeria had an abundance of mobile devices, off-the-counter banking services remained relatively scarce.

Today, Paga has over a million subscribers utilizing its mobile money services for daily transactions and has received funding from institutional investors including Acumen fund, Adievo Capital and much more. The most recent endorsement of its business progress was the news that renowned economist and coiner of the BRICS and MINTS acronyms, Jim O’Neil, recently invested in the indigenous platform.

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Ayodeji Adewunmi; CEO/Co-founder, Jobberman.com

Ayodeji Adewunmi, a graduate of Medicine and Surgery, is the CEO of Jobberman, a company he co-founded with two of his friends: Opeyemi Awoyemi and Olalekan Olude in 2009, as an undergraduate at the Obafemi Awolowo University.

Jobberman is the leading employment website in Nigeria and Ghana and has become one of the most recognised internet brands in Nigeria and consistently rated as one of the most innovative technology companies in Africa.

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