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The 10 most influential entrepreneurs in Nigeria under-40

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10 influential entrepreneurs in Nigeria under-40

10 influential entrepreneurs in Nigeria under-40

  • Business Insider SSA by Pulse looks at ten young superstars under 40 CEOs – who are excelling and making the country proud in various sectors.
  • The young entrepreneurs have things in common – offering business solutions, impact on the different sectors and serve as inspirations to generations.
  • The under-40 influential entrepreneurs cut across different business sectors.
Nigerians are strong, powerful, and some of the most hard-working people in the world. Apart from been featured in Forbes entrepreneurs’ list and other rankings, the country also boasts of one of the world’s largest pools of burgeoning middle-class.
They have common traits – offering business solutions, impact on the different sectors and inspirations to old and young generations around the world. Business Insider SSA by Pulse looks at some young superstars under 40 CEOs – who are excelling and making the country proud in various sectors.
1. Elo Umeh
Age: 37
CEO: Terragon Group
Elo Umeh, Nigerian entrepreneur and founder of the Terragon Group

Elo Umeh, Nigerian entrepreneur and founder of the Terragon Group

Nigerian entrepreneur and founder of the Terragon Group. Elo has worked in mobile and digital media on the Africa continent for over 15 years with specialty in product development and management with a B.Sc. in Business Administration.
Last year, Umeh’s Terragon acquired Bizense, a Singapore-based mobile technology company, in a cash plus stock deal which is the first of its kind and scale in Africa. 
2. Uche Pedro – Bella Naija
Age: 34
CEO: Bella Naija
Uche Pedro is the founder and CEO of BellaNaija

Uche Pedro is the founder and CEO of BellaNaija

Uche Pedro is the founder and CEO of BellaNaija, a media tech brand known for entertainment and lifestyle content and its niche for wedding affairs.
The award-winning young entrepreneur was honoured with the Forbes Woman New Media Award for 2019 in March. 
3. Linda Ikeji
Age: 38
CEO: Linda Ikeji Blog & TV
Linda Ikeji, founder Linda Ikeji blog

Linda Ikeji, founder Linda Ikeji blog

Linda is the CEO of one of the most influential gist blog and TV, Linda Ikeji. The Nigerian entrepreneur is also one of the most successful bloggers in Africa.
Widely referred to as the richest Nigerian blogger, who redefined the blogging-sphere in Nigeria. In 2012, she was named among Africa’ 20 most prominent women by Forbes.
4. Seun Osewa
Age: 36
CEO: Nairaland
Seun Osewa is Nigerian internet entrepreneur and founder of the popular conversation-like platform, Nairaland.

Seun Osewa is Nigerian internet entrepreneur and founder of the popular conversation-like platform, Nairaland.

Osewa is Nigerian internet entrepreneur and founder of the popular conversation-like platform, Nairaland. He launched the forum in March 2005, which was projected as the biggest African forum by Forbes.
5. Ayodeji Adewunmi (35), Opeyemi Awoyemi (31) and Olalekan Olude (35)
Co-founders: Jobberman*
The three young entrepreneurs founded the recruiting firm - Jobberman

The three young entrepreneurs founded the recruiting firm – Jobberman

The three entrepreneurs founded the recruiting firm as an undergraduate at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife in 2009.
The company has grown to become Nigeria’s number 1 recruitment platform helping employers and jobseekers solve their recruitment and employment challenges respectively.
6. Temie Giwa-Tubosun
Age: 33
CEO: LifeBank
Temie Giwa-Tubosun is the founder of Lifebank

Temie Giwa-Tubosun is the founder of Lifebank

Temie’s business is to save lives. For this, the Nigerian-American health manager, founder of LifeBank, a business enterprise which enables timely delivery of blood to hospitals and patients who need it.
In 2018, the company won MIT Solve Global Challenge in health category and looking to start on-demand delivery of oxygen monitoring equipment like pulse oximeters, routine, scheduled delivery of oxygen to replenish depleted hospital stock in Africa’s most populous nation.
7. Onyeka Akumah
Age: 33
CEO: Farmcrowdy
Onyeka Akumah is the founder of Farmcrowdy,

Onyeka Akumah is the founder of Farmcrowdy,

Onyeka Akumah is the founder of Farmcrowdy, one of Nigeria’s tech startup success stories. Farmcrowdy started to gain widespread recognition in 2017 after it raised $1 million in funding, a huge amount for any African startup at the time.
With its success stories, Farmcrowdy is currently working with 11,000 farmers while Onyeka is one of the influencers in Agri tech business in Nigeria at the moment.
8. Abubakar Falalu
Age: 28
CEO: Falgates
ABUBAKAR Falalu, founder of Falgates,

ABUBAKAR Falalu, founder of Falgates,

In a region known for underdevelopment and with a high rate of unemployment and increasing poverty level, Falalu founded Falgates, a company that farms and mills rice, producing about 15 tons on a daily basis Falalu through his company has empowered and employed almost 200 people and generated $400,000 (N144 million) as revenue in 2017, according to a Forbes’ report.
He was also named among the prestigious Forbes Under-30 list and one of Africa’s most promising young businessmen. 
9. Etop Ikpe
Age: 36
CEO: Cars45
Etop Ikpe is the founder and executive officer of Nigeria's first and largest Auto Tech trading platform, Cars45.

Etop Ikpe is the founder and executive officer of Nigeria’s first and largest Auto Tech trading platform, Cars45.

Etop Ikpe is the founder and executive officer of Nigeria’s first and largest Auto Tech trading platform, Cars45. He has previous experience at DealDey and Konga before setting up his own firm.
The tech company has disrupted the used cars and sales industry by offering people a fast and convenient way to sell their cars. Since inception in 2016, Cars45 now has more than 30 physical inspection and centres.
10. Oluwatobi Ajayi
Age: 30
CEO: Jetvan Automobiles Limited
Oluwatobi Ajayi is the co-founder of the largest authorized dealer of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in Nigeria, Jetvan Automobiles Limited

Oluwatobi Ajayi is the co-founder of the largest authorized dealer of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in Nigeria, Jetvan Automobiles Limited

Ajayi is the co-founder of the largest authorised dealer of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in Nigeria, Jetvan Automobiles Limited.
In an interview with The PUNCH, Ajayi said he wants to revolutionise the Nigerian transport industry and impacted positively on the Nigerian economy.
Disclaimer: Jobberman is part of the Ringier African brand
Source: Pulse Ng

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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