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10 Toping Young Business Tycoon’s And Entrepreneur

 

1. Iyanuoluwa Aboyeji.

Iyanuoluwa Aboyeji is a Nigerian entrepreneur and investor. He is a co-founder of Andela. He was the former managing director of Flutterwave. He has an estimated net worth of over N10 billion. He is currently in his early 30s.

Born to parents from Warri, Delta state and raised in Nigeria, Iyinoluwa graduated from the Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja, Class of 2007. He studied Legal Studies and Economics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

When he was 18, Iyinoluwa worked as an intern with the World Youth Alliance in the United Nations Headquarters. Then he went on to run one of Canada’s largest student owned publishing houses, Imprint Publications as President of the Board. He is founder of Bookneto Inc, a social e-learning platform for University professors to independently teach online courses. In 2014, Aboyeji met up with Jeremy Johnson, an old friend, and they spoke about founding Andela, a talent accelerator that recruits and trains software developers and connects them with employers. It grew to be one of Nigeria’s best-known start-ups. It received a $24 million investment from Facebook founder Zuckerberg and Aboyeji helped build it to over $100 million market cap in two years. In 2016, he left Andela to start Flutterwave, a provider of technology and infrastructure solutions for digital payments across Africa. The company is a multimillion dollar company that has processed over $760 million through 7.5 million transactions for merchants in partnership with financial institutions across Africa. Iyinoluwa spends most of his time in Lagos, but in the last couple of months he has been taking educational classes in Silicon Valley and in other parts of the US. He has been focused on business development courses as well as technology courses. In July 2018, he got married to his girlfriend.

 

2. Mark Essien

Mark Essien is an entrepreneur, a software developer, and a startup investor. He is the founder of Hotels.ng, a successful online hotel booking platform in Nigeria. Mark’s success with Hotels.ng is inspiring, a story that should inspire and encourage every Nigeria youth. It pays to have focus and be diligent in your pursuit.Mark Essien was born on 18th of December, 1980 in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom to Anthony Paul Essien and Monika Essien. His father, Anthony Paul Essien is a political figure in Akwa Ibom State while his mother is child educationist and owns a school, Monika Kindergarten in Ikot Ekpene.

Mark Essien had his primary education in his mother’s school, and his secondary education at Federal Government College, Ikot Ekpene. After his secondary education, he moved to Germany for his university education. Mark Essien has a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) in Computer Hardware Engineering from Beuth Hochschule Berlin, Germany and M.Sc. in Computer Science from Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany.

Mark is happily married to Jenni Naiaretti, a software developer at GeneO Ltd. cinema attendant in Germany for two months while he prepared for his mandatory German Language Program and A-Levels examination. He then worked night shifts taking care of a paralyzed man. It was during this period that he learnt programming. Mark Essien developed a file sharing software, Gnumm which was acquired by Snoopstar.com where he later worked before branching out as a freelance software developer. The advanced knowledge he acquired in programming at Snoopstar helped him build other products and Hotels.ng.

Mark desired to build a technology driven business that will survive in Nigeria. Luckily, this was the time Jumia and Konga was making waves in the internet space, so he felt that the hotel and travel industry in Nigeria could use some innovation.

He created the first version of Hotels.ng in 2012 which was just a list of hotels at the time. After observing the traffic generated by the site in a short while, he was convinced it was time to move back to Nigeria and work on his dream. Fortunately, this was the time Jason Njoku was looking for a viable internet business to invest in through Spark.ng. So Spark.ng made an initial investment of $75,000 in Hotels.ng for the business to kick off operations in Lagos. Later, after observing their business model and the leadership style of Mark Essien, Spark invested another $150,000 in Hotels.ng. The funds helped Hotels.ng grow and expand their hotel listings.

 

3. Abiola Olaniran

Abiola Olaniran is the founder and CEO of Gamesole, one of the first Gaming companies in Africa and is also Nigeria’s highest paid Windows Game developer.

Gamsole, a company he founded in 2012, has built mobile games with over 10 million downloads, both locally and internationally, from the Windows Phone store. Olaniran’s interest in software spans back to when he was 15 years old, with his interest in programming leading him to study Computer Science and Mathematics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. While many would say that Olaniran was lucky to have met the Microsoft evangelists that visited his school, the reality is he was able to take advantage of an opportunity to learn from these gaming evangelists, which accelerated his move into the gaming industry. His success as will be seen from his story can be largely attributed to hard work and a constant need to improve himself. He took advantage of the network and knowledge that was available to him and made something big out of it. Olaniran’s story is a story of a man from a humble background, who rose above all odds to become a pioneer in the gaming industry in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

 

4. Jason Chukwuma Njoku

Jason Njoku is a serial entrepreneur, film magnate, and African start-up investor. He is the CEO and co-founder of iROKO Partners, an online distribution company that focuses on the Nigeria Entertainment Industry.Jason Njoku was born on the 11th of December, 1980 in Deptford, South-East London and raised by a single parent, his mother who was a full time employee at National Health Service. He started his education in London before moving to a village in Nigeria at the age of 12. Jason then moved back to London at the age of 15 and completed his A’levels. He has a degree in chemistry from University of Manchester. Jason is married to Mary Remmy Njoku, a Nigerian movie star and producer. They are blessed with three children; Nwakaego Annabel Njoku, Nnenna Njoku, and Jason Obinna Njoku. Entrepreneurial Journey of Jason Njoku

Jason tried out a couple of businesses which failed after graduating from the University. He then moved back to his mother’s apartment in Deptford at the age of 30. This is to say that failure should never stop us from trying again, you never know which will work. It was at this period that the idea of starting the Netflix of Africa struck him. He saw an opportunity in online distribution of Nigerian movies and came down to Lagos, Nigeria to understudy the industry. This idea was funded by his friend Bastain who became his business partner. Jason Njoku and Bastain Gotter first started a YouTube channel that streamed African movies for Africans. This platform became profitable in a couple of months and they subsequently purchased online access of Nollywood movies and worked tirelessly to make their business work. Ever since Jason launched iROKOtv, the company has grown and birthed new businesses including the successful production house, IROK Studios.

 

5. Emeka Okonkwo (E-Money)

E- Money whose real name is Emeka Okonkwo is a Nigerian entrepreneur, music record owner, investor and philanthropist. He is the CEO of 5 Star Music Group. He from Anambra State, Nigeria but was born and bred in Ajegunle, Lagos, Nigeria. He is the younger brother to Nigerian music star Kcee. He is also into oil and gas business. He has an estimated net worth of over N10 billion. He is currently in his early 30s. E-money or emoney is one of Nigerian’s billionaire. He may not be the richest Billionaire, but he has an appeal that reaches millions of people. His Instagram account will attest to this fact.

This man is not just popular, but well-loved. His care-free lifestyle, giving millions to the poor, helping so many people on the gram has made him, one of the most loved and popular Billionaires in Nigeria.E-Money is one of the richest persons in Nigeria. Most people are confused and have asked How did Emoney become one of the richest men in the country? What is the secret of his success?

E-money has done quite a lot, gifting African biggest Blogger sister, Laura Ikeji with 500,000 and Star Actress, 500,000, it’s no doubt that this man has a good heart. MasterKraft and Duncan Mighty are just among Many others the Billionaire has blessed, and these are just the few who decided to publicly thank him. Few months ago, the billionaire decided to mark the new year in his life by giving a shoe rack seller a brand new car and N300,000 cash.

6. Linda Ikeji

Linda Ikeji is a Nigerian blogger, entrepreneur, investor and the CEO of Linda Ikeji Media. Her company is into information marketing, advertising, movies streaming and real estate. She started her blog in 2006 and turned it into a multibillion naira business. She has an estimated net worth of over N10 billion. She is currently in her early 30s.

Linda Ikeji was born on the 19th of September 1980 to a Catholic parent from Nkwerre, a local government area in the Southeastern state of Imo State. She started writing fictional stories at a young age of 10. Her fascination about news and interviews was what endeared her into pursuing a degree in Mass Communication. Unfortunately, she was admitted to study English in the University of Lagos instead of Mass Communication.

Linda Ikeji received an honorary doctorate degree on the 8th of August 2018 from the Trinity International University of Ambassadors in Georgia for her contribution to African media and business.

As an average Nigerian born into a humble background, Linda Ikeji also had her fair share of financial struggle while growing up. In a bid to assist herself through school and support her parents as well, Linda started working from age 17, from modelling and bartendering to waitressing and ushering. She did not allow her background put her back but rather saw it as an opportunity to explore and sharpen her talent which is paying off today.

After University, she worked hard to break into journalism by launching her own media company, Blackdove Communications. Blackdove Communications is a modelling agency and events management outfit. She also started a magazine called FM&B which release its first issue in 2006. After struggling with both businesses, she decided to give up on them. For FM&F, she struggled to get advertiser on board and also discovered how time consuming and capital intensive the project was, only two more editions saw the light of the day.

Concerning Blackdove, Linda had this to say, “I gave up on the office (Black Dove Communications) in 2010 when I couldn’t afford the rent anymore and moved my business back home. About a year later, the blogging I started in 2006 changed my life.”

 

7. Igho Sanomi

Igho Sanomi is one of the youngest billionaires in Nigeria. He is an entrepreneur, an investor and a business executive. He was born in Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria. Igho Sanomi is the CEO of Taleveras Group and also the executive director at Cosmos Oil. He has an estimated net worth of over N10 billion. He is currently in his early 30s.

Igho Sanomi is the CEO and Chairman of Taleveras Group, a privately owned business conglomerate in Africa. He is also a co-owner of the Dickson Sanomi Foundation. Igho Sanomi is a businessman, geologist, motivational speaker and philanthropist whose business interest cuts across telecommunications, shipping, aviation and real estate investments worldwide.Taleveras Group was founded by Igho Sanomi in 2004. The company makes investments that support Africa’s journey to becoming one of the world’s largest economies. It is a leading global energy and services company, with interests and operations in the upstream, midstream, downstream and power sector of the energy industry in Nigeria. The company has operations in Asia, Europe, and Africa.

Taleveras offers a wide range of integrated and strategic solutions in the energy and power sector. Each year, volumes of Crude oil, Gasoline, Jet fuels, LPG, Gasoil and Petrochemicals are sold in millions. It was one of the Nigerian companies that received oil-lifting contracts in the federal government’s bid, through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Taleveras partnered with Alstom Group to rebuild and expand the 900megawatt Afam power plant in Rivers State, after acquiring it on the 30th of July 2013.

The agreement was signed by Patrick Kron, chairman and chief executive (président-directeur général) of the Alstom group. This agreement was made in the presence of former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria business leaders and members of the international business community in Lagos, Nigeria.

8. Obi Cubana

Obinna Iyiegbu popularly known as Obi Cubana is a Nigerian Based businessman, entertainer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a show killer, he is the chairman and the owner of the popular Cabana groups, Obi Cubana was born 12th April 1975, and he is currently 46 Years Old as of this year 2021.

Obinna Iyiegbu best known as OBI CUBANA is from Oba, a community in Demili-South Local Government Area in Anambra State, Nigeria.In 1998, after completing his primary and secondary school education, Obi Cubana proceeded to the University of Nigeria where he obtained a degree in Political Science from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. In 2006, Obi Cubana started his first club Ibiza Club in Abuja seeking to satisfy fun seekers and nightlife lovers. Following the remarkable progress he made from the Ibiza Club, he established the Cubana group, a hospitality club that provides all-around entertainment satisfaction in 2009. Cubana group was first established in Owerri, Imo state capital Nigeria. Today, Cubana has spread across various states in the country including Lagos, Abuja, and Enugu. Obi Cubana works with close associates including Paschal Okechukwu popularly known as Cubana Chief Priest to manage his entertainment conglomerates around the country.

Obi Cubana in a recent interview revealed that he is currently working on Cubana Dubai and Cubana Real Estate.In 2008, Obi Cubana got married to his beautiful wife, Ebele Iyiegbu who is a Lawyer by profession, and their union is blessed with four sons. She calls herself the mother of boys. Obi Cubana is married to Ebele Iyiegbu who is the founder and owner of the KIEK foundation, a non-governmental organization established with the aim of improving the lives of the less privileged children in our society through quality education, healthcare, nutrition, and child’s rights governance.

 

9. Joseph Eze Okafor

Joseph Eze Okafor popularly known as Jowizazaa was born on 19 March 1985, he is 36 years old in 2021. He began his secondary school education at Sacred Heart Seminary Nsude in Enugu state(Sacred Heart Seminary Nsude is the minor seminary of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu.), before proceeding to Madonna University Okija, and did his post-graduate studies at The Coventry University London, United Kingdom, and later attended Kelce College of Business – Pittsburg State UniversityJowi Zaza is a young Nigerian billionaire in his early thirties who acquired a luxury new ride to celebrate his birthday recently that sparked so many questions online.

The 35years old oil mogul Jowi Zazaa reportedly Gifted himself a Lamborghini Aventador Worth N115m For His Birthday. JowiZaza as we all know him back then in Madonna is the CEO of Jezco oil and gas and he also runs Jezco lubricant. The company was founded by his billionaire father who has handed the business over to him.

Oil and Gas Tycoons Jowi Zaza is the CEO of Jezco Oil and Lubricants an oil company founded by his Father Chief Sir Joseph Ezeokafor. He is one of the money bags in Nigeria as he is worth hundreds of Billions of naira, Jowi Zaza has been living his life on a low key and people don’t really know much about him. He drives a lot of exotic cars both within and outside the country.

 

9. Kennedy Okonkwo

Kennedy Onyekachi Okonkwo, born into a family of eight as the fifth child of the family hails from Ojoto, Anambra State in Nigeria, but he has spent much of his years living in Lagos, starting in Alagomeji, Yaba. Kennedy Okonkwo was born on 12th October 1977 into a Christian home.Spurred by his father who is a lover of education, Kennedy Okonkwo successfully scaled through his primary, secondary, graduate and post-graduate studies with outstanding results. He had his primary and secondary school education in Mobolaji High School Lagos, after which he gained admission into the University of Ibadan to study Psychology. He has also bagged a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Lagos State University.

The turning points in Kennedy Okonkwo’s life began when he lost his father when he was barely 16 years. He was still in secondary school then, and the tragedy really impacted his lives as he knew what loss really meant. Kennedy Okonkwo’s dad greatly influenced his education as his father believed that the greatest gift he could give to his children was education. His father believed that being educated will bring an end to poverty and a critical tool for survival. Unlike the typical case where mothers are foremost concerned about their children’s academics, Kennedy’s dad was far more interested in his academics as he was intermittently checking up on him in school, helping out with his assignments and most importantly, paying his school fees.

When he lost his father, his mother who was a caterer couldn’t meet up with their living expenses, hence they were soon evicted out of their apartment. Not long after, they were soon thrown out of his mother’s shop where they took lodging. It was a very sad thing for Kennedy when returning ‘home

 

10. na Pascal Chibuike Okechukwu

Born 2nd April 1981, in Umuhu Okabia, in OrsuL Government Area of Imo state, Pascal Chibuike Okechukwu popularly called Cubana chief priest is the second son of his parents. He was also raised in Umuhu Okabia, Imo state but later joined his father in Aba, Abia state where he learned how to make shoes. He never gave up on his Shoe business; according to him, he made his first 1million naira from shoemaking during his school days in Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri.He has always dreamt of having a successful music career but he couldn’t achieve that. However, he was undeterred from becoming successful in the entertainment industry and so he began his career in the nightlife sector. He worked many years at Cubana Hotel, Owerri as the General Manager of the Cubana Conglomerate; this was wwhere he met Davido. According to him, Davido turned his life around. On August 19, 2018, Davido visited Owerri with Chioma, his fiancée, to perform. A massive crowd thronged into the Cubana Grand Hotel in Owerri to watch Davido’s performance, thus increasing the popularity of Cubana. That was the game-changer for Chibuike and his career in the industry; since then, his career skyrocketed to new heights. He left Cubana Grand Hotel to found his Club – Club Xhrine in Owerri which has continued to grow.The nightlife boss officially bagged a Doctor of Science in Event and Luxury Hospitality Management from European American university. Pascal Chibuike announced this feat via his Instagram page on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

The Club Xhrine boss has worked with several A-list music artists in Nigeria, such as Davido, Peruzzi, Burna Boy, and others. Cubana chief priest has worked with various artists and celebrities, including BBN 2019 winner Mercy Eke, who he sponsored at the recently concluded reality TV show.

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