From her pre-teen days in secondary school where she sold clothing and pastries for extra income, up until her university days, where she discovered a passion for putting events together, Adenike Olatunji has always had a mind for business. She is the founder and chief operating officer of House of Denny, an event planning outfit, which emphasizes the need to provide an experience that is superior to anything any other event company can provide. Since coming into business, House of Denny has provided services for clients such as MTN Nigeria, First Bank of Nigeria, Show Gear, Mayor of Lagos and Ogun State Government, not to mention organizing over 4000 events.
In 2015, Davies Okeowo decided to go into the business of Business development, which led to him co-founding and leading his company; Enterprise Hill and Competence Africa. In 2018, Davis Okeowo co-founded Competence Africa, a social enterprise whose goal is to improve the quality of Africa’s human capital through technology adoption. He also co-founded the Aston Entrepreneurs’ Club, a community within Aston University for entrepreneurs, innovators, and people who want to join start-up teams or build a career in startups. He is a Community Development Manager at Birmingham Enterprise Community. Last year he made the Forbes 30 under 30 2020 Africa. Since coming into business, Competence Africa has impacted over 2,000 businesses and put over 148 students through its competence development program
He is the founder and Managing Director at Space in Africa, a media, analytics and consulting company focused on Satellite tech. Temidayo Oniosun is a space scientist with 6 years’ experience in the field. Prior to founding his own space agency, he was the Chief Technology officer at another big name space tech company, Ideal Space Technologies LTD, and the former Regional Coordinator for Space Generation Advisory Council for Africa. Last year, he was selected as part of the inaugural Karman Fellowship Programme, a group of honorees considered to be change-makers and global leaders who are shaping the future of space. He was also listed in the 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 Africa.
Being an Engineer, in the field of building and construction, Toye Ogundoyin has demonstrated a wide range of proficiency in Irrigation & Dam Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Road Engineering & Construction. He is the MD/CEO at Crowntech Consulting Firm, an engineering and construction firm that operates within the country. Having graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology, and the University of Oxford, Toye, since the start of his career has shown great expertise in Site Construction Engineering. He has lead in big project, both as an employee and now as an owner.
Ajayi Joshua Oluwatobi
This young business man is one of the few people in Africa, and a handful of individuals in Nigeria who can brag of running an automobile factory. He is the CEO and Founder of Nord Automobiles. His journey to owing his own car company started within the confines of one of the biggest car companies in the world; Mercedes-Benz. There he attained the position of Division Head at Vans. He also he co- founded Jetvan, an authorized dealer of Mercedes-Benz. Since the start of his career, he has been the recipient of a number of notable awards. He was listed by Forbes as one of the most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa for 2018. In May 2019, Business Insider via Pulse listed him as one of the most influential in Nigeria under 40. In 2021 he won the hotly contested Entrepreneur of the Year at the Association of MBA’s & BGA Excellence Awards 2021.
Abubakar Falalu is a young enterprising business man who has taken on the vocation of agronomy. He is a rice farmer who processes, packs and sells parboiled rice in the Nigerian food market. With a passion for agriculture which he possessed since childhood, Abubakar Falalu was able to spot the anomaly in the Nigerian food market when he noticed that Nigeria consumes over 7 million metric tonnes of rice but only produces about 2.7 million metric tonnes. With this knowledge he was able to create wealth for himself by filling in some of this huge gap. He founded his rice production and milling venture in Kaduna State; FaLGates Foods in 2012, but really kicked off operations of the company in 2016, when he noticed the government’s commitment in promoting the sale and distribution of home grown food products. Today, the Rice milling facility has a production capacity of 15 tons per day with a total capacity to produce more than 5,000 metric tonnes and several varieties of rice products annually. In 2018, he made the Forbes list of Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs under 30. He also made the Pulse list of 10 Most Influential Entrepreneurs in Nigeria Under 40, the following year.
With over 9 years experience in business, project Management, and health policy, Temie Giwa-Tuboson has become one of the most prolific health managers in the country. She is the Founder and CEO of LifeBank, a platform that makes blood available to save lives in Nigeria. She was awarded the Global Citizen Prize for Business Leader, for her work in addressing blood shortages in Nigeria, and LifeBank’s work during the COVID-19 pandemic. A year prior she was awarded the Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize which came with a $250,00 cash prize. The Prize also came with applications from more than 10,000 startups from 50 of Africa’s 54 countries.
Ola Brown is the Founder of the Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Group, a company that invests in healthcare and wellness projects all across Africa, with a portfolio that includes pharmaceutical retail, drug manufacturing and telemedicine. She has successfully run this company for a little over a decade, drawing from experience and academic certifications from Japan, UK and Spain. During the Covid-19 pandemic last year, this doctor and her FDHIC team launched a COVID-19 mobile testing booth, which succeeded in reducing the amount of infections amongst health workers. She also curated the first edition of ‘The Conversation’ with the Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company, which had Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adebayo in attendance. She is a public speaker who has spoken at the TED global conference, the European Union and more.
He is Founding Partner at Ventures Platform which takes on the responsibility of supporting the growth of Startups. Since the company’s inception it has backed around 30 companies including companies which have gone on to be huge, such as, Paystack, Mines.io, Kangpe, Wifi.com.ng, Piggybank, and Printivo, among many others. He has a work history that spans different sectors and many companies, including a tech-enabled diagnostic company, a HMO company, an arts and history gallery and a financial firm. The one thing synonymous with where he has rendered his services is the use of tech, and Ventures Platform is no different. Last year The Ventures Platform opened its applications for their #COVID19InnovationChallenge to find tech-focused ideas around heat mapping, preventative or information bots, solutions to assist with lifestyle adjustments, COVID-19 reporting and more.
She is a PR and Communications expert, an author, an entrepreneur, and a women’s advocate. She is the Founder of Morson communications, a public relations consultancy, focused on working with businesses in Sub Sahara Africa. She is also the founder of Nigerian Women in PR, an independent social impact organization created to build a robust network of practicing and aspiring female public relations professionals of Nigerian descent. She also founded The Executive Wife; a support community for married women determined to succeed on all fronts. Last year, she received the award for Emerging Female Public Relations Professional of the Year by Women in Marketing and Communications (WIMCA) and Brand Communications. She was also listed in the WIMCA 40 under 40 2021.
For Chinedu Okafor, its all about making an impact with words, creating a profound impression on the audience with the intended narrative.