#YNaijaPowerList2021: Davido, Ola Brown, Tacha, Dare Adekoya, Tunde Ednut listed among most powerful young Nigerians


Dare Adekoya

Dare Adekoya is the brains behind the Abeg app, a fintech app that was created to give Nigerians a medium to share funds, outside the use of the conventional banks. Prior to founding this app in 2019, he worked in a bank, and it was his experience there creating tech solutions that propelled his decision to build his own financial app. He was the product designer of Sterling Bank’s Gomoney banking app. He received a lot of publicity when he was announced as the chief sponsor of the Naija biggest reality show, Big Brother Naija tagged Shine Ya Eye, 2021 Edition. It was also rumored that he sponsored the show with a whooping N1billion.

Hanu Fejiro Agbodje

He is Dare Adekoya’s partner and the brains behind the Patricia.com, an e-commerce company that provides a simple, safe and secure platform that provides alternative solutions to payments through the use of Bitcoin. He launched the app back in 2017, ironically as a side gig he estimated would generate N30000 monthly, but since then, it has processed over N10 billion in transaction. Last year, he was the recipient of numerous honors, including Africa Youth Awards, 100 Most Influential Young Africans, Businessday 2020 Bank and other Financial Services Award (BAFI AWARD), Businessday Next Bulls Award 2020, Scream Award for CEO of the year, Scream Award for Technology Company of the year.

Rita Orji

She is simply one of the most accomplished Nigerian women in tech, and a recipient of over 50 international and local awards. Rita Orji is a Computer Science Professor, a Canada Research Chair in Persuasive Technology, and the Director of the Persuasive Computing Lab. The recent recognitions and honors she added to her already impressive set of accolades includes; Top 150 Canadian Women in STEM, member of Royal Society of Canada, STEM Diversity Ambassador, 2021 Top 100 Leading Nigerian Women, 2021 Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Awards, and one of LinkedIn Top Voice.

Ire Aderinokun

Ire Aderinokun is a Google Expert, specializing in core frontend technologies. She is the co-founder and VP Engineering at BuyCoins, a cryptocurrency exchange for Africa. Prior to that, she worked with Eyeo, a German Adblock software company, and Head of Technology at The Big Cabal Media. With such an impressive trail of accomplishments, it is awe-inspiring to learn that everything she know about tech was self-taught. She is one of the founders of the popular feminist movement: Feminist Coalition. Very recently she received the Future Voice Award. She runs her own Tech blog, where she has written over 100 articles.  She is a public speaker who has graced stages all over the world.

Uyi Oriaghan

Uyi Oriaghan is the Mobile team lead at the fast rising bank app; Kuda. The app is touted to be the first mobile-only bank which was licensed by the Central Bank. He is one of the top Android developers in the country, having worked with Surrogate Robotics, a robotics company, as the name suggests, and later on, with CWG Plc, an engineering service company in Nigeria, as their lead Android developer. He continues to work freelance, rendering his services to businesses in need of his skills.

Shola Akinlade

In 2015, this tech developer had the idea of simplifying the process of paying or receiving money, especially when one is out of the country. Alongside fellow developer Ezra Olubi, they came up with the app Paystack, an app that helps businesses in Africa get paid by anyone, anywhere in the world. Shola Akinlade is the Co-founder and CEO Paystack. Today, Paystack currently has around 60,000 customers, including small businesses, larger corporates, FinTechs, educational institutions, and online betting companies. Last year, the company was acquired for the whooping sum of $200 million by US-based digital payment powerhouse Stripe, making it the biggest tech acquisition in Nigeria.

Odunayo Eweniyi

As it relates to women breaking grounds in the Nigerian tech market, Odunayo Eweniyi stands out amongst the pack. She is the Co-founder and COO of Piggyvest. Just to mention a few of her accomplishments; She was included in Time Magazine 2021 Time 100 Next. She made the 2020 Bloomberg list of the Bloomberg 50. She was listed on the Forbes Africa’s list of 20 New Wealth Creators in Africa 2019. She was also listed by Vogue Magazine as one of the 6 women at the forefront of West Africa’s tech boom 2020. She is also the founder of FirstCheck Africa, a female-led, female-focused angel fund and investor community, and the co-founder of PushCV, a platform that connects top employers to recruiters. And of course one of the co-founders of the Feminist Coalition.

Olajumoke Oduwole

She is a tech entrepreneur and Software Product Developer behind the tech company KJK Africa, a company which boasts of being the IBM of Africa, a company which is responsible for Helping non-tech businesses venture into the tech space. She is also the Co-Founder at Alajo App, a savings app. For her contribution to the tech market in Africa, she was listed by Forbes in the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 2020 list. Prior to founding her own tech startup, she had worked for a number of companies were she garnered the experience and expertise needed for her to build her own tech company.

Nadayar Enegesi

Since the tech boom, people all over the world have looked for innovative ways to create solutions to nagging issues using tech. Nadayar Enegesi’s goal was no different when he came up with the idea of Eden Life. He is the Co-founder and CEO at Eden Life, a tech solution for outsourcing domestic chores like cooking and cleaning, bring solution to the service providers and convenience to the consumers. Prior to founding his own company, he was Co-founder & Director at giant tech company; Andela.

Silas Adekunle

He is the Co-Founder and former CEO of Reach Robotics, an augmented reality gaming company that creates robots for gaming and for STEM education. The company would eventually shut down, giving way for his new venture, using MekaMon to develop the Robotics education ecosystem across Africa and cloud infrastructure for industrial automation in the UK, and the founding of Awarri, an Artificial Intelligence and Robotics company, procuring technology solutions for issues inAfrica. He has been listed in the Financial Times; ‘Top 100 minority ethnic leaders in technology, and Forbes 30 under 30. He has a first class degree in robotics and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology from the University of the West of England, Bristol.

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