Young Nigerian CEO’s Making Waves ( their motivating story)

Has anyone ever told you not to run after money but seek every means to add value,to solve problems,to meet needs… and then money will come running after you?

Well,that person told you nothing but truth!

We have a long list of challenges around us in every community if only we can carefully check out.Yes,even where you are right now  there are situations which the ability to fix it will definitely yield to financial gains if you are smart enough to see and fix it.

Here are some young Nigerian CE0’s who have some things in common.They are all below 40 and wealthy!

Some made it to the Forbes list!

They all saw a problem and provided a solution.Ranging from Fintech to entertainment.

Shola Akinlade and Ezra Olubi

Co-founder Paystack

Paystack was founded in 2015 by Shola Akinlade and Ezra Olubi, software developers and longtime friends.The goal of the company is to make it easy for businesses to accept secure payments from multiple local and global payment channels.

Paystack is the first Nigerian company to be accepted into the Y Combinator, the tech startup accelerator where companies like Dropbox and Airbnb were incubated.
For the first time, Paystack processes over 10 billion Naira (~$27.5 million) in a single month (October 2018)
In October 2020, one of the the leading online payment system in the World Stripe acquired Paystack for $200 million.

Shola Akinlade has this to say “The most important thing is to choose a problem you are excited about solving, and focusing on that every day.”


A graduate of Electrical Electronics Engineering from Anambra state University and armed with an MBA in Oil and Gas Management from the Coventry University, London, Barbara Okereke became a cake designer by accident.
After futile attempts to get a job, she decided to focus on baking cakes even though at the time, she still didn’t think she would be a cake designer for the rest of her life.

Honing her skills with a knowledge in cake decorating from the Fair Cake Premier School, Greenwich, London, where she acquired cake baking and decorating skills, she kicked off her cake business, Oven Secret, known for its unique statement cakes in September 2015.

So far, she has created over 1000+ amazing cake designs, and trained over 500 students both physically and online.
Between 2017 and 2018, she gained national recognition and featured on notable media organisations such as The Guardian Newspaper, Vanguard, Nigerian Tribune and the British Broadcasting Corporation Africa (BBC).

And in June 2019, she became the first Nigerian cake decorator to be listed on Forbes 30 under 30 Africa.

Ayodeji Adewunmi (35), Opeyemi Awoyemi (31) and Olalekan Olude (35)
Co-founders: 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

Linda Ikeji
Age: 38
CEO: Linda Ikeji Blog & TV

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.

Uche Pedro – Bella Naija
Age: 34
CEO: Bella Naija

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.

Oluwatobi Ajayi
Age: 30

CEO: Chairman/CEO at Nord Automobiles Limited Ajayi is the Chairman/CEO of Nord Automobiles Limited, an African automobile brand. In an interview with The PUNCH, he said he wants to revolutionise the Nigerian transport industry and impacted positively on the Nigerian economy.

In the end,we find out that ideas rules the world and consistency pays off!


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