Currently, the Nigerian tech space is witnessing the engagement of different technopreneurs who are keen on changing the narrative of the African continent; thus beaming a global spotlight on Africa as ideas are transformed into problem-solving mechanisms to make lives better. The list of the top ten includes;
The 35-year old Mastermind and industrious entrepreneur is the founder and CEO of Arigo Technologies,a research development , innovative and incubation hub that empowers young tech minds, transforming their ideas into realities. He is the brain behind Arigo.com.ng, a fast-growing digital mall, online business directory and brand verification website that aids seamless online transactions between businesses and individuals.
Dr Arinze Madueke is also the founder of Zidora Travels and Tours, Nigeria fastest-growing travel and foreign education placement company. The US-trained medical doctor believes that ideas are powerful because they dictate the pace of the world.
2. Jason 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 Nigeria Entertainment Industry. Ever since Jason launched iROKOtv, the company has grown and birthed new businesses including the successful production house, ROK Studios. After recording success in Nigerian Entertainment Industry, Jason co-founded SPARK, an investment company with Bastain Gotter and Mary Remmy Njoku in 2013. The company invests in, supports and develops aspiring Nigerian tech and internet entrepreneurs.
3. Bosun Tijani
Bosun Tijani is the founder and Chief Executive officer of Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB). He is an innovation expert who has invested the last 15 years evangelising an industry-wide shift to technology innovation, which has helped position start-ups as the anchor of the tech ecosystem in Nigeria. Prior to CcHUB, he designed and managed profitable business models for high-end enterprise solutions with International Trade Centre and Hewlett Packard on projects supporting African SMEs to leverage technology to grow their businesses.
4. 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. Before founding Hotels.ng, Mark Essien had previously built a file-sharing software called Gnumm followed by a language learning startup called Ingolingo. Mark is a frequent TedX speaker, he has delivered talks on leveraging networks to build a business, and how Africa can lead in the global technology space at TedXEuston and TedXGbagada respectively.
5. Tayo Oviosu
Tayo is the founder & CEO of Paga, Nigeria’s leading mobile money service. Prior to Paga, Tayo was Vice-President at Travant Capital Partners, a private equity fund in West Africa. Prior to joining Trabant, Tayo was a Manager, Corporate Development, at Cisco Systems in San Jose California. Tayo’s work at Paga has been recognized globally in 2014 CNBC selected Tayo as the Entrepreneur of the Year West Africa, and in 2015 the African Leadership Network selected Paga as the outstanding growing company of the year in Africa.
Kingsley Uyi Idehen is Founder, President, and CEO of OpenLink Software, a privately held company he started in 1992. Born in Manchester, England in 1965, Idehen was raised in both Great Britain and Nigeria. In the mid-1990s, he relocated to the USA, and OpenLink now has headquarters in both the US and UK. Under Kingsley’s leadership, OpenLink has been at the vanguard of data access, integration, and management, shipping a number of industry acclaimed products.
Victor Asemota founded SwiftaCorp over 20 years ago, a pioneering African software and technology services group with subsidiaries and operations in over 14 African countries. He is also the Co-founder of MFISA a unique African Mobile Financial Services Accelerator that has powered a number of payment platforms around Africa. Educated in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, he has been involved in a lot of pioneering efforts in African Information Technology and believes in the vision of harnessing the knowledge and experience of African professionals globally to make Africa the greatest technology force to contend with in the world.
Editi Effiong is the founder and CEO of Anakle, a leading digital agency in Nigeria, and Anakle Labs, an investment company and incubator for technology businesses.
In May 2014, Editi and his team at Anakle almost broke the Internet with The Bride Price App, the App went on to feature in international media including CNN. With over 12 years of experience in design and digital strategy, Editi currently incubates new technology development at Anakle Labs, while investing in early-stage technology startups.
Adewale Yusuf is a visual storyteller with a strong interest in Technology and humanity ecosystem. He is the Founder and CEO of an African leading Technology media platform Techpoint.africa. Techpoint.africa is a leading media platform dedicated to startups, entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology in Africa.
10. Chijioke Dozie
Chijioke Dozie is the CEO of online consumer finance platform OneFi and Carbon, the leading Nigerian lending platform app, which after only two years on the market has been downloaded by over 1 million users and recently secured a $5.5m debt facility from Lendable. OneFi is also the first African FinTech company to receive a credit rating. Prior to co-founding Carbon with his brother Ngozi, Chijioke sourced direct investment opportunities for the International Finance Corporation and Zephyr Management LP. He also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, an MSc in Risk Management from the University of Reading and a BA in Economics from the University of East Anglia. He is one of the sons of Nigerian investment guru; Pascal Dozie.