Four Nigerians were among Forbes 30 most promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa 2016. They have carved a niche for themselves in various businesses and are a source of inspiration to other entrepreneurs.
Olatorera Oniru, Founder, Dress Me Outlet
Olatorera Oniru, 29, is the founder and CEO of the electronic commerce website Dressmeoutlet.com of fashion products, health & beauty products and home-goods. Dress me outlet stocks more than 1,000 products from premium designers globally. Dress me outlet ships worldwide and currently has customers in different states across Nigeria, Uganda and the United States of America.
The Dressmeoutlet.com vision is to become the premier retail source for quality African and International brands to a local and international audience at quality and affordable prices. She has a goal to promote African designers and manufacturers to a worldwide audience, provide employment opportunities for the youth, generate revenue for African brands and most importantly partner with like-minded individuals and companies to promote industries in Africa. The company now employs more than 20 full-time employees and has funding offers from notable investors including Nigerian investor Tony Elumelu.
Abiola Olaniran, Founder, Gamsole
Abiola Olaniran is one of Nigeria’s highest paid Windows Game developers. He is a software developer and founder/CEO of Nigerian gaming company Gamsole.
Olaniran, 28, founded the company in 2012, and it has venture backing from 88mph, a Kenyan seed fund. The company’s games now have more than 9 million downloads both locally and internationally on the Windows Phone store.
Ogunlana Olumide & Chukwuwezam Obanor, Founders, PrepClass
Ogunlana Olumide and Chukwuwezam Obanor, both 24, are the founders of Prepclass – a Nigerian academic solutions provider offering online test prep software and full-length tests. Also, PrepClass provides personalised home tutors in Lagos, Nigeria, skilled at meeting individual academic needs. Prepclass.com.ng is an e-learning platform that uses the latest web technologies to ensure that relevant local content such as past exam questions, past tests are available to users. Prep class was overall Africa winner of the India Africa business venture competition recently.
Kasope Ladipo-Ajai, Founder, OmoAlata
Kasope Ladipo-Ajai, 29, is a co-founder of OmoAlata – a Nigerian brand that processes and packages local Nigerian spices and peppers. Its flagship OmoAlata Peppermix, which is a blend of fresh organic tomatoes, onions and peppers, has been favourably received in the Nigerian market.
Kasope Ladipo-Ajai, a computer science graduate from Babcock University was the winner of the 2015 She Leads Africa Pitch Competition.