For the class of 2017, the median age of Forbes selected entrepreneurs stands at 27 with 33% being women.
For the class of 2017, the median age of Forbes Africa selected entrepreneurs stands at 27 with 33% being women. Nigeria is well represented with 5 nominees on the list. Here they are:
Nasir Yammama, 27, Founder Verdant Agri-Tech: Yammama’s company is a social enterprise that supports rural farmers with mobile technology for sustainable farming and improved food production.
Shakeela Tolasade Williams, 29, Founder Sade Hair: In February 2013, Williams sold her car and used the money (along with money she borrowed from family) to brand her company and invest in a boutique store. She had quit her job at a bank to pursue business in the ever-growing hair extension industry.
Muktar Onifade, 26, Founder VISUVLGVDS: Onifade company is a fashion brand that is focused on contemporary African art. Since its founding in 2013, VISUVLGVDS (pronounced Visual Gods) has released three collection and everything is made in Onifade’s studios in Detroit (where he works as a General Motors engineer by day) and Lagos.
Edikan Udiong, 29, Founder Oleander House: Udiong saw an opportunity in providing specific weight loss supplements and took it, birthing Oleander House in 2012 and utilizing social media to promote it.
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, 26, Founder Flutterwave: In 2016, Aboyeji left Andela (which he co-founded) and launched Flutterwave, a company that provides technology and infrastructure solutions for digital payments across Africa. He has also been named on a special economic council put together by Nigeria’s Accting President Yemi Osinbajo.