Two young Nigerian ladies, Tolasade Williams and Edikan Udiong; have been listed among Forbes’ 2017 “Under 30 Brightest, Hungriest And Most Successful”. A total of 5 Nigerians made the list which had 30 young Africans on it. Aside from the 29-year-old Tolasade and 29-year-old Udiong, Nasir Yammama, 27, Muktar Onifade, 26, and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, 26 – also made the list. See below: Nasir Yammama, 27 (Nigeria), Founder, Verdant Agri-Tech Verdant AgriTech is a social enterprise to support rural farmers with mobile technologies for sustainable farming and improved food production.
Shakeela Tolasade Williams, 29 (Nigeria), Founder, Sade Hair In February 2013, she branded her company and sold her car, borrowed money from family and invested all her initial earnings into a boutique store after quitting her job at a bank to pursue a career in the ever-growing hair extension industry. Muktar Onifade, 26 (Nigeria), Founder, VIZUVLGVDS VIZUVLGVDS, (pronounced visual gods) is a fashion brand that focuses on contemporary African art. Onifade has released three collections since founding in 2013.
All garments are handmade in his Lagos and Detroit studios. By day, Onifade is an engineer at General Motors. Edikan Udiong, 29 (Nigeria), Founder, Oleander House Udiong watched her sister and friends search far and wide for a particular weight loss supplement. Their search came to a dead end. The supplier of that product was no longer in business. She saw an opportunity.
In 2012, Oleander House was born. She took advantage of social media advertising to promote the business. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, 26 (Nigeria) Founder, Flutterwave In 2016, Aboyeji left Andela, a talent accelerator that recruits and trains software developers and connects them with employers, to start Flutterwave, a provider of technology and infrastructure solutions for digital payments across Africa. The company processes over $760 million through 7.5 million transactions for merchants in partnership with financial institutions.