By Mercy Hill
Nigeria as a developing country as a lot of opportunity in it that majority of the country’s population cannot see. They see the problems not the opportunity. But there are some exceptional individuals who decided not to ignore the problem and focus on the opportunity the country has to offer, and these guys have been successful in the different kinds of industries: the music, engineering, business, sports and many more. They discovered their talents, gifts, and what they have passion for, and then, decided to convert what they love into business.
In no order, the following are young Nigerian entrepreneurs who took the bull by the horn and have considerably made success in various spheres of life.
Amarachi Okafor (Paint Diva)
Amarachi Okafor is 25 years old and a professional female painter. Working hard to end the marginalization of WOMEN in male dominated fields. She also has car wash parks in two major places in Awka,Anambra state. And the founder of a foundation that aligns with the emancipation of women. In her words ”I GIVE LIFE TO DEAD WALLS”
He is the CEO CADLANDS real estate investment company. Chimezie is in his middle twenties and a graduate of Biochemistry from prestigious Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka. His love for real Estate has grown rapidly these few years and has given him much fame in his field of business.
Chisom Udeoba is from Anambra State. She is a graduate of English and Literary Studies, Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka.
She is a Creative Writer, Media Practitioner and Award-Winning Entrepreneur. She is the Creative Director of Creatives in Africa, one of the foremost platforms for Creatives and Entrepreneurs to harness their creativity and accelerate their productivity for income, impact and influence.
She has a community of more than 5000 creatives on Facebook and a Virtual hub where creatives and young entrepreneurs learn skills and take courses from the comfort of their homes.
She is also an Amazon Bestselling Author, Award-Winning Entrepreneur and an Sdgs Advocate.
She has spoken on different platforms including Tedx and just recently she was nominated for the 25 under 25 Awards and The Entrepreneur Africa Awards.
Chisom believes that through our Art and Act, we can share our stories, learn and proffer solutions to make the world better.
In her words, ‘I equip creatives with knowledge and skills for global exploits.
John Okoli (Johnny Montage)
John is 25 years old, who is popularly known as Johnny montage, hails from Orumba South L.G.A in Anambra State. He had great passion for graphics and designs way back from his school days. He dedicated a decade of his life to learning and mastering photoshop software and today he is the official graphic designer for @skiibii, @charlesofplay. Also, he is currently the creative Director for play network Africa and Play Hilton Abuja.
Seun Friday Couture is owned by Seun Friday, a 26-year-old fashion designer. His passion: ‘For me, fashion started from university days. I would combine clothes and get great comments from people. After my tertiary education, the passion I had for well-made clothes grew. I didn’t just want to look good; I wanted to make other people look good too.’
Mr. Niyi Ologunleko, 30, the Managing Director, Pro sellers Nigeria Limited a business consulting company. His passion: ‘We are concerned with helping businesses to gain sustainable competitive advantage by increasing their capability to consistently sell more. In other words, we are in the business of repairing other businesses, because any business that is not growing is definitely dysfunctional.’
Elizabeth Awu Bassey
Elizabeth is a historian of high repute whose childhood was almost shrouded in uncertainty. But, in the years, she learned to transit from uncertainty to clarity. She is markedly outstanding in several crafts and life skills. She has parted a niche in personal development and doggedness in human capital development. She is burdened with the vision to help people emerge and dare their dreams without fear. She thrives in the area of Emotional therapy, helping individuals move from a point of self-pity to the point of assertiveness; transit from low self-esteem to a point of healthy self-esteem, having passed the same route herself and conquered it. This she does through her writings, personal counselling sessions and public speaking. As a public speaker, she brings to bare, personal experiences.
Engaging her audience with personal stories as she seeks to create a common ground for both parties.
She is good at creating relatable mental pictures which makes communication with her audience highly effective. She is an aspiring Ambassador/Diplomat.
Elizabeth is highly passionate about everything arts and aesthetics which has made her, the CEO of a brand, L-ACE PRO, comprising make up and photography, also a professional ushering and events Agency is added to her name.
Elizabeth Bassey is into content curation, she is the CEO of elizabethbassey.com, a blog space where she shares creative stories and articles.
She runs an annual conference for people seeking emotional healing and self-development, tagged: “Thriving Thorns conference” (TTC)
Her brand Details are as follows; Facebook business page- L-ace pro Makeup; Facebook personal page – Elizabeth Bassey ( Lily); Instagram business pages -L-ace pro makeup, L-ace pro photography and @intensity_ushers
The Chief Executive Officer, Tomi’s Colour Pavilion and Beauty, is Mrs. Oluwatomilola Adenuga, 27, a makeup artist. Her passion: ‘I have always loved beauty, fashion and everything that has to do with it. I used to sneak out to do my makeup even when I was in secondary school. And from my university days, nothing attracts me more than the art of beautification.’
Adeoye Adekunbi , 29, is the founder of SESEWA Support Services. Her passion: ‘The first on the list was my desire to change the world, to impact lives and to leave a legacy. I was also inspired to venture into the business of internship because there are no internship business models in Nigeria.’
Miss Olanike Babalola, 30, a professional beaded jewelry designer is the Creative Director, Distinct Look and Assistant Secretary, Beaded Jewelry Designer Association of Nigeria. Her passion: ‘The inspiration came basically from unemployment, especially the age discrimination about available jobs.’
Miss Temitope Popoola, 24, is the Creative Director of Temiwrites a writing brand. Her passion: ‘I picked up writing as a child. Although, I’ve always been a science student, reading books opened me up to other possibilities. When I started, I found out I could hide myself in it. It became a haven for me like an emotional cave and over the years, it simply got better while I got more immersed in it.’
Dej Shoes Enterprises is owned by 28-year-old Deji Ijaware. His passion: ‘I used to draw a lot when I was a little boy. I’d just see something and draw. I’d draw cars, cartoon characters, just anything that fascinated me, and I still do. But now, I draw shoes. I love to think about a design, scribble it on a piece of paper and bring it to life.’
Saidat Bello, 25, is the Chief Executive Officer of Sissie Natural. Her passion: ‘I decided to study more about natural hair and skin care products and during this time; I discovered I did not only like what I was doing, I started having passion for it. And so I decided to turn it into a business.’
The Creative Director of Teeshogs Clothier is Taiwo Olushoga, 25. Her passion: ‘I’m a graduate of Sociology from University of Lagos, but my passion for fashion made me to resign from paid employment in an oil and gas recruiting firm to become a fashion entrepreneur.’
25-year-old Gossy Ukanwoke is the founder of an academic network, Students’ Circle, and President of BAU Research and Development. His passion: ‘I knew being self-employed was bound to happen, but I didn’t know it was going to happen this way. I knew I would get bored working for somebody else. I didn’t necessarily know that this was what I would be doing at this point. It was just a case of things happening and all leading to a particular destination.’
Mr. Obafemi Olayinka, 26, is the Managing Director of Bally Tylor, a fashion designing outfit. His passion: ‘Passion for designing clothes keeps me going. Based on the experiences I had, I discovered that crisis has a way of bringing out the best in people. There is a quote which says, “Every dream will be challenged.” This quote and others have burned in me a fire to excel in life against all odds.’
Ademola Odebode, 26, is a Co-founder of NerdBevy Limited, an information technology company. His passion: ‘NerdBevy is focused on the challenges we all face in our environment. We carefully study the aspects that people have difficulties with, and we proffer solutions to them.’
Ayoola Ajebeku, the 25-year-old Co-founder/Chief Technology Officer of Nearest Locator, a mobile application. His passion ‘My interest in information technology started when I was in secondary school, watching documentaries on television about how technology was being used to create amazing things in Japan. I began telling my friends that I would become a technologist.’
Esther Nwaozo- Keshi
Esther Nwaozo-Keshi, 24, is the CEO of L’akesh Designs, a fashion designing outfit which deals mostly on beads and clothing accesories. Her passion: ‘I have always been excited about creativity and making new things with my hands. Therefore, while waiting for university admission, i got into bead-making.’
Managing Director of Byolita Beauty Signature, Abiola Seton, 29. Her passion: ‘I always liked makeup and after my national youth service, I moved from one job interview to another until someone suggested a Mary Kay business idea to me.’