Odunayo Eweniyi is the co-founder & Chief Operations Officer, PiggyVest. She previously co-founded pushcv.com, one of the largest job sites in Africa with the largest database of pre-screened candidates. She has 5 years’ experience in Business Analysis and Operations and is a First-Class Graduate of Computer Engineering, Covenant University, Nigeria.
She was named one of Forbes Africa 30-under-30 Technology Category in 2019 and one of 30 Quartz-Africa Innovators 2019. She sits on the advisory board of TrainFuture, an Education Technology company based in Switzerland, as well as the Gender Lens Acceleration Best Practices Initiative, a collaborative effort of Village Capital, US and the International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (WeFi). In 2019, she was named SME Entrepreneur of the Year West Africa by The Asian Banker’s Wealth and Society and she is the youngest Nigerian on Forbes Africa list of 20 New Wealth Creators in Africa 2019. She was also one of the featured speakers at the World Bank-IMF Annual Meeting in 2019.
She is one of Business Day’s Spark 2019 Women to Watch and made the World Women in Fintech Power List for 2017; the YNaija Most Influential People in Technology 2017 and 2018; she is a 2018 Westerwelle Young Entrepreneurs fellow, and she is a recipient of The Future Africa Awards Prize in Technology 2018.
In honor of her work, she was named one of 100 most inspiring women in Nigeria 2019 by Leading Ladies Africa, one of 50 most visible women in Tech by Tech Cabal in 2019. She was also included in the #YTech100 2019 list of the brightest Nigerian technocrats. She is the Her Network Technology Woman of The Year 2019. She was also voted The Most Influential Young Nigerian in Science and Technology 2019.
She works to support the inclusion of women in technology by working with hubs and female-focused networks like For Creative Girls, GreenHouse Labs, She Leads Africa, Itanna, etc. She is also the co-founder of the women’s community, Wine and Whine Nigeria.
Odunayo says she’s 100% focused on Piggyvest. This year….. and we all know what that means!!!
Buju, originally known as Daniel Benson, is a fast-rising 21-year-old Nigerian Afro-fusion singer and songwriter who draws inspiration to create his music from his personal experiences, his environment and the experiences of his friends.
His ability to tell stories effortlessly in his music whilst including vivid melodies and harmony is something that has made his music a ‘must-listen’ as it is unexplainably enjoyable.
His discography includes the singles ‘A day in Lagos’, ‘Call you’, ‘Catch a vibe’, ‘Cool kids’, and ‘Wahala’ which were all released in the year 2018, and ‘Commander’, ‘Energy’ which were released in 2019. He also released hit singles like “Spiritual” featuring indigenous rapper Zlatan, “Lenu” and “Ohema”.
In the same year (2019), he bagged a nomination for the “Rookie of the year” category at the Hiptv Headies award.
His ability to audibly freestyle on any instrumental whatsoever gained him exposure on social media and coupled with his music, he is an unstoppable wave indeed.
Buju (Beauty. Underneath. Just. Understood) is most definitely an artist to watch in the years to come as he is believed to have ‘just what the world needs to listen to’ and it is evident in his music.
Buju wants us to expect new singles and a fire EP…….With the hits, Buju has given us and his recent linkups with the African Giant we can’t wait…!
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Compilation albums –
Music videos 1
Promotional singles 11
Adebanke Ilori- Oyeniyi is a Lawyer and the Executive Director of Raising New Voices Initiative (New Voices), a non-governmental organization working on inclusive governance and legislative reforms and the organization behind the #BreakTheHold campaign crowdfunding the campaign of 25 young people into the House of Representatives. She is also the Managing Editor of Lawyard.ng, a leading online platform for interactions around the practice of law in Nigeria.
She’s an Alumnus of the German Fredrich Ebert Stiftung Open Minds Young Voices, a fellow of the YALI West Africa Regional Leadership Centre and the Mandela Washington Fellowship where she studied Public Management.
Her work is with emphasis on public interest litigation, corporate law, development, and inclusive governance. She is also actively involved in National politics and is the acting National publicity secretary of the KOWA Party, having initially served as the Secretary of the National Youth Caucus.
She has championed the right of prison inmates to education in line with the UN Minimum Standard Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners by commencing an initiative with the NYSC in 2017 to provide formal education to prisoners in Abuja, Nigeria through the “Schools in Prisons” project.
She continues to implement projects aimed at increasing the participation of youths and young women in politics and has worked with various stakeholders on issues of mainstreaming youth and young women into the Nigerian political process.
Banke wants us to expect activities from Raising New Voices Initiative in a build-up to #BreakTheHold2023 and more of her lending her voice to issues centered on Inclusive governance and legislative reforms
Tomiwa is an alumnus of the well-revered UNILAG where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in quantity surveying. In the last 7 years, Tomiwa has built an outstanding brand by using social media as a tool, to engage with a diverse set of people on topics that matter to them. This has helped him develop a huge audience giving him considerable influence in the online space and beyond.
Tomiwa’s wealth of knowledge, experience, and influence in the digital space has led him to collaborate with topnotch brands across Nigeria and Africa at large. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Lagos Life- an online platform that showcases the beauty of Lagos from its Events, People, and culture. He worked as the Digital Media Strategist at Ellae Creative Design and served as the Social Media Strategist Flu3NT MESL amongst others.
In 2018 he emerged as the Winner, SME 100 Nigeria: 25under25 Awards and has also won the “Best Use of Social Media” at The Escape Awards in 2017. Tomiwa is passionate about building brands and is an outstanding voice on TwitterNG. When Tomiwa speaks, Twitter listens!
Tomiwa is set to launch The Bevarus Project – A digital guide on how to engage in the digital space- this year and our fingers are crossed for it!!!
Eniafe Momodu is a creative director, photographer, writer, and media personality. He has been featured on numerous media platforms such as CNN Africa, BellaNaija Style, ThisDay Newspaper, Glam Africa Magazine, Hip TV and NTA. Eniafe Momodu has spoken at high-profile events including the Warwick Africa Summit. He recently hosted his own event called “The New World Brunch” in Lagos. It is a social/networking event for young Nigerians in the creative industry.
A successful creative in his own right, Eniafe is known for documenting key events and personalities, particularly Africans, in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Dubai, the UK and beyond. In 2019, he earned a joint honors degree in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Leeds.
Noah Ibrahim is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. Noah is a professional with vast experience in Real Estate Development, Sales and Advisory as well as Quality Service Delivery and Valued Customer Satisfaction in the field of Real Estate. He is an innovator and a disruptor that has continually challenged the narrative in the Real Estate sector by championing the development of smarter and greener communities across Nigeria.
He started his entrepreneurial endeavors by founding Sellerrand Realty Limited, a property sales, and facility management company before founding Novarick Homes & Properties Ltd, a fast-growing Real Estate development company championing the development of smarter and greener communities by leveraging renewable energy as an alternative source of power.
Over the years, Noah has successfully built a stronger Novarick brand by diversifying into other industries. This attempt at diversification gave birth to Novarick Constructions, Novarick Agro-allied, and Novarick Technologies.
As a young and astute entrepreneur, his desire to encourage millennials and the younger generation to invest in Real Estate led to the initiative, Novarick Under 30, which is a Real Estate investment scheme that avails millennials and low-income earners the opportunity to invest smartly and early in Real Estate by significantly reducing the cost barrier associated with Real Estate investment. This initiative achieved massive success and has made over 1,000 millennials proud owners of properties and Real Estate investments that guarantee long term financial freedom.
Noah’s dedication, competence, and drive has led him to win several awards and recognitions including The Under30 CEOs Award Nomination in 2019, Humanitarian Service Award by Concerned Southwest Youth Movement (CSYM) and National Outstanding Leadership Award by National Association of students, BusinessDay CEO Apprentice 2016, Realtor of the Year by Dpkay Homes & Properties Ltd amongst others.
He is also noted for his regular philanthropic acts and has partnered with different organizations, NGOs, and Orphanages to contribute his quota back to society.
Ruby Apartments – a prime development by Novarick Homes and comprises 12 units of 1 bedroom apartments, otherwise referred to as mini-flats, located in highbrows Lekki Lagos State – is top on the list of things we should expect from Noah this year.
Annie Margaret Ihoreere Wagana has 12 years of professional legal experience ranging from legal research, humanitarian and human rights law, corporate governance law, criminal and civil law. She has served as a judicial officer for the last seven years and is currently on study leave pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Antwerp IOB, Belgium where her thesis is based on Refugee Law and Policy Development. In 2013, she co-founded with her siblings, Uganda Pixels Ltd, a graphics design and advertising company, which outsources its designers to publishing companies, creates diaries for school children with inspirational quotes and simple ways of time planning, creates art books for primary and secondary schools and does advertising from billboards to print adverts. She is a humanitarian by vocation.
In the past, she has worked for the Institute of Southern African Studies, National University of Lesotho (2008-2009), The African Peer Review Mechanism Lesotho as the Administrative Manager (2009), interned in the Capital Markets Authority in Uganda (2010), United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, in Tanzania, as a legal researcher (2011), interned at the Supreme Court of Uganda (2009), worked in research in various NGOs in Uganda, interned in the American Bar Association (2019) and currently serves as a Magistrate Grade One in Judiciary Government of Uganda since 2013.
As one that believes in lifting others, she has established several internship programs for undergraduate law students within her courts, and while working as a Research Officer at the Judicial Training Institute. She is also a Mandela Washington Fellowship alumnus (2019) and was also selected as an invitee to the World Bank Group Youth Summit in Washington DC that took place on 20th November 2019 due to her interest in designing smart cities for refugees in Uganda but could not attend due to constraint by her studies in Belgium.
Margaret is working towards opening a legal aid clinic in Western Uganda for minorities along with her team. Not stopping there, she is also developing a design for a smart city, for refugees in Uganda. We are honestly delighted about this and will like to reach out to prospective partners to support her in making this happen.
Haydar Daudu is an economist by training and an ardent public servant by profession. His passion for public service led him to his current service as a Senior Economist at Developing-8 Health and Social Protection Programme, an organization working to accelerate the attainment of SDGs 1,2 and 3 for member countries (Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey).
Haydar is an Alumni of the University of Essex and the University of Manchester where he obtained a first-class degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Development Economics and Policy respectively.
Haydar’s combination of intelligence, commitment, perseverance, creativity, and competence has enabled him to serve at different levels including seats on the board of Hope for Abused Children Foundation and Sabiul Amal Foundation, a not-for-profit organization working to improve educational opportunities for young girls in Gombe State, Nigeria.
What is most engaging about Haydar’s character is his wide range of interests. He is comfortable talking about history and international politics. He particularly enjoys talking about game theory or the lack of rationality of the financial markets. Haydar’s attitude to public service is built on the idea that service to humanity is service to God
Iromara Victor is a hands-on Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-founder of 8ight Global Telecoms with expertise in telecommunications engineering, management information systems, robotics, software development, and business intelligence. Through strategic foresight, drive, and determination, he built a strong foundation for his successful multi-million-naira technology company.
In 2018, Iromara co-founded 8ight Global Telecoms with four young Africans to fill what he saw as a void in the internet service provision market. Today, 8ight Global Telecoms has grown from a 5-man start-up that solely provides internet services solutions to schools to building Africa’s largest city Wi-Fi with over 20+ employees based in FCT-Abuja, Nigeria.
As a leader and self-sufficient innovator, Iromara is comfortable in any role from the executive boardroom to a client’s business space. He is a savvy negotiator known for strong business development and relationship building skills. Iromara’s innate ability to build high-performance teams, including his strategically-selected executive management staff, has served as a growth catalyst and infused productive energy into 8ight Global.
His goal is to make Africa a smarter continent and to solve completely the technology problems of Africa.
Victor aims to partner with the Nigerian military to help in the fight against terrorism using smart drones and also give amputees and physically challenged persons a second alternative with AI powered prosthetics. In times like this, we need more Victors. Don’t we?
Omojo Jehu Wada pioneered and revolutionized the Legal-Outfitting industry across Africa. He is the founder and CEO of Solohan Apparel, Africa’s first luxury legal outfitters. He is an Alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University where he obtained his first degree in Law and was called to the Nigerian Bar Association in 2015.
He founded Solohan Apparel, in 2015, in his bid to restore elegance, prestige and neatness to the legal profession. Since the establishment of Solohan Apparel, he has been able to build a clientele base of over 4500 lawyers, judges and justices across the globe, including the Vice President of Nigeria – a Senior Advocate of Nigeria – and other first-rate lawyers, generating a gross revenue of over a million dollars since establishment. Solohan Apparel currently has 3 stores across Africa with its head office in Abuja, another branch in Victoria Island Lagos, a showcase office at Movenpick Hotel, Accra and is looking to expand to other African countries before the end of 2020.
Mr. Wada is also a philanthropist and an advocate for Sustainable Development. He believes one is only truly successful when one’s success empowers others to also succeed in their pursuits. To this end, he has continually executed community development projects through the Solohan Foundation which is the CSR initiative of Solohan Apparel. So far, over 1000 people in IDP camps have been beneficiaries of the Solohan Foundation – with women and children as its primary focus. Other programs of the foundation are; The Solohan Master Class, The Solohan Academy, Solohan Mcq, Free Books Initiative (FBI), and #WhyINeedAgown Campaign which provides legal outfits for under-privileged Law students who cannot afford to purchase their Call-To-Bar outfits.
NEW PROJECT: On the low, Mr Wada plans to establish his own real estate company in the nearest future….. You heard it here first guys!
Oluwaseye Oladejo is a Nigerian entrepreneur and Fashion Designer. She is the founder, CEO and Creative Director of the Sheye Oladejo clothing brand, SO FASHION ACADEMY, one of Nigeria’s most sought-after fashion school and S.CQ.U.E.E.Z.E by SheyeOladejo, an affordable ready-to-wear clothing brand. SheyeOladejo, registered as SheyeOladejo Global Ventures, is a fashion company that prides itself on innovative use of genuine and notably exclusive fabrics with clean-cut techniques producing timeless and classic designs.
Her passion for fashion started as a result of the obvious gap in the African fashion industry where attention to details is disregarded. She wanted to create iconic designs made from original African fabrics and incorporating them in contemporary designs. Oluwaseye is a deft business professional and has successfully grown her brand in the Fashion industry in the space of 5 years and increased profit margins by over 100% within this period.
Oluwaseye’s unique approach to her craft has continued to put her on the global fashion map. She has received so many awards and recognitions which includes “The Most Creative Fashion Designer ”, BlackandBold Runway fashion show, 2014; The First Runner-up, Fayrouz L’Original show, Season 2, 2015; and Rising Icon Award, Music meets runway, 2015.
Oluwaseye Oladejo has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She also has professional certification and training in Entrepreneurship from CBN EDC Entrepreneurship training programs.
NEW PROJECT: Sheye is working on taking the S.O brand global and we’re rooting for her on this one!
Kunle Laniyan is a portrait and wedding photographer based in Abuja Nigeria, whose love for photography started as far back as 2008 when his Dad got him a camera. In 2013, during his undergraduate program in Babcock university, he got his first professional camera and started taking pictures of school events. One of the prominent works he did in school was taking pictures for the school calendar.
In 2015, He decided to take photography to a professional level and enrolled for BigH photography class to keep up the drive and acquire more photography knowledge. Later in 2016, he became an Intern at BigH studio which lasted for 3 years. During his 3-year internship, he acquired knowledge in the business of photography and taking timeless pictures.
His work has been consistently sought out by several prominent companies such as Anadariya, Nul Synergy, Hundaya’s fashion academy and many others.
He has photographed several recognizable faces including Yemi Osinbanjo, Sultan of Sokoto (Sultan Muhammadu sa’ad Abubakar), Jim Iyke, Hauwa Indimi and many others.
Kunle Laniyan is currently working on several projects such as The Ancient City of Ibadan which will cover the culture and tradition of the people of Ibadan and the city; The Tales Of Sunset, inspired by beauty and uniqueness of the sunset; and lastly, The Flames which is a project that follows the life of a man who was born with the gift of fire eating.
NEW PROJECT: Kunle is working on diversifying into film making and is set to premier FRAMES an indigenous cultural documentary….. We wouldn’t say too much but were sure it will blow your minds.. stay tuned!
Taylor Odeje popularly known as Chef Taylor, is one of the most dynamic and innovative chefs we have around today in Nigeria. He has been creating unique dining experiences for clients, since he developed a passion for food and cooking over a decade ago. As one of the Youngest Private Chefs in the country, superior quality, luxury and top notch experience is what he serves. Chef Taylor draws his inspiration from Nigeria, its people and food. He has designed and hosted dining experiences for high end events and clients. He currently runs His own restaurant ‘The Colony By Chef Taylor’ in the city of Abuja.
He has received list of media attention for his inspired approach to recreating beloved Nigerian dishes with features on a live TV presentation on Momentz on EbonyLife TV, Lagos Jump Radio, Tribune, Guardian and Vanguard Newspapers, Hot FM and Cool FM, The BBC, Arise News Network, AIT, to mention a few. He has been involved with various charity projects through which he inspires young people.
Ogbemudia Eddy Uwoghiren is an Emergency Healthcare Advocate, Travel Consultant and Freelance Medical Journalist. He is also the Founder of LifeSaversNG, an innovative Social Enterprise based in Benin City, Nigeria which is equipping Nigerians with Basic First Aid skills to save lives, for pre-hospital stabilization and confidence in approaching emergencies.
He is an Alumnus of the Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), where he was trained in Public Policy and Management and also an Alumni of the MCW Young Leaders Access Program in the United States.
He was also a participant at the Impact Labs Summer School 2015 which was sponsored by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Africa Initiative among other notable International Fellowships and Opportunities.
Eddy is a Student of Medicine & Surgery at the University of Benin and a graduate of Aileen Getty School of Journalism in Jordan, where he studied Citizen Journalism and has for a long time worked as Campus Journalist with the Guardian and the Nation Newspapers.
As CEO of Eddykurrent Travels and Logistics Company in Nigeria, Eddy is playing an active role to help Nigerians reduce the stress they go through in Ticket reservation, visa processing and other logistics involved with travelling both local, regional and International.
Currently, he is the Chairman, Committee on Exchange Program at the University of Benin Medical Students Association (UBEMSA) in Benin City, Nigeria.
NEW PROJECT: StopTheBleed Campaign by LifeSaversNG.
Iyanuoluwa is the Co-Founder/Chief Administrator, MyFarmbase Africa where he provides youths with high-impact Agri-Tech skills, education and opportunities to enable them earn sustainably and cut down on youth unemployment in Africa.
Iyanuoluwa co-hosts AgriTech Lab where 200+ youths/agric stakeholders in Nigeria have been trained on Soilless Farming, trading agricultural commodities on Block chain and agribusiness. He also coordinates MFB Digital Drive that engages 10,000+ youths and agricultural stakeholders via newsletters; tweet chats with AgriTech experts across the globe and webinars.
He assisted in training over 30+ smallholder farmers in Abeokuta on Climate Smart Agriculture in 2018
He moderated a high profile panel session at the Social Media Week Lagos in February 2019 with top Agric-Tech industry experts across the country educating 40+ agribusiness startups on how to plug into Agric-Tech opportunities in Africa.
He is a 2019 Youth Ag Summit Delegate, Brazil; 2018 fellow to The Platform Young Professional Bootcamp, Kectil Colleague, USA; Social Change Leadership, Leading Change Institute, Kansas State University; Yenching Global Symposium, China – 2020 Awardee and VIMP 2020 Alumni, Lagos Business School.
Iyanuoluwa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry. He is passionate about food security and youth development which drives the agric-tech skills empowerment programs he organizes for youths.
Iyanuoluwa is also very passionate about teens development and has guided over 100 teenagers in underserved communities to create sustainable solutions to global issues such as Food Security, Climate Change and Water Pollution.
In his spare time, he visits underserved communities and equips teenagers with Digital Literacy Skills, Coding Skills and Communication Skills.
AgX Digital, AgX is an elearning platform that leverages remote learning and on-the-field experience to connect people who are seeking knowledge, skills and opportunities in the Agric sector to educators (AgriTech industry leaders), established institutions, job/internships opportunities as well as mentorship support.
John Obidi is graduate of computer science with a major in computer programming from Benson Idahosa University. He is the founder of Headstart Africa Community (formerly SmartBcamp).
He started out, in 2012, as a Web Development and Programming instructor in Benin City, Edo State. In 2013, he started out his career in Social Media Strategy. Then, he worked with several brands and businesses. Onwards, John’s kept rising till he landed a giant client; MTN.
With the aim of taking his brand to the next level, he started ObidiSocial.com, a website that creates exposure for brands and businesses on the internet using Social Media.
The website is focused on empowering SMEs with tools and strategies to help them compete on a global level. He exposes businesses to ways in which they can leverage on social media to increase sales and revenues. He is also a consultant who offers consulting solutions and training to his clients globally.
In 2014, John started SmartBCamp; a community that bridges the gap between working professionals across various professions in Nigeria. SmartBCamp sprang up from John’s weekly Smart Business Teleseminars with people tuning from various countries; all around the world. HeadstartAfrica, as it is now known, is a thriving community of intellectuals and professionals in different industries sharing and receiving working solutions to industry challenges, free of charge.
Etop Ikpe is the co-founder and CEO of Cars45, Nigeria’s foremost and largest auto auctioning platform. CARS45 is a technology company launched in 2016 and has disrupted the used vehicles sales industry by offering people a fast and convenient way to sell their cars.
He is a graduate of the University of Lagos and is experienced in transportation, automobiles, mobile communications technology, and marketing.
Prior to the launching of CARS45, Etop was the CEO of DealDey.com and also a Commercial Director at Konga.com, one of the largest ecommerce platforms in Nigeria, with over 80,000 listed sellers.
To grow and improve on service offerings, Cars45 raised a $5-million Series A round from the Frontier Cars Group in May 2017. And since its launch, CARS45 has grown to have over 35 physical inspection centers and has helped thousands of people sell their cars seamlessly.