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15 Top Tech Innovators in Nigeria

Nigeria has transformed into a thriving hub for technology and innovation with talented entrepreneurs actively building startups and platforms that are changing various sectors. Specifically, these forward-thinking innovators are driving growth and development across the country. For instance, these tech pioneers are leveraging Nigeria’s skills to create globally impactful enterprises. Moreover, they are positioning the country to become an inclusive digital economy.

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These tech innovators in Nigeria are:

1. Mitchell Elegbe – CEO and Founder, Interswitch Group

Mitchell Elegbe is recognized as the pioneer of digital payments in Nigeria. In 2002, he founded Interswitch, an integrated payments and transaction processing company that builds and manages payment infrastructure as well as delivers innovative payment products and transactional services throughout Africa. Interswitch has played a significant role in enabling a cashless economy and has over 11,000 ATMs on its network.

2. Jeremy Johnson – CEO and Co-founder, Andela

Jeremy Johnson is the co-founder and CEO of Andela, a company that identifies and develops Africa’s top tech talent to meet the increasing demand from global tech companies. Andela trains software engineers and connects them to employment opportunities with companies around the world. Under Johnson’s leadership, Andela has over 1,500 engineers and has raised over $180 million in venture capital funding.

3. Tayo Oviosu – Founder/CEO, Paga

Tayo Oviosu is the founder and CEO of Paga, a mobile payments company that allows people to transfer money, pay bills, and buy things using their mobile phones. Since launching in 2009, Paga has grown significantly and will enable businesses to receive and make payments across Nigeria. The company has over 13 million users and processes over $2 billion annually in transactions.

4. Shola Akinlade – Co-founder/CEO, Paystack

Shola Akinlade is co-founder and CEO of Paystack, a payments technology company that makes it easier for organizations of all sizes to collect online and offline payments from their customers. Paystack helps companies integrate various payment options into their systems. Akinlade has led Paystack’s rapid growth across Nigeria and beyond.

5. Gbenga Agboola – CEO and Co-founder, Flutterwave

Gbenga Agboola is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Flutterwave, a payments technology company headquartered in San Francisco with operations across Africa. Flutterwave provides infrastructure and services to enable global merchants, payment service providers, and pan-African banks to accept and process payments across various channels. Under Agboola’s leadership, Flutterwave has processed over $2 billion in transactions for global clients.

6. Sim Shagaya – Serial Entrepreneur and Investor

Sim Shagaya is a prominent Nigerian tech entrepreneur investor and CEO of uLesson. He founded Konga, one of the first Nigerian e-commerce platforms, as well as E-Motion, a digital media company. Shagaya has invested in various Nigerian startups through his investment firm, Sim Shagaya and Partners. He is passionate about building technology products suited for African markets and consumers.

7. Bankole Oluwafemi – Editor-in-Chief, TechCabal

Bankole Oluwafemi is a tech enthusiast and industry expert. He is the Editor-in-Chief of TechCabal, a leading African publication providing news, analysis, and commentary on technology and innovation across the continent. Oluwafemi plays an influential role in shaping conversations about technology in Africa through TechCabal’s insights and coverage.

8. Adewale Yusuf – CEO, Techpremier Media, and Publisher, Techpoint Africa

Adewale Yusuf is the founder and CEO of Techpremier Media, and publisher of Techpoint Africa, a platform covering technology and startups in Africa, He’s also founded TalentQL and AltSchool Africa. Yusuf has been instrumental in highlighting and celebrating African innovation. Through Techpoint Africa, he has built a community of tech enthusiasts and elevated the profile of startups across the continent.

9. Omobola Johnson – Senior Partner, TL Com and Former Nigerian Minister of Communication

Omobola Johnson is a senior partner at venture capital firm, TLcom Capital and the former Minister of Communication Technology in Nigeria. As Minister, she spearheaded initiatives to expand broadband access and grow the country’s technology sector. Johnson continues to be a vocal advocate for technology in Nigeria and serves on the boards of several companies.

10. Iyin Aboyeji – Serial Entrepreneur, and Co-Founder Andela

Iyin Aboyeji is a renowned Nigerian entrepreneur who co-founded two prominent African startups, Flutterwave and Andela. He has been involved in Africa’s tech ecosystem for over a decade as an investor and advisor to various startups and programs. Aboyeji actively promotes entrepreneurship across the continent. His work demonstrates how technology can be leveraged for social good.

11. Seun Onigbinde – CEO and Co-founder, BudgIT

Seun Onigbinde is co-founder and CEO of BudgIT, a civic startup focused on making public data accessible to citizens. BudgIT builds tools and creative visual content to simplify public budgets and expenditures for Nigerians. Onigbinde is recognized for using technology to promote transparency in governance. He was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013 for his work.

12. Aniedi Udo-Obong – Program Manager, Google Nigeria

Aniedi Udo-Obong leads Google’s initiatives to support technology entrepreneurship and adoption across Nigeria. She manages a number of Google’s programs including the Google Developers Launchpad and Women Techmakers. Udo-Obong plays an essential role in encouraging Nigerian developers and promoting technological innovation.

13. Juliet Ehimuan – CEO Beyond Limits Africa, Fmr. Country Manager, Google Nigeria

Ehimuan is the founder and CEO of Beyond Limits and the immediate past director of Google West Africa.

She was named by Forbes as one of the top 20 power women in Africa, by the London Business School as one of 30 people changing the world, and as one of the most influential people of African descent (MIPAD).

Ehimuan was also featured in the BBC Africa Power Women series, and on CNN Innovate Africa.

With over 25 years experience primarily in technology, oil and gas, and new media industries across Europe, Middle East and Africa; Ehimuan is said to be a leading voice on innovation, transformation, and leadership.

Ehimuan is the former Country Manager for Google Nigeria. She led Google’s business strategy and relationships in the country. Ehimuan was instrumental to Google’s expansion in Nigeria, launching innovative programs and products tailored to the market. She champions technology literacy programs and is a mentor to many in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem through her initiative Beyond Limits Africa.

14. Mark Essien – Founder/CEO, Hotels.ng

Mark Essien is an accomplished Nigerian software developer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Hotels.ng, an online hotel booking service focused on African markets. Hotels.ng provides a platform for local hotels to market their rooms online and helps users conveniently find and book accommodations. Under Essien’s leadership, the company has raised significant investment and expanded to multiple African countries.

15. Bosun Tijani and Femi Longe – Co-founders, Co-creation Hub (CcHub)

Bosun Tijani and Femi Longe are co-founders of Nigeria’s pioneering technology innovation hub, Co-creation Hub (CcHub). CcHub provides a platform for tech entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and others to collaborate, build products, and grow businesses targeting African markets. By building a community of innovators, CcHub promotes the development of technological solutions for social challenges.

Conclusion

These individuals are tech innovators and pioneers who help drive technological advancement, business growth, and social change in Nigeria. Their innovative companies, platforms, and initiatives are helping position Nigeria as an inclusive digital economy. Nigeria’s tech innovators are leveraging the country’s talents to create enterprises with regional and global impact.

Credit: Info Guide Nigeria

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