In Nigeria, the mentality of every graduate is to job hunt. But have we ever thought about being in the position like those creating jobs today? Today, we have about a thousand CEOs under age 40 in Nigeria. These CEOs are young, creative, innovative and most are billionaires. Let’s do a quick rundown of 10 Under 40 CEOs we look up to:
1. LINDA IKEJI:
Linda Ikeji is a Nigerian blogger, writer, entrepreneur and former model. She is best known for her blog. Currently she runs a program for girls called “self-made”, where she speaks to every lady that wants to make something of themselves. She believes every lady can make it through hard work and perseverance. Her net worth is N3.2 billion.
2. UCHE PEDRO
She is the founder of Bellanaija, a Nigerian lifestyle, entertainment and a fashion website. It attracts more than 10million page views every month from readers across the world. She is also the CEO of Bainstone Limited, a new media company. Her networth is N2 billion.
3. SEUN OSEWA:
Seun Osewa is the founder of Nairaland.com. It is the most visited indigenous website in Nigeria. The website was launched in 2005. According to Forbes, it is credited to be the biggest African forum. Seun was listed among T.I.N Magazines top10 most influential Nigerian online entrepreneur in 2015. He is worth over N1billion. This young billionaire was a first class student of Obafemi Awolowo University before he dropped out.
4. UKINEBO DARE:
She is the CEO of Poise Graduate Finishing Academy. She is passionate about transforming young individuals through training, consulting, motivating, grooming and connecting them to start and grow excellent careers.
5. ADEBOLA WILLIAMS:
He is the co-founder of Red Media and The Future Project. The Future Project is a strategic social enterprise/change communication firm and hosts the annual Future Awards, which is Nigeria’s most important awards for outstanding young Nigerians. The Red media is a full service media content, communication and development company in Nigeria. He is also credited with the strategy for the youth market that guaranteed Muhammadu Buhari’s spot as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through his firm StateCraft.
6. SHADE LADIPO:
Shade is the CEO of Avienti Limited, which is a travel agency in Lagos. She is also an air personality on Smooth FM’s “Grapevines” and a freelance Media Personality.
7. LADI DELANO:
He is the CEO of Bakrie Delano Africa, a 1billion dollars joint venture with 15billion dollars (market cap) group of Indonesia. Bakrie Delano Africa serves as the investment partner of Bakrie Group of Nigeria.
8. TOYOSI AKERELE:
She is the founder of Rise Networks a private sector funded Youth Interest Social Enterprise in Nigeria. It focuses on National Development issues and their relationship to economic growth and democratic consolidation. She was described by Michelle Obama as one of her personal inspirations.
9. TONY USIDAMEN:
He is the CEO of Uburu Nigeria. Uburu is a Nigeria based business communications consultancy providing services to companies and institutions in West Africa across key communication areas including Brand and corporate PR, Public Affairs, Digital Media Marketing, Design and Media Production.
10. IGHO SANOMI:
He emerged on the list of “The Choiseul 100 Africa Economic Leaders for Tomorrow”. He is an exceptional leader. In 2004, he established Televeras, a provider of strategic solutions in energy and power sector.