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The Movers and Shakers of Nigeria’s Entrepreneurial Scene

Nigeria’s dynamic business environment is full of rising stars. An Oxford-trained medical doctor, Amy Jadesimi began her career in finance at American banking giant Goldman Sachs. She later attended Stanford Graduate School of Business before becoming CEO of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base, a company founded by her father Oladipo Jadesimi in 2000. Based in a free trade zone, it is West Africa’s largest logistics and engineering facility. Bella Disu is a Nigerian business professional and the executive vice chairman of Globacom, the second-largest telecommunications company in Nigeria, which was founded by Africa’s second richest man, her father, Mike Adenuga. Niyi Makanjuola is a Nigerian businessman, investor and chairman of Caverton Helicopters, a company he started in 2002 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Caverton Group, after moving back from the UK. Bolaji Akinboro is the Co-Chief Executive of Cellulant Corporation, a pan-African technology company he co-founded in 2004 with Ken Njoroge. It has a mission of ensuring financial inclusion in Africa’s agricultural sector by connecting buyers, sellers and stakeholders through its digital payments platform. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is one of Nigeria’s foremost tech entrepreneurs, with links to some of the most successful startups in Africa. Tony O. Elumelu, or TOE as he’s known, is one of Nigeria’s foremost entrepreneurs and philanthropists, and chairman of Heirs Holdings, United Bank for Africa and Transcorp Nigeria. Nigerian businessman, philanthropist, and former chairman of Forte Oil Plc, Femi Otedola owns a number of businesses and investments across oil & gas, shipping, real estate, and finance.