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About the Podcast:

“Journeys in Entrepreneurship” podcast series was borne out of the idea to showcase entrepreneurial leadership stories of growth and scale across Nigeria.We decided to tell these stories from an Entrepreneurs point of view. To achieve this, we paired entrepreneurs from the same industry and had them discourse about how they were able to start and expand their businesses successfully in Nigeria.  In every episode we had a more experienced and established entrepreneur interviewed by a budding entrepreneur in the same industry.

Through this podcast series we aim to inspire hope, courage and faith as well as pass across business principles that have helped these Nigerian Entrepreneurs achieve greatness in the Nigerian business environment which has been described as being tough and difficult to do business in.

We hope that entrepreneurs and everyone considering entrepreneurship as a viable career option find these stories valuable to where ever they may be on their own personal journeys.

Episodes

Nigerian Financial (payments) Industry

In today’s episode, we have Mr. Fola Adeola OFR, a serial entrepreneur, private investor and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and was the pioneer Managing Director and CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria for twelve years.  He is also the founder of  FATE Foundation, a charitable foundation promoting entrepreneurship among Nigerian youths. Mr. Adeola has served on innumerable developmental initiatives within and outside Nigeria and is also the chairman of MainOne.  In 2002, He was conferred with the honor of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).

Interviewing him on set we have we have Olugbenga Agboola the co-founder and CEO of Flutter wave. Prior to co-founding Flutterwave, Olugbenga contributed to the development of fintech solutions at several tech companies and financial institutions such as PayPal, Standard Bank, among others. He is a serial entrepreneur and also a software engineer with a master’s degree in information technology security and behavioral engineering and has an MBA in Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Nigerian Financial (payments) Industry

Fola Adeola
Founder/Chairman FATE
Foundation
Sector: Financial (Payments) Industry

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In today’s episode, we have Mr. Fola Adeola OFR, a serial entrepreneur, private investor and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and was the pioneer Managing Director and CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria for twelve years.  He is also the founder of  FATE Foundation, a charitable foundation promoting entrepreneurship among Nigerian youths.

Mr. Adeola has served on innumerable developmental initiatives within and outside Nigeria and is also the chairman of MainOne.  In 2002, He was conferred with the honor of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).

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Interviewing him on set we have we have Olugbenga Agboola the co-founder and CEO of Flutter wave. Prior to co-founding Flutterwave, Olugbenga contributed to the development of fintech solutions at several tech companies and financial institutions such as PayPal, Standard Bank, among others.

He is a serial entrepreneur and also a software engineer with a master’s degree in information technology security and behavioral engineering and has an MBA in Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Gbenga  Agboola
Co-Founder/CEO Flutter Wave
Sector: Financial (Payments) Industry

Nigerian Fashion Industry

In today’s episode, we have Adenike Ogunlesi the Founder of “Ruff ‘n’ Tumble. She is a leading designer, manufacturer and retailer for children’s clothing. She founded Ruff ’n’ Tumble in 1996 and the company has scaled to about 15 stores with over 150 employees across the country.

Interviewing her on set is Oyin Lewis, the Founder and Creative Designer of Purple Lagos, a highly sought after fashion design brand that specializes in making custom made wedding dresses and glamorous occasion wear.

Join us as we listen to their Journey on Entrepreneurship in the Fashion Industry.

Nigerian Fashion Industry

Nike Ogunlesi
Founder & CEO of Ruff ‘n’ Tumble
Sector: Fashion; Children’s Clothing Brand

Quote:There is nothing like a woman who knows and loves herself”

Summary Profile

Adenike ‘Nike’ Ogunlesi Ruff ‘n’ Tumble leading designer, manufacturer and retailer of designer children’s clothing in Nigeria. Nike started out modestly in 1996 selling the clothes she made from the boot of her car and in bazaars. Today, Ruff ‘n’ Tumble is an instantly recognizable brand in Nigeria and has a reputation for being one of the top manufacturers of children’s clothing throughout West Africa. Ruff ‘n’ Tumble successfully caters to the unique fashion sense of today’s youngsters, from new born to age 16, happily mixing indigenous lifestyle trends with an international appeal.

Source:  http://www.lionessesofafrica.com/blog/2016/5/23/entrepreneur-advice-from-adenike-ogunlesi-self-development-makes-you-know-yourself?rq=Adenike%20Ogunlesi

Quote: I want to be the Bride’s Best friend

Summary Profile

Oyin Lewis is the founder and Creative Director of Purple Lagos, a highly sought after fashion design brand which specializes in bespoke wedding dresses, and glamorous occasion-wear.

Source: Oyin Lewis

Oyin Lewis
Founder & CEO Purple Place Lagos
Sector: Fashion; Bridal Dresses and Bespoke wears

Nigerian Entertainment Industry

In today’s episode, we have Femi Odugbemi, The founder of ZURI24 Media. He’s a Nigerian documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, cinematographer, director, producer and photographer. A voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the United States and most recently the Academy Director (West Africa) for the Multichoice Talent Factory, His works include a popular Nigerian soap opera titled Tinsel which has been running for 11 years.

Interviewing him on set we have Ummi Yakubu, a producer, writer, editor game designer and developer. Some of her works are 4th Republic, Silent Tears and uprooted.

Join us as we listen to their Journey in Entrepreneurship in the Entertainment industry.

Femi Odugbemi
Creative Writer, Producer and Director
Sector: Entertainment

Quote: ‘’You have to understand that entrepreneurial part of the business and how you do that is by knowing that “creativity is just a product’’

Summary Profile

Femi Odugbemi is a respected writer, Content Producer and the Academy Director (West Africa) for the Multichoice Talent Factory.  An Oscar Voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), he is also a Fellow of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), a Member of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria and Provost of the brand experience institution known as The Orange Academy.

Source: Zuri 24 Media

Quote: Enthusiasm is the key for Entrepreneurship

Summary Profile

A multimedia developer by training, Ummi has worked on non-fictional narratives including ‘Gender & Urban Poverty’, a video series advocating for the rights of women and girls in the settlements surrounding the FCT, ‘Where Are the Women?’, a documentary on the role of women in conflict resolution, ‘Silent Tears’, a documentary on Gender Based Violence in the FCT and ‘Uprooted’, a documentary that sheds light on changing gender norms and cultural practices as a result of the Boko-Haram conflict in Borno State. She is the Executive Producer of ‘4th Republic’ a political thriller that addresses good governance and the importance of a strong and fair judiciary in any democracy.

Source: Ummi Yakubu

Ummi Yakubu
Multimedia Developer and Movie Producer
Sector: Entertainment

Nigerian Creative Industry

In today’s episode, we have Gerald Chukwuma, graduated with a first class degree in painting from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and he is the Founder of Gallery 1957. He is a visual and furniture contemporary artist whose body of work aims at telling Nigerian stories through art.

Interviewing him on set we have Aderonke Adeola, a writer, producer and director. She is the director and producer the documentary “Awani”, which recently won a UNESCO award.

Join us as we listen to their Journey in Entrepreneurship in the Creative Arts Industry

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Gerald Chukwuma
Visual Artist and Furniture Designer
Sector: Creative Art

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Gerald Chukwuma born 1973 is a celebrated visual artist and furniture designer with an enthusiastic local and international following. He graduated from the prestigious Nsukka Art School, University of Nigeria, with a first class degree specializing in painting. Chukwuma’s bold works using a multitude of found objects have an unforgettable visual language, in which he uses African symbols and patterns in refreshing new ways; he uses a combination of textures, lines, symbols and colors laid out on painstakingly etched wooden panels.

Source:  http://www.smocontemporaryart.com/artist-details/gerald-chukwuma/

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Aderonke Adeola is a writer, director and producer. She is currently promoting her short documentary Awani, which recently won a UNESCO award. Awani was supported by the Ford Foundation and has been screened at the Ake festival, Yale Africa Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, New York African Film Festival and Africa International Film Festival. Awani also won an award of merit from the Impact documentary awards 2019. She is currently researching her next project. In addition to filmmaking, she is a freelance writer and has written for the Guardian and Thisday newspaper. Her writing covers art, culture, interviews and gender. As a filmmaker, she has worked on projects for RedTV and worked on the award winning film Half of a Yellow Sun.

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Aderonke Adeola
Writer, Director, Producer
Sector: Creative Art

Nigerian Education Industry

Dr.  Olufemi Ogunsanya a former lecturer at the University of Lagos founded Oxbridge Tutorial College in 1993. Oxbridge was the first Sixth Form College in the country and remains the premiere specialist Sixth Form College based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors Association of Private Educators in Nigeria (APEN), Chairman of the Lagos Anglican Schools Management Board (LASMAB) and Chairman of Igbobi College, Yaba. She also sits on the Board of Preparation for Life (PFL), an educational consultancy outfit.

Interviewing her on set we have Ayoyinka Delumo. A graduate of Communications from McMaster University, Canada and Founder of Play Place, an indoor-playground that provides a fun and safe environment where children can engage in creative play.

Join us as we listen to their Journey on Entrepreneurship in the Education Industry.

Ayoyinka Delumo
Founder & CEO of Play Place
Sector: Education

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Ayoyinka Delumo is the Founder/CEO of Play Place Nigeria, which is a state of the art indoor-playground that provides a fun and safe environment where children can engage in creative play with exhibits that provide real life experiences; develop and enhance their motor-skills through challenging movement; intensify their cognitive skills through tasking activities.

Source: FATE Foundation

Quote: It does not matter what car you drove, it does not matter what house you built today, it does not matter how much money you collect today, what matters is the impact you have had on the lives you have come across you on your life chain

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Dr. (Mrs) Caroline Olufemi Ogunsanya gained a Second Class Upper with Honours in Botany from the University of Lagos, followed by a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Bristol, UK. She lectured at the University of Lagos for ten years, in the Faculty of Science after which she relocated to London as a Research Fellow at the University College London, for three years. In 1993, she returned to Nigeria and established Oxbridge Tutorial College. Oxbridge was the first Sixth Form College in the country and remains the premiere specialist Sixth Form College based in Lagos, Nigeria.

Dr. Ogunsanya is Chairman of the Board of Governors Association of Private Educators in Nigeria (APEN), Chairman of the Lagos Anglican Schools Management Board (LASMAB) and Chairman of Igbobi College, Yaba. She also sits on the Board of Preparation for Life (PFL), an educational consultancy outfit.

Source: Oxbridge Tutorial College

Femi Ogunsanya
Managing Director, Oxbridge College
Sector: Education

Nigerian Leather Industry

In today’s episode, we have Femi Olayebi, Chief Creative Director at My World of Bags, a design and manufacturing company which produces a beautiful range of handcrafted products. FEMI HANDBAGS is a business line that produces bespoke, leather handbags and accessories, while myworldofbags is a more corporate line with products ranging from conference bags and folders to laptop bags and sleeves, tablet cases, and promotional gifts that are tailored to specific client needs. Femi is also the brain behind “The Lagos Leather Fair”. The Lagos Leather fair is a private initiative designed to bring together the major players along the leather value chain to offer innovative solutions and change the Nigerian narrative. The fair is an annual event and she has successfully run three editions.

Interviewing her on set we have Abdulsalam Kassim Baba, who’s a graduate of Mathematics from Usman Danfodiyou University Sokoto, an alumnus of FATE Foundation (AEP68) and the Creative Director of AB The Shoemaker, a shoe manufacturing brand located in Kaduna.

Join us as we listen to their Journey on Entrepreneurship in the Nigerian Leather Industry

Femi Olayebi
Chief Director at My World of Bags
Sector: Fashion and Bag making

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Femi Olayebi is the Chief Creative Director at My World of Bags, a handbag design and manufacturing company producing 147eponymous leather handbags and accessories line, FemiHandbags, a line that caters to corporate organisations. In 2008, she became one of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Scholars, and was twice nominated to attend programmes in the United States where she job-shadowed some of the world’s most famous handbag designers and experienced corporate business ethics first-hand. In January 2017, she was selected by WeConnect International in Washington as the 2017 Women’s Business Enterprise Winner in the Best Mentor and Role Model category for the mentoring role she plays in the lives of younger up-and-coming designers. Her handbags are currently being sold in Lagos, Paris and New York. Olayebi is a Nigerian leather designer that has been on top of her game for over 25 years.

Source: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/05/19/femi-olayebi-i-am-a-child-of-serendipity/

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AB is the Creative Director of AB THE SHOEMAKER, a shoe manufacturing brand located in Kaduna state. Abdul Salam went into shoemaking because of the passion he has for shoes and his interest in learning how to make shoes for himself. He started his business in April 2016 and became registered with the CAC in March 2018.

Source: Abdulsalam Kassim- Baba

Abdulsalam Kassim-Baba
Creative Director of AB THE SHOEMAKER
Sector: Fashion and Shoe Making

Nigerian AgriBusiness Industry

Ayo Olajiga is an African finance executive with experience in building businesses, serving clients, and structuring complex transactions across the continent. He is a member of RMB Nigeria Executive Committee, where he has completed several transactions covering advisory, debt and global markets solutions and started a new merchant banking business in Nigeria. He is also the Co-Founder and Board Director of a food processing business focused on exporting finished food products from Africa where historically raw materials were exported.

Interviewing him on set we have Hakeem Jimo. The founder of Veggie Victory, a manufacturing start-up with its retail product vegetarian chunks. He is a communications expert and the founder and managing director of Lionsun Consulting, a Lagos based PR and business consulting firm with a special focus on German companies like Lufthansa, BASF and most recently the German Business Club.

Join us as we listen to their Journey on Entrepreneurship in the Food Industry.

Ayo Olajiga
 Co-founder/CEO Foodpro
Sector: Food Industry

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Ayo Olajiga is an African finance executive with experience in building businesses, serving clients, and structuring complex transactions across the continent. He is a member of RMB Nigeria Executive Committee, where he has completed several transactions covering advisory, debt and global markets solutions and started a new merchant banking business in Nigeria. He is also the Co-Founder and Board Director of a food processing business focused on exporting finished food products from Africa where historically raw materials were exported.

Source: Ayo Olajiga

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The founder of Veggie Victory, a manufacturing start-up with its retail product vegetarian chunks. He is a communications expert and the founder and managing director of Lionsun Consulting, a Lagos based PR and business consulting firm with a special focus on German companies like Lufthansa, BASF and most recently the German Business Club.

Source: LinkedIn

Hakeem Jimo
 Founder/CEO Veggie Victory
Sector: Food Industry

Team Behind Podcast

The Executive Producer

  • Adenike Adeyemi

Producers

  • Eloho Iyamu
  • Lauretta Iheukwumere

Graphic Artist

  • Kingsley Effiong

Video Production and Editing

  • Uvisuals Nigeria

Original Music and Sound Design

  • Tani Oludipe
  • Semilore Oludipe
  • Uvisuals Nigeria

Special Thanks

  • Fola Adeola
  • Asue Ighodahlo
  • Dr Femi Ogunsanya
  • Adenike Ogulesi
  • Femi Olayebi
  • Ayo Olajiga
  • Femi Odugbemi
  • Odunoluwa Longe
  • Oyin Lewis
  • Ayoyinka Delumo
  • Ummi Yakubu
  • Abdulsalam Kassim
  • Hakeem Jimo
  • Olugbenga Agboola
  • Max Menkiti
  • Millennium Apartments