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1. Igho Sanomi

Igho Sanomi was born in Agbor, Delta State.
He is the richest billionaire in Nigeria with an
estimated worth of $1 billion.
His business interests include
telecommunications, shipping, aviation,
engineering, construction and real estate
Currently, Sanomi serves as the Executive
Director of Cosmos oil AG. He is also the
founder/chairman of Taleveras, an energy
trading company.

2. Ladi Delano

Ladi Delano founded a Chinese Alcoholic
Beverage Company, Solidarnosc Asia in 2004 at
the young age of 24. The company was known
for its premium brand of vodka, Solid XS.
At some point, Solid XS had a 50% market
share in China. It became the mainstream
liquor brand and was popular in over 30 cities.
Ladi eventually sold Solidarnosc for $15
million. Subsequently, he used his profit from
the sales to establish a real estate investment
company which is based in mainland China.
Delano is a serial entrepreneur who made his
first million when he founded his first
company, Solidarnosc Asia.
Currently, Delano runs Bakrie Delano Africa
(BDA) which is a $1 billion joint venture with
the Bakrie Group of Indonesia.
In 2012, Delano featured on Forbes list as one
of the young millionaires to watch out for in

3. Linda Ikeji

A few years ago, Linda Ikeji broke the news
when it was reported that she had purchased a
property in the exotic Banana Island for over
$1 million.
Linda was born on the 19th September 1980.
She began her career as a model before
quitting to becoming a full-time blogger.
Currently, she is the highest paid blogger in
the country. She started her blog from the
cyber cafe before she could afford an internet
connection at home.

4. Jason Njoku

Born on the 11th of December 1980, Jason
Chukwuma Njoku is the founder of the internet
company, IROKOtv. He is also a start up
investor with investments in several budding
start ups in Nigeria.

Jason came up with the iROKOtv idea when he
was living with his mother as 30 year old.
According to him, this was his 11th attempt at
starting a business.
In July 2012, he was named by Forbes Africa
as one of the ten Young African Millionaires to
watch out for. He has also been named as one
of Fast Company’s Top 1000 Most Creative
People in Business.
Jason is also the founder of Spark, a $2 million
investment company for Lagos based internet
start-ups. Some of Spark’s initial investments
amongst other.

5. Sijibomi Ogundele

Born in Agege, Lagos, Sijibomi had a very
humble beginning but he had an innate desire
to become rich, confident and unique. Over
time, he was able to leverage his network to
create wealth for him.
He is the founder of the Sujimoto Construction
Company Ltd, a multi-million dollar
construction company with assets in cities like
Accra, Dubai, Lagos, Riyadh, Paris and Madrid.
Sijibomi is a trained lawyer but he has
amassed skills and experience in business,
strategy and investments over the last few
years. And this has been pivotal in building his
brand as a successful businessman.

6. Abiola Olaniran

Abiola Olaniran is the founder of the Nigerian
gaming company, Gamsole. He is also Nigeria’s
highest paid Windows Game developer.
He founded Gamsole in 2012 and the
company’s games currently has over 10 million
downloads both local and international from
the Windows Phone store.
Abiola’s interest in software spans back to
when 15 years old. His interest in
programming led to him study Computer
Science and Mathematics at the Obafemi
Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

7. Tayo Oviosu

If you’ve heard of Paga, then you may have an
idea of who Tayo Oviosu is. Paga is the
brainchild of Pagatech Limited, a company
founded by Tayo Oviosu in 2009.
Prior to launching Paga, Tayo worked at Cisco
as the Manager, Corporate Development where
he was responsible for strategy, acquisitions,
and private equity investments in four
technology sectors including Virtual
Computing, Application Networking, Security,
and Network Management.

He was pivotal in helping Cisco’s expansion
into Africa. Before working at Cisco, Oviosu
worked as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte
where he worked on cases in five industries –
high tech, telecom, pharmacy retail,
government, and healthcare.

8. Mark Essien

Mark Essien is the founder of, a
prominent hotel booking company in Nigeria.
He was born on the 18th of December, 1980.
Essien is a Nigerian entrepreneur, software
developer and startup investor. He was born
on the 18 of December 1980 in Ikot Ekpene
in Akwa Ibom.
Prior to founding, Mark Essien had
previously built a file sharing software called
Gnumm which was acquired by
Also, he created one of the first DirectShow
based software-only Mpeg Encoders, Standard
MPEG – which had high class clients such as
Disney and the American Military.
Mark featured on the Forbes list of 30
youngest entrepreneurs in Africa in 2015. His
company, is said to be worth over $4
million as at 2017.

9. Tonye Rex Idaminabo

Born in the 80s, Tonye Rex is a Nigerian
entrepreneur. He is the first West African to be
appointed to the board of World Leaders
Rex is a trained lawyer with a LLB degree from
Glasgow Caledonina University in Glasgow,
He founded the African Achievers Awards in
2011 and founded Reputation Pool in 2016
which creates reputation polls and rankings.
He was recognized by Forbes Africa as one of
the 30 Most Promising Entrepreneurs in Africa.

10. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

From Andela to Flutterwave, Iyinoluwa
Aboyeji has been blazing the trail with his
innovative startups.
Prior to his sojourn in the Nigerian internet
space, he founded Bookneto, an online learning
platform in Canada which was acquired by the
Canadian Innovation Centre.

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