The Top Ten Under 40s CEOs in Nigeria.

One hundred years ago, it would have been noted impossible for people under the age of forty to be accounted for being the richest people the world have known and middle aged or old me who are seen as the richest are either railway Barons or oil tycoons. But today, the world gets smaller, technology moves faster and the way people make their wealth is less tied to geography.Here we bring the story of under 40 CEOs who at the helm of an agency, access funds to grow their business amongst other functions:

Adaora Mbelu- Dania:
Born in Colombo and into a diverse family background of a Nigerian father and sri-Lanken mother, a graduate from Kentucky university where she studied economics and enterprenuership, Adaora Mbelu- Dania is one of the most creative industrialist with a passion for creating and Innovating.She represented the future of Nigeria at the Global Young Leaders conference in Washington DC and New York and was among 350 outstanding scholars from various countries to attend the program at the age of 16. At 21, she worked as a credit risk analyst at Citi group, USA and at 23, she was the current manager of OSMI and managed the company’s marketing for 2010 world’s cup and then went to become the assistant manager for Nigeria idol and Nigeria’s got talent.Barely 30years old, she is currently the Head of Innovation of A2 creative, a brand development responsible for ideation and experimental launch of Guinness Africa special across Nigeria. She is also a co-founder of Art For A Cause, a platform that uses art to inspire young children in public school across Nigeria.

Olatorera Oniru:
Born on the 3rd of March, 1987 to the Majekodunmi’s family, Olatorera Majekodunmi Oniru is one of Nigeria most assiduous young enterprenuer.She is a graduate from North Carolina USA, where she graduated cum- laude Honors with a degree in Business administration/ management and enterprenuer. She is the current CEO of, a pinnacle, leading initiatives in Africa history whereby importation is less relyed on and Innovation with natural resources and citizenry capabilities. ships worldwide and currently has customers in different states across Nigeria and United States.She is also the organizer of “cocktails and Dresses” where new products with high quality are launched to increase Africa’s fashion industry. She is married to prince Adedapo Oniru of The Oniru royal family with whom she has two children with.


Uche Pedro:
Born Uche Pedro Eze on July 26 1984, is an award winning Nigeria tech enterprenuer. She is the CEO and founder of Bella naija, Africa’s number one first digital destination for entertainment and lifestyle content.She holds a bachelor’s degree- honours in Business administration and graduated with distinction from I’ve school of Business, university of Western Onatario Canada.She is married to Bode Pedro, son of former deputy governor of Lagos with two sons. She is worth two billion naira.

Seun Osewa:
He is the CEO and owner of Nairaland, a forum ranked by Forbes as this most visited website in Africa in 2015.Born on 17th July 1982, Seen is a young programmer who hails from sango in Ogun state. He took interest in programming and enrolled in Ile-Ife university to study engineering where he later dropped out to fully face his programming dream. Though his internet venture didn’t go so well and the business died at some point,  Nairaland is said to be worth one million US dollars and a general networth of 1 billion naira.

Shade Ladipo:
She is the country director for WEConnet international in Nigeria, a travel and media enterprenuer. At 25, she has founded Avienti limited, a destination management company and has worked with United Nations Volunteer  and several advertising agencies. She is also one of the founding members of Lagos Global Shapers and  co-founder of Enough is Enough Nigeria, one of the most voval non-partisan organization credited for being a major platform where youths in Nigeria decide the path for change. She is also a radio speaker with a networth of 2 billion naira.

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Ladi Delano:
Ladi Delano is a Nigerian serial enterprenuer and the current CEO of Bakrie Delano Africa(BDA) responsible for identifying investment opportunities in mining, agriculture and oil&gas.Despite being a college drop out, he made his first million as a liquor enterprenuer while living in China. He also founded solidarnosc Asia, a Chinese alcoholic beverage company that is into the premium brand of vodka(solid XS).He is on the Forbes list of the youngest millionaire and one of the Nigeria’s youngest billionaire worth 1 billion USD just at the age of 36.

Toyosi Akerele:
She was once described in June 2011 by then the first lady of  the United States as one of her personal inspiration and in 2014 was ranked by Forbes as one of the 20 most powerful young women in Africa.Birthed on 8 November 1983, she is the founder and CEO of Rise Network, a private and public sector focused on the use of tech innovations to create advocacy and learning opportunities. She is also the founder of passnownow, a mobile learning portal which access curriculum-based education content and exam review questions.She graduated as the best student in essay competition in her secondary school (ogbado college) and obtained a second class upper degree in civil law from the University of Jos. She is worth 2.5 billion USD.

Eyo Bassey: 
Rising from a poor background, having lost a father at a young age, dreaming big was not an option. Just 37years old, Eyo Bassey, astitute, futuristic and brave has single- handedly created a proudly Nigerian e-commerce brand that is setting standard for competitors. Young and suave, he is a software developer and the current CEO of Payport, Nigeria’s preferred online store.He is a graduate from Ladoke Akintola University Where he studied pure and applied physics. He is married with three kids.


Mark Anthony Essien:
Born on the 18th of December, Mark Essien is a software developer and the current CEO and founder of, one of the first and most successful online hotel booking website in Nigeria.Before starting, Mark has previously built a file sharing software called ‘Gnumm’He has a bachelor of Engineering(B.Eng) in computer hardware engineering from Beth Hochschule Berlin and I’m computer science from Freie university, Germany. He has an estimated networth of 8 million USD and married to Jenni  Naiaretti, a software developer.

Adedayo Saheed Amzat:
He is just 30 years old and already the CEO of Zudcrest capital group, a security dealing and proprietary investment firm. He is also the founder of Zedvance finance limited, a leading consumer lending fintech institution in Nigeria.He started his career with treasury & global market group of Access bank Nigeria where he was in charge of security dealings. He was also an active member of the ALM unit. He is also a fellow of the institute of credit management(ICA) and hold a prestigious CFA charter from CFA institute.He is a graduate from the University of Illorin with a degree in industrial chemistry from Obafemi Awolowo university

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