Like every other sphere, the masculine gender has impacted the technological space in more ways than one. The tech space in Nigeria is very competitive for the male gender, and no doubt, some men have placed Nigeria on the global stage, making the country a worthy competition to the western world.
Today, we are bringing home the recognition as we present to you the top 10 tech male personalities in Nigeria.
Mitchell Elegbe heads Nigeria’s arguably biggest payment company. Founded in 2002, Mitchell grew Interswitch at a time when there was no infrastructure to support electronic payment in Nigeria.
He worked at Schlumberger Wireline and Testing until he started Interswitch in 2002. Elegbe has received business and leadership award recognitions from organizations, home and abroad.
Interswitch has embedded itself deeply into Nigeria’s financial services industry with 18 years of excellent service consistency.
Mitchell is reputed to be one of Nigeria’s most astute businessmen. He is a mentor to many company founders, helping to build several other thriving businesses.
Tayo Oviosu is the Founder and Group CEO of Paga; a mobile payments company focused on digitizing cash in emerging economies.
He obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration and was a former employee of Cisco Systems in San Jose and Travant Capital Partners in Lagos, before starting Paga in 2009. He founded Paga to address the use of cash and expand financial access.
Currently servicing over 11 million users and generating millions of dollars in recurring revenue, Tayo’s company has defied the odds and succeeded where many others have struggled and failed.
Shola’s impactful time with Heineken ended in 2009. He spent the next 5 years working on a software called Precurio, which was used by over 200,000 organizations. During this period, he worked with some banks, and his foresightful decision to make payments easier for businesses in Africa birthed Paystack.
Paystack builds technology to help Africa’s best businesses grow, and it has steadily been growing in revenue and user base, processing over $20 million monthly.
You can find Shola speaking at international entrepreneurship forums and having deep conversations with people responsible for making policies that shape the financial services industry.
Gbenga started his career with Access Bank, before co-founding Flutterwave in 2016. The company has established itself as the payment company upon which payment companies are built.
It provides technology, infrastructure, and services to enable global merchants, payment service providers, and helps banks and businesses build secure and seamless payment solutions for their customers by smoothening the exchange of funds. One shouldn’t be surprised that many tech companies and financial institutions in Nigeria and abroad use Flutterwave to process their payment.
LEO STAN EKEH
If leadership and innovation had a human form, Leo Ekeh would be just the perfect person.
Leonard Stanley Nnamdi Ekeh is a renowned entrepreneur, the founder of various power companies including Technology Distribution Limited, Task Systems Limited, Buyright Africa Dotcom Limited, Task Direct Limited, ITEC Solutions, and the popular Zinox Technologie.s
Because Leo Stan is a person who loves to give back to the society, he founded a charity organization called Leo Ekeh Foundation, which continues to put smiles on people’s faces, providing financial support and spearheading wealth creation schemes.
In 2000, he launched the “Computerize Nigeria Project” to create more awareness on computers and facilitate technological development.
Needless to say that the Nigeria Technology space will be incomplete without his creativity and superb problem-solving abilities.
Adewale Yusuf is a visual storyteller with a strong interest in Technology and humanity’s ecosystem. His publication, Techpoint, makes a conscious effort to cover tech developments across the country, showing Nigeria, and the world that there’s more to Nigerian tech than Lagos.
Adewale worked with Nokia Ovi Life Tools and Pace Solutions before transitioning into media with tech blogging at OtekBits (now Bits.ng). In 2015, he founded Techpoint. No local media platform is doing a more thorough job of reporting the ecosystem’s happenings than Adewale Yusuf’s Techpoint.
Adewale Yusuf is also the chief host of Techpoint Inspired (The largest tech conference in Nigeria) and Techpoint Build (Nigeria’s largest Startup Conference & Exhibition).
Olaniyi Toluwalope is best described as a top-notch brainiac in the Accounting world. He is a chartered accountant who has worked at several upstanding companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Credit Suisse First Boston’s Investment Banking unit in New York City.
In 2019, Olaniyi Toluwalope was confirmed as the present MD/CEO of eTranzact, one of Nigeria’s prominent payments processing company. eTranzact also won the award for “Best Use of Digital in Financial Services” at Gage Awards 2020.
Leading eTranzact, no doubt, is an offshoot of his impeccable abilities, attentive diligence, and his successful inclinations towards the digital space, making him a personality to reckon with in the digital financial world.
Iyinoluwa co-founded Flutterwave and helped build Andela into one of the biggest talent companies for software developers in Africa. Aboyeji studied at the University of Waterloo, where he earned a B.A in Legal Studies.
Never one to take the back seat, Iyin branches out of the tech space to play a role in influencing the policies that will shape Nigeria’s tech ecosystem. He is taking on the challenges of governance and politics because there’s the need to “fight for a new Nigeria” while using his influence as an ecosystem leader to influence the future of technology in Nigeria.
Gbenga Sesan is Nigeria’s most prominent digital rights activist. He has spent years advocating for the protection of digital rights and playing instrumental roles in the government’s understanding of the Internet in Nigeria. His company, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, is a social enterprise created to build ICT-enabled support systems and advocate for digital rights to improve the lives of under-served youths.
Sesan’s tech career started with the application of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) – for individuals, institutions, nation-states, regional entities, and the international community.
He has been appointed twice by Nigerian presidents as a team member to combat challenges in Nigeria’s IT sector. He is a recipient of awards recognizing his entrepreneurial progress in Nigeria and Africa at large.
Companies dominate the global tech stage in the western world. They dictate the tide of technological development. Nevertheless, these men are a source of inspiration and encouragement to young Nigerians passionate about pursuing a career in tech, showing that it is impossible to defy all odds and make a mark in the field of technology.