5 Successful Male Entrepreneurs in Nigeria that inspire me – Zika Nwaise

Last week, we had a session for the ladies in the house and this beautiful week, we have come up with something for the guys. I hope you all enjoy and learn from this.

  1. Ohimai Atafo

The Fashion designer known as Mai Atafo, is one of the forces to reckon with in the Nigerian fashion industry today. The celebrity designer started his career life in different corporate organizations including Guinness Nigeria where he started his bespoke clothing label; Mai Atafo Inspired that gained media acclamation by a pioneering clientele of mostly celebrities, He was also a Fashion Editor for Genevieve Magazine, for a brief period.

Mai Atafo

Mai Atafo

Mai Atafo has inspired me a lot in the sense that he knew what he wanted to be and he did not let anything get in the way of that. He worked in the fashion industry for a while and also trained himself in a fashion school before he started up.

  1. Seun Osewa

The Nigerian internet entrepreneur is the founder of the most visited indigenous website in Nigeria. Nairaland was launched in March 2005.

Seun Osewa

Seun Osewa

The cyber guru started various business projects that failed before the one that became Nairaland. He also had blogs and a mobile phone forum that preceded Nairaland that were successful but not profitable. However, Nairaland came to be on that foundation and was not only successful but profitable even beyond his expectation.

I have been inspired by Seun Osewa to dream big, keep trying and never give up

  1. Abasiama Idaresit

The Nigeria-born technology entrepreneur is the founder and CEO of Wild Fusion, one of Africa’s leading digital marketing agencies with offices in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya.

Abasiama Idaresit

Abasiama Idaresit

He studied Information Systems & Management in the UK at the London School of Economics, and got an MBA from the Manchester Business School after which he decided to come back home with a zeal to use the internet to transform the local business environment in the country and this prompted him to start a digital marketing firm in 2008 but after several months, the challenges of a start up slowly began to hit him hard as people turned him away from their offices until he got a job with Baby M where he was given an opportunity to showcase his marketing skills and the results recorded were off the chart, that was the starting point for him. He then incorporated Wild Fusion and has been advocating, building and funding to drive early adoption of technology among African businesses. Iderasit has taught me to always believe in my dreams and never give up.

  1. Jason Njoku

The British-born Nigerian entrepreneur is a film magnate and African start-up investor. He is the co-founder and CEO of iROKOtv, one of the early online video streaming platforms for Nigerian movies also known as Nollywood.

Jason Njoku

Jason Njoku

Njoku got his inspiration from his mother whilst living with her. He discovered she had changed her television viewing habit from the usual British soaps to Nollywood movies. Jason Njoku had made several attempts into starting a business but was not successful, iROKOtv happens to be Njoku’s 11th attempt at starting a business. He has inspired me to believe that it’s never too late to try again.

  1. Bayo Omoboriowo

He is the official photographer of the president and a graduate of University of Lagos. While Omoboriowo was in school, he would starve himself just so he could buy a camera because he had a passion for taking pictures. He started out in photography taking the pictures of just about every wedding ceremony, naming ceremony and graduation he could find but at some point, it dawned on him that all of that wasn’t the genre of photography he was cut out for so he decided to be a wedding photographer but that too was proving very challenging so he decided again to become a documentary photographer but after some time, Omoboriowo got bored of that as well and gave up the documentary photography gig.

Bayo Omoboriowo

Bayo Omoboriowo

During the last electioneering campaigns, he attended the last All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election/convention, uninvited. He had no accreditation to take pictures of the biggest political event in the country at the time but that decision was his breakthrough moment. He began sharing pictures from the convention on all other social media platforms and that was how he was located by the President. Bayo’s story is one that has inspired me to always aspire, and believe in myself and to also do things excellently.

Wow! Such inspiring stories. For more of this, Stay tuned to and watch out for what is coming up next.

Zika Nwaise


About BI Empowernent


Check Also

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens® 1-Day Workshop

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens® 1-Day Workshop

by ReStraL Limited/FranklinCovey Nigeria DESCRIPTION The workshop is based on the best-selling book by Sean ...



DESCRIPTION The Tara Fela-Durotoye Series (“TFD Series”) is a platform and initiative founded by Tara Fela-Durotoye ...