What comes to your mind when you think of Africa? A third-world, under-developed, uncivilized continent made up entirely of jungles and deserts? A lawless, chaotic mess? You have no idea how far you are from the truth!
Check out this list of 50 African leaders, entrepreneurs, and influencers who are building large, profitable businesses and changing the way the world sees this magical continent.
Top 50 African Influencers
Fela is an executive coach, leadership expert, global speaker & nation builder. He is the founder & CEO of The GEMSTONE Group and presidential representative for Alliance for New Nigeria. Fela is highly regarded as one of Africa’s leading Executive Coaches. He is an official member of the Forbes Coaches Council and is renowned for his unique style of blended mentoring and coaching, helping business and impact leaders achieve exponential growth in their key success parameters. He is the recipient of several social, industry, and national awards for his leadership development and Nation Building activities.
Omobabinrin Adeola Osideko
Omobabinrin is a chartered accountant, international speaker, author, influencer, branding expert, and certified coach. She has experience in financial planning/ reporting, borrowing/derivatives accounting, equity, budgeting & cash flow, and portfolio management. Omobabinrin is the senior director at PCD Academy and the principal managing partner at Crystal Edge Professional Services. She loves speaking, teaching, and mentoring people who need clarity on their development journey and individuals who are passionate about building a strong personal brand.
Chikaodi is a highly creative salesperson, business developer, and content writer with cognate experience in tech, real estate, e-commerce, automotive, and media sectors. He is skilled in storytelling and content marketing and converts leads into customers. He is currently working as a senior business development representative, a SaaS sales expert in using research and data for personalized outreach. Chikaodi is skilled in storytelling & content marketing that generates and converts leads to customers thereby helping businesses sell products or services online.
Chika (Uregbu) Olayoole
Chika is a content writer, affiliate marketer, and customer service specialist and works as a customer service representative at WhyteCleon Limited. She is skilled in various aspects of customer relationships & sales and her areas of specialization include customer retention, customer escalation management, customer complaint reduction, and CRM Tools management. Chika loves to engage with her LinkedIn family and talks about different aspects of life and industry like experiential marketing, affirmation, and personal development.
Ivy is a life coach, advisor, and CX consultant and is currently holds the position of chief experience officer at Africa Prudential Plc. She is passionate about customer experience and coaching and is a self-published author of 'A Bouquet From the Flames'. She currently sits on the advisory board of i-academy, which is the CSR endeavor of Africa Prudential Plc that focuses on growing tech talents. Ivy works with other stakeholders to build a sustainable culture that places the customer and CX on the front burner of strategic business decisions.
Debbie is a customer experience entrepreneur, creating solutions & platforms that help businesses satisfy and retain customers. In 2015, she founded Nigeria's 1st boutique CX management consulting firm “Niche Customer Experience Group”. She is an author of two CX books “Customer Pulse Check” & “10 Common CX Mistakes SMEs Make”. In the past, Debbie has been recognised as one of the top CX leaders for driving CX success for local, pan African, and international organizations across multiple sectors. Besides her work in CX, Debbie also runs an NGO - HEELP Foundation to help the low-income communities.
Chinedu Junior Ihekwoaba
Chinedu is a writer, poet, trainer, copywriter, blogger, and content marketing manager at BAMF Media. He assists B2B + B2C companies & professionals to create and execute LinkedIn marketing strategies through viral Copywriting. His content amasses over five million views monthly & has been featured on different social media platforms like Thrive Global, Medium, Opera News Hub, & Today Show. Chinedu is also the founder of The Poetpreneur Enterprise and a social media marketing specialist at Unlimited Exposure Online.
Beverley A Agbakoba-Onyejianya
Beverley is a sports, entertainment & tech lawyer, and creator/host of skills and personal development podcast “Develop Your A Game”. She is an accredited mediator/ neutral with the Lagos High Court Multi Door Centre and also a member of the panel of neutrals at the Lagos Court of Arbitration. Beverley sits on a number of boards in the sports industry in a secretarial and advisory capacity. Additionally, she is passionate about sports and youth development and founded the Lagos Tigers Football Club in 2012 and the Little Tigers Football Foundation in 2017 as well as a social network for women called Gratia Fidelis Caritas (GFC).
Favour Lucy Aya
Favour is the brand ambassador at GidiAds. She is also the CEO and founder of two startups namely - “Launch Out” and “Extremum Content”. Alongside she is a law student and I has authored 26 unpublished books and one published book aimed to help writers secure high-paying jobs. Besides her passion for financial freedom, she is a copywriter, a ghostwriter and a digital marketer.
Emmanuel is the Co-Founder of Hemm Africa, an E-learning startup. Additionally, Emmanuel is also an undergraduate student of Chemical Engineering, named as the Young Influencer of the year by TIBA. He’s a storyteller, brand influencer, brand ambassador at Hashgreed, and an Intern at NETCO.
Chukwuma is the founder of Gemdeconq integrated services; A small scale welding company. He also owns a barrow rental company; Gemdeconq Barrows. He is also the founder and CEO of Happivibe Service; a unique calling service that renders elating and clarifying services via voice calls and social media platforms. His core business Idealogy is creating innovative businesses that are mainly focused on empowering the people it employs & serves. Chukwuma is the leader of the #OrangeTribe, a community of over 100,000 youths across Nigeria & africa.
Blessing Ododo Inoghie
Blessing is a Certified Personal Branding Coach, a Trained TEDx Speaker, a professional Creative writer, a prolific Content writer and an expert Storyteller. Her passion about Relationships and Marriages led her to become a Certified Relationship Coach. She also offers Relationship Consultancy Services and trainings. Often regarded as 'Coach Bee”, Blessing, also served as the Head of Content Creators for 'The Global Brand Summit' in 2021
Oladotun is the founding member of Students on Linkedin, a student-focused online community to help students leverage LinkedIn for networking, upscaling and to unlock their potentials. Alongside, he also works as a Global Youth Ambassador, One Active Supporter & Campus Ambassador for various organisations. He is also an undergraduate student of Nursing Science.
Awa k. Ndukwe
Awa uses psychology, human behavioral patterns, emotional intelligence, creativity, and evolutionary trends to successfully build brands as a Brand Strategist at Optivity Now. He is also the founder of Awa's Thoughts Room where he help’s his clients/students discover themselves and the creativity they need to stand out among their competitors. He is a firm believer of the fact that the world needs great ideas and successful implementations.
Tony O. Elumelu
Tony O. Elumelu is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. The chairman of Heirs Holdings, United Bank for Africa Plc and Transcorp Nigeria Plc.He serves as a member of the USAID’s Private Capital Group for Africa Partners Forum. He sits on the Nigerian President’s Agricultural Transformation Implementation Council and serves as co-chair of the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Global Food Security. He is the author and leading proponent of the philosophy he calls “Africapitalism,” which is the private sector’s commitment to Africa’s development.
Toyin F Sanni
A prominent investment banker, public personality /speaker and influencer, Toyin is the founder, Emerging Africa Group, co-founder of the Africa Investment Roundtable as well as board chair at Layer 3 Limited and vice-chair, Fundall Limited. Toyin was declared the All African Business Woman of the year 2017 by CNBC Africa, & Nigeria's CEO of the Year 2017 by Pearl Awards. In 2020, she won the Africa Influencer (CEO) award by Tech Times Africa.Toyin has written three published books including Riding The Eagle - A Guide to Investing in Nigeria.
Rebecca uses the power of good story telling in form of web copy, blogs, e-mail, ads, social campaigns and content writing to draw out brand audience. She also researches and writes about healthy eating to stay healthy and fit without much exercise on her blog Healthyyumsvine.com. She also works as a volunteer at GoLoKo Diaries, in the content and publicity team.
Oluwatosin Daniel Olomu is a World Literacy Foundation ambassador and advocate for quality education, youth empowerment, youth entrepreneurship and a concentrated addict of the 17 SDGs. In a bid to explore the possibilities of the digital world, Tosin founded Olhms Media - A Digital Marketing Agency that helps brands, both personal and corporate 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲 in the digital world. As well, he has trained over five hundred youths digital skills from all walks in Nigeria.
Osinachi is an employee productivity coach, Linkedin influencer, brand influencer, budding lawyer and a coach at The Green Network. She talks about workplace Issues and how employers can maximize employees' productivity to increase the company's results.
Prosperity Olorunfemi O.
Prosperity is the founder for Rumoney, a startup focused on building financial literacy, confidence and stability in individuals and also helping businesses acquire digital assets. He is also the CEO of ISELLEARPODS, a business that provides users a out of the world mobile experience. At the age of 17, Prosperity became one of the youngest people to be a millionaire.
A serial entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of building tech businesses in Africa. Skilled in people management, team building, leadership, Strategy, Growth hacking, business development and sales, Adewale is the co-founder of TalentQL, Techpoint Africa and AltSchool Africa.
Denu (Vour) Bon
Denu is the Co-founder and CEO of GoLoKo Diaries, a multifaceted company majoring in the media and publishing niche. He is also the Brand ambassador for HappiVibe services and Manager at Oxford International Group. He is also regarded as “The Viral Author” as he published his book called “Viral Author Blueprint”. Denu looks forward to bringing in a change, help his family, inspire others, and live to fulfil purpose and exhaust his potentials.
Adeoluwa Enioluwa is a writer, a public speaker, art director, media and communications specialist. He believes African millennials and generation are going to lead a tremendous impact on society and the world at large and takes keen interest to be a part of this impact. As a marketing and growth specialist, he plays major roles in sustainable development and leadership that results in national socio-economic transformation and Nation building.
Tomori is the head of growth & marketing at SavofNs. An organization that offers sustainable marketing solutions to businesses through content, audience engagement, and training. He is a humble and strategic leader and writer. His ability to stimulate growth and sustainability in a team is great. Through volunteering and community building, he has coached over 10, 000 youth in digital literacy and skill acquisition.
Rachael began her professional career managing programs, developers, and special events, currently working as the director of learning at AltSchool Africa. Her background demonstrates impactful experiences across Tech and startups, where she has continually excelled at the execution of deliverables and building relationships amongst teams and organizations. Rachael is passionate about working with Developers to help find a correlation between people and the products they are building while excelling at launches.
Seun is the head of media and communications at Microvestng and head of growth at Twentyonelights. His core skills involve an ability to view a compelling and sellable brand story, create a content strategy that increases views, funnel sales conversions for B2B/B2C, and work around brand mentions. When he is not geeking out about science, mystery, marketing, or branding, he must be teaching kids at church!
Samuel is professionally trained as an Edtech expert and has been in this space for 3years, sharing content to help learners and schools to achieve learning gains. He is a school supervisor at EKOEXCEL and is also passionate about helping interested people build a successful business online.
Vivian Claire Okeke
Vivian works with Goloko diaries as the head of content marketing and strategic adviser and runs her own business as Claire-the-brand. She created engaging and up-to-date content for the company she has worked for that helped them stand up on social media and their website. She's also a genius for figuring out potential strategies to fit your available resources. She is the director of media and publicity at Girlspiration and director of content development at the Female Leadership Organization.
Olatunji B. Alonge
Olatunji is a growth activator, business growth hacker, author, keynote speaker, founder of Growth Hive Consulting, and business development manager at Ashirin Tech Solutions. He loves speaking on personal development, business development, and nation-building and puts others first because he believes that the best of our victories have always come from "Our strength," not "My strength." Olatunji is very innovative, competent, and diligent with good leadership skills.
Peter Ebuka Agbo
Peter is an experienced and professional brand influencer, affiliate marketer, marketing strategist, and recruitment/business consultant who can combine various activities, projects, and interests in making positive differences in people’s life. Peter is the founder & recruitment lead at HireRite Services. Peter is an insightful and goal-driven marketing strategist & event promotion specialist at Nobellum, dedicated to carving out a space in the technology industry to increase diversity and inclusion for Black & Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC).
Francis is a strategist, thinker, speaker, writer, and planner; bringing clarity and direction to ideas and visions. He is a resourceful and talented IT manager, business and tech advisor, and business model innovation expert. Francis is the chief commercial officer at TheMhagic, co-owner at Emerging Ideas Business Services (EIBS), with expertise in web analytics, data analysis, knowledge management, procedures development, content development, security gadgets, and applications deployment.
Seyi is passionate about serving and being a voice for the people caused me to step forward in promoting a sustainable quality of life for young, elderly and vulnerable people. He is a visionary whose soft-spoken nature endears him to all and sundry. He is the former group managing director of Makon Group Limited and has distinguished himself in the Private sector and his sojourn to the public service is highly recommended. Seyi is been awarded the Laudable Contribution to Humanity Merit Award by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (Oyo State Council).
Oluwaseun (Gabby) Owolabi
Oluwaseun is an intelligent lady with vast knowledge and experience in content creation and marketing, Linkedln optimization, page management, copywriting, and public speaking. She is the founder of a vast growing non-governmental organization ROTNED International which focuses on reaching out to the less privileged and the needy at large in Africa and all over the world. She is a certified leader and health manager from the University of Washington and has been working with businesses, entrepreneurs, and bloggers to create compelling content to attract ideal customers and retain them as go-to's.
Chika Ike-Ojukwu is a determined and enthusiastic content writer with sound moral values, a chemical engineering graduate from Landmark University, and a public speaker. She is a passionate writer, author of two amazing books (The winning Success and Dream to a Reality), content creator, and host. She coaches and mentors a good number of young people to bring their dreams to reality and unleash their potential in them.
David I. Adeleke
David is a writer, media analyst, and communications strategist with over seven years of experience in media and technology. He tells stories about business and technology with simple and engaging language. He is communications lead & managing editor at Nestcoin and publisher at CMQ Media. David loves to talk about tech, web3, media, communications, and content marketing.
'Lara is a seasoned Human Resources senior executive with local and global best practices spanning various industries. She is a relator, connectedness, analytical, and strategic thinker, and her expertise cuts across HR transformation, talent & career management, HR metrics & data analytics, talent acquisition & retention, NLP Coaching, etc. She is also a certified coach passionate about helping professionals to discover their talents and unleash their potential to propel them to a brighter future. She is the divisional director & head of HR at Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc and Country HR Lead at Accenture, Nigeria.
Ajulo Anthony is an entrepreneur, businessman, and industrialist. He is the co-founder of Colton Group, a fast-growing conglomerate with a great interest in the manufacturing sector, construction, industrial chemicals, FMCG manufacturing, and the ICT sector. He is an experienced Business Strategist and business incubator with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate, manufacturing sector, and building materials industry. His area of expertise covers budgeting, business planning, strategy, coaching, and marketing.
Christabel is a branding advisor at Zurich Elite Business School, chief executive officer at Christabel Ikpen Consulting, and support analyst at Parizzo. She loves to engage with people and is a great mental advocate and philanthropist with a word of encouragement for everyone. She is an author of an e-book titled “5 Heartbreak Hacks” and calls herself a die-hard optimist and enjoys seeing new places.
Nkem is a certified senior professional in human resources and an associate of the Chartered Institute of personnel management of Nigeria (ACIPM) with 13years+ experience in human resources management and product. She is an integrative life coach and behavioral change therapist and is the founder of The Work-Life Organisation Global Ltd, professional coaching and human capital transformation consultancy. As a corporate communication consultant, she works with high-profile individuals and brands to position their products and services.
Emmanuel is a certified leadership and career success coach and a seasoned and highly sought-after multiple award-winning strategic business leader with over 20 years of management experience spanning various industries. He is currently the head of people & culture at Letshego and an adjunct professor at Eudoracity Business School. He serves as a career and business mentor on various mentoring platforms which include, The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), FATE Foundation, and GROW by Hacking HR, amongst a host of others.
Tonia is a philosopher with proven leadership capabilities, who likes to take ambitions, and is a thoughtful author who is passionate about content creating and presenting excellent results in line with client expectations. She creates content to engage, inform and reach an audience on a human, conversational level. She is also a brand influencer who creates online content to amplify brand awareness, strengthen the brand's reputation, expand its position in the market to improve on a conversational level and increase audience engagement. She is currently working as a social media manager at Upwork and TGAC.
Inneh is a self-made man, sales coach & mentor, organic traffic sales expert, affiliate marketing specialist at Expertnaire, and records and administrative officer at Fountainhead Medical Centre. He is a passionate philanthropist who has trained 100's of people across various platforms for free. Inneh loves to talk about digital skills, high-income skills, affiliate marketing, and online business opportunities.
Bankole is a consultant par excellence and a peak performance career coach who has a proven record of helping organizations develop their human capacity to surpass their annual financial targets. He is also a Fellow of the International Management Consultants Certification Board (FIMCB). He is a renowned force in consulting, assisting no less than 12 prominent banks in Nigeria to develop and deploy solutions for long-term profitability and sustainability. Bankole is the principal consultant at LYD CONSULTING LIMITED and the founder of LiveYourDreamsAfrica Foundation.
Enahoro is the managing director of Pause Factory, the co-founder of GlobalCerts&Strategy, and the chief managing consultant at Simeon's Pivot Resources. He is a human resource consultant, a certified John Maxwell leadership trainer, a certified life coach, and a certified EQ assessor (EQPC & EQA) by Six Seconds. As a Life Coach, he focuses on peak performance, emotional mastery, and relationship coaching. Enahoro is an author with a list of audiobooks including "The Leverage Triangle" (3 in 1 Audio Book), Emotional Intelligence For Life and Living, and M Advantage.
Oluwaseun is the head of the customer experience at Kuda and Stanbic IBTC Bank. His professional experience cuts across different facets of banking and project management. I have been involved in customer service implementation, management, and improvement. He has worked in various industries and domains including, service standardization, service measurement, service training, process improvement, customer complaint management, and relationship management.
Olufunke is an ambidextrous management expert with footprints in customer experience design and implementation, relationship management, retail banking, wealth management, sales, and banking operations. He is the head of established markets of Stanbic IBTC, a transformational leader, speaker, and coach. Her area of expertise covers subjects like management, talent development, strategy, customer experience, retail banking, operations, and product development.
Bilikiss is a great individual with depth in intellectual and interpersonal capacity. She is an experienced administrator and social entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in government administration, the private sector, and social enterprise. She is skilled in operations management, sales, mobile applications, environmental awareness, and software as a Service (SaaS). She is currently the director-general of records and archives at Lagos State Government.
Endurance is an IT, energy & natural resources, private equity, and infrastructure & construction projects lawyer. He is the founder of LAWYERPP - a Nigerian legal tech outfit currently changing the face of the Nigerian legal services industry - and an Attorney at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. He's also the founder of Eagle Venture Capital (EVC), PhoneFlag, and StartUp Life. He's also an attorney, a law teacher, and a writer.
Sultan is the co-founder & CTO of AltSchool Africa, co-founder & head of technologies at TalentQL, and the founder of DevCareers. He started with Xsellon which is a comprehensive currency trading platform that ensures trust, experience, and effectiveness. Sultan has been awarded as Africa Developer Influencer of the month issued by BlackTech Pipeline in Aug 2019.
Adedoyin has over 15 years of consulting experience in industries such as FMCG, oil & gas, hospitality, engineering, healthcare, construction, retail, education, pharmaceuticals, mining & quarrying, (to name a few with cognitive experience from induction programs to leadership/management development program) which enable achievement of strategic objectives and organizational development priorities.
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