“Journeys in Entrepreneurship” podcast series was borne out of the idea to showcase entrepreneurial leadership stories of growth and scale across Nigeria.We decided to tell these stories from an Entrepreneurs point of view. To achieve this, we paired entrepreneurs from the same industry and had them discuss about how they were able to start and expand their businesses successfully in Nigeria. In every episode we had a more experienced and established entrepreneur interviewed by a budding entrepreneur in the same industry.
Through this podcast series we aim to inspire hope, courage and faith as well as pass across business principles that have helped these Nigerian Entrepreneurs achieve greatness in the Nigerian business environment which has been described as being tough and difficult to do business in.
We hope that entrepreneurs and everyone considering entrepreneurship as a viable career option find these stories valuable to where ever they may be on their own personal journeys.
Asue Ighodalo and Odunoluwa Longe
In our season finale, we have Asue Ighodalo, the founding partner of the law firm Banwo and Ighodalo. A corporate and commercial law practice in Nigeria specializing in advising major corporations on Corporate Finance, Capital markets, Energy & Natural Resources, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Securitization and Project Finance. He is also the Chairman, Sterling Bank, Director, NSIA – Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, Chairman NESG – Nigerian Economic Summit Group.
Interviewing him on set is Odunoluwa Longe, Co-founder at DIYlaw, Nigeria’s foremost legal technology startup. She is also the Co-founder and Lead Counsel of The Longe Practice LP, (TLP), a law practice focused on proving legal solutions for entrepreneurship in Africa, representing both founders and early stage investors.
Join us as we listen to their Journey on Entrepreneurship in the Nigerian Legal Industry
Ayo Olajiga and Hakeem Jimo
Ayo Olajiga is the Co-Founder & CEO of Foodpro Limited, a Nigerian based FMCG business currently focused on processing and producing superior quality cashew nut products for retail and commercial customers in Nigeria and around the world. A seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in agro-processing, investment banking and management consulting in two of Africa's largest economies with a deep passion for driving economic development in Africa through business transformation and scaling enterprises.
Interviewing him is Hakeem Jimo, Founder of Veggie Victory, a manufacturing start-up with its retail product vegetarian chunks. He is a communications expert and the founder and managing director of Lionsun Consulting, a Lagos based PR and business consulting firm with a special focus on German companies like Lufthansa, BASF and most recently the German Business Club.
Join us as we listen to their Journey on Entrepreneurship in the Food Industry.
Dr Olufemi Ogunsanya and Ayoyinka Delumo
In today's episode we bring you stories from the Education industry as we host Dr Olufemi Ogunsanya and Ayoyinka Delumo.
Dr Olufemi is a former lecturer at the University of Lagos who founded Oxbridge Tutorial College in 1993. Oxbridge was the first sixth form college in the country and remains the premiere specialist sixth form college based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors Association of Private Educators in Nigeria (APEN), Chairman of the Lagos Anglican Schools Management Board (LASMAB) and Chairman of Igbobi College, Yaba. She also sits on the Board of Preparation for Life (PFL), an educational consultancy outfit.
Interviewing her is Ayoyinka Delumo, A graduate of Communications from McMaster University, Canada and Founder of Play Place, an indoor-playground that provides a fun and safe environment where children can engage in creative play.
Gerald Chukwuma and Aderonke Adeola
In today’s episode, we have Gerald Chukwuma, Founder of GDY Fine and Functional Art. Gerald is a Contemporary artist noted for working with upcycled aluminum battered wood carvings and installations for his signature intricately crafted wood-slate sculptures. His body of work aims at telling Nigerian stories through art. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at key galleries and museums both locally and internationally.
Interviewing him, we have Aderonke Adeola, a writer, producer and director. She is the director and producer the documentary “Awani”, a historical documentary that explores the intersection between colonialism and gender inequality. This film has also won multiple awards including the UNESCO prize at the 2019 Afrika Film Festival.
Join us as we listen to their Journey on Entrepreneurship in the Creative Arts Industry.
Femi Olayebi and Abdulsalam Kassim Baba
In this episode, we have Femi Olayebi, Chief Creative Director at My World of Bags, a design and manufacturing company which produces a beautiful range of handcrafted products. Femi Handbags is a business line that produces bespoke, leather handbags and accessories, while My World of Bags is a more corporate line with products ranging from conference bags and folders to laptop bags and sleeves, tablet cases, and promotional gifts that are tailored to specific client needs.
Femi is also the brain behind “The Lagos Leather Fair”. The Lagos Leather fair is a private initiative designed to bring together the major players along the leather value chain to offer innovative solutions and change the Nigerian narrative. The fair is an annual event and she has successfully run three editions.
Interviewing her on set is Abdulsalam Kassim Baba, who’s a graduate of Mathematics from Usman Danfodiyou University Sokoto, an alumnus of FATE Foundation (AEP68) and the Creative Director of AB The Shoemaker, a shoe manufacturing brand located in Kaduna.
Join us as we listen to their Journey on Entrepreneurship in the Nigerian Leather Industry.
Adenike Ogunlesi and Oyin Lewis
In this episode, we have Adenike Ogunlesi, the Founder of “Ruff ‘n’ Tumble. She is a leading designer, manufacturer and retailer for children’s clothing. She founded Ruff ’n’ Tumble in 1996 and the company has scaled to about 15 stores with over 150 employees across the country.
Interviewing her on set is Oyin Lewis, the Founder and Creative Designer of Purple Place Lagos, a highly sought after fashion design brand that specializes in making custom made wedding dresses and glamorous occasion wear.
Join us as we listen to their Journey on Entrepreneurship in the Fashion Industry.