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How I turned my love of African accessories into a successful business

While a student, Faith Emmanuel Okochua developed an interest in African fashion. Few years after venturing into it, she is turning in sufficient returns. She speaks to Saleemah Ibe about her journey in growing the business.          Can you tell us briefly about your business?  The business name is Shopafrik. We produce …

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An entrepreneur who’s turned perfume and network marketing into a high-income business

Amina Usman Abba, from Kano, started a petty business at a tender age and now runs a perfume business and network marketing. The early-growth stage of the business was tough and she almost gave up when, for good four months, she didn’t record sales. Determined to be the financially independent woman she wanted, she waded …

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Meet the name behind a digital banking app to deepen Islamic financial inclusion in Nigeria – Ibrahim Lukman

Ibrahim Lukman is tech-savvy, with a decade of experience in software development. Passionate about helping businesses through non-interest funding, he established a Halal business—a platform to address the challenges small businesses face while accessing financial opportunities. The business has only just entered the space, but it has recorded tremendous success—and still counting. He shares his …

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Making a fortune from solar and empowering Africans—The WiSolar story

Tonye Irims is the founder and CEO of WiSolar Africa, one of the fastest-growing solar electricity companies in South Africa. Founded in 2016, WiSolar breaks the solar electricity system sizes into easy-to-understand upgradeable packages with different price points for customers and later developed prepaid solar electricity for residential developments. Irims shares his story with Rilwan …

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A biotechnology graduate who started an online business after job failures tells his story

After graduation, Jabir Ahmad Muhammad ploughed through the maze of a job search to no avail—despite his degree qualification. He later turned to an online business—and his story has changed. He speaks with Aisha Yahaya. Tell us what you do for a living I am Jabir Ahmad Muhammad, owner of MGN Ventures and Sons, a …

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Interested in starting a water business? Muhammad’s interview can guide you

After years of searching for jobs, Muhammad opens a water packaging business that is now earning him thousands of naira in daily income. Muhammad Bashir speaks to Saleemah Ibe about his water business. Can you tell us briefly about your business? The name of my business is Dogon-Koli Pure Water. We package and sell sachet …

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Hostel.ng: The inspiring story of start up helping students solve accommodation problems on campus 

  Davidson Okafor was almost scammed for hostel rent while at school. His experience birthed the platform hostel.ng to clear up accommodation hurdles for undergraduates seeking hostel on campus. He talks about how it started as an idea  and now turned into a company, in this interview with Aisha Yahaya.   Can you briefly tell …

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Want to learn graphic design? The story of this 19 year old medical student is a good read

  A 100-level student of dental surgery at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria has trained more than 70 women in graphic design from 2020 till date, and a lot of them are doing well in the north of the country. Maryam Sani speaks with Aisha Yahaya.   Tell us about your business. The name of my …

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Onwe Godwin: Learning fashion design and standing out

Onwe Godwin is a graduate of the University of Abuja who developed an interest in fashion design and now makes millions from it. He speaks to Ibe Saleemah on his entrepreneurship journey. What is your business?  I graduated from the University of Abuja with a bachelor’s in geography. I am a Nigerian native of Ebonyi …

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