It was indeed a gathering of 7 heavyweight entrepreneurs in the Nigerian IT and Creative industry as Pheelz Mr Producer, Andrew Airelobhegbe, Jason Njoku, Mark Essien, Japhet Omojuwa, Funke ‘Jenifa’ Akindele and Convener, Akin Alabi all gathered at the Eko Hotel and Suites to inspire young entrepreneurs across the Nigerian entrepreneurship landscape.
This life changing event that was targeted at business owners will surely leave an indelible mark on the minds of young Nigerians as powerful motivational speeches and mind boggling true life stories from top enterprising Nigerians will trigger the passion, energy and vigour of hustling entrepreneurs.
The hall graced a couple of the most successful young business people who told the stories of how they started their journey and YES they did tell it well, to the point of motivation.
A bit biography about the speakers:
Founder, IROKOTV: Jason had 10 failed ideas before he moved back home to live with his mom. It was during this transition process that he noticed his family’s love for movies. While in the middle of this, he discovered a solution to the bottlenecks associated with sourcing for local movies abroad that he came about his 11th idea – IrokoTV: an online movie streaming platform.
Iroko TV was formed from Iroko Partners, a business enterprise that has raised over 30 million dollars of investment.
While working as an home care nurse in Germany and also an app developer for the iPhone, a business which provided the funds to start Hotels.ng in Nigeria, Mark Essien, CEO Hotels.ng has never looked back.
Hotels.ng has grown to become the biggest hotel service in Nigeria and has raised a total of 1 billion naira as investment.
Andrew, 23 is the CEO Oga Venue, one of Nigeria’s biggest events venue booking portal in Nigeria. Andrew told his story of his failed poultry business before he rose up to the challenge of being an entrepreneur by determination and persistence.
Andrew expatiated on how after many failed attempts at poultry, he found his breakthrough eventually, made millions of naira to start the Oga Venue portal. A project that has generated about 45,000 dollars investment from investors.
A socio political influencer, columnist on popular Nigerian dailies and international platform. Japhet has grown from being a regular controversial figure to being a world class speaker through sheer determination and consistency. Channeling his controversial status to become a sought after thought leader across all cadres of life and businesses.
His brain child OmojuwaTV is currently generating a lot of traction online and will soon be one of the biggest Vlogging platforms on social issues in Nigeria.
Pheelz, Mr Producer
One of the best sound engineer and producer Nigeria has ever produced; Phillip Kayode Moses has grown from just being a producer to one of Nigerian hottest audio engineers.
He produced Olamide’s hit song, DuroSoke in 2013. A feat that made him nick the Headies Producer of the Year award. This demontsrates his passion and hardwork to become one of Nigeria’s top producer.
Pheelz founded Lyricash, a music distribution channel which attempts to eliminate piracy and create more reward and value for music lovers in Nigeria and outside the country.
If you are looking for one of Nigeria’s best screen goddess, then look no further. Funke also known by her screen name Jenifa comes to mind!
An embodiment of sheer hardwork and creativity from the days of the television series ‘I need to know’ to ‘The Movie – Jenifa‘ and now Jenifa’s Diary, the multiple award winner actress has been soaring from strength to strength. She stated in her speech at the #YECO2017 that all she had done was a product of hardwork and sheer determination.
She is not just a writer, Funke is also a producer and entrepreneur.
The Founder of the first Nigeria’s sport betting company, Nairabet had an heartbreaking story of his journey to share with young entrepreneurs today and this was stemmed from his foray into the entrepreneurship journey. Akin Alabi just like every other entrepreneur out there had series of failed businesses before he eventually hit his gold mine ‘NairaBet’.
As usual Dee Digital Media team was on ground to capture the images and timelines as they happen at the event. Enjoy the picture timelines:
This 50 entrepeneurs won N100, 000 each courtesy of the Akin Alabi foundation:
Saving the best for the last…FOOD!!!:
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