We begin our Top Ten Series with the twitter handles you must follow as an African entrepreneur. One of the most powerful inventions of this generation is the microblogging social network called Twitter. Twitter allows 280 characters per tweet, so users are compelled to be clear, precise and succinct. Again, the amount of information, knowledge and ideas you can get is close to unlimited if you follow the right twitter handles. I have compiled a list of twitter handles you have to follow as a Nigerian entrepreneur. These are people who talk about opportunities, ideas, running successful businesses and so on. Please note that it is not about the number of followers they have, but the contents they provide. If you are someone who finds it difficult to read long articles and books, reading contents from these chosen handles can enrich your mind, expand your reasoning and improve your skills.
10. Dipo Awojide (@OgbeniDipo) – is a senior lecturer in strategy, Nottingham Business School. He is a career and personal development coach. He is the founder of BTDT Hub, a human capital development company. Ogbeni Dipo tweets mostly about personal and career development. He gives insights into why investment in personal development translates into future success. As an entrepreneur, any investment you make in developing your personal capacities will impact your business. You will also find some inspiration from some of his tweets.
Slow progress is better than no progress. Trust the process.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) November 7, 2019
9. Iyinoluwa Samuel Aboyeji (@iaboyeji) – is a multiple award-winning Nigerian entrepreneur. He co-founded Andela, Flutterwave and future.africa. He believes so much in Africans resolving the long-aged problems of poverty, destitution and impoverishment. His tweets bother mostly on entrepreneurship, his past experience and politics. He also tweets about opportunities in the tech space, especially if you intend to apply for Y-combinator- an American seed accelerator. You will find inspiration in some of his tweets, learn about existing opportunities and if you are lucky may engage him in meaningful discussions.
Knowledge is power but what you do with it is wealth.
— E (@iaboyeji) September 17, 2019
8. Moe Odele (@Mochievous) – according to her profile on LinkedIn, Moe is “an international finance and technology attorney” with expertise in “technology, business and human rights, innovative financing, impact Investing, gender and inclusive finance, ESG advisory (due diligence & integration), startup advisory, and social entrepreneurship.” She also runs Scale My Hustle- a social enterprise that focuses on helping entrepreneurs build “better- structured businesses.” Moe tweets about varying subjects including entrepreneurship, gender equality, personal experiences and personal development. If you are looking to improve your productivity and learn new ways to improve your business, Moe is the right personae to follow.
One of my favorite things to do is learn from people way different than I. Different experiences, different exposure, different lifestyles. I love it so much.
And I’m extremely lucky to come across those people almost everyday.
— Moe (@Mochievous) November 9, 2019
7. Sim Shagaya (@simshagaya)- is a founder and former CEO of Konga.com, founder and CEO of Ulesson.com. According to wikepedia.com, he is a founder of many companies including E-motion; a Lagos based advertising business. He was listed as one of the 10 most powerful men in Africa by Forbes Magazine in 2014. Sim Shagaya’s tweets are mostly his experience running businesses in Nigeria. You will find his tweets handful when dealing with pitfalls and opportunities in running a business in Nigeria.
6. Oluyomi Ojo (@OluyomiOjo) is the founder of Printivo, Nigeria’s leading online print provider. Oluyomi started his journey into entrepreneurship by making handmade cards. According to BellaNaija, He is also founded Urbanbaze Designs, brand communication company. Oluyomi shares his experience running his business. He is a business owner who places premium on customer satisfaction. You will learn a thing or two about customer service following him.
5. Wole Oluyemi (@WoleOluyemiCo)- is a business coach with a mandate to help entrepreneurs grow their business. A chartered accountant by profession, he is the founder of companies like Agriko, Roedl & Partner and CorpERM. His tweets border basically on running a sustainable enterprise. If you are looking for motivation as well as insights into the world of entrepreneurship, you will find most of his tweets useful.
4. Ola Brown (@NaijaFlyingDr)- is the founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, a company that provides air ambulances services to individuals and companies, first of its kind in West Africa. She also sits on the board of Greentree Investment Company, a Lagos based venture capitalist company. Dr Ola Brown’s tweets are not just about her business. You will find her talking about investments, economics, gender issues, policymaking, healthcare as well as corporate governance. She also curates personal and career development contents. What is fascinating about Dr Brown is her knowledge about varying subjects and how well she is able to communicate in manners you can easily understand.
3. Akin Alabi (@akinalabi)is the founder of Nairabet, Nigeria first and foremost online sports betting company, and author of Small Business, Big Money. He is a first time member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives. He is also a sports enthusiast. (You may find him ranting about Man Utd’s present predicament). Hon. Alabi is one of the few down- to- earth entrepreneurs to have come out of Nigeria. His writing/ tweets are always frank, straightforward and void of embellishments. You may find some of his tweets controversial, however, rest assured you will learn from his experience. If you want to improve your marketing and selling skills, you will find his tweets insightful.
2. Brenda Okorogba (@MomentsWithBren)- I recently stumbled on this handle on twitter and I was immediately impressed with her contents. Brenda Okorogba is a Nigerian immigrant living in Canada. She was recently listed as one of the top 25 immigrants living in Canada. Her work in Canada is as impressive as her contents. Her twitter handle is a one-stop-shop for various opportunities for career advancement, self-development and entrepreneurship.
1. Victor Asemota (@asemota)- the Chief, as also known on twitter tops our list of twitter handles to follow as a Nigerian entrepreneur. You cannot be in the tech space and not follow the Chief. Apart from being a founder or co-founder of varying tech businesses and a venture capitalist, he is a writer, mentor, teacher and advisor. His deep knowledge of African entrepreneurship especially in the tech space forms the basis of his contents. He provides insights into how technology can improve African life, especially in the areas of finance and communication. He provides an in-depth analysis of varying subjects, diving deep well enough to pass for a book. He has been urged many times by his followers to write a book. Hopefully, he yields soon. Following the Chief is a must.
Contents are powerful. They have a way of shaping our approach to life and work. There are several handles out there you can follow as an entrepreneur. The aforementioned individuals are people who are highly knowledgeable in their fields and have found time to talk about their experiences, share powerful and useful insights into their lives and work. You may not agree with some of their contents especially non-business related ones, I can, however, assure you that you will improve your knowledge, get new skills, and gain further insights that will help you on your journey as a business owner.
Temitope Adeyemo is the author of Young, Black and Successful and a banker. Follow him on Twitter @topeadeyemo