Nigeria’s entrepreneurial landscape has witnessed an influx of talented women who are carving a niche for themselves as Founders or CEOs of successful startups. Among these remarkable women are six trailblazers who have defied the odds and raised over $3 million in funding for their ventures, showcasing the immense potential and impact of women in the Nigerian startup ecosystem.
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These women have not only raised significant funding but have also built innovative solutions that are solving critical problems in Nigeria and beyond. From fintech to healthtech and e-commerce, these women Founders and CEOs are disrupting industries and creating new opportunities for growth and development.
Their stories serve as an inspiration to other aspiring women entrepreneurs who may have faced obstacles in accessing capital or breaking into male-dominated industries. Through their perseverance and ingenuity, these women have shattered glass ceilings and demonstrated that success knows no gender.
In this article, we place our searchlight on six remarkable women Founders and CEOs, the amount they raised and the categories of their startups. Top of Form
Name: Anu Adasolum
Raised Fund: $28+ million (Seed, Bridge, Venture Round)
Category: B2B E-Commerce
Brief: Anu is the Co-founder and CEO of Sabi, based in Lagos, Nigeria. Prior to Sabi’s spinout from Rensource Energy, Anu was the COO of Rensource. She joined Rensource after leading Jumia’s JForce program in Nigeria. Before Jumia, Anu worked as a consultant for KMPG, and in operations for the Dangote Group. Adasolum attended the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2010.
Name: Jesse Anuna
Raised Fund: $4.8 million (Pre-Seed, Seed)
Brief: Jess Anuna is the Founder & CEO at Klasha. She has worked for Amazon, Shopify Plus, Shopa and was a Director at RestockChina.
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Name: Yvonne Johnson
Raised Fund: $4.5+ million (Pre-Seed, Seed)
Brief: Yvonne Johnson is the Co-founder and MD of Indicina. She previously worked at First Bank of Nigeria as a Head, of Strategy & Corporate Development. Yvonne Johnson attended Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.
Fara Ashiru Jituboh
Name: Fara Ashiru Jituboh
Raised Fund: $4.5 million (Pre-Seed, Seed)
Company: Okra Inc.
Brief: Fara Ashiru Jituboh is a Co-Founder and CEO / CTO of Okra, Inc — focused on building the infrastructure to allow Africans to connect their bank accounts to 3rd party applications to enable the acceleration of financial innovation in Africa through data. Prior to founding Okra in 2019, Fara gained experience building and scaling products in emerging markets and venture-backed startups by working with organizations such as Canva, Techhustle, Sana Benefits, and Dorsata.
Name: Ugwem Eneyo
Raised Fund: $4.2 million (Pre-Seed, Seed)
Company: SHYFT Power Solutions
Category: Internet of Things
Brief: Ugwem Eneyo has three current jobs including Co-Founder & CEO at SHYFT Power Solutions, Graduate Student at Stanford University, and Co-Founder & CEO at Solstice Energy Solutions.
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Name: Honey Ogundeyi
Raised Fund: $3.5 million (Pre-Seed)
Brief: Honey Ogundeyi is the Founder and CEO at Edukoya. Additionally, Honey Ogundeyi has had a past job as the Founder & CEO at Fashpa.
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