Hello, Happy New Week!
Celebrating Nigerian youths who add value to the society is a ritual at The Bridge Leadership Foundation and this week, our youth of the week is IYINOLUWA ABOYEJI, more popularly known as “E”.
Iyinoluwa was born on March 28, 1991. He is a Nigerian serial entrepreneur with several years of experience running social ventures in education technology and publishing. Iyinoluwa graduated from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies in 2012. As a young person with keen interested in global youth and social issues, he worked with the World Youth Alliance at the United Nations when he was just 18. He then went on to run one of Canada’s largest student owned publication, Imprint Publications as President of the Board.
In 2011, Iyinoluwa helped found and run Bookneto Inc, a social e-learning platform which helped University professors earn additional revenue from courses they were teaching in class by selling them to organizations in need of e-learning content. Bookneto Inc. was acquired in 2013. In 2014, Iyinoluwa co-founded Andela to find the brightest young people in Africa, train them to be world-class developers, and connect them with employers around the world looking for top technical talent. In 2014, Andela was named by CNN as one of top 10 African startups of 2014.
Iyinoluwa currently runs Fora.co which is an organization that empowers young Africans to take their continent back through education. It enrols young African students and professionals in world class online degree and certificate programs which boost their credentials, help them improve their livelihoods and contribute to their country’s economic development
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji cofounded two successful startups in Africa before launching Flutterwave in 2017. With $15.7 million in funding, the payments company is empowering Pan-African merchants to execute business on global scale, processing $1.2 billion in transactions so far. Aboyeji’s previous startup Andela, gained attention when the venture received $24 million in funding from Mark Zuckerberg.
Iyinoluwa is a recipient of several awards and honours including the John C Holland Award for Youth Leadership (awarded by JC Holland Foundation in 2010) and Nigeria’s top 20 under 20 (awarded by Thisday Newspapers in 2011). He was also named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper in 2012.
Iyinoluwa’s Interests include – technology, education, impact investing, emerging markets, finance, and entrepreneurship.
You can reach Iyinoluwa on the following social media pages:
Facebook – Aboyeji E Iyinoluwa
Instagram – Aboyeji E Iyinoluwa (@iaboyeji)