50 Most Innovative Nigerian Youths in 2021

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50 most innovative Nigerians in 2021

Being innovative in Nigeria or as a Nigerian is no ABC task. It cuts farther than developing business ideas and implementing them. The Nigerian society is a very rigid and biased one, which makes innovation a very difficult task; challenging the norms people are profoundly attached to.

Innovation in Nigeria goes as far as identifying the socio-economic problems of the society, challenging them, drafting strategic solutions, implementing these solutions, and making these solutions sustainable sources livelihood for yourself and people.

To innovate is to stimulate an economy growth. To innovate is to make basic needs affordable. To innovate is to inspire people to live a better live. To innovate is to challenge dreadful norms and prove them wrong. To innovate is to make people happy.

Millions of Nigerian youths have been doing exponentially well for themselves, the nation, and the global community. These Nigerian youths have been exceptional in their ability to identify some fundamental social, economic, and environmental problems both in the country and the international community… And also have put in some efforts, focus, commitment to render significant solutions to eliminate the problems or abate them.

Who are the 50 most Innovative Nigerian Youths in 2021?

We at insight.ng love to call them innovative Nigerian Youths. Or insightful Youths in Nigeria… and in our culture of celebrating great Individuals who have been contributing to the progress and development of humanity, both in Nigeria and abroad, we have collected a list of 50 young Nigerians between the age bracket of [16 and 35 years old] who have been innovative in their respective industries and have been able to create some grand successes we can all recon with.

The Nigerian youths on the list did not only beat so many odds, their success has earned them recognition on the international stage.

We cover industries like Business, Science and Technology, Politics and leadership, Civil service and law, Entertainment and  Sports, and several others.  

50 Most Innovative Nigerian Youth

S/NNameIndustry / SectorFirmeAge
1.Abubakar FalaluFarming Founder, Falgates31
2.Richard AkusonLawyer/WriterFounder, A Nasty Boy27
3.Adegoke OlubusiHealthCofounder, Helium Health29
4.Akin JonesFinTechFounder, Aella Credit
5.Ayodeji Ibrahim BalogunEntertainmentMusician30
6.Ayodeji OsowobiActivistExecutive Director, STER29
7.Bankole CardosoTransportationCEO, EasyTaxi Nigeria32
8.Bella DisuTelecommunicationsExecutive Vice Chairman, Globacom35
9.Ben EluanFinTechCo-founder, Flux23
10.Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (Burnaboy)EntertainmentMusician29
11.David Adedeji Adeleke (Davido)EntertainmentMusician28
12.Dimeji SofoworaHealth careCofounder, Helium Health
13.Dr. Olamide OrekunrinHealthcare and Venture CapitalistFounder, Founder Flying Doctors Nigeria35
14.Edirin EdeworWriterFounder, online publisher30
15.Edmund OlotuFinTechCEO, G-Pay33
16.Eyitayo OgunmolaSocial mediaFounder, Utiva32
17.Ezra OlubiFinTechCofounder, Paystack34
18.Fidelis OzuawalaBloggerfounder/CEO of Waploaded28
19.Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola (Dj. Cuppy)EntertainmentDJ29
20.Folarin Falana (Falz)EntertainmentMusician31
21.Fred OyetayoInternet TechnologyCEO, Fresible27
22.George OmoraroMediaCEO, The Rage Group31
23.Hamzat LawalLegal PR actioner/activistFounder, Follow The Money34
24.Ire AderinokunFinTechCo-Founder, Buycoins31
25.Iyinoluwa Samuel AboyejiFinTechCofounder, Andela, and Flutterwave30
26.Blessing Okagbare-OtegheriAthlete Long Jumping and Short Sprints33
27.Jessica AnunaE-commerceFounder and CEO, Klasha29
28.Jessica O. MatthewsVenture Capitalistco-founder, Uncharted Power33
29.John ObidiInternet MarketingFounder, HeadStart Africa35
30.Juliet EhimuanInternet technologyGoogle's Country Manager in Nigeria28
31.Kelechi IheanachoFootballerForward, Leicester City25
32.Maya Horgan FamoduVenture Capitalist Founder, Ingressive Capital30
33.Nick IonitaFinTechCo-founder and CEO, Flux
34.Odunayo EweniyiFinTechCo-founder PiggyVest28
35.Ola BrownHealthFounder, Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Group
36.Olugbenga AgboolaFinTechCo-founder, Flutterwave35
37.Oluseun OnigbindeFinTechco-founder and CEO of budgIT35
38.OLuwastobiloba OyinlolaVenture CapitalistIoT Evangelist, Itel29
39.Oluwatobi AjayiTransportationChairman/CEO, Nord Automobiles Limited32
40.Oluwatomi SolankeSocial mediaFounder, iCreate Africa31
41.Oluwatosin OlaseindeEdTechFounder, The Money Africa
42.Onyeka AkumahFarmingCEO, Farmcrowdy35
43.Romeo OriogunAuthorAuthor,26
44.Shola AkinladeFinTechCofounder, Paystack34
45.Stephanie CokerTelevision PresenterPresenter, MTV Base Africa32
46.Temie Giwa-TubosuBankingCEO, LifeBank34
47.Tito OviaHealth careCofounder, Helium Health28
48.Tomi AdeyemiNovelist & Writing CoachAuthor, Children of Blood and Bones28
49.Toyin OmotosoInternet MarketingFounder, Expertnaire
50.Yele BademosiCryptocurrencyFounder, Microtraction and Bundle Africa30


Insight.ng updates the list of the 5o most innovative Nigerian Youths every 6 months. I.e Januarys and Junes.

However, in special cases where a young Nigerian steals the limelight beyond expectation, we feel compelled to update the list as soon as we can. And this also applies to innovators on the list whose line of business confirmed illegal by the appropriate authority.

Also, there may be a few mistakes in the data entered above (particularly the ages). If you see any, kindly help to correct it by sending a mail to [email protected].

Also, you can still nominate towards the next update by sending Name, Company Section, Name of company and position, and the person’s age to [email protected] or fill the form below.

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