Technology is the present and ultimately, the future. It is a rare thing to see African youths pursuing a career in tech until recently. The technology sector has seen a significant surge in recent times where Africans have chosen one or many of such tech spaces like web designing, programming, artificial intelligence, BOT creation, digital marketing amongst a host of others.
One of such innovative minds is Iyinoluwa Samuel Aboyeji, the CEO of the foremost technology giant, Andela.
Andela is an African firm that discovers and develops software developers. The company started operations in Nigeria in 2014, to aid international companies to overpower the severe reduction of skilled software developers and has offices in Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and the United States.
At age 19, Aboyeji started Bookneto.com in a partnership with a friend. Bookneto.com is a social learning place where for sharing and organizing resources within learning communities take place. The company was later taken over by the Canadian Innovation Center in 2013.
In 2013, Aboyeji also started Fora with Ian Carnevale, Nadayar, and Brice. Fora is a distance learning place for African universities. Fora allow young professionals in Africa to identify short certificate courses offered online or at universities and professional organizations in the United States.
In 2014, Iyinoluwa co-founded Andela. He is presently listed among Forbes Africa’s under 30.
In 2016, he co-founded Flutterwave, a payments API that makes the processing of payments easy for banks and businesses around Africa.
Iyinoluwa has received a lot of awards and honors that include the John C Holland Award for Youth Leadership (awarded by JC Holland Foundation in 2010).
He continues to be an inspiration to a lot of Nigerians and Africans who have an eye for the tech ecosystem. He has continued to play a significant role in bringing up other innovative individuals.
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