Meet the 5 young CEOs nominated for the Business Insider Africa Awards


Recall that Business Insider Africa announced the Business Insider Africa Awards earlier this month. The aim is to recognize influential business leaders and entrepreneurs who are driving change, transforming businesses and making a significant impact in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). A total of 55 business leaders from across Africa were nominated in 11 categories. Voting is currently underway.

Keep reading to learn more about the nominees and find out how you can vote for them.

Mr. Rockson is co-founder and CEO of mPharma, an Africa-focused health technology start-up. He started the company in 2013 and has been its CEO ever since. And under his leadership, mPharma has raised approximately $88.2 million from investors and expanded its operations to Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Gabon, Rwanda, Malawi and Ethiopia.

Besides his work at mPharma, Gregory Rockson is also Executive Chairman of Halsons Limited. The Ghanaian national is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Westminster College.

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Mr. Serunjogi is co-founder and managing director of Chipper Cash. He has led the fintech startup’s expansion since 2014, quickly transforming it into one of Africa’s most valuable startups with a valuation of over $2 billion. Last November, Ham told Business Insider Africa that he and his team would continue to pursue the company’s expansion into 2022. He’s doing it well, by the way.

Prior to his current position as CEO of Chipper Cash, Mr. Serunjogi worked as a customer manager at Facebook. He studied economics at Grinnell University.

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Mr. Akinlade and his business partner Ezra Olubi co-founded Paystack in 2015 and quickly grew it into one of Nigeria’s largest fintech companies. Although the company was sold to San Francisco-based financial services company Stripe in 2020, Shola Akinlade is still chief executive.

He holds a BSc. in Computer Science from Babcock University in Nigeria and previously worked at Nigerian Breweries Plc as a Database Manager.

In 2016, Ms. Eweniyi co-founded Piggyvest, a popular savings and investment app in Nigeria. Today, she serves as the company’s chief operating officer. She has a degree in Computer Engineering from Covenant University.

Mr. Agboola is the Managing Director of Flutterwave, one of Africa’s most valuable fintech companies. Under his leadership, the company sealed a series of funding rounds, including the $250 million Series D round in February this year, which pushed its valuation to $3 billion. Earlier this year, Business Insider Africa named him one of the top 10 African CEOs to watch. And apparently, it lives up to that expectation.

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