While it goes against our very nature as Nigerians to be lazy, the fear of failure is still the one thing that holds so many back from succeeding at starting and running a business. Many would sooner gnash their teeth and whine about the lack of funds and unfavourable business climate than admit to themselves that it can be done.
Fortunately, there are Nigerians ignoring these limits and raising the bar. Emeka Akano is one of them!
Meet Emeka Akano
Emeka Akano is a Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer at Jara Mobile Limited, a startup mobile commerce platform that turns consumers to customers for brands in a measurable way. We celebrate Emeka Akano for providing inspiration for his Nigerian and African peers while demonstrating that productive entrepreneurship is anchored on focus, vision, discipline and persistence.
He made the Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 for 2015 (Forbes Africa’s Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs list). His areas of personal expertise include Engineering and IT, Product Development, Strategy and Planning.
Emeka holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Technology for Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems from the University of Nottingham, UK and a BSc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. He also has a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management from the Pan-Atlantic University (Lagos Business School) and was selected as one of Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 for 2015 (Forbes Africa’s Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs list).
Entrepreneurial featsSomething of a New Age thinker, he pushes entrepreneurial ideas that eventually would disrupt the way Nigerians and Africans Africa think about paying their routine bills with his flagship product called the “Jara App” www.jara.ng, which gives consumers free coupons for all the best deals in town, anytime they pay their routine bills with on Jara.
He also co-founded Entarado Ltd, a web development company that helps small and medium businesses in Nigeria leverage technology to grow their businesses. Prior to Jara Mobile and Entarado, Emeka has worked for several organisations across different sectors, as a Business Development Executive with the University of Nottingham in the UK. He was also Project Manager and Research Engineer at Termate Limited in the UK and has worked with Nigerian Communications Commission and Shell Nigeria.
Together with his partner Chinedu Onyeaso, they have created a match-making service, which is now useful for all the African entrepreneurs. It is called Founder2Be. It looks like online dating – all you need is just to click for having a deal. They both create effective applications and solutions for various business purposes.
He also voluntarily co-hosts the Lagos Founder2be (www.founder2be.com) events with his team at Entarado, a platform which helps aspiring entrepreneurs and Startups learn from established entrepreneurs and also find potential co-founders with complimentary skill sets for their business or idea.
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