Every year, SME100Nigeria one of Nigeria’s fastest growing platforms for young entrepreneurs; recognizes and celebrates 25 Nigerians under the age of 25 who are doing phenomenal things in Nigeria and contributing to socio-economic development of the country.
The ceremony which held on Saturday, 26th of August at the Terra Kulture Arena in Victoria Island, Lagos, was attended by young entrepreneurs, business managers, innovators, inventors and captains of industries was hosted by Akah Nnani and Seyitan Atigarin. It was an evening of inspiration with words of wisdom and encouragement from Lois Sankey, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, and Tonye Cole.
The keynote speaker was Segun Ogunsanya, CEO Airtel Nigeria who was represented by Emeka Oparah, Head Corporate Communications, Airtel.
Emeka Oparah in his address advised young entrepreneurs to continue to strive in their various ventures and employ ethical practices that will set their businesses apart from others. He also spoke on Airtel’s commitment in contributing to entrepreneurship in Nigeria.
The Executive Director of SME100 Nigeria, Charles Odii in his welcome address spoke on the goal and aim of the awards.
“The goal of this award is to stimulate an entrepreneurial culture among our youths. We identify young people doing phenomenal work across the country, and shine the spotlight on them so that all others can see them and aspire to set up businesses as well.”
The selection of the finalists was cut down to 100 from 3,500 nominated candidates across the 25 categories of the award. The final 25 winners were decided by the Global Advisory Board of SME100Nigeria based on set down criteria and online voting.
See the full list of the award winners below:
Active Citizenry & Government Engagemen
Maryam Laushi – Not too young to run
Chibuzo Aloizeuwa – ACE Palace Farms
Arts, Craft & Cultur
Jekein Lato-Unah – Artiste
Beauty & Makeup
Garos Bot – Botz Pretty Looks
Creative Writing & Content Creation
Georgette Monnou – Unspoken Words
Cyber Security & Technology
AfroTech Girls – AfroTech Girls
Abiola Chris-Amusan – Rings Nigeria
Omozino Eguh – Yudimy
Energy & Sustainability
Jennifer Uchendu – Susty Vibes
Environment, Housing & Interior Décor
Buogo Obi – WoodDesignes
Chinyere Uzuh – Qwint Perfect
Desiree Iyama – Desiree Iyama
Finance & Fintech
Joshua Chibueze – PiggyBankNG
Aliyu Abubakar – QuickShak
Health & Skincare
Precious Obiako – Spotlight Skincare
Manufacturing & Logistics
Natalie Obi – Ethereal Olores Co.
Media & Communication
Gidado Shuaib – Youths’ Digest
Stephanie Eze – Mintville
Zayyad Nasidi – ZNM Foundation
Software & Design
Omimi Okere – Qontent
Tourism & Hospitality
Sikemi Ifederu – Tambollo