50 MOST INFLUENTIAL YOUTHS OF 2019

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50 MOST INFLUENTIAL YOUTHS OF 2019

50 MOST INFLUENTIAL YOUTHS OF 2019
50 MOST INFLUENTIAL YOUTHS OF 2019

The Year 2019 was very very great! The ups and downs made it an amazing year. Our brand, www.MAYARATED.com has taken it upon ourselves to recognize those whose inputs, personalities, businesses, activities, and doings created eruptions in 2019.

The list is created in no particular order. We have only itemized 50 youths who wielded heavy VISIBILITY and INFLUENCE in the year under review.

PRODUCTION CREDITS: – Words: Ademola Ajibola @ademolamoreklue. || Research: Precious Iyabo @preciousiyabo_official || Research Supports: Tope Pizzazz ; Ayo George; Seun MP3Bullet and Ademola Expoze. || Art Direction: Vogue Prints @vogue_prints.

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BURNA BOY

Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (born 2 July 1991), known professionally as Burna Boy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.  He has captivated the nation with his signature sound ever since he rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E (2013).

BurnaBoy featured heavily in the 2019 edition of Coachella, the biggest summer festival in the world and raised some controversy with how insignificant his name was placed as to the other artistes, hence creating the AFRICAN GIANT trend and won the Best International Act at the BET awards. He got 4 awards at the 2019 Soundcity MVP Awards which included African artist of the year, listeners choice and Best Male MVP. He was also announced as Apple Music’s Up Next artist.

His fourth studio album African Giant was released in July 2019. Burna Boy has huge influence that cuts across the globe and this was further cemented when he was announced a nominee at the 2020 Grammy awards. A feat yet achieved by any new school act over the years.

BIZZLE OSIKOYA

Bizzle Osikoya is the co-founder of The Plug Entertainment, a talent management, Music Distribution, Music Licensing, and Event Company based out of Lagos Nigeria. The company manages some of Africa’s great talents like DavidO, Mayorun, Peruzzi, Jinmi Abduls and Djs like DJ Obi, Smallz The DJ and DJ wayne. 

His experience in the African music industry has exposed him to various opportunities and he now seeks avenues to extend his knowledge to others seeking a career in the music industry. BIZZLE is an Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the Entertainment industry. Skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Advertising, Entrepreneurship, A&R, Film, and Event Management.

A strong business development professional with a Diploma focused on Film Making (production & editing) from Digital Film Academy, Bizzle has successfully placed himself in the industry as a major decision-maker and his influence is felt within and beyond the nation.

TOYIN LAWANI

Toyin Lawani is a Nigerian fashion designer and businessperson. Toyin Lawani was born on March 1, 1982 in Lagos State, Nigeria. Toyin is a graduate of English Language from the University of Lagos.

Toyin in a bid to better herself in the field she is very passionate about attended the Opral Benson Beauty Institute in Nigeria, after which she attended the Carlton Beauty Institute in London and John Yim Beauty School in Korea where she obtained a practitioners license as a cosmetologist and also bagged a diploma in hair processing.

Toyin Lawani began her career at a very early age in her life, as an undergraduate at 16 she already owned a boutique and a mini supermarket. Her designs and styling skills have graced editorials for major Nigerian magazines, the likes of Complete Fashion, Wow, Fab, Mania (T.Y Bello cover), Y Naija (Tonto, Wizkid, Funke Akindele covers), Exquisite (Waje cover), Allure (Juliet Ibrahim) and The Red Sheet (Ini Edo).

AKINWALE DUROJAYE

Akinwande Durojaye is a Nigerian serial entrepreneur and is the founder and co-founder of six thriving businesses – JustBrandIt, FixMyRide Limited, ShomoluErrands and Logistics, LashBells Foods, and 708.

These businesses were started out of Durojaye’s quest for financial independence and employment creation.

Over the years, Durojaye (who is one of the 30 young individuals listed in Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 for Business in 2018), credits the successes achieved with his businesses to word-of-mouth referrals.

He is a skilled employer of labour and his business empire helps in the creation of more wealth to youths and adults alike.

SEUN FAKOREDE

Seun Fakorede born May 22, 1992 is a Nigerian entrepreneur, speaker, and politician. At 27, he became the youngest commissioner in Nigeria’s history when he was appointed Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Oyo State in August 2019. He is the founder and director of non-profit Home Advantage Africa where he advocates for African patriotism among youths.

Fakorede attended Government College Apata, Ibadan. In 2016, he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. He is an indigene of Idere area of Ibarapa Central Local Government Area, Oyo State.

Fakorede is every parents wish and millions of youths across the nation look up to him as a pillar of inspiration. His influence spreads beyond his Oyo state base and on the 17th of January, 2020 he was honoured in Ife by the Ooni of Ife as a deserving youth.

ALEX IWOBI

Alexander Chuka Iwobi was born on 3 May 1996. Alex is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Everton and the Nigeria national team. Iwobi was born in Lagos before moving to England at the age of four, following a brief stay in Turkey,and grew up in Newham, London. 

His mother is the sister of former professional footballer Jay-Jay Okocha.

Iwobi joined Arsenal while still at primary school, in 2004, and was nearly released by the club at the age of 14 and again at the age of 16. On 27 October 2015, Iwobi made his first-team debut for the club, starting in a 3–0 defeat to Sheffield In the Round of 16 of the League Cup.

In July 2019, after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, he said he was looking forward to returning to club football with Arsenal. On 8 August 2019, Iwobi signed a five-year contract with Everton. According to BBC, Arsenal received a fee of an initial £28 million, rising to £34 million with potential add-ons. With a couple of endorsements here and there, Iwobi is the new face of football in Nigeria and as his influence spreads, hundreds of thousands of youths look up to him for inspiration. 

SWANKY JERRY

Jeremiah Ogbodo born on the 4th of July better known as Swankyjerry is a Nigerian Celebrity Fashion Stylist known for his work with Tonto Dikeh, D’banj, Ice Prince, M.I, Tu Face, Juliet Ibrahim, Davido and a host of other high profile clients.

Swankyjerry began his career as a celebrity fashion stylist with the launch of his fashion and lifestyle brand, Swanky Signatures Styling in June 2012 and has since then, grown to become one of the most sought after stylists in the industry. Asides from styling clients for red carpet appearances and video shoots, coverage of his work has appeared in many magazines and online publications.

Within a space of two years, Swankyjerry’s impeccable sense of style and expertise as a stylist has earned him the respect of industry critics with nominations and an award to his name.

In 2014, Swankyjerry won an award for Fashion Stylist of the year at The Lagos Fashion awards which held in Lagos, Nigeria and he has gone to receive over 30 more awards within and outside Nigeria. Super cocksure of his dexterity and influence, he goes by the sticker NO SWANKY NO STYLING.

OLAWALE AYILARA

Olawale Ayilara, born on the 8th of August 1988, is a Nigerian businessman, investor, and real-estate entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Landwey Investment Limited. Olawale began his entrepreneurial journey right from a very young age trying his hands on several businesses before finding his oil in the real estate sector.

This earned him a spot on Africa’s Forbes 30 Under 30 (Business) list in 2018 amongst other achievements. Olawale ventured into entrepreneurship at a very young age, setting up businesses even while he was still in the University recording successes and failures as he grew. After obtaining his first degree, Olawale who considered a 9–5 job misfit for him worked for Eagles Insight Innovation as the Business Development Manager and Strategist for 3 years before starting his company. 

Awards and recognitions  on his shelf included Youngest Real Estate Player of the Year – City People Real Estate Awards 2019 and Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 Achievers 2018. He stands out as one of the 10 strongest real estate names in Lagos and beyond with his innovative skills and style to work.

TEMITOPE OGUNSEMO

Temitope Ogunsemo is a Nigerian entrepreneur of the Yoruba descent and the Founder/CEO of Krystal Digital, an ICT firm that specializes in application development, an educational technology company that develops and deploys customized and service-oriented software applications as well as IT training for educational institutions in Nigeria.

Tope is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology, and he has his presence felt all over the federation, empowering, mentoring and discovering hundreds of ICT wannabes and even operators on several ventures of his organization.

He has partnerships with REMITA, the FGN, Poise Nigeria, Microsoft, Wowbii Interactive, NITDA, NBA and plenty more. He and his company has won several awards such as BEST SCHOOL MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE of the year for 2015, 2017 and 2018, MOST ENTERPRISING ICT ORGANIZATION 2018 and plenty more. Little surprise it was when he was awarded early 2020 by Ooni of Ife with 99 other youths for his impact at positively influencing his society and the Nigerian youths at large.

ASISAT OSHOALA

Asisat Lamina Oshoala MON, was born on the 9th of October 1994. She is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Spanish side FC Barcelona Femení in the Primera División as a forward. She was named best player and was the highest goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She was also named best player and second top goalscorer with the Super Falcons team who won the 2014 African Women’s Championship.

Oshoala found success as a forward for Nigeria’s youth teams but made most of her early appearances for the senior national team as an attacking midfielder. She was nicknamed “Seedorf” after male footballer Clarence Seedorf and has also been referred to as “Superzee” by her teammates.

She also won the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2015. In September 2014 Oshoala was made a Member of the Order of the Niger by President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan. On 8 June 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada, Oshoala opened her senior FIFA Women’s World Cup account by scoring Nigeria’s second goal in a 3–3 draw with Sweden. Oshoala was also a member of the Super Falcons team who won the African Women’s Championship in 2016 and 2018. She scored three goals in the 2018 Edition in Ghana.

With 4 awards back to back as the African Woman Footballer of the year, she hosts an annual sporting event in Lagos as part of her give back activities, and OSHOALA has continued to influence more youngsters to sports and her strength in building more talents makes her a youth worthy of emulation.

UBI FRANKLIN

Ubi  Ekapong Ofem, born on February 2, 1984 is a Nigerian music artist manager and the founder and CEO of record label Made Men Music Group (Triple MG). A serial entrepreneur, Ubi in 2017, launched a start-up called Instant Pickup, a service which specializes in instant home pickup and delivery of laundry.

In November 2017, he launched Instant Apartment, an online platform that offers luxury apartments for rent. By October 2018, he launched Instant Ryde, an online taxi service in his home town Calabar, Cross River State and Uyo, Akwa Ibom state. In 2016, Franklin was named City People Music Awards’ Music Manager of the Year.

Franklin as a public speaker, was at the Youth Enterprise Conference organized by Nairabet’s founder, Otunba Akin Alabi. He also shared stage with the chairman of First Bank, Ibukun Awosika, and Veteran Nollywood Actor Richard Mofe Damijo at the Hub Business Conference organized by Commonwealth of Zion Assembly. Ubi has a cult followership among the urban and upwardly mobile youths and he is quick to always get things Doug Nanking on his influence, notwithstanding the controversies that’s trailed his personality over the years.

CHARLES OKPALEKE

Charles Okpaleke born March 14, 1983 popularly known as CharlesOfPlay, is a Nigerian health economist, Nightlife tycoon, Nollywood movie producer and businessman. Born in Onitsha and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Okpaleke has worked as a consultant health economist for various governmental and non-governmental organizations including the United Nations and Family Healthcare International.

He co-founded the Play Entertainment Network in 2008, alongside his brothers Elvis and Jeffrey Okpaleke. The Play Entertainment Network originally began as a Sports Bar in the heart of Wuse in Abuja, Nigeria in the year 2008. The Play Sports Bar enjoyed tremendous growth and popularity amongst the Abuja elite and with this growth came remarkable expansion that necessitated the birth of the Play Entertainment Network.

The Play Entertainment Network now serves as a parent company to various businesses and elite nightlife destinations including Play Network Nigeria- a multidisciplinary networking hub for professionals and entrepreneurs, Play Lounge Abuja, Play Lounge Jos, The Underground Lounge Lagos, BLD by Play Restaurant Lagos, Shop and Play Abuja and Play Apparel among others.

In 2015, Okpaleke and his partners’ secured intellectual property rights for the remake of historic Nigerian movie ‘Living in Bondage’, once again expanding his portfolio and introducing him into the Nigerian Movie Industry, Nollywood. In 2017, Okpaleke concluded an endorsement deal with a premium energy drink company, Cintron, as a Brand Ambassador in Nigeria. He was also appointed Brand Influencer for the Remy Martin global ‘One Life’ campaign in 2016.

In 2019, his movie, LIVING IN BONDAGE hit cinemas and was one of the highest-grossing movies of the year and he also secured the remake of old school classic movies, GLAMOUR GIRLS and RATTLESNAKE. Charles is a strong player whose words don’t jump out of the ears of his followers and even business associates.

WIZKID

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (born 16 July 1990), known professionally as WIZKID or STARBOY is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence after releasing “Holla at Your Boy”, the lead single from his debut studio album Superstar (2011). In February 2014, Wizkid became the first Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter.

Starboy Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, “One Dance”, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. He signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records in March 2017. News filtered into town in 2019 that he was signed up by Africa’s banking giant, UBA for a whopping sum of 3million dollars, whilst still enjoying endorsements from global brands like CIROC, Moschino and others.

In addition to his solo work, Wizkid has collaborated with several other artists and was featured on the hits “Brown Skin Girl” (with Beyonce), “Energy (Stay Far Away)” (Skepta) to mention a few. He became the first Afrobeats artist to appear in the 2018 Guinness World Records for his contribution to “One Dance”. He also got a Grammy nomination in 2016 for One Dance with Drake. In total, Wizkid has received 177 nominations and won 55 awards and in 2019, he released his EP titled SOUNDMAN, without no prior notice.

In 2019, he sold out his Starboy Fest Concerts in UK, Australia and Nigeria with countless number of youths in attendance. If Wizkids coughs, Nigerian youths want to always know why.

SAMUEL PERRY 

Animashaun Samuel Perry popularly known as brodashaggi was born on the 6th of July. and largely known for his catch phrase “Oya hit me”. BrodaShaggi was born and brought up in Lagos State, Nigeria. As a child, Shaggi had the passion to act drama. Broda shaggi developed a passion for acting at a very early age.

Shaggi was motivated by his late father who taught drama at Mayflower Junior School, Ikenne, Ogun State. Since then, he has acted many roles and played some characters like Inspector Perry, a policeman; Professor Dele, and Akonni Ibadan. This was before he went with the stage name BrodaShaggi. He began to take his acting career more seriously back in school at Unilag. 

The comedy skit that made Shaggi so popular is the “Jesus appeared in Mushin” video skit which he was asked by Aunty shaggi what he would do if Jesus appeared in that vicinity. Since then BRODASHAGGI hasn’t stopped proving himself as a phenomenal comedian and shaggi who is also talented with the gift of singing has dropped singles of which ORI, NOR NOR, OYA HIT ME to mention but a few. Shaggi has shared stages with lots of A-List musicians and actors and his strength is further endorsed by reports that superstars and celebs pay to co-act with him as his page buzz helps anyone to build a more impressive CV.

He has worked with ADRON HOMES, GLO, MERRYBET and many others on promotional engagement and he stays on the most influential youth who tell the youths who to follow.

DJ KAYWISE

Ayorinde Kehinde Okiki otherwise called DJ Kaywise is a stellar DJ/VJ cum music artiste was born on the 2nd of August,1992. He is an award-winning DJ and is without question, one of the most blazing DJs in the class of street bounce. DJ Kaywise is especially a trailblazer and obstruction breaker.

This Lagos Born turntable wizard has been ready to cut a specialty for himself by putting out different blends and mixed tapes to improve his image. Till date, DJ Kaywise has gathered more than 3010 mixed tapes, which has coursed crosswise over various parts of Nigeria and Africa. His most prominent mixed tape was titled ‘Emergency’; it included a weighty accumulation of prevalent Nigerian hit tunes.

Prominently known as the most youthful DJ in Lagos, Kaywise has put in years sharpening and building up his art as a performing DJ. He has performed on a few arranges crosswise over Nigeria, nearby different greats, for example, DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Xclusive, DJ Spinall and DJ Neptune to specify a couple. He has worked with MTV Base, Nigezie, UNILAG FM and most as of late Afro Music Pop.

Following the strides of some of his good examples David Guetta and DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Kaywise discharged a solitary in 2013, titled ‘Follower’ highlighting Iyanya. He took after this up in 2014 with ‘Feel Alright’, a joint effort with Iceprince, Patoranking and Mugeez. He has gone on to feature Oritsefemi, Olamide, Tekno, Falz and many others

In January 2016, he propelled the lady version of his yearly Concert, the “JOOR Concert”. A Concert intended to praise the embodiment of young people in the town of Lagos. From Alimosho, where the concert started to several other cities, he has turned the concert to a traveling movement which attracts thousands of youths always.

VALENTINA OLOLADE ABUTA

Ololade Valentina Abuta was born on the 14th of February in Festac town, Lagos State, Nigeria. Ololade is a serial entrepreneur. She is one of the fast-rising Real Estate Gurus in Nigeria.

She is the GMD of GRACIAS GROUP, a company that deals in construction, hospitality services, Real Estate development and many more and runs a private NGO, GRACIAS FOUNDATION. She attended the prestigious University of Lagos for her first degree. Ololade started her career as an actress (yoruba movies) she featured in few movies and produced 2 movies MADARU 2008 and OGIRI 2010 before she switched to buying and selling.

She owned a Wine shop and Fashion store in Magodo before she got into the business of real estate. From her humble beginnings, OVA has evolved into an industry guru having numbers of estates and tons of lands to her company’s log. She is one of the 10 topmost trusted land sellers in Lagos and her rise in a male-dominated industry further built her up as a woman of steel. In 2019, she took her home selling ideas to the UK and UAE, where she’s started sales. Unarguably, the first to do so. 

She leads a pack of land sellers and her driving force is motivation as she periodically rewards her marketers with brand new cars and even landed properties year in year out. She blew everyone’s mind off December 2019, when her lead marketer went home with a brand new Range Rover Evogue. In the real estate sector of Nigeria, OVA’s can not be underestimated.

PAMILERIN “ThePamilerin” ADEGOKE

Adegoke Pamilerin Emmanuel also known as ThePamilerin aka Omo ologi is a Social Media Influencer/ Digital Marketer. He commands a reputable presence on social media with a distinctive talent for pushing brands and influencing viral trends.

Notable big names like Airtel, Glo, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, AdekunleGold have patronized him and his consulting firm (The State Agency) which consists of a number of top social media influencers across Nigeria.

ThePamilerin got a nationwide buzz when he got slapped by superstar music artiste, Peruzzi and that further showed his influence as it got every lips talking until Peruzzi and international artiste and label owner, DAVIDO, apologized to him via different means. He has been nominated for several awards in times past and has won 12.

NAIRA MARLEY

Fashola Azeez is one of Nigeria’s controversial celebrities. He is a songwriter and singer popularly known as the president of the “Marlians”, a trend name created for his fans and followers. Naira Marley was born on May 9, 1994 and later moved to Peckham, South London when he was just 11 years of age. He came entirely into the spotlight after discharging his tune which was one of the World glass melodies of the year titled ‘Issa Goal’ ft. Olamide and Lil Kesh, a song adopted by world class brand, COCA COLA.

From that point forward, he has been having hits back to back, and even to the questionable, ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy.’, which was the song that got him into the EFCC net. He dropped one of his major hits SOAPY when he was released from the EFCC custody and he is known for inventing new and funny dance steps. His engagement on Twitter cannot be over emphasized.

Naira Marley, clinched his first major Nigerian award at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards. His viral song ‘Soapy’ earned him the ‘Viewers’ Choice’ award. ‘Soapy’ is the singer’s most popular track and his sixth single of 2019. He dropped the track days after his release from prison. He also nominated at city people’s awards for Artiste of the year 2019 and his song SOAPY was nominated as the street song of the year 2019.

On December 18, 2019 he released his Album LOL – Lord Of Lamba of which one of the songs “ Tesumole “ has been fascinating his audience also accompanied by its energetic dance moves. On the 30th of December he held the Marlian Fest which is fans where highly present. Naira Marley is of heavy influence within the trendy generation so much that his February 2020 show in London had sold out since November, 2019. How he has been able to influence even fellow celebrities, notable among who are WIZKID, RMD, DJ CUPPY and many more to be MARLIANS remains a mystery.

DAVIDO

David Adedeji Adeleke (born November 21, 1992), who is better known as Davido, is an American-born Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer. Davido was born in Atlanta, US, and raised in Lagos; In April 2017, he released five singles including “If” and “Fall”. “Fall” became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history.

Davido released his second studio album A Good Time in November 2019. Davido has won for himself 42 awards from 87 nominations which include BET awards for best international act in 2018, Headies award for artists of the year 2018, MTV Europe award for best African act 2017 to mention a few.

In 2019, he engaged his girlfriend, Chioma and dropped heavy songs like Blow My Mind which featured American act, Chris Brown and also Risky which featured Popcaan. Blow My Mind, got 2m views on YouTube in first day of release a feat no Nigerian artiste has met or surpassed yet.

His influence as a youth is more impressed by his cult followership on Instagram with almost 15 million followers and the ability to turn DMW into a name hundreds of youths wear as a badge. With over 4 active endorsements, brands fight to have DAVIDO associate with them as they know with him, they will get the desired mileage. He is reportedly paid 27 million naira for AD posts on his Instagram page.

KOKUN FOUNDATION 

Adepeju Olukokun is a young man in his 30’s who has dedicated his time, money and efforts to see that the hungry do not go to bed hungry. He is the founder of continental “Kokun Foundation” which is aimed at providing quality food for the needy and the poor.

His foundation which has been working towards ending hunger and poverty in the nation is known for its humanitarian roles in the society, and by 2019 had toured over 25 states of the federation to give out deliciously cooked meals on a daily basis for lots of people where both young and old gets to be satisfied.

Olukokun came up with the idea for the foundation on his birthday three years ago, and with the help of his like-minded team consisting Adetona Ademola, Okegbemi Olusoji and Lawal Titi, kicked off the non-profit organization’s operation in January 2016 by going on outreaches to destitute homes. They started by funding with money from their own pockets, but it didn’t take too long for the team to earn recognition for their work winning a True Heroesaward, as their operation began to expand to IDP camps, and prisons.

Kokun’s Influence has spread to virtually every home in the nation via the consistent engagement of social media.

Dr. DIPO AWOJIDE

Dr. Dipo Awojide is a Strategic Manager, Career and Personal Developer, and Leadership and Employability Specialist.

He is the Founder of BTDT Hub, where they Inspire & empower young Professionals to Fulfill their Potential. They also work with Universities, Govts & Corporate Organisations.

He is a Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Assistant Course Leader, BA Business at Nottingham Trent University.Dr. Dipo obtained a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of Abuja, an MSc in International Business with Distinction from Coventry University (UK) and a PhD in Strategic Management from Loughborough University (UK).

He has worked in the Banking and Financial Services Sector and as a Researcher in the Human Resources Department at Brush Turbogenerators (UK). He has expertise in Strategic Management, Personal and Professional Development, and Leadership and Employability.

Dipo takes a genuine interest in the development of young people, teams and organisations. He has mentored well over 1,000 young people from the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Poland, Spain, Russia, India, China, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and other countries. He is a Member of the Africa Academy of Management, British Academy of Management and an Associate Member of the Chartered Management Institute (UK). Dr. DIPO’s influence is a major avenue of the streets of Twitter and ma my youths in. Nigeria wait on his comment on general issues like a meal.

ADEBO OGUNDOYIN

Adebo Ogundoyin born on February 18, 1987, is a lawmaker from Ibarapa East constituency at the Oyo State House of Assembly under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party.

He emerged the speaker of the 9th Assembly on the 10th of June 2019. From his assumption of office, he hit the ground running, engaging youths in different platforms and also supporting his principal, Governor Seyi Makinde, in creating a better Oyo State.

Adebo was among the 100 youths celebrated in Nigeria on the 17th of January at the Royal Awards. His influence goes beyond his Oyo State catchment as many see him as a reason to join the #NotToYoungToRun movement.

OBINNA IYIEGBU

Mr Obinna Iyiegbu Is an Entrepreneur and a club owner. He is the Chairman and CEO of Cubana Group, unarguably the biggest Hospitalty chain in Nigeria at the moment.

With CUBANA LAGOS on Lagos Island, MONTANA LAGOS on Lagos Mainland, IBIZA HOTEL, CALEDONIAN HOTEL and CRAVE Club all in Abuja, CLUB OPIUM in Owerri, CUBANA LOUNGE and EVENT CENTRE, Port-Harcourt and GUSTAVO in Enugu, he is undoubtedly the new king of nightlife.

A very quiet player, Obi has tall dreams and he lives them all. He plans to build a 7h Star hotel inn Nigeria someday soon. His influence is very heavy and he has helped hundreds of men achieve success by mentor ship and employments.

TUNDE EDNUT

Tunde Ednut Nigerian comedian turned singer and now social media influencer. He was born in Katstina on January 20, decades ago to a family of 5. He is the first son and second child of the family which hails from Kogi state. 

Tunde started his University education at the University of Lagos but later proceeded to Kingsland University of London where he studied Graphics Arts. The Kogi-born who had a brief stint in the music industry of which one of his works was the CATCHING COLD remix with Dr Sid in 2012, has made a name for himself on social media with constant giveaways and entertainment gossip.

Tunde Ednut, is well known for blasting and calling out various individuals. He is followed by many for his funny, explicit, and odd posts on Instagram. His page is called the SHADE ROOM OF AFRICA. Tunde is also loved by many for giving out free cash through his page and how help uses his platform to support rising stars and help them build traffic and clout.

His 2020 birthday proved how heavy his personality had gotten when his birthday party was celebrated even in his absence across the globe. In Lagos, almost 600 people were out to celebrate him while similar party was held in Warri, Abuja and more.

RHONKEFELLA 

Aderonke Enoabasi Adefalujo popularly known as Rhonkefella is a professional makeup artist and style influencer/blogger. She was born on the 20th of October and hails from Ogun state.

She is Radiant, elegant, trendy and unapologetically fashionable, Make-up artist turned fashion blogger. She started her journey to the fashion world in 2016 and has since then been tipping the charts. She shares her love for fashion by combining the right wears and keeping fans glued to her Instagram page. She is an awarding winning style influencer, a motivational speaker and a make up artiste.

She went into blogging cause of her love for fashion and She felt the need to promote Nigerian culture through Ankara, of which the social media helped bring her vision to reality. According to her, Glasses (eye wears) is her favorite fashion piece. RHONKEFELLA pictures are most girls take-to-tailor photograph. She is a huge influence on thousands of young ladies.

PRETTY MIKE

Mike Eze Nwalie Nwogu aka PrettyMike is so many things to so many people. He is a Businessman, club owner, Fashion Icon and Socialite. He was born on October 28,1987.

He is the owner of Club Uno formerly known as Q club. He spent most of his life in Houston, Texas and studied computer engineering. Asides being a club owner he’s a businessman who is into transportation of Textiles. He’s a party lover. He is known for various stunts and controversies, Some of his popular stunts include attending events with Umbrella even when its not raining, making appearance at occasions with flower girls, coming to parties in a bed and the likes.

He has won several awards over the years for business and fashion. At the maiden edition of The Nightlife Awards in 2019, he cleared 5 awards for himself and his Cubana Group associates. PM for sure knows how to engage people and keep himself on the lips of the youths and even adults.

Notable brands like MARTELL, Kolaq Alagbo etc have tapped into his influence by bringing him on board as an ambassador in a bid to tap sales from his strong base.

TUNDE WEAR IT ALL

Babatunde Rufai is the CEO of Wear it all luxury. TUNDE opened his first store in 2007 at Akoka. He is likewise known for several humanitarian contributions and the founder of ‘Babatunde Rufai Foundation’. 

The “wear it all luxury” is a one stop shop for Men and it was inspired since when TUNDE was a student at Unilag. He realized fashion was highly competitive then, so he seized the avenue to provide outfits for students to buy so they can top up their fashion game and that is what has birthed the “wear it all” brand that is highly recognized today. 

In Nigeria today, Wear It All remains the only fashion store where notable fashionistas and celebrities like OBAFEMI MARTINS, DAVIDO, TIMAYA, SHINA PELLER shop if they want foreign wears in Nigeria. With outlets at the MMA2 and Lekki Phase 1, Tunde’s influence keeps growing bigger in the minds of his followers. He was in 2019 awarded an honorary doctorate degree.

ADESEGUN ADEOSUN JR

ADESEGUN ADEOSUN jr popularly known as Smade is a 34-year-old Nigerian promoter from Dagenham. He is the CEO/Founder at SMADE Ent Limited & Co-Founder AFRONATION LTD + Founder AFROBEATSINTHECITY.

SMADE Entertainment LimitedGSM London, is a #1 UK Afrobeats club & concert Promoter. He travelled to London from Lagos, when he was 19 to study advertising and marketing at the University of Arts, London.

He is one entrepreneur who is bringing the African Diaspora together through Music and entertainment. SMADE studied full time alongside working at a post office and in various retail positions – all to fund his promotions. He started his career as a promoter by throwing house parties every weekend in the University and his passion for African entertainment led him to launch his own brand Smade Entertainment, which is now the number one Afrobeats promoter company.

He has worked with virtually every notable superstar from Nigeria and his influence in London is so big that any SMADE show or concert always wears a SOLD OUT tag.

JOSHUA OKODUWA

JOSHUA is a Social Change Advocate & Founder of Restructure Africa Foundation, committed to creating solutions in Education, Health and Community Development in Africa Indigent Communities.

He was honored by YNaija as part of the new millennials inspiring change in Nigeria, he was featured on the new establishment list for Advocacy 2019. Joshua Okoduwa is a man on a mission. Creating a better life for humanity is what he is most passionate about.

He started his work as a social entrepreneur at the age of 22, when he first visited Makoko community in Lagos, Nigeria and later founded the community-led organization Restructure Africa Foundation. 

HON IZAM ABOK

Abok Ayuba, is a 33-year-old law student, who emerged as speaker of the ninth Plateau House of Assembly On June 10, 2019.

Izam was elected unopposed at the Assembly’s inaugural sitting. His assumption of office set him up high as the high and mighty seek his consents, opinions and views on issues and events that shape the day to day existence of millions of people in the geopolitical zone.

He is a youth of influence.

LATEEF ADEDIMEJI

Lateef Adedimeji born on the 1st February 1986 is a Nigerian actor, film-maker, producer and director, born and raised in Lagos State, but hails from Ogun State. He graduated from Olabisi Onabanjo University, where he bagged a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication.

Lateef Adedimeji began acting in 2007, He has starred in several Nigerian films over the years alongside major names in the movie industry. He gained popularity with his first major role in Yewande Adekoya’s 2013 movie titled “Kudi Klepto”, and has acted in over 100 Nigerian movies. He is currently a brand ambasador for Airtel, Rolad Properties and Numatville Megacity.

He was equally opportune to work with UNICEF due to his writing prowess. He has a great list of awards and nominations which includes; Heritage Award in Atlanta For Best Actor Award for his role in Kudi Klepto, Odua Movie Awards For Best Actor Award in 2014 and 2015 respectively, City People Movie Awards For Best Actor Of The Year (Yoruba) 2018, MAYA awards Africa for best actor of the year 2019. In 2016, he won the 2016 Best of Nollywood Awards for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Yoruba).

LATEEF has evolved as an actor and is a poster face in the Nigerian cinemas acting in major movies like SUGAR RUSH, MOKALIK, THE REUNION and others. He is a major force in the Nigerian Movie Industry and he was honored by the Ooni of Ife at the Royal Awards 2020.

IYINOLUWA ABOYEJI

Iyinoluwa Samuel Aboyeji was born March 28, 1991. He is a Nigerian entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of Andela, and was the former managing director of Flutterwave. Aboyeji is an alumnus of Loyola Jesuit College, afterwards he went to Columbia International College and earned degrees in International Development, Legal Studies, and Economics. Aboyeji furthered his education at the University of Waterloo, where he earned a B.A in Legal Studies.

At age 19, Aboyeji started Bookneto.com in partnership with a friend Bookneto.com is a social learning platform for sharing and organizing resources within learning communities. The company was acquired by the Canadian Innovation Center in 2013. In 2013, Aboyeji started Fora along with Ian Carnevale, Nadayar, and Brice. Fora is a distance learning platform for African universities. In 2014 Iyinoluwa co-founded Andela. Andela was weaned Fora. He is listed among Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30. In 2016 he co-founded Flutterwave, a payments API that makes it easier for banks and businesses to process payments across Africa.

Iyinoluwa is a recipient of several awards and honors including the John C Holland Award for Youth Leadership (awarded by JC Holland Foundation in 2010) and Nigeria’s top 20 under 20 (awarded by Thisday Newspapers in 2011).He was also named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper in 2012. On October 15, 2018, Aboyeji announced his retirement from Flutterwave as the Chief Executive Officer. This comes 2 years after he similarly retired from Andela to co-found Flutterwave.

WALEX FABRICS

Walex Fabrics is a fabrics wholesaler in Lagos. With superstores in Yaba and Lekki, the fabrics merchant is one of the industry’s 10 most patronized sellers in Nigeria.

In an industry largely dominated by women, Walex Fabrics Limited has been able to rewrite and change the narratives by building a brand-customer relationship that’s sustained the brand over the past decade. A visit to their outlets will put to rest any fear of being unable to get a desired fabric.

With a cult following on Instagram, and endless patronage from tailors and party-rockers, the business empire is satisfactorily one of Nigeria’s 50 most fabrics recognized merchants. He is a recipient of over 10 awards and his influence is so registered amongst the females, as his clientele boasts of virtually every sophisticated lady in town.

INSTABLOG9JA

instablog9ja is one of Nigeria’s biggest blogs with a follower base of 2.6million people. Instablog9ja is a top notch blog that breaks all kinds of stories and has built many talents in Nigeria from zero to hero.

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