Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

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Iyinoluwa Samuel Aboyeji
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Iyinoluwa Aboyeji. Retrieved from Pulse.ng. Retrieved 27th June 2019.
Born (1991-03-28) March 28, 1991 (age 29)
Lagos, Nigeria
NationalityNigerian
Alma materUniversity of Waterloo
Loyola Jesuit College
OccupationEntrepreneur
Known forbeing the Co-founder of Andela
Co-founder and Managing Director of Flutterwave
Websiteiyinoluwa.org

Editor: Marthia Keorapetse

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is a Nigerian entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Andela and the founder and former managing director of Flutterwave.

History

Iyinoluwa Samuel Aboyeji was born on 28 March, 1991 in Lagos, Nigeria. He graduated from the Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja, in 2007.[1] From there he went to Columbia International College and obtained his degrees in International Development, Legal Studies, and Economics. After obtaining these he furthered his education at the University of Waterloo in Canada, where he earned a B.A in Legal Studies.

At the age of 18, Aboyeji worked as an intern at the World Youth Alliance (WYA) in the United Nations Headquarters. He then later ran one of Canada's largest student owned publishing houses, Imprint Publications, as President of the Board.[2]

At 19, Aboyeji co-founded Bookneto Inc. alongside Pierrie Alrs. Bookneto is a social learning platform for sharing and organising learning resources within learning communities. It allows users to manage course interactions and the ability to see questions, insights, and discussions on course material from students taking related courses at other schools.[3]

After Bookneto Inc. was acquired by the Canadian Innovation Center in 2013,[4] Aboyeji co-founded Fora alongside Ian Carnevale and Nadayar Enegesi. Fora enables African Universities to grow by giving them access to online course content that is developed by professors at leading global institutions.[5]

In 2014, Aboyeji met up with Jeremy Johnson, an old friend, and they started a company called Andela. Andela invests in African software engineers to help companies solve the technical talent shortage and build high-performing distributed engineering teams.[6] The growth of Andela attracted investments from both local and international investors, some including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and former US Vice President, Al Gore.[7] Aboyeji was involved with Andela for two years before resigning and moving on to his next venture. Before he left Andela, the company had raised $24 million Series B funding which was led by Mark Zuckerberg.[8]

In 2016, Flutterwave was launched. Flutterwave is a payment partner for businesses that operate globally. It allows for payments to be made and accepted anywhere around the world on an integrated platform.[9]

Aboyeji was involved with Flutterwave for two years as CEO before resigning on 15 October 2018. The company had by then processed 60 million transactions worth over $2 billion[10] Aboyeji stated that he resigned in order to focus on giving back to the startup community he owes so much of his success to, as well as to dedicate his time to his family.[11]

Achievements

Aboyeji has been a recipient of a number of awards. In 2010, he received a John C Holland award for Youth Leadership. This was awarded by the JC Holland Foundation.

In 2011 he was recognised as Nigeria’s top 20 under 20, awarded by Ynaija!.

In 2012, he was named a World Economic Forum Shaper.[12]

In 2015, he was recognised by Forbes 30 under 30 as "Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa".[13]

In 2017, Aboyeji received a West Africa Mobile Award.[14]

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