Nigerian Voices

A series that collects inspiring career stories of Nigerians at home and abroad. The voices of this energetic and entrepreneurial diaspora reveal the learnings and creeds that have driven them to extraordinary achievements abroad, and in some cases inspired them to return home. This series includes 4 bonus episodes featuring stories of Ghanaian professionals.

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Shalom Lloyd NEW

18. Shalom Lloyd of Emerging Markets Quality Trials: Transforming Healthcare through Research in Africa

Shalom Lloyd,  after a career of over 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, went on to found two businesses. She is founder of Naturally Tribal skincare, a beauty line based on traditional remedies including shea butter, which she developed initially to cure her son’s eczema. She is also the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of eMQT, desc...
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177. Dede Eyesan of Jenga Investment Partners – Building, Mentorship and Seeing the Positive

Dede Eyesan is Founder and CEO of Jenga Investment Partners, a firm that invests globally across growth, turnaround and cyclical equity opportunities. Our conversation starts with his home life and a particularly early introduction to investing.  This sowed the seeds for a passion for stocks, investing and research and what ultimately led him to l...
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BONUS EPISODE: Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes

Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes is the founder of Aruwa Capital Management, a growth equity impact fund investing in untapped opportunities across Nigeria and West Africa.   Founded when she was only 29, Aruwa Capital Management aims to change the narrative for women as capital allocators and entrepreneurs by investing in businesses that make an impact o...
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Adam Demuyakor NEW

Adam Demuyakor of Wilshire Lane Capital – On Ghost Kitchens, Self Storage and other Prop Tech Opportunities

Adam Demuyakor is the founder and managing partner at Wilshire Lane Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm that focuses on PropTech solutions based in Los Angeles California.  Born in the US to a family originally from Ghana, Adam started out on Wall Street in investment banking and held a number of private equity and venture capital r...
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Ghanaian Voices – Dawid Konotey-Ahulu – Removing the “Kinks in the Hosepipe of Life” for a New Generation

Our first Ghanaian voice in this series is a legend on the London-based investment management scene.  Dawid Konotey-Ahulu is an entrepreneur in financial services, technology and elderly care and the co-founder of Redington, the London-based independent pensions and insurance advisory group with $500 bn in assets under advisement, as well as ma...
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Toyin Oluwole NEW

Toyin Oluwole – Opportunity Knocks on the Journey Home

Toyin Oluwole's last role was as a Senior Strategy Manager with Royal London. She previously worked in a range of financial and marketing roles at Standard Life and Moody Monday. She recently left Scotland and  returned to her home country of Nigeria, and it was a moving Linked In post that she wrote that led me to her....
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Nigerian Voices Themes

Hear about the key opportunities in African technology and venture capital investment:

Eric Idiahi shares his views on the African private equity opportunity here: 9.28 to 11 and his perspectives on how outside investors view the continent: 7.46 to 9.20

Uche Orji has a unique vantage point as head of the Nigerian Investment Authority. Hear what he has to say about investing in Africa here: 6.36 to 14.36

Raymond Onovwigun shares his views on the opportunity for Africa to be the next frontier in sustainable investing 13.04 to 16.24

Michiel Timmerman (from the Fiftyfaces Podcast) runs a fund focused on investing in SMEs in Africa, particularly in Tanzania and Kenya. Hear his perspective as to why the investment opportunity is poorly understood outside Africa: 14.55 to 16.08

Stephan Breban (from the Fiftyfaces Podcast) has decades of experience with African Private Equity and shares why he believes that the opportunity set is exciting: 10.58 to 13.52

Obi Ozor on why African is uniquely placed for the technological revolution: 14.25 to 16.23
and also on why it is the ultimate proving ground for young businesses: 8.56 to 10.42 and 13.04 to 14.14

Raymond Onovwigun on the importance of values and maintaining a charter in order to attract the right kind of capital and chart a course as a founder: 18.10 to 19.18 and on the challenges of starting a firm there: 18.10 to 19.18

Shalom Lloyd on the steps she went through to get funding to start her own business, Naturally Tribal, and the journey she experienced here: 12 to 13.05

Mark Mwangi (from the Diverse Founders Series) presents the unvarnished truth about the strain of a start-up here: 14.28 to 15.23

Yvonne Bajela (from the Diverse Founders series) seeks out innovators throughout the African continent and Europe for her Impax Venture Capital fund. She shares what she looks for in a founder: 8.47 to 11.45

Shalom Lloyd discusses the reaction she faced as a black female founder: 17.27 to 19.34

Andrew Osayemi discusses learning to use his voice as a young boy from South London on the trading floor of the City and how showing his authentic self was a breakthrough to the profession: 8.21 to 11.40

Yele Aluko discusses “Missing Persons in Medicine” and the underrepresentation of different ethnic groups in the profession.  He shares his insights on what it would take to introduce more equity into the profession here: 21.09 to 27.58

Shalom Lloyd discusses how her background in pharmacy led her to start EmQT, which conducts clinical trials in Africa and why there is still a major shortage of such trials on the continent: 13.17 to 16.27


Go to our Meditations Hub for a series of free inspiring meditations. Whether you want to start the day with a positive mindset, reset during the day, calm your mind or draw upon the power to forgive, these reflections will encourage you to give yourself this time.

Go to our Coaching Hub for videos from some of our inspiring guests and coaches to help with your career and personal development.

Hear from Oli Shakir-Khalil about his mental health advocacy here: Listen from 6.30 to 12.5 on Apple or Spotify.


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