Building The Future with Dotun

Building The Future with Dotun
chronicling the African growth story
#66, Doing venture investment in Africa. How to validate your assumptions. Steve Grin, Managing Partner at Lateral Capital
Feb 4 • 57 min
Steve Grin is the Managing Partner at Lateral Capital, a firm that invests in early and growth stage opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa. Their Fund backs technology-enabled businesses
#65, Why generating capital is important for African startups. Thesis on exits and how to manage corporate funds. Dustyn Winder, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Akili
Jan 28 • 37 min
Dustyn Winder is the co-founder and managing partner at Akili.Vc Akili is a pre-seed to Series A fund tailored for Africa. Their philosophy is based on the belief that there are very interesting problems that are often difficult for entrepreneurs to…
#64, On building an online marketplace in Africa: not as easy as it looks. Adam Grunewald, CEO & Co-Founder at Lynk
Jan 21 • 71 min
Adam Grunewald is the co-founder and CEO of Lynk, a platform designed to provide technology-based solutions for the massive informal labour sectors in Kenya. Adam has worked at Google as a project manager on new and emerging projects in the United States…
#63, Lesson in humility. Building business in emerging market. Ekechi Nwokah, CEO & Founder at Mines.Io
Jan 14 • 88 min
Ekechi Nwokah is the CEO and founder at, a startup that provides technology infrastructure which enables local institutions such as banks, mobile phone operators, retailers in an emerging market to offer credit to their customers.
#62, Afonja, 18th century Oyo Empire and the dynamics of power with Tunde Leye. Author, Afonja The Rise
Jan 7 • 98 min
Tunde Leye is the author of four novels, including his latest: Afonja, The Rise. He began his writing as a blogger during his mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Tunde ran this blog for three years during which he wrote seven series including…
#61, Teaching girls how to code. How to democratise opportunities. Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, Founder at Pearls Africa Foundation
Dec 17, 2018 • 93 min
Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin is the founder of Pearls Africa Foundation. Pearls Africa Foundation is a non-governmental organization that provides young girls living in underserved communities through training in technology, skill acquisitions and mentorship.
#60, How ALAT team built a new bank from the old. Why innovation requires bold leadership. Nnamdi Azodo, Product Owner at ALAT
Dec 10, 2018 • 61 min
Nnamdi Azodo is a product owner at ALAT by Wema bank, Africa’s first mobile-only bank. ALAT is a fully digital bank in Nigeria, designed to help customers save more. A savings account can totally be opened in 5 minutes with a debit card delivered ALAT was…
#59 Olumide Soyombo
Dec 3, 2018 • 63 min
Olumide Soyombo is the Co-Founder of BlueChip Technologies. BlueChip Technologies is a systems integrator specialized in Data Warehousing, Analytics and Business Intelligence Solutions. Olumide is also the co-founder at Leadpath Nigeria, a seed capital…
#58, Investing in the African tech ecosystem. Lexi Novitske, Principal Investment Officer at Singularity Investments
Nov 26, 2018 • 51 min
In 2012 Lexi Novitske moved to Nigeria from The United States. Lexi worked for Verod Capital Management, a Nigeria-based private equity firm. Prior to joining Verod, she had spent her career developing an expertise in financial services through her time…
#57, Bootstrapping, testing assumptions and building for growth. Frederik Obasi, Co-Founder at Hypebuzz
Nov 19, 2018 • 72 min
Frederik Obasi is the co-founder of Hypebuzz, a platform that connects top-tier influencers with businesses looking to build their brand and expand their reach.
#56, Conversation with Joe Abah: governance, reforms and complexities. Country Director at DAI
Nov 12, 2018 • 91 min
Dr Joe Abah trained as a barrister in Nigeria. Afterwards, he gained extensive experience in the governance sector, working on public sector reform programs for the U.K. Prime Minister’s Office. He has spent more than 10 years managing governance programs…
#55, Government, tech and ecosystems. Akin Oyebode, Executive Secretary at LSETF
Nov 5, 2018 • 68 min
Akin Oyebode is the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF). The fund was established to provide financial support to residents of Lagos State, for job, wealth creation and to tackle unemployment. Established in 2016, the fund seeks…
#54, Disrupting property rentals in Lagos. Obinna Okwodu, Founder and CEO at
Oct 29, 2018 • 46 min
Obinna Okwodu is the founder and CEO of, a real estate company looking to provide middle-income tenants with the option to pay monthly for rented properties. Renting real estate in Lagos is a lot of hassle especially for the demand side.…
#53, Lessons from leading multinational corporations in Africa. Uche Ofodile, CEO at MTN Liberia
Oct 22, 2018 • 91 min
Uche Ofodile is the CEO of MTN Liberia. Uche has extensive expertise in building businesses in emerging markets. Before her role in Liberia, she was the CMO of Vodafone Ghana.
#52 (Part 2) Building an on-demand platform for African content, Tonje Bakang, Founder and CEO at Afrostream
Oct 15, 2018 • 31 min
Tonje Bakang is the Founder and CEO of Afrostream. Afrostream is Afrostream is subscription video on demand (SVOD) which provides millions of fans with unlimited access to Afro-American and African movies and TV series.
#51 (Part 1) Building an on-demand platform for African content, Tonje Bakang, Founder and CEO at Afrostream
Oct 8, 2018 • 30 min
Tonje Bakang is the Founder and CEO of Afrostream. Afrostream is Afrostream is subscription video on demand (SVOD) which provides millions of fans with unlimited access to Afro-American and African movies and TV series. In 2017, Tonje penned an open…
#50 (Part 2) Building an on-demand platform for African content, Jason Njoku, Co-founder and CEO at IrokoTV
Oct 1, 2018 • 38 min
Jason Njoku is the co-founder at IrokoTv, a web platform that provides paid-for Nigerian films on-demand. It is one of Africa’s first mainstream online movie streaming websites, giving instant access to over 5,000 Nollywood film titles.
#49 Building an on-demand platform for African content, Jason Njoku, Co-founder and CEO at IrokoTV
Sep 24, 2018 • 44 min
Jason Njoku is the co-founder at IrokoTv, a web platform that provides paid-for Nigerian films on-demand. It is one of Africa’s first mainstream online movie streaming websites, giving instant access to over 5,000 Nollywood film titles. Jason is who you…
#48. Building an on-demand platform for African content, Bastian Gotter, Co-founder at Iroko TV
Sep 17, 2018 • 44 min
Bastian Gotter is the co-founder of Iroko TV, one of the earliest, most successful and largest video on demand platform for Nigerian movies. Bastian founded the business alongside with his university flat-mate, Jason Njoku, who is the CEO of the company,…
#47. Building an on-demand platform for African content, Bastian Gotter, Co-founder at Iroko TV
Sep 10, 2018 • 41 min
Bastian Gotter is the co-founder of Iroko TV, one of the earliest, most successful and largest video on demand platform for Nigerian movies. Bastian founded the business alongside with his university flat-mate, Jason Njoku, who is the CEO of the company,…
Building the Future Season 3 Intro
Sep 3, 2018 • 9 min
Season 3 Intro. Telling the African story is not new. For a very long time, Africans have expressed the narrative of their culture, beliefs, fears and exploits using stories passed from one generation to the next. What has changed is the medium through…
Building the Future Podcast : Season Two Finale
Jun 21, 2018 • 10 min
Its been a great pleasure to do this. To have conversations with interesting, smart and awesome people who are shaping the future of Africa. This show has been one of the most exciting things I’ve done as an entrepreneur. It’s fun and I get to learn from…
Episode 46, How to launch a startup in two African countries. Prince Kwame Agbata, co-founder at Coliba
Jun 11, 2018 • 27 min
Prince Kwame Agbata is the co-founder of Coliba, It is an early stage waste management platform that leverages on SMS to help users separate their waste, schedule and request a pickup and get waste picked at the comfort of users home. Coliba pays the user…
Episode 45, Transforming African businesses through data. Timothy Kotin, co-founder at SuperFluid
Jun 4, 2018 • 60 min
Timothy Kotin is the co-founder of SuperFluid, a data solution platform helping businesses to harness untapped potential through predictive data analytics, business intelligence and dynamic customer insights leveraging both traditional and alternative…
Episode 44, Using tech to hold government accountable. Seun Onigbinde, co-founder at BudgIT
May 28, 2018 • 83 min
Seun Onigbinde is the co-founder of BudgIT, a non-governmental organization that helps citizens access and understand public budgets. BudgIT breaks down the national budget in simplistic charts, and track contracts and projects the government are working…
Episode 43, How to attract investors without trying. Opeyemi Awoyemi, Co-founder at Jobberman
May 21, 2018 • 71 min
Opeyemi Awoyemi is a tech entrepreneur with 10 years experience in internet startup business development. He has founded and managed three technology startups including WhoGoHost, a web solutions company. He is also the co-founder of Jobberman. Jobberman…
Episode 42, Connecting 25000 small farmers to a wider market. Nasir Yammama, Founder at Verdant
May 13, 2018 • 49 min
This was a live podcast with an audience Nasir Yammama is the founder of Verdant, an agritech platform that aims at providing agricultural data science, market information, managerial support, and access to financial services to rural farmers for improved…
Episode 41. Art, tech and polygamy. Lola Shoneyin, Director at Book Buzz Foundation
May 7, 2018 • 72 min
Lola Shoneyin is a Nigerian poet and author who launched her debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, in the UK in May 2010 She is currently the director of Book Buzz Foundation, Nigeria- a non-governmental organisation whose main aims are…
Episode 40. How to prioritize your goals. Onyeka Akumah, Co-founder and CEO at Farmcrowdy
Apr 30, 2018 • 96 min
Onyeka Akumah is the CEO and co-founder of Farmcrowdy, an agric-tech platform. Farmcrowdy gives Nigerians the opportunity to participate in Agriculture by connecting farm sponsors with real farmers for the purpose of producing high-quality farm produce.…
Episode 39. The desire to be rich and the grit necessary to make it a reality. Akin Alabi, Founder at Nairabet
Apr 23, 2018 • 88 min
Akin Alabi is the founder of Nairabet, an online sports betting platform. Akin grew up with the hopes of being rich. According to him, he wasn’t too particular about his profession as long as it was legal and it made him rich. He started his career by…
Episode 38. Africa is moving from digital connectivity to building its own tech. Erik Osiakwan, Managing Partner at Chanzo Capital
Apr 14, 2018 • 37 min
Erik Osiakwan is an entrepreneur and an investor with 15 years of ICT industry leadership. He is the manager partner in Chanzo Capital, a growth capital firm investing in Africa’s digital economy. Erik is a consultant for the world bank. He has worked in…
Episode 37. Build a product that people want. Adeyinka Adewale, Co-founder at
Apr 9, 2018 • 56 min
Adeyinka Adewale is the co-founder and CEO of, a financial service provider that allows you pay people and businesses over messaging interfaces like Messenger, Skype ,Slack and Telegram. He is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University. is…
Episode 36, Why the best need luck. Raphael Afaedor, CEO at
Apr 1, 2018 • 58 min
Raphael Afaedor is the CEO and co-founder of Supermart, an online store for groceries and basic home amenities. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and a former CEO at Jumia.
Episode 35, Racing to market, executing and getting it right. Fikayo Ogundipe, CEO at
Mar 26, 2018 • 57 min
Fikayo Ogundipe is the CEO and cofounder of ToLet, a real estate company he founded with his friends while in the university. ToLet is a web-based platform for property, rentals and sales. The founders all made a monthly contribution of N20,000 to start…
Episode 34, Seeking investors, bad myths to avoid and other lessons. Franz Struwig, Co-founder at iKubu
Mar 18, 2018 • 57 min
Franz Struwig is the cofounder of iKubu, Franz started out as a lover of technology before going on to study Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria. He is a lover of technology, business and people. He started with advising, consultancy,…
Episode 33, Building a startup from Whatsapp, Trevor Kimenye, CEO and Co-Founder at Ongair
Mar 12, 2018 • 68 min
Trevor Kimenye is the CEO of Ongair, a web based social CRM tool that enables businesses to interact and communicate with their customers on popular Instant messaging platforms from a single dashboard. This is a global solution built in Africa.…
Episode 32, Making it easy for everyone to invest. Rasaq Ahmed, Co-Founder at CowryWise
Mar 5, 2018 • 73 min
Rasaq Ahmed is the co-founder and CEO of CowryWise, an automated savings platform. CowryWise aims to make savings worthwhile for everyone by making it simple to do and highly rewarding. Rasaq has one of the most interesting stories in the Nigerian…
Episode 31, Lessons and warnings for African returnees. Adia Sowho
Feb 26, 2018 • 83 min
Adia Sowho was the Head of Digital Media and Director of Digital Business at Etisalat Nigeria. She started her career as an engineer with United States Cellular, a CDMA operator in the US. She obtained her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Episode 30, She quit her job and built an online marketplace across multiple cities. Aisha Pandor, Co-Founder at SweepSouth
Feb 19, 2018 • 59 min
Aisha Pandor is the co-founder and CEO of SweepSouth. An online platform for booking, managing and paying for home cleaning services SweepSouth is the first South African startup to be accepted into 500 Startups. Aisha did not start out as an…
Episode 29, We are building a bank. Odunayo Eweniyi, Co-Founder at Piggybank
Feb 12, 2018 • 57 min
Odunayo Eweniyi is the co-founder at She is also the Chief Operating Officer at SharpHire Global Limited, the organization behind Push CV, Piggybank and a new product in the pipelines.
Episode 28, Startup is not equal to raising money. Chika Uwazie, CEO at TalentBase
Feb 4, 2018 • 63 min
Chika Uwazie is the CEO of TalentBase. TalentBase makes it easier for businesses to manage their HR processes such as payroll, benefits, staff evaluation and time tracking. Chika joined the startup as the VP of business development immediately after…
Episode 27, How we raised $250k before building our product. Catherine Luckhoff, founder at NicheStreem
Jan 28, 2018 • 66 min
Catherine Luckhoff is a serial entrepreneur. She founded her first business as a fourth year undergraduate. Her wide-ranging business acumen consists of business development, mobile, big data, music, startups and innovation in Africa. She now runs…
Episode 26, How to go after your dream - Ola Brown, Founder at Flying Doctors Nigeria
Jan 21, 2018 • 58 min
Olamide Brown is the founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria. Already, you understand how unique and important what she is doing is. Millions of people have lost their lives because they could not be transported to the right doctor or medical facility in time.…
Episode 25, Diving into the deep end, the story of Demi Owoseje, founder at Majeurs Chesterfield
Jan 14, 2018 • 60 min
On today’s episode, we have Demi Owoseje, founder of Majeurs Chesterfield. Majeurs Chesterfield specialises in “preloved” leather and fabric furniture. They also deal with brands such as classic twentieth century pieces. They’ve got a…
Episode 24, I knew what I wanted- Temie Giwa-Tunbosun, Founder at LifeBank
Jan 7, 2018 • 100 min
Temie Giwa-Tunbosun is the founder of LifeBank. LifeBank is a platform that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria. LifeBank has one goal… to save lives. In 2016, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg found her work intriguing and…
Building the Future Podcast: season two intro
Jan 1, 2018 • 3 min
This is to introduce the Season 2 of Building the Future Podcast. One-on-one interviews with people who are using technology, entrepreneurship and innovative ideas to shape the future of Africa. This season is in partnership with the British Council…
Building the Future Podcast: season one finale
Dec 3, 2017 • 10 min
We have come to the end of Building The Future Podcast Season 1! It has been an interesting journey full of learnings and exposure. Season two starts next year, and already we have an impressive lineup of entrepreneurs as well as a special series planned…
BTF Epi 23 Tola Onayemi
Nov 26, 2017 • 61 min
This was a live podcast recorded in Abuja! Tola Onayemi is in the economic team of the office of the Vice President. He serves as a Special Adviser on the industry, trade and investment cluster by providing technical policy assistance. Tola is strongly of…
Epi 22 BTF Podcast Michael Simeon
Nov 19, 2017 • 67 min
Michael Simeon is the Co-founder and CEO of VoguePay, a user-friendly online payment system in Nigeria. Michael believes that to launch a product, it’s essential to research the market. In his words “You have to build something that fits for a purpose.”…
Episode 21: Paul Ziem, Founder and CEO NerdCore
Nov 12, 2017 • 41 min
Paul ziem is the founder and CEO of NerdCore, a digital entertainment studio poised to make very entertaining games, comics and other related products and services. Paul is of the opinion that gaming can change the African narrative. By the kinds of games…
#20, Filling the gap for an easier and affordable shipping system- Edem Dotse, Founder at Swiftly
Nov 5, 2017 • 38 min
Edem Dotse is the founder and CEO of Swiftly, a disruptive peer to peer platform making shipping affordable for everyone. If you are shipping a container, you can find someone to share your extra space. Sending a package by Air, add it to someone who has…
#19, Getting into YC and 500 startups, building a lending platform against all odds - Akin Jones, co-founder at Aella Credit
Oct 30, 2017 • 51 min
Akin Jones is is the co-founder and CEO of Aella Credit, a provider of financial employee benefits. Aella credit is working towards eliminating the hassle of standard loan applications and enabling employees to borrow at competitive and fair rates through…
#18, Making it easier for Africans to publish and read their own stories - Okechukwu Ofili, Founder at Okadabooks
Oct 22, 2017 • 53 min
Okechukwu Ofilli is the co-founder and CEO of Okadabooks, a book reading and publishing platform that has powered over 14,000 books, 137,000 readers and a million book downloads. They have bootstrapped their startup for the past three years and are now in…
#17, Why we initially turned down VC funding and bootstrapped to $1 million in revenue - Kendall Ananyi, Co-founder at
Oct 15, 2017 • 54 min
On today’s episode, we have Kendall Ananyi, co-founder of Tizeti which operates as provides unlimited uncapped internet to users for less than $25 per month. Kendall has an interesting. He started in order to solve…
#16, Conversation with Oby Ezekwesili - conviction, courage and fearlessness.
Oct 8, 2017 • 91 min
Oby Ezekwesili is a force. She was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world and by New York Times as one of the 25 Women of Impact for 2015. She was Vice President of the World Bank (Africa Region) with…
Episode 015, How Cecil Nutakor went from exam failure to building a company that is changing the way students learn in Africa - Cecil Nutakor, Founder at eCampus
Oct 1, 2017 • 60 min
“No matter the rules, delivery is key” On today’s episode of Building the Future, we have Cecil Nutakor, Founder of eCampus. eCampus literally puts the classroom in your palms, giving you the power and control to self learn and explore at your own pace.…
EP 14, How to build a new business from an old industry - Oluyomi Ojo, Co-founder at Printivo
Sep 25, 2017 • 55 min
“The customer is not just the king, he runs the business” On today’s episode of Building the Future, we have Oluyomi Ojo, Co-Founder of Printivo. Printivo is a DIY (do it yourself) web-to-print-to-doorstep platform. This startup is trying to redefine the…
Episode 13 Afua Osei, Co-founder She Leads Africa, Her journey and the laser focus on the success of African women
Sep 16, 2017 • 58 min
On today’s episode of Building the Future, we have Afua Osei, Co-Founder of She Leads Africa. She Leads Africa is a community that helps young African women achieve their professional goals with engaging online content and pan-African events.
Episode 12 Michael Ocansey, Co-founder at Agrocenta, Using technology to manage 1000 farmers, 1000 hectares of farmland in Ghana
Sep 10, 2017 • 33 min
On the podcast today, we have Michael Ocansey, the CTO and Co-Founder of AgroCenta. Michael runs an interesting business. Agrocenta aggregates small holder farmers in rural farming communities, and give them access to market, capital and resources.…
Episode 11 Shola Akinlade, Co-founder at Paystack, How to build a big business by solving painful problems. The story of Paystack.
Sep 3, 2017 • 53 min
On the podcast today, we have the CEO and Co-Founder of Paystack, Shola Akinlade. Paystack is a payments processing company which lets businesses accept payments via debit card or money transfer on their websites or mobile apps. Paystack was the very…
Episode 10 Ngozi Dozie, Co-founder at OneFi, The paradox of focus for African entrepreneurs. Providing easy credit for those ignored by the bank.
Aug 27, 2017 • 49 min
On the podcast today, we have Ngozi Dozie, Co-Founder at OneFi. OneFi is a platform that provide access to finance by leveraging data and technology. One of their major product is Paylater, a lending mobile app which enable people to get access to short…
Episode 004 - Bob Collymore: How Safaricom is using technology to solve problems for the man on the street
Aug 23, 2017 • 49 min
Bob Collymore is the CEO of Safaricom one of the leading telco in Africa and pioneer of Mpesa, the world’s most developed mobile payment system. If there is any poster child of how innovative mobile technology is changing Africa, Mpesa will be a top…
Episode 009 Marek Zmysłowski, Founder at HotelOga, Making positive expectations bet on Africa. How to launch and scale internet businesses across Africa.
Aug 20, 2017 • 77 min
Our guest this week is Marek Zmyslowski Marek is the cofounder of Jumia Travel (formerly Jovago) and HotelOga. HotelOga is a hotel management system which enables hotels in Africa to have their own booking engine, websites and customer relationship…
Episode 008 Deepankar Rustagi, Founder at Vconnect, What we learnt from attempting to build ecommerce platform in Nigeria. How to get early traction by focusing on specific market segment.
Aug 13, 2017 • 68 min
“In business, emotions should play a secondary role and logic a primary one” Deepankar Rustagi is the Co-Founder and CEO at Vconnect, Nigeria’s largest online business directory and local search engine. Vconnect was one of the first players in…
Episode 007 Kola Aina, Founder at Ventures Platform, How to build a platform for accelerating the next generation of entrepreneurs in Africa
Aug 6, 2017 • 67 min
On Grit and taking risk in business
Episode 006 Rob Withagen, Cofounder at Asoko Insight, Why data and machine learning will unlock massive opportunities in Africa, How to get a CTO for your startup as a non-technical founder
Jul 30, 2017 • 60 min
One of the major challenge for doing business in Africa is lack of data. It’s hard to get information about private businesses in the continent. There are lots of consultants and researchers scouting around the continent for every bit of data they can get…
BTF 005 Mark Essien: Building a business around scalable distribution channels, and why raising money too early can kill your startup
Jul 23, 2017 • 73 min
“Your product is only as good as its distribution channels” Mark Essien is the founder and CEO of an online hotel booking platform in Nigeria. With over 8000 hotels on the platform, is one of the largest online aggregator in…
BTF 003 - Tayo Bamiduro: solving hyperlocal logistic problems for ecommerce in Africa
Jul 4, 2017 • 88 min
Tayo Bamiduro is the co-founder of He is an interesting guy…. and I’ve got lots of time for him. I understand his business. My first startup was trying to solve similar problem. is a hyperlocal, on-demand delivery service based in La
BTF 002 - Bilikiss Abiola: building a profitable recycling platform, shaping public policy and creating jobs.
Jul 4, 2017 • 33 min
On this episode, I discuss waste, upcycling and making social impact with Wecyclers’ CEO, Bilikiss Abiola. I met Bilikiss in 2015, and the first thing that struck me was her passion. Bilikiss is a force. And I have huge respect for her and what she is
BTF 001 - Iyinoluwa Aboyeji: Empowering people, building platforms and getting power.
Jul 3, 2017 • 57 min
In this first episode of Building the Future podcast,I had a chat with Iyinoluwa Aboyeji. He is a serial entrepreneur at a very young age, and was recently listed in Forbes 30 under 30 influencers in Africa. He was a co-founder at Andela, a talent acceler