Building The Future with Dotun

Building The Future with Dotun
chronicling the African growth story
Episode 29, We are building a bank. Odunayo Eweniyi, Co-Founder at Piggybank
Feb 12 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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