Omimi Okere, a budding young Nigerian Entrepreneur, has been named the winner of the software and design category of Nigeria’s Top 25 under Entrepreneurs Award held in Lagos over the weekend. The 25 Under 25 Entrepreneurs Awards is an annual award by SME 100 to recognize, celebrate and encourage some of Nigeria’s most innovative entrepreneurs under the age of 25.
The goal of the 25 Under 25 Entrepreneurs Awards is to stimulate an entrepreneurial culture among our youths. According to the CEO of SME 100, Charles Odii, 0ver 3000 entries were received from different fields of endeavour. This includes Agriculture, Creative Writing & Content Creation, Fashion, Performing Art, E-commerce, Environment, Housing & Interior Décoration, Beauty & Makeup, Food, Professional Services, Health & Skincare, Media & Communication,Arts, Craft & Culture, Event Planning, Finance & Fintech, Cyber Security & Technology, Education, Sports, Energy & Sustainability, Music, Tourism & Hospitality, Social Entrepreneurship , Software & Design, Photography, Active Citizenry & Government Engagement and Manufacturing & Logistics. At the end of the day, one winner was declared in each of the 25 categories.
The awards ceremony was well attended by influencers, young entrepreneurs, business owners, innovators, nominees and captains of industries. Actor and MC, Akah Nnani and Seyitan Atigari were the event anchors.
In his address, Charles noted that the award aims at changing the narrative on African youths. “In the past, the continent may have been associated with backwardness and economic under-progressiveness but this generation of youths are changing that. The African rising theme is beyond a placative; it is real and we have hundreds of amazing youth entrepreneurs to prove this”, he said.
Omimi Okere is a 16-year-old graphic designer. He is the founder of Qontent, a social media platform solely for creative work. Qontent allows creatives host their portfolios for free and showcase their creative works without getting drowned out. The aim in the near future is to start paying the top content providers. He conceptualised and begun the journey of creating Qontent in mid-2016 when he was 15. He is the son of Austin Okere, the founder of CWG Plc.
Speaking of the idea behind Qontent, Omimi noted that the main reason for the creation of Qontent is the need to showcase his own creative works. According to him, “Qontent was born when I was starting to produce more designs and I didn’t have anywhere to display them online other than my social media accounts, but of course, my social media accounts had other things on them as well and I felt my work would be drowned out and go unnoticed. The other option was to set up a portfolio site”.
Omimi also prides himself on keeping up to date with the world of design and technology. He is currently working on a path of industrial design in the University.
See the full list of the award winners below:
Active Citizenry & Government Engagement: Maryam Laushi – Not too young to run
Agriculture: Chibuzo Aloizeuwa – ACE Palace Farms
Arts, Craft & Culture: Jekein Lato-Unah – Artiste
Beauty & Makeup: Garos Bot – Botz Pretty Looks
Creative Writing & Content Creation: Georgette Monnou – Unspoken Words
Cyber Security & Technology: AfroTech Girls – AfroTech Girls
E-Commerce: Abiola Chris-Amusan – Rings Nigeria
Education: Omozino Eguh – Yudimy
Energy & Sustainability: Jennifer Uchendu – Susty Vibes
Environment, Housing & Interior Décor: Buogo Obi – WoodDesignes
Event Planning: Chinyere Uzuh – Qwint Perfect
Fashion: Desiree Iyama – Desiree Iyama
Finance & Fintech: Joshua Chibueze – PiggyBankNG
Food: Aliyu Abubakar – QuickShak
Health & Skincare: Precious Obiako – Spotlight Skincare
Manufacturing & Logistics: Natalie Obi – Ethereal Olores Co.
Media & Communication: Gidado Shuaib – Youths’ Digest
Music: Tuke Morgan
Performing Arts: Ebiye
Photography: Rotimi Okungbaye
Professional Services: Stephanie Eze – Mintville
Social Entrepreneurship: Zayyad Nasidi – ZNM Foundation
Software & Design: Omimi Okere – Qontent
Sports: Georgia Oboh
Tourism & Hospitality: Sikemi Ifederu – Tambollo
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