7 Nigerian Finance Influencers To Follow In 2023
Meet the top 7 female personal finance influencers/ experts in Nigeria
There is no gainsaying that making good financial habits is important to a stress-free, debt-free life.
In commemoration of International Women’s Day and the celebration of women all through March, we have profiled 7 female finance experts and influencers in Nigeria who are using their platforms and communities to spread the gospel of financial literacy, personal financial management, and investments.
Read more about these amazing women below.
1. Sola Adesakin
Sola Adesakin is a Personal Finance Coach, Trainer, Speaker, and Author. She is an experienced Chartered Accountant with about 17 years of hands-on experience in Personal and SME finance.
She is the Managing Partner of BookSmart financial Solutions; an SME-friendly Accounting firm. She is also the Convener of Smart Stewards Initiative; a platform for teaching sound principles on personal finance management, especially for women.
She holds a BSC in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom also holds an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School (Heriot-Watt University) Scotland.
She has authored about 8 books some of which include; “40 Frugal Rules For Your Journey To Financial Freedom”: Your A-Z Practical and Pragmatic Guide For Wealth Management, Rubies Of Wisdom: 40- Day Journey Into Financial Liberty For Every Woman, and the “Smart Financial Organizer”; A One year Money Diary to help people gain control of every area of their personal and Family Finances.
Through her social media community and The Smart Stewards Academy, She has helped many men and women bounce back from stress to rest and from debt to wealth.
2. Tosin Olaseinde
Tosin Olaseinde is a finance professional with over 10 years of experience in corporate finance, accounting, taxation, and finance.
She is the founder of MoneyAfrica, a financial literacy ed-tech, and Ladda, a fintech start-up. Her journey into founding one of the top startups in Nigeria started after her struggles with her finances.
She obtained her Bachelor’s with second-class upper honors in Accounting from the University of Johannesburg in 2008. She also has a second degree from the University of South Africa.
Although she had 2 degrees in accounting and finance, Tosin admitted to living from hand to mouth with nothing to show for it and this forced her to learn about financial wealth and literacy.
Money Africa is Nigeria’s biggest financial community with over 250,000 followers on Instagram.
3. Nimi Akinkugbe
Nimi Akinkugbe is a banker, personal management expert, author, and the Chief Executive Officer of a games company.
She left the banking industry which spanned a career of 23 years to establish Bestman Games. Bestman Games Ltd, established in 2012, is a leading African games company based in Lagos Nigeria and is the African distributor of customized editions of Hasbro games for 48 African countries. Its flagship product is Hasbro’s world-famous board game, Monopoly.
Nimi Akinkugbe has a Bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an MBA from Lagos State Business School. In June 2021, she became Nigeria’s first female ambassador to Greece.
Her roles in private banking and asset management sparked her interest in personal finance and money management.
Nimi Akinkugbe encourages financial independence using her brand Money Matter with Nimi, her book A – Z of personal finance, social media, speaking engagements, television, radio appearances, and the Monopoly Board Games.
4. Solafunmi Sosanya
Solafunmi Sosanya is a nurse cum media and finance professional. She is armed with over 14 years of experience across the media and tech industries.
Fondly called ‘Shawls’, she is a personal finance advocate and the founder of Wealth Motley, a community and platform that she started in March 2020.
She has three degrees in nursing and an MBA in marketing management from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.
Her journey into personal finance began with a desire to achieve wealth especially as she found it hard to balance her 9-5 and her entrepreneurial ambitions.
Determined to make a change, she delved into the world of personal finance reading extensively on investing, stocks, cryptocurrencies, and other related topics, devouring over 360 books and thousands of articles on the subject.
Through her platform, she has helped over 2000 people start their journey into budgeting and investing thereby making an impact in the lives of people.
5. Arese Ugwu
Arese Ugwu is the founder of Smart Money Africa, a personal finance platform tailored to the African millennial. She has over 10 years of experience in the financial industry.
She is also the author of a book called The Smart Money Woman: An African Girl’s Journey to Financial Freedom.
Arese holds a BSc in Business and Management from Aston Business School in the UK and an MSc in Economic Development graduate from University College London.
Her personal struggles with money, and a failed marriage was her greatest inspiration. Her first foray into personal finance was writing an article for BellaNaija in 2014 titled ‘A Chanel Bag Versus Stock Portfolio’, and this helped her grow an audience.
Through this, she was able to build an audience before she started her own platform.
In September 2020, the Smart Money Woman series based on the 2016 book premiered on Africa Magic Showcase. The series which initially aired as a single season of 13 episodes on Africa magic was released on Netflix as a single season with 7 episodes on Netflix on 16 September 2021.
6. Tomie Balogun
She is the founder of the Green Investment Club, Nigeria’s foremost investor community, the co-founder & current CEO of Twelve, a digital financial wellness and wealth management company, and the founder of The Vestract Company, a financial education and technology company.
Tomie found her passion for investment clubs and investing when she found herself broke after working for 4+ years in a management consulting company.
She went on to pursue an MBA which she completed with honors in the spring of 2013 and started an investment club with friends afterward. After co-founding and managing her investment club for 5 years and working for Fortune 500 companies, Tomie decided to switch careers and now works as a business owner, trainer, and now published author.
She is the author of the book, Investment Clubs: How to create wealth beyond your pay.
7. Jennifer Awirigwe
Jennifer Awirigwe is a personal finance expert, chartered accountant, and investment banker. Popularly known as ‘Financial Jennifer’, she is the founder of Nigeria’s first and largest women-only finance community, Fintribe.
With years of experience in auditing, aviation, and treasury operations across four different industries, she currently works with a top investment bank and has expertise in fixed income, securities trading, and fintech treasury operations.
A Chartered Accountant, Chartered Stockbroker, and Certified Financial Education Instructor by the National Financial Educators Council, USA, she uses her platform to equip young women to secure their financial future.
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