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Thursday, 20 February 2014

BellaNaija Founder & 2 Other Nigerian Internet Entrepreneurs Named Forbes 30 Most Promising Young Africa Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2014

Uche Eze-Pedro
Forbes, the influential international magazine has named 3 young Nigerian Internet entrepreneurs to watch out for in 2014.

Their names are, Uche Pedro, Founder, BellaNaija, Bankole Cardoso, CEO, Easy Taxi Nigeria and Tunde Kehinde, Co-founder, Jumia Nigeria.

The 3 young internet entrepreneurs were named alongside 27 others as ’30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2014’ by Forbes Magazine.
In the list that was releases yesterday, Forbes referred to these young entrepreneurs as builders, innovators and risk takers who are fervent in their resolve to transform the African continent.

“They are impatient to explore new possibilities and slowly but surely, they are building empires. They may be today’s upstarts, but they are tomorrow’s legends,” Forbes said.
Uche Pedro, aged 30 is the Nigerian media entrepreneur that founded BainStone Limited, a thriving new media company that develops online media content for African (primarily Nigerian) audiences.


BainStone’s flagship media property, BellaNaija.com is Nigeria’s premier lifestyle, entertainment and fashion website, and garners an average of 10 million page views every month.

Bankole Cardoso, 25, is the founder of the Nigerian operations of EasyTaxi, a taxi mobile App that was founded in Brazil in 2012 by German technology startup incubator, Rocket Internet GmBH. He worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Carlyle Group in New York, before setting up EasyTaxi in Nigeria Cardoso EasyTaxi mobile application serves a platform that connects cab drivers and would-be passengers. Through the App, passengers can confirm their pickup point and then order a cab at the click of a button. EasyTaxi sends the passenger a confirmation of the name and phone number of your driver and gives passengers the option of tracking their driver and the vehicle in real-time.

Lastly,  Tunde Kehinde, the 30 year-old Harvard MBA grad recently stepped down as co-founder of Jumia Nigeria, the country’s largest online retailer.


Kehinde founded Kasuwa, a Nigerian online retailer in 2012.  Forbes noted that within days of its founding, Kasuwa received seed funding from German online startup incubator and the company’s name was changed to Jumia. Kehinde resigned in January to start a logistics company.

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