Until 2017, when Nigeria lost the top spot to South-Africa, she was the biggest economy in Africa, and the fastest growing in the world. It did not get there through sheer politics, but by its industrious citizens.
There are a host of foreign companies in Nigeria, but the companies really making a difference in Nigeria, are owned by Nigerians and were birthed from a love of Nigerians, and the willingness to solve the problems of Nigerians.
These companies have made an impact in all sectors of the economy, provided revenue for government, been on the fore-front in youth empowerment and curbed the unemployment rate in Nigeria. They have also helped in putting Nigeria on the map when it comes to entrepreneurship.
Without further ado, I present to you, these 8 companies that are making a difference in Nigeria.
- House of Tara.
House of Tara is owned by the delectable Tara Fela Durotoye, a Nigerian-born lawyer, who found a passion for makeup artistry and went with it. She launched the first ever Nigerian bridal directory in 1999, and in 2004 opened the first beauty academy in Nigeria, which is a leading beauty academy, not only in Nigeria, but also Africa.
House of Tara has inspired a lot of Nigerian youth to seek a means of livelihood in makeup artistry through scholarships to the beauty academy. Tara Fela Durotoye has not only made a difference through her company, House of Tara, but also through her life. She is a mentor to many beauty entrepreneurs across Africa.
- Flying Doctors Nigeria.
This is the first ever Nigerian air ambulance company that provides medical services around the clock and all year round. It is equipped with superior medical devices geared at providing quality service to Nigerians even in remote areas without accessible roads. This company was founded by a phenomenal British-Nigerian, Ola Orekunrin, a medical doctor changing the medical field in Nigeria. The company was founded out of a desire to give quality medical services to Nigerians, no matter where they lived.
- Auldron Limited.
Auldron limited is a company that has made a difference in the lives of many Nigerian children, through African themed toys, that teach them about their cultural heritage. This company was founded by Paul Oriajiaka, a young man who at the age of 18, realized that most of the children toys in the market, had no cultural relevance to them, and promoted the foreign culture. The company was founded out of a burden to instill a sense of self-image, and pride in their cultural heritage, early on in a Nigerian child’s life.
Auldron limited manufactures dolls that represent the three major tribes in Nigeria, and these dolls have been received well in the Nigerian marketplace and even internationally. Proceeds from sales are used to fund NGOs that promote girl child education and also renovation of schools, through Paul Oriajiaka’s community outreach.
- AD Consulting.
AD consulting is Nigeria’s leading architectural firm founded by the phenomenal Olajumoke Adenowo. AD consulting designed more than seventy buildings including, Nigerian government buildings, hotels, and industrial campuses, financial and corporate institutions. Their notable clients include Coca-cola building and L’oreal.
AD consulting is not just designing buildings, but they are branding Nigeria through architectural designs.
- Ruff n’Tumble.
Ruff n’ Tumble is a children’s clothe designing company that caters to children from age 0-16. They are not just selling clothes, but changing the fashion and culture of Nigerian children. It was founded by Adenike Ogunlesi, a woman who sold her first children’s clothes from the boot of her car and at bazaars. Ruff n’ Tumble is the leading children’s fashion house, not only in Nigeria, but also in West-Africa.
- Chi Farms.
Chi Farms is a company in the poultry, catfish, cattle, feed milling and food processing business. They have made a difference in Nigeria by aiding Nigerian poultry farmers get access to quality breed of day old chicks, whose quality rivals those obtainable abroad. They thrive on providing security to local supplies, this they have achieved by going into profitable partnerships with other companies in the agricultural business.
This recycling company was founded out of pure love for the low-income Nigerians. It recycles waste especially from low-income communities through an incentive based recycling program. WeCyclers are helping communities in developing countries, keep their environment clean and also capture value from waste recycling. It was founded by a Nigerian entrepreneur and innovator, Bilikiss Adebiyi.
- Secure ID.
Secure ID is a smart card manufacturing company and the only one in Nigeria and West Africa. This company has succeeded in placing Nigeria on the tech map with their innovative ideas. Secure ID serves sixteen countries across Africa. This company is also certified by verve, Visa and Mastercard.
So there you have it, the 8 companies making a difference in Nigeria.