Mohammed Ibrahim Jega

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Mohammed Ibrahim Jega
Mohammed Ibrahim Jega.jpg
Jega in 2018
Born (1981-06-15) June 15, 1981 (age 41)
Kaduna, Nigeria
NationalityNigerian
Alma materAhmadu Bello University
OccupationEntrepreneur
EmployerVoguePay
Known forStartUp Arewa
TitleChief Business Development Officer of VoguePay | Founder of StartUp Arewa | Co-founder of Domineum

Mohammed Ibrahim Jega (born June 15, 1981) is a Nigerian entrepreneur and technology startup founder.[1] He is better known as the chief business development officer at the online payment processing gateway VoguePay.[2][3]

Born and raised in Kaduna State, Jega founded the technology and innovation hub StartUp Arewa in 2016.[4]

He was named as one of the members of Nigeria's presidential advisory group along with CcHUB founder Bosun Tijani in 2018.[5]  He was also part of the Vice President of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo's delegation to Silicon Valley in the same year.[6]

His investment interest ranges from financial technology or block-chain technology to cyber security. In 2018, he joined the blockchain startup KickCity as an advisor on business development and growth in Africa.[7][8]

Jega was announced as one of the directors of the Silicon Valley-based the Founder Institute in February, 2020.[9]

In the year 2017, he was listed as one of the most influential young Nigerians by Avance Media.[10]

Early life and education[edit]

Jega was born in Kaduna, where he spent the most part of his earlier life. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, in 2003.[3]

Career[edit]

VoguePay[edit]

Jega joined VoguePay as one of its directors. VoguePay was founded in 2012.[3]

Despite not having any venture-backing, the startup has grown to processing millions of dollars worth of transactions daily. Jega said the company's approach to improving its products was why behind the rise in its number.[11]

In 2019, VoguePay was named "Online Payment Company of the Year" at the African Ambassadors and Diaspora Interactive Forum (AAFID) summit in London.[11][12][13]

StartUp Arewa[edit]

Jega founded StartUp Arewa in 2016.[14][15] However, it now has different hubs in 19 states in Nigeria, helping young tech entrepreneurs and digital talents make the most of those skills.

The innovation hub launched a summit in 2018 that allowed over 500 young Nigerians to learn new digital skills.[15]

Since its launch, StartUp Arewa has partnered with state governments in Northern Nigeria and other private individuals in an effort to grow the tech community in the region.[16]

The startup incubation programmes have been supported by Nigeria's Bank of Industry (BOi) and Coders for Africa.[2]

Domineum[edit]

The Jega co-founded Domineum, the first distributed ledger technology company providing blockchain-as -a service solution in Africa.[17]

Domineum, founded in 2017, was reported to have helped African governments save over $5 million in 2019 alone. Jega co-founded this company along with another entrepreneur, Geoffrey Weli-Wosu.[18][19][20]

Presently, the startup is working with several governments and individuals in Africa, Caribbean and some parts of Europe.

Recognition[edit]

  • Nishadi TV named Jega as one of the Top Twenty Northern Entrepreneurs under 40 in 2017.[21]
  • At the 2016 Africa Youths Award in Kenya, Jega was honoured with the "Entrepreneur of the Year" award.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Abuja start-up ecosystem is growing". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  2. ^ a b Ndiomewese, Ifeanyi (2016-11-14). "Has Northern Nigeria's tech community come of age with launch of Startup Arewa?". Techpoint.Africa. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  3. ^ a b c "Techpreneur Mohammed Jega Driving Supports For Tech Startups in Northern Nigeria". africabusinessradio.com. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  4. ^ "Startup Arewa holds summit for tech and media entrepreneurs". ITEdgeNews.ng. 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  5. ^ Oludimu, Titilola (2018-07-10). "Here are 28 tech entrepreneurs that made the presidential advisory group". Techpoint.Africa. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  6. ^ Ndiomewese, Ifeanyi (2018-07-09). "VP Osinbajo visits Silicon Valley with Nigerian tech entrepreneurs". Techpoint.Africa. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  7. ^ "Mohammed Ibrahim Jega Joins KickCity's Board – Social Enterprise Newspaper". Retrieved 2020-05-20.[dead link]
  8. ^ Barcity, Dominic (May 21, 2020). "Jega of ICT: The Entrepreneur that won't stop building local talents and community". Vanguardngr. Retrieved June 13, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Abidoye, Modupe. "Founder Institute appoints Mohammed Jega as Director". Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  10. ^ Akpah, Prince. "NOMINEES FOR 2017 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL YOUNG NIGERIANS RANKING ANNOUNCED". Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  11. ^ a b "AADIF honours VoguePay for online payment transactions". Businessday NG. 2019-08-06. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  12. ^ "VoguePay takes home the Best Fintech Startup Award". Ventureburn. 2017-04-03. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  13. ^ "VoguePay bags two payment solutions awards in UK, Nigeria » Info Tech » Tribune Online". Tribune Online. 2020-01-14. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  14. ^ "Tasirin shafukan sada zumunta a rayuwa". BBC News Hausa (in Hausa). 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  15. ^ a b "Daliban arewacin Najeriya sun yi bajinta a Afirka". BBC News Hausa (in Hausa). 2018-08-07. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  16. ^ Oluka, Peter. "'Our Kebbi Project' sets new tune for startups ecosystem". Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  17. ^ "Startup Domineum.io Generates $5M for African Govts within 11 mo". Bloomberg.com. 2020-04-28. Retrieved 2020-05-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ "Startup Domineum.io Generates $5M For African Govts Within 11 Months | Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz. April 29, 2020. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  19. ^ "How Domineum is driving blockchain usage in Africa | Geoffrey Weli-Wosu, Mohammed Jega | #GBC22". YouTube.
  20. ^ "Geoffrey Weli-Wosu and Mohammed Ibrahim Jega appointed as BSV Ambassadors for West and East Africa". 3 March 2022.
  21. ^ "Nishadi.tv's Top Twenty Northern Entrepreneurs under Forty". www.bellanaija.com. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  22. ^ "City Rydes Kenya wins Africa Youth "Startup of the Year" – Tekedia". Retrieved 2020-05-20.