Nkem Okocha

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Nkem Okocha
Lagos, Nigeria
EducationLagos State University
OccupationSocial Entrepreneur/Activist
Known forEmpowering women with financial aid

Nkem Okocha is Nigerian social entrepreneur and activist who founded Mamamoni,[1] a FinTech social enterprise that empowers poor rural and urban slum women with free vocational skills and Mobile Loans,.[2][3] She is the 2016 winner of the LEAP Africa Social Innovators Programme (SIP) by Union bank.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Okocha was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She started her tertiary education at Auchi Polytechnic and later proceeded to Lagos State University where she bagged Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance[5][6] and received a certificate in entrepreneurship from the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme,[7] she also has a certificate in business and entrepreneurship from the Northwestern university.[8]


Inspired by her widowed mum's struggle to feed and educate the family, she founded Mamamoni,[9][10] a social enterprise that is addressing community transformation by empowering women to carry on small businesses.[11][12] She is very passionate about lifting women out of poverty and her company aims to break the cycle of poverty in Nigeria. Since 2013, she has impacted and empowered over 4000 women in several rural/urban slum communities and given out over 100 micro-loans[13]. Before starting her company, she worked as a Customer Service Representative for the then Intercontinental Bank and the now Access Bank plc. She went further to become the Managing Director at Novine Koncept Ventures[14] before starting Mamamoni.[15]


  1. ^ "Nkem Okocha, Founder of Mamamoni is RISE Youth of the Week". Rise Networks. 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  2. ^ Published. "Start small,leverage on partnerships– Nkem Okocha". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  3. ^ "Nkem Okocha - The startup story of a Nigerian social entrepreneur empowering poor rural and urban women with free vocational skills and mobile loans". Lionesses of Africa. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  4. ^ "Union Bank, MamaMoni set up innovation hub for low income women". Nigerian Voice. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  5. ^ "Nkem Christiana Okocha". IREX. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  6. ^ Newman, chuks (10 July 2019). "Meet Nkem Okocha, Entrepreneur, Banker, and Founder of Mamamoni". My Media Africa. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  7. ^ BellaNaija.com (2017-07-05). "Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Nkem Okocha of Mamamoni is our #BellaNaijaWCW this Week". BellaNaija. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  8. ^ "Nkem Okocah".
  9. ^ "Meet the CEO of Mamamoni". The Tony Elumelu Foundation. 2017-03-07. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  10. ^ "Mamamoni". Changemakers. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  11. ^ "Union Bank, Mama Moni Establish Innovation Hub for Low-Income Women". Union Bank. 2019-05-27. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  12. ^ "Blog - KEC". knowledgeexchangecentre.org. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  13. ^ Setima-Benebo, Tonye (2017-03-04). "Nkem Okocha: I started Mamamoni because my experience as young girl". She Leads Africa. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  14. ^ BellaNaija.com (2017-07-05). "Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Nkem Okocha of Mamamoni is our #BellaNaijaWCW this Week". BellaNaija. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  15. ^ "About Us". MamaMoni. Retrieved 2019-07-27.