Odunayo Eweniyi

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Odunayo Eweniyi is a Nigerian business executive and activist.[1][2] She is the Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer PiggyVest[3][4][5] and co-founder of Feminist Coalition.[6][7][8]


Eweniyi is the first child of two professors[9] that take up origins from Oyo State, Nigeria.[10]

Education and career[edit]

Eweniyi graduated from Covenant University in 2013 with a first-class degree in Computer Engineering. Eweniyi started out to launch Push CV[11][12] with Somto Ifezue and Joshua Chibueze after her graduation in 2013.[13] Two years later, the trio went on to start PiggyVest in 2016.[5]


In 2018, Eweniyi won the Future Awards Africa Prize in Technology.[14][15][16] In 2019, she was on Forbes Africa 30 under 30 Technology list.[17][18] Eweniyi was named as one of 30 Quartz Africa Innovators for 2019.[19]

Eweniyi was on Forbes Africa's list of 20 New Wealth Creators in Africa 2019.[20] She was nominated for The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of The Year in 2020.[21] Eweniyi was also listed on Bloomberg 50 in 2020[22][23] and Time' Next 100 list in 2021 for her joint contributions during the End SARS protests of October 2020.[8] In March 2022, she won the Forbes Woman Africa Technology and Innovation Award.[24]

In 2022, Eweniyi was selected as a Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst. As part of the program, she attended the annual New Economy Forum held in Singapore, and the Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst Retreat that same year.[25]

Activism and ENDSARS[edit]

During the End SARS protests in 2020 against Nigerian police brutality, Eweniyi[9] raised donations for medical care and legal support for victims of police brutality during and after the protests.[26][27][23][28][8]

In January 2021, Eweniyi partnered with Eloho Oname to launch First Check, a platform of female business angels focused on supporting women led and women focused startups in Africa. [29]


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