Name Company Name (Industry)
Alhaji Aliko Dangote – Dangote Group, (Manufacturing, oil & gas,)

Alhaji Sayyu Dantata – MRS Group (Oil & gas, construction)

Chief Ade Ojo – Elizade Motors Nig LTD (Auto retailing)
Chief Cletus Ibeto – Ibeto Group (Trading, manufacturing, oil & gas)
Chief Molade Okoya Thomas – Chairman CFAO Nig and other six French companies (Automobiles)
Cosmos Maduka – Coscharis Group (Automobile, manufacturing)
Dele Fajemirokun – Chaiman Aiico Insurance, Xerox Nigeria, Chicken Republic, Kings Guards (Insurance, Security, Technology, Food retailing)
Femi Otedola – Forte Oil and Gas (Oil & gas)
Fola Adeola – GTBank (Banking)
Hakeem Bello Osagie – Etisalat Nigeria (Telecom)
Jim Ovia – Zenith Bank, Visafone (Banking, Telecom)
Jimoh Ibrahim – Nicon Insurance, Global Fleet (Insurance, transportation, oil & gas)
Leo Stan Ekeh – Zinox (Computer, technology)
Mike Adenuga – Conoil, Globacom (Oil & gas, Banking, Telecom)
Oba Otudeko – Honeywell Group Nigeria, Pivotal Engineering, Airtel (Manufacturing, oil & gas, telecom)
Orji Uzor Kalu – Slok Group (Aviation, Shipping, publishing, manufacturing)
Pascal Dozie – MTN Nigeria, Diamond Bank (Banking, Telecom)
Prince Samuel Adedoyin – Doyin Group (manufacturing, pharmaceuticals)
Tony Ezenna – Orange Group (Pharmaceutical, oil & gas)
Umaru Abdul Mutallab – former Chairman First Bank Plc, Mutallab Group
Vincent Amaechi Obianodo – Young Shall Grow Motors, RockView Hotels (Transportation, hotels)

Despite the harsh terrain and business challenges involved with starting a business in Nigeria; the successful entrepreneurs listed above held their ground ansd fought their way to the top. In a country with a population of over 170 million inhabitants and millions of businesses; these 20 entrepreneurs diligently carved their names in the sands of time by taking advantage of the fastest growing business opportunities in Nigeria.

The famous entrepreneurs in Nigeria are dogged in guts. They are strong willed and unrelenting. Success is not an option to these set of individuals in fact it’s a must. These individuals refuse to be held down by circumstance; instead, they reached out for their inner strength and went for success.

Above all, these entrepreneurs don’t take no for an answer; they basically say no to giving up and that was why they succeed.