Author Archives: Idris Ayodeji Bello

About Idris Ayodeji Bello

Afropreneur & Partner, LoftyInc Ltd (Operators of the Wennovation Hub) Leading expert in deploying technology and innovation to drive public sector reforms and enabling good governance. Passionate about bringing about positive change in Africa through innovation and entrepreneurship!

Afropreneur in Bristol: Can you do big things from such a small place? When universities play the right role in their communities!

Afropreneur in Bristol:  Can you do big things from such a small place? The highlight of my week was visiting the University of West England (UWE-Bristol), and seeing how such a business-facing university is able to do big things, especially … Continue reading

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Why I am investing in my first female-founded African startup- We are TORA!

So, I recently made my 17th angel investment in an African startup, but it’s arguably one of the most interesting ones I have made. Firstly, it’s probably the first female-founded, female-led startup I have invested in. But it gets even … Continue reading

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Afropreneur in Tunis – The Tech Tourist (Work & Play) Edition

So this past month,  I finally took up a pending invitation to visit Tunis, ostensibly to attend the 3rd Demo Day of the Flat6Labs Tunis accelerator, but also to connect and engage with the local ecosystem, as part of our … Continue reading

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An Evening with John Doerr- Why He is Betting on AI and Amazon!

This past Tuesday, I had the honor of attending a talk and spending some time with John Doerr, astute American Investor and venture capitalist who was an early investor in tech giants such as Google, Amazon, Twitter, Compaq, Netscape, Sun … Continue reading

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One of the reasons I don’t honour lots of speaking engagements in Nigeria is the hassle of road travel

  Spent over 2 hours stuck around Sango road this morning due to a combination of very bad roads, yesterday’s rain and Dangote’s trucks. ( I am sure if Dangote’s trucks were removed from the roads for just a single … Continue reading

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This is Lagos!

You start the day unusually very early only to get stuck for an hour on the third mainland bridge. You barely make it in time for your meeting to pitch the Afropreneurs Fund to an institutional investor. You come out … Continue reading

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As another year rolls by…

As another year rolls by, it is tempting to remember the missed opportunities, the rejected proposals, the unmet goals, and the many things that didn’t go according to plan this year. However, that would be losing sight of the important … Continue reading

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Goodbye Calestous Juma

Sad to hear of the passing of an icon in the African technology and innovation space. Prof Juma was one of the few who was able to bridge the gap between academia and practice when it came to issues of … Continue reading

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The Afropreneur: From Abuja to Kaduna by Rail

For someone who has very low expectations of public service in Nigeria, I must say I was very pleasantly surprised by my experience today traveling from Abuja to Kaduna by rail. When I was informed yesterday of the need to … Continue reading

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Africa’s footprints in the digital age

Please join me this Wednesday at the University of Ibadan for what promises to be a provoking discussion on Africa’s footprints in the digital age and the role of our institutions. Excerpts below.

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Portfolio Company- Flutterwave raises $10.3m in Series A Funding to change payments in Africa- A trip down the lane with Iyin

As the media is  filled with news of Flutterwave’s recent Series A raise, I think back to the journey over the past six years with Flutterwave’s founder, the boldly audacious Iyin Aboyeji.  I first met Iyin Aboyeji sometimes in 2010/2011 … Continue reading

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Mark Zuckerberg’s First Coming….To Nigeria

It is no longer news that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder was in Nigeria this week. The visit which came as a surprise to many ( I heard the rumours a few days earlier but couldn’t confirm till he got into … Continue reading

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Lasgidi- Lagos, the Home of Hustle

I have spent the greater part of the last six months in and out of Lagos working on old and new hustles. It’s a city I have grown to love and hate in almost equal measures. Attractive as it is … Continue reading

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Overcoming the Fear of Growth

“There will never be a perfect time to do something that stretches you. That’s true whether you are starting a marriage, having your first child, changing careers, or wrestling with any number of challenging goals. That’s not a license to … Continue reading

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Dying Slowly

By Martha Medeiros You start dying slowly if you do not travel, if you do not read, If you do not listen to the sounds of life, If you do not appreciate yourself. You start dying slowly When you kill … Continue reading

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