Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Chinedu Azodoh



One to watch

Chinedu Azodoh is a co-founder of Metro Africa Express (MAX). MAX is a crowdsourced last-mile delivery platform that recruits and trains thousands of motorcycle riders and transforms them into a network of delivery agents for small to medium sized merchants. Their goal is to become the “Uber” of ecommerce last-mile logistics in Africa.

Chinedu Azodoh develops MAX’s financing and pricing models and validates the startup’s key business model assumptions. He leads the engineering team and takes ownership of the MAX Technology Stack. He holds a BSc in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Illinois Tech. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chinedu has experience leading software development teams at Fortune 50 corporations. He worked as an analyst and developer at Barclays and Goldman Sachs and gained solid experience in Finance and Competitive Market Analysis.

Chinedu is passionate about building businesses in Africa, and has deep insight on how to create and present appealing products to investors.

Sources: TechPoint Nigeria, MAX, MIT

Monday, 14 September 2015

Chidinma 'Nma' Okpara

One to watch

A self-declared "nerd," Chidinma 'Nma' Okpara is a Nigerian Chef, serving up -- you guessed it -- quick and easy Nigerian food. Nma who hails from Imo state was recently featured in CNN's article "5 African food bloggers you need to start following now". She was also featured in Venture Africa's article "8 female bloggers changing the face of cuisine in Africa".

Nma's food is hearty, with stews and soups aplenty. She records her food with the passion she thrives on, style and photographic panache. The need to celebrate Nigerian meals and teach others a simpler method of preparing them inspired her well known blog - Nigerianlazychef.com. She also has plans to showcase Africa’s exotic cuisines through her “Dine Africa” project. In her words "Food does not have to be complicated. Food brings love, food brings happiness". Chidinma is surely one to watch.

Sources: CNN, Venture Africa, Nigeria Lazy Chef, Chidinma Okpara