Onyeka Akumah (born 21 October 1984) is a technology entrepreneur with focus on the agriculture, real estate, and transportation sectors. He is popularly known as the founder and CEO of Farmcrowdy Limited. Prior to founding his company in 2016, Onyeka Akumah is credited to have been involved in the success of various tech and e-commerce companies in Africa where he held positions and contributed to their growths.
|Born||21 October 1984|
Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria.
|Education||BS in Applied Information Technology, Sikkim Manipal University India.|
|Occupation||Tech entrepreneur, agric businessman|
|Known for||Founder and CEO of Farmcrowdy Limited|
|Co-founding Plentywaka |
|Title||CEO of Farmcrowdy|
Early life and educationEdit
Onyeka was born in Lagos State, and just before he was 2 years old, his parents relocated to Sokoto State, North-west Nigeria where he then did his Primary and Secondary School education. Onyeka earned his Bachelor's degree at the Sikkim Manipal University India where he graduated with a Grade A or First Class Honours in Applied Information Technology.
Onyeka ventured into entrepreneurship at a very young age, building startups even while he was still in the University recording successes and failures as he grew. After obtaining his first degree, Onyeka started his work experience with British Council as a Webmaster before going on to join Deloitte as the E-Marketing Coordinator for East, West and Central Africa. In 2010, he was the Online Marketing manager for Wakanow, then later had a stint with GTB to launch the SME Market Hub Onyeka is an e-commerce expert whose experience span top e-commerce companies such as Rocket Internet owned Jumia, Konga and Travelbeta leading their marketing and commercial activities. He is the Co-founder of Farmcrowdy, Plentywaka, Crowdyvest and RentSmallSmall. He is currently the CEO of Farmcrowdy and Plantywaka. Was rank as top 10 Nigeria entrepreneur by Vanguard (Nigeria) along side Uche Pedro , Seun Osewa, Anthony Ejefoh, Linda Ikeji and Temie Giwa-Tubosun.
On 2 March 2021, Onyeka resigned as CEO of Crowdyvest and appoints Tope Omotolani as CEO.
In November 2016, Onyeka, together with his co-founders Ifeanyi Anazodo, Akindele Philips, Christopher Abiodun, and Temitope Omotolani founded Farmcrowdy Limited, an agricultural digital platform connecting small scale farmers to investors with the goal of boosting the food production in Nigeria. Farmcrowdy, took off very fast, receiving its first angel investment of $60,000 a month after launch and in 2017, got a $1 million seed investment at the Techstars Atlanta Accelerators Programme. Today, the company has grown to a team of 55 individuals who have worked with over 25,000 rural farmers across 16 states in Nigeria including Kano, Niger, Nasarrawa, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Edo, Akwa-Ibom, Lagos, Plateau, Kaduna, Adamawa, Niger, Kwara, Abuja, Sokoto, and Benue. Farmcrowdy is described by the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo as the company creating the new wealth in Agriculture and was later honoured with the National Productivity Order of Merit by President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari. In August 2019, Oyo State announced a partnership with Farmcrowdy to onboard 50,000 rural farmers in Oyo State. He noted the aim of FarmCrowdy at a briefing held at the main office in Lekki, Lagos in 2019. He said “We are establishing this new aggregate outfit as a subsidiary of Farmcrowdy to drive the growth of agriculture not just in Nigeria but on the continent. We have also managed to use the resources we were able to gather from both investors and supporters to put together in the business, to drive food production on the continent. Our aim for doing this is to do all the things that will make a farmers life better in the country. However, this does not in any way affect Farmcrowdy’s operations rather; it will make it better and boost the agric value chain of the country.”
Awards and recognitionEdit
- (2021) African Leadership Persons of the Year - African Agricultural Champion of the Year 2020
- (2020) Ranked 24th in The Top 50 African Disruptors – The Africa Report 
- (2020) 50 African Innovators to Watch by Global Shakers 
- (2020) Top 10 Nigerian CEOs Under 40 Years 
- (2020) Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 at the GAGE Awards 
- (2019) The 100 Most Outstanding Individuals in Africa – The Africa Report
- (2019) 100 Most Influential Africans of 2019 – New African
- (2019) 26th Most Influential Young Person in Nigeria
- (2019) JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons Of Nigeria
- (2018) Top 5 Outstanding Entrepreneurs in Nigeria
- (2018) Quartz List of Africa's 30 Innovators in 2018
- (2018) 100 Most Influential Young Persons in West African Under 40 for 2018
- (2018) Imperial Integrated Project- Award of Honor 2018
- (2018) Upgrade Africa Award of Excellence 2018
- (2018) Nigeria Technology Awards – Tech Entrepreneur of the Year
- (2017) Top 20 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch in Africa by the African Youth Forum in Egypt
- (2017) Nigerian Technology Awards – Start-up CEO of the Year 2017
- (2017) Impact Award 2017 in Agriculture
- (2015) Nigeria Technology Awards – Digital Marketing Personality of the Year 2015
- (2013) 1st runner up – National Youth Merit Award in Innovation
- (2010) 3rd Best Website Designer for 2009 in the National Web Design Competition organized by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development in Nigeria
- (2009) Brown Heart Charity Award for Young Role Models under 30
- (2002) Delta State Scholarship for Academic Excellence
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- "Farmcrowdy gets additional seed funding". CNBC Africa. 25 March 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
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- "Oyo State, Farmcrowdy launch Agribusiness partnership". Business Day. South Africa. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
- "A new agro-trading platform 'Farmgate Africa' unveils". Vanguard News. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
- "Farmcrowdy founder Onyeka Akumah invited by Chattam House to speak on digitising the agriculture value chain in Africa". Technext Nigeria. 31 July 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
- techeconomy (13 January 2021). "Onyeka Akumah named alongside WHO DG, Ghana's President, others in ALM Persons of the year 2020 awards". TechEconomy.ng - The leading technology news website in Nigeria. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
- "Top 50 Disruptors in Africa". The African Report. 21 August 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "50 African Innovators to Watch". Globalshakers.com. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
- "Top Nigerian CEOs Under 40 years". Vanguardngr.com. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
- "Photos from GAGE Awards 2020: Graced with class, splendor and the best of Digital, Corporate, Government and Entertainment". Pulse.ng. 28 February 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
- "100 Most Influential Africans". The African Report. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
- "The 100 Most Influential Africans". New African Magazine. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
- Akpah, Prince. "Profiles: 2019 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians". Retrieved 15 January 2021.
- "JCI Nigeria honours 'Ten Outstanding Young Persons'". TheCable. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
- Ekpo, Nathan Nathaniel. "Farmcrowdy Boss, Onyeka Akumah wins Young Entrepreneurship Awards". Retrieved 15 January 2021.
- "Onyeka Akumah Joins The Prestigious List Of Quartz Africa Innovators 2018". AgricSquare. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
- "2018 WINNERS - NIGERIA Technology Awards (NiTA)". Retrieved 16 January 2021.
- "Farmcrowdy wins multi-awards including Tech Start-up of the Year 2017 at Nigeria Technology Awards". guardian.ng. 9 December 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
- "2015 WINNERS - NIGERIA Technology Awards (NiTA)". Retrieved 16 January 2021.