Richest Programmers in Nigeria

Here in this post, we are going to bring to you richest programmers in Nigeria. We hope you find this article informative and interesting.

Many may doubt the fact that one can be very rich through programming, many also do not know that there is what is called programming in Nigeria.

Nigeria has taken a lot to produce one of the finest set or group of programmers in the world. It is also a known fact that the younger generation of billionaires is mixed with those who are programmers. Being a programmer is actually rewarding after all.

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Programming is the process of writing computer programs OR the process of designing and making executable computer programs for accomplishing a specific computing task.

Programming languages are sometimes referred to as coding. The essence of programming is to find and provide a set of instructions that will make a particular task or duty to be automatically done through a set of codes.

Nigeria has a lot of programmers scattered all over the world and even within that are making it big time with programming. We will like to look at a list of programmers who are really rich in Nigeria.

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Richest Programmers in Nigeria:

In no particular order, here are the richest programmers in Nigeria;

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji:

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji was born on March 28, 1991. He is a graduate of Columbia International College where he earned degrees in International development, Legal Studies and Economics.

He as a programmer started at the young age of 19 by collaborating with a friend to start Bookneto which is an online platform for learning.

In 2014, he Co-founded Andela. Andela right now is popular for having some of the best programmers, techies and software developers in Nigeria.

He left Andela and founded Flutterwave which is an online payment technology solution provider which is currently in use by most banks to enable online payments by their customers.

He has received some prestigious awards from international bodies which has made him young outstanding personnel in the world of technology. He has currently retired from Flutterwave last year October.

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Abiola Olaniran:

Abiola Olaniran is the founder and CEO of indigenous Gamsole which he founded in 2012. Abiola developed his first game code at the age of 15 which shows he had a passion for programming and gaming at a very young age.

He graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He has won various awards and prizes within and outside the country.

He won the Microsoft Imagine software competition, also won the Samsung Nigeria developer challenge. Today it is said that he is the highest paid Windows Game Developer and Software developer. His invention “Gamsole” has had over millions of downloads across the world.

Mark Essien:

Mark Essien, born on December 18, 1980 in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom state is the originator and CEO of is an online hotel booking site and the first of its kind in Nigeria. He is a software developer and entrepreneur.

He is started off his programming career with the invention of a file-sharing software named Gnumm, the software was acquired by Snoopstar.

Then he also did a language learning software called Ingolingo which is a vocabulary builder and trainer that which can work on its own or in conjunction with other language courses. In 2015 he made Forbes’ list of 30 youngest entrepreneurs in Africa.

He has investments also in which acts as a builder of companies and businesses based in Lagos. He is estimated to be valued at $8million.

He is a Bachelor Degree holder in Computer Engineering from the Beuth University, Berlin. Mark has been a hustler right from his school days, he had to take low paying jobs and part-time jobs to get by, it was during one of the part-time jobs that he learnt programming. Mark Essien is another rich programmer on our list.

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Seun Osewa:

His name may or may not sound popular as he is not the type to crave much public attention and popularity. He is the owner of Nairaland, a popular online forum which has over 2million registered members.

Born on July 12, 1982, he was a student of the Obafemi Awolowo University where he was studying Electrical Engineering, but just like Bill Gates he dropped out of school to chase his dream of being a programmer and today you can say that step has paid off well for him.

He started his Nairaland in the year 2003, faced some real big problems during the startup and even during the running.

It was reported that around 2014 the site suffered a malicious hack attack which affected the site for some days. He has gone through a lot running Nairaland and sustaining it has not been easy for him, yet he has kept the business alive and running all these while.

He is from Sango Otta, Ogun State. He currently resides in Ogun state. After various ventures and trials and error on other business projects, Nairaland appears to be the one that survived it all and today it has been his source of income, livelihood and popularity despite being a dropout.

There may be other big names you may hear of but these are the few programmers we know that are very rich and have used their knowledge and skills as programmers to build wealth for themselves.

If you look at the list very well, you will notice that these fellows are young individuals who have had to endure some losses and pains coupled with trying times to be able to get to where they are.

Most of them, if they are to tell you their stories, it would serve as an inspiration to many, Being a programmer is not as easy as you may think it to be, because you will have to develop a passion for it and then decide to turn your passion into a source of income for yourself.

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Also your learning and practice matters as this helps you to know and understand your capabilities, make your own software, games and apps after learning your programming languages, it helps you gain the experience, try to work with others, work with a team, as no man is an island. All the successful programmers had help by working with a team or working under a top firm or company.

So for you to make the best out of programming and be the future young billionaire, try to follow the steps of the already made programmers, it would surely pay off.

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