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5 Nigeria’s Most Influential Voices in FinTech


Determining the most influential people in FinTech in Nigeria is not just about social media scores. With this in mind, the influencers selected are people who are making a significant impact on the banking industry through the sharing of ideas and visionary perspectives.

They are recognized as the ‘who’s who’ for insight and thought leadership in financial services. In many instances, their blogs and active social media presence makes them easily accessible, and their regular writings and speaking provide insight into a very dynamic industry.

  1. Emeka Azuka Okoye

Emeka is the CEO/Chief Architect at Cymantiks Nigeria Limited. He is a software engineer, semantic web architect and tech evangelist. Often provocative and sometimes polarizing, Emeka has been in the forefront of campaign for mobile banking disruption in Nigeria often tagging the central bank as “naïve and archaic” in its regulation of mobile money and FinTech in Nigeria.   Emeka has been regularly featured in trade and business publications as well as broadcasts, and has spoken to more than a quarter of a million finance professionals in over Africa countries in the last 3 years.

  1. Emmanuel Okogwale

Emmanuel Okoegwale is a leading voice in the mobile financial ecosystem in Africa and a judge at the GSMA Global awards since 2011 till 2013 and a founding Director at the African Center for mobile financial inclusion, United Kingdom. He is the publisher and managing editor of the influential Mobile Money Africa. His views dominate mobile money space in Africa and beyond. He is also the organizer of the Mobile Money Africa event, one of the most attended FinTech conferences in the region.

Onajite Regha

Mrs Onajite Regha is the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Secretary of the Electronics Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (EPPAN) and the initiator of the association which she co-founded with top industry leaders. She had her tutelage in FinTech promotion at Intermarc, an electronic payment consulting firm before she founded EPPAN.

Onajite Regha has received numerous acknowledgements and awards for her contribution to the electronic payment growth in Nigeria and in the sub-region. In 2010 the Financial Technology Magazine listed her as one of the top 20 African women in Financial Service Technology. Recently, The Guardian Newspaper honoured her as one of the Pillars of Financial Technology Service Providers in Nigeria. She won the PSR Woman of Merit Gold Award for her contribution to the development Electronic Payment Systems and Technology in Nigeria. She contributes to several publications, has authored and co-authored several policy briefs, focus notes, white papers, e.t.c. and has travelled wide in pursuit of advancing the electronic payment business in Africa. Onajite is widely consulted on issues of e-payment in Nigeria and Africa.

Sola Fanawopo

Sola is a public relations visionary and co-founder of eMaginations and Jinja Communications Limited. Sola is a foremost Technology writer. He pioneered financial technology media content delivery in Africa. He is the Editor-in-Chief of financialtechnology magazine, a pan-African publication, which focuses on stories, events and case studies of technologies that enable financial services provisioning through banking, insurances, capital markets and pensions services.

He is also Editor-in-Chief of govTechnology magazine, a national publication covering information technology’s role in governments. Through in-depth coverage of IT case studies, emerging technologies, and the implications of digital technology on the policies and management of public sector organizations, govTechnology chronicles the dynamics of governing in the information age.


Loy Okezie 

Loy is a Lagos-born, Lekki-based new media entrepreneur who founded Techloy in April 2008, and now growing it to become a leading source of local technology and business information in Africa. Loy has used his platform to promote FinTech in Nigeria and Africa.

As a leading source for breaking technology news, informed opinion and unbiased analysis, Techloy.com is at the heart of today’s Internet companies, tomorrow’s innovations, emerging entertainment technologies and web culture with incisive insights and coverage of key African markets.

With over 475,000 page views monthly (over 15,000 daily page views on average) and more than 45,000 unique visitors monthly* (about 3,000 daily visitors), Techloy.com is the most prolific breaking tech news site, providing analysis of web, mobile and social media trends within emerging West African markets. [*Google Analytics, October 2015]