The Digital Economy Magazine has named founder and CEO of Flutterwave, Olugbenga Agboola, as the Digital Economy Personality of the week for Nigeria (3rd to 9th December).
Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1985, Olugbenga Agboola had his early education in Nigeria before going overseas for further education. His educational background spans multiple prestigious academic institutions including the University of Westminster, MIT Sloan School of Management, Columbia Business School, and the EC-Council University where he received all standard IT security certificates. The knowledge and experiences that Mr Agboola gained at these institutions armed him with skills in network security, project planning, enterprise architecture, business analysis and IT service management, among others.
The 38-year-old has been in the technology field for 20 years. From January 2003 to 2004, he worked as an app developer for British Telecom Professional Services. By January 2005, he’d secured a position as an app engineer at PayPal, before joining Guarantee Trust Bank’s (GTP) Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Development team between 2005 to 2009.
Olugbenga Agboola later offered his services to Stanbic Bank Nigeria as Technology Product Manager and Developer. He helped Stanbic Nigeria go cashless by developing a biometric payment solution for the bank. He has also volunteered his mobile app development skills for charity projects from 2010 to present.
He served as the Head of Mobile Financial Services at Sterling Bank, leading Access Bank’s digital drive in 2014. From 2014 to 2016, he also served as the Head of Innovation and Project Management, Digital Banking at Access Bank Plc.
Olugbenga Agboola’s zeal to advance Africa’s digital economy field led to him founding Flutterwave in 2016. The post Series A payments technology company has its headquarters in San Francisco, USA, and has operations and offices across Africa and Europe. Flutterwave currently operates in 20 African countries including Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.
Thanks to Flutterwave, businesses in Africa have more avenues of reliably making or receiving payments across Africa, and worldwide. It has collaborated with multiple including Standard Bank, Ecobank, Zenith Bank, and Access Bank to handle 60 million transactions, amounting to over $2 billion in payment.
Mr Agboola’s has risen to join the most influential people in Africa’s digital economy sector. His efforts have helped create a safer fintech environment for Africa, and has also seen Flutterwave rise to join the best fintech firms globally in less than a decade.