Nigeria’s business landscape is filled with outstanding entrepreneurs who have attained remarkable milestones, but not many businesses are run by married couples.
This piece highlights some couples who have built impressive businesses together and still keeping the home front strong.
These spouses have thrived amid the odds of combining family duties with business demands.
Here are some of the Power couple entrepreneurs in Nigeria you should know.
Modupe and Folunsho Alakija
The oil and gas sector is not for the faint heart, but the Alakijas have weathered the storm and built a business empire in Nigeria. The pair co-founded Famfa oil field and Dayspring Property Development Company Ltd, a thriving real estate company.
While the husband, a lawyer, works in the background, Folorunsho Alakija is the face of the business, and she remains the richest woman in Nigeria and Africa.
Funke Akindele and Abdulrasheed Bello
Funke Akindele is one of Nigeria’s most successful actresses who has evolved into a producer.
In 2016, she married former singer Abdulrasheed Bello, better known as JJC Skillz, and the two joined forces to dominate the showbiz industry in Nigeria.
They have built a dynamic production company, Scene One Productions, under which they produce a series of movies and music. The company made arguably Nigeria’s highest-grossing blockbuster, ‘Omo Ghetto: The Saga.’
Nneka and Isaac Moses
Nneka and Isaac Moses have indeed come a long way. Their popular TV program ‘Goge Africa’ has evolved and become one of Africa’s go-to for tourists worldwide.
The entrepreneurs launched the Pan-African tourist and cultural program in 1991 to promote African culture, music, food, and way of life through television, radio, and magazines.
The program was seen by over 40 million television viewers throughout the world. In recognition of their work, they were admitted into the Nigerian Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2016 by the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Award (NBMA).
The TV show has evolved into Goge Africa TV. It also has an extensive network in Nigeria and has covered several countries in Africa’s north, south, east, and west. Goge Africa is also broadcast on three continents: Africa, Europe, and America.
Mary and Jason Njoku
Apart from being a famous actress, Mary Njoku was the CEO of Rok Studios, which served as a production arm of iROKO TV until it was acquired by a French premium television channel, Canal+. Her husband, Jason, oversees iROKO TV.
The Rok studio has produced over 540 films and 25 original TV series. It was launched on the Sky channel, a network airing across the UK. ROK also airs on DSTV, an African television network.
In 2018, the studio expanded and created two more channels, ROK2 and ROK3, to fulfil the increasing demand for ROK on DSTV.
ROK2 features programming from the early days of Nollywood, whilst ROK3 has a wide range of Ghanaian talent and includes a music channel and a 24-hour movie and series selection.
In 2019, Canal+ Group purchased ROK, but Mary Njoku serves as the Director-General of ROK under the acquisition deal.
Although Rok Studio was sold, iROKO, dubbed African Netflix, is still owned by the couple and co-founder, Bastian Gotter. The company is headquartered in London.
Joe and Audrey Ezigbo
Joe and Audrey Ezigbo co-founded Falcon Corporation Limited in 1994. Joe serves as the Managing Director, while Audrey is the Deputy Managing Director.
The pair have worked together to grow Falcon Corporation from its inception into a conglomerate with a portfolio in different sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, energy and infrastructure, real estate and construction.