Chidi Nwaogu

Chidi Nwaogu is a serial tech entrepreneur, entrepreneurial ecosystem builder, and software developer. Nwaogu is the co-founder and CEO of Publiseer, a digital publisher for African Creatives, described by Konbini as "one of the largest digital publishers in Africa" and identified by IFC as one of the startups "that could speed up innovation in Africa".

He has been described as one of the "Young innovators making Africa great in 2019" and "50 Top Personalities on LinkedIn". Nwaogu is the winner of the Migration Entrepreneurship Prize 2020, the Africa 35.35 Award 2019 for Entrepreneurship, the Young Leaders Award 2019 for Media and Entertainment, and the Bizz Business Excellence Award 2019.

He is an Acumen Fellow 2020 (West Africa), Alibaba eFounders Fellow 2020 (China), IDEX Global Fellow 2020 (India), Westerwelle Fellow 2019 (Germany), Halcyon Incubator Fellow 2019 (Washington, DC), AfricanPLP Fellow 2019 (Cairo), and Yunus&Youth Global Fellow 2019 (New York).

Who is Nwaogu?

Serial Entrepreneur

Since Nwaogu was 19, he has co-founded, grown, and sold two tech startup companies, including LAGbook, a social network that garnered over 1-million registered users within three years. Today, he is the co-founder and CEO of Publiseer, a digital publisher for African Creatives, described by Konbini as "one of the largest digital publishers in Africa", identified by IFC as one of the startups "that could speed up innovation in Africa", and listed by Opera as one of the "5 'Made In Nigeria' Companies That Are Giving Nigerians So Much Value In 2020".

Public Speaker

Nwaogu began public speaking as a keynote speaker at the 2012 IT Leaders West Africa Summit, where he spoke on the role of social media and mobile in developing nations, focusing on the Arab Spring. Today, he speaks around the world about publishing, entrepreneurship, business, and technology, including at the 2020 Leadership Academy for African Development Sessions at Michigan State University, the 2019 International Publishers Association Regional Seminar in Nairobi, and the 2019 Geneva Book Fair in Switzerland.

Volunteer Mentor

As a volunteer, Nwaogu mentors budding and aspiring entrepreneurs and young professionals through platforms like the Lagos Innovates Idea Hub by the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Teach for Nigeria Fellowship, and the Investment Readiness Program by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth. Personally, he is committed to building an army of young entrepreneurs in Africa through his social media open mentoring sessions with over 110K following, and counting.

Business Writer

Nwaogu is the author of 'Dear Entrepreneur', a 12-volume book series that is focused on helping young and budding entrepreneurs cope with the stress and uncertainties they will encounter along their entrepreneurial path. This book series should serve as a daily devotional for entrepreneurs looking for a companion along their entrepreneurial journey. It comes in twelve volumes, from January to December; a letter for each day. 'Dear Entrepreneur' can be purchased on Amazon and everywhere ebooks are sold for $0.99 - $1.99.

Testimonials

Fellowships

Resume

7 Years of Experience

Experience

Aug. 2020 - Current
Savvy Fellowship

Co-founder and Head of Fellowship Program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have lost their jobs and are now living in an uncertain world. Savvy Fellowship was launched to equip passionate and brilliant individuals with the necessary knowledge and skill that they need to start their own impact-driven business and succeed as entrepreneurs. So far, from nearly 30,000 applications, we have selected over 2,400 Fellows from nearly 110 countries around the world. Are you passionate about solving some of Africa's most pressing problems through innovation? Have you ever wanted to build your own impact-driven business, but didn't know how to? Do you own an early-stage business and you want to grow and scale your impact into new markets or verticals? Savvy is a virtual Fellowship program for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. Savvy is 12 weeks of e-learning and assessment. You will learn everything from ideation to venture scaling. After 12 weeks, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion to proudly share with your professional network.

Aug. 2017 - Current
Publiseer

Co-founder and CEO

Publiseer is a digital platform that helps underserved and independent African writers, musicians, and filmmakers, from low-income communities, earn above the minimum wage and live above the poverty line from the sales of their creative works. Founded in 2017, Publiseer has helped over 6,000 African creatives earn over $240,000 in revenue. Publiseer has been described by Konbini as "one of the largest digital publishers in Africa", identified by IFC as one of the startups "that could speed up innovation in Africa", and listed thrice by ModernGhana as one of the top "African Innovations" in 2019. Publiseer became profitable after eight months from inception and has received numerous awards and recognitions for its works, including becoming the first and only African publisher to be accepted into the International Publishing Distribution Association in Madrid.

Apr. 2019 - Jul. 2019
Dear Entrepreneurs

Co-Anchor

So on April 2, Jason Njoku, a famous Nigerian entrepreneur tweeted about how entrepreneurship abuses and consumes us if we let it. And this is nothing but the truth. Entrepreneurship isn't glamorous at all, and often it affects our mental health. However, in contrast to Jason's opinion, we believe there is true happiness in it if you share your pains, mistakes, worries, failures, and shortcomings with other like-minded entrepreneurs, and receive feedback and help, and grow with it. In a bid to achieve this, we have started a podcast for entrepreneurs called "Dear Entrepreneurs". Chidi Nwaogu and Olamide Akomolafe will be anchoring this podcast every Saturday, where we will talk about our experiences as entrepreneurs, the good and the bad, in order to encourage other entrepreneurs going through tough times.

Feb. 2013 - Mar. 2014
PRAYHoUSe

Co-founder and Lead Web Developer

After the acquisition of LAGbook, I co-founded PRAYHoUSe with my twin brother, an online Christian prayer directory of more than 10,000 prayers from the Scripture. I organically grew PRAYHoUSe from zero to over 200,000 users in less than six months. In March 2014, PRAYHoUSe was acquired by American non-profit organization, Ten Doves Charity, for $37,500.

Jun. 2013 - Dec. 2013
GROU.PS Inc.

Lead Front-End Architect

As a Front-End Architect, I was responsible for the look and feel of the social networking utility, and everything you'll see with your eyes. I made the social network mobile-friendly and added a 'friend suggestion' social feature to the platform, written in JS. I added all the cool stuff you'll see on the social utility. In a nutshell, I designed the social network from scratch, adding style to it. TagWorld is a social network created in 2005 by American serial entrepreneurs, Freud Krueger and Evan Rifkin as a rival to MySpace, another social network. TagWorld reached a million users in 2006 and received $7.5 million in funding before MTV acquired it in 2008 as the growth of the social network continued. In 2010, an American social groupware platform, GROU.PS acquired TagWorld and its users while MTV continues to own the firm’s social media technology.

Apr. 2010 - Jan. 2013
LAGbook

Co-founder and Co-CEO

At the age of 19, I co-founded, built, and organically grew LAGbook (otherwise known as Ladies And Gentlemen book) with my twin brother. LAGbook grew from zero to over one million registered members in less than three years. It was initially created for students of the University of Lagos but later expanded to the youth demographic (18 - 30 years) in Africa. The social network was acquired by the Canadian technology company, Gulf Pearl Ltd. for $10,000 in January 2013. LAGbook was featured on TechCrunch for garnering 30,000 new members in less than six months, and on African Business Review for signing an eight-week advertising deal with the multinational company, BlackBerry.

Sep. 2006 - Aug 2009
9ja Boi Interactive

Co-founder and Lead Game Developer

In 2006, I co-founded 9ja Boi Interactive, a video game developer, with my twin brother. We developed video games with the Game Maker software, and wrote our video games in GML, using DLL to extend its functionalities. Our first video game was "Save The Admiral", which is a 2d space shooter that combined AI and gamification to explain global warming to teenagers. Save The Admiral was first realized in 2008, with further development and realizes spanning till 2009.

Education

2020
Alibaba Business School

eFounders Fellowship Program, Class 9

The eFounders Fellowship program provides first-hand exposure to e-commerce and digital innovations, access to business leaders across Alibaba and China, as well as an opportunity to connect with like-minded, leading entrepreneurs in your region.

2020
Harvard Business School

Business Lessons

The lessons are designed for working professionals, leaders and entrepreneurs, and even college students and recent graduates who want to advance their careers with core business concepts. Professionals can develop knowledge to help their organizations achieve success, while college students can gain a competitive edge when entering the job market with new, actionable skills.

2019 - 2020
National Training Academy

African Presidential Leadership Program, Cohort 3

The idea of the program was launched as part of the implementation of one of the recommendations of the 2018 World Youth Forum and coinciding with the 2019 Egyptian Presidency of the African Union. The program aims at bringing together African youth with different affiliations and beliefs under one umbrella aimed at development and peace, complementing Egypt’s role in effective participation with other African governments. The program is designed to give more than 1,000 young people from Africa a chance to participate in 10 sessions of 100 young African people each.

2019
Istanbul Technical University

ITU Magnet Acceleration Program

The ITU Magnet Acceleration Program-Istanbul is managed by Istanbul Technical University's Technology Park, ITU ARI Teknokent, in order to strengthen the ecosystem of technology-based entrepreneurship in Turkey and the Region. The aim of the program is to inspire and support its technology start-ups at any stage and contribute to their success in the market and lead start-ups to get national and international traction.

2019
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Venture Scaling Bootcamp

MIT Venture Scaling Bootcamp is for founders, CEOs, key leadership team members whose ventures have demonstrated product-market fit and now ready to scale up. One semester condensed into a week. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Institute is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university, with an urban campus that extends more than a mile alongside the Charles River.

2018 - 2019
MEST Africa

Software Entrepreneurship

MEST offers a 12-month, full time, fully sponsored program in which the students – known as Entrepreneurs in Training (EITs) – complete a graduate-level course in software development, business and communications. The MEST program provides rigorous entrepreneurial training and extensive hands-on project work, designed to ensure EITs master industry-proven methodologies for developing startups. This coursework is supplemented by a series of guest lectures, featuring the experiences and insights of internationally-recognized executives and successful entrepreneurs. The course culminates in an investor pitch and the chance to receive seed funding and enter the MEST incubator.

2019
Singularity University

Global Startup Program

The Global Startup Program (GSP) helps future-focused entrepreneurs transform radical ideas into tangible impact on a global scale. It’s a structured, immersive program offering startup-focused educational resources and world-class mentorship from SU’s faculty, staff, and industry experts—in a safe, nurturing environment. The program aims to scale startups into global businesses. We want to inspire you to solve the world’s biggest challenges and impact the lives of a billion people.

2019
Accra Business School

African Young Leaders Fellowship Programme

Accra Business School is a prestigious Christian Business School accredited to offer globally recognized postgraduate, undergraduate and professional programmes. The School is an affiliate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi, Ghana, Australian Institute of Business (AIB) Adelaide, Australia and the Awards for Training and Higher Education, Norwich, UK.

2018
Graduate School of Business - University of Cape Town

Venture Incubation Programme Winter School 2018

The Venture Incubation Programme (VIP) is designed to provide a supportive ecosystem to help startups build viable and scalable innovation-driven companies. The UCT Graduate School of Business is home to the only full-time African MBA ranked in the top 100 by the prestigious Financial Times and as just one of 73 schools world-wide to be “triple-crowned” (schools which are accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and the AACSB), the school is among the best in the world.

2009 - 2013
University of Lagos

Bachelor's degree, Physics

The University of Lagos, popularly known as UNILAG, is a public research university in Lagos, Nigeria. It is one of five first generation universities in Nigeria and was founded in 1962. The university has three campuses in Lagos, including the main campus in Akoka, the School of Radiography at Yaba, and the College of Medicine at Idi Araba. The University of Lagos enrolls over 40,000 students.

Top Endorsed Skills

Web Design

95%

Leadership

92%

Web Applications

81%

Industry Knowledge

Digital Marketing

60%

Entrepreneurship

57%

Web Development

56%

Software Development

56%

Mobile Applications

54%

User Experience

54%

Content Management

54%

Game Design

53%

Game Development

53%

Social Media

53%

Cloud Computing

52%

User Interface Design

52%

Start-ups

49%

Business Development

48%

Mobile Devices

47%

E-commerce

47%

Tools & Technologies

HTML5

53%

Javascript

53%

Meteor.js

53%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

52%

jQuery

52%

PHP

52%

Other Skills

Game Programming

53%

GML

53%

Portfolio

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Contact

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+1 (520) 462-8886

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Lagos, Nigeria

P. O. Box 1337, Festac Town

chidi.nwaogu@publiseer.com

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