On the 4th of August 2018, the SME 100 Nigeria Award was held at Terrakulture, Lagos. Nominees showed up in their best outfits as there was so much anticipation in the air with regards to who the winners would be that night.
According to Charles Odii, small and medium scale businesses which start out and crash mostly do so because of lack of moral support. This is the reason why SME 100 Nigeria 25 under 25 awards was born.
This award not only offers moral support to its winners, but also puts them on a level where they can access funds from investors, advice from financial advisers, among other benefits.
The awards were opened up for people to nominate businesses owned by people under 25. After which a rigorous voting and selection process followed. The over 3000 nominations were reduced to 100 based on:
- Impact in Society,
- Scalability of business
- Company registration with CAC.
- Annual Turnover.
- Age and Nationality of the entrepreneur; among others.
Categories in which the awards were to be won included Music, Education, Technology, Interior Decoration, Event Planning, Finance and Fin Tech, Media Communications, Photography, Manufacturing and Logistics, Creative Writing, Health and Skincare among others.
Some of the winners were:
- Amanda Dara Afolabi: She was nominated in the category of Health and Skincare. Amanda Dara owns Dara Naturals, a natural skin care brand. She is also a presenter at Ebony Life TV, where she co-hosts Moments Z.
- Ibiyinka Mary: She is the co-founder of Project-17, an organization which teaches Sustainable Development Goals at all levels. She is also a member of the Oxfam Youth Advisory Board.
- Blessing Odoemena: She is the founder of Zikorah Africa, an African inspired fashion label.
Other winners include:
Oswald Okojie in the category of Music;
Fred Oyetayo in the Technology category;
Fiyin Gambo in Media and Communication;
Umar Faruq in Photography;
Lanaire Aderemi inÂ Performing Arts;
Precious Eniayekan in Ecommerce;
Tiana Tolorunloju in Environment and Interior Design;
Grace Okoli in Beauty and Makeup;
Oyinkansola Makinde in Food and Drinks;
The Regal Set Covenant University in Social Entrepreneurship;
Anthony Anigbogu in Software and Design;
Asobale Dare in Active Citizenry and Engagement;
Oreoluwa Shonibare in Manufacturing and Logistics;
Rita Idehai in Energy and Sustainability;
Sylvia Udemeh in Finance and Fintech;
Yetunde Salimon – Akande in Arts and Culture;
Goodness Ekwueme in Agriculture;
Femi Babbs in Creative Writing and Content Creation;
Chiamaka Obiagbaoso in Professional Services.