Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and thank you for joining us once again on the Rebrand Nigeria Ambassadors Series!
Today’s #Ambassador is a passionate, empathetic altruist who is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in Nigeria. She was moved by the level of suffering, lack of skills and access to financial services among the women in urban and slum areas that she started her own fin-tech company to change the narrative in impoverished and underserved communities.
Her name is Nkem Okocha, and she is the Founder and CEO of Mamamoni Limited. Mamamoni is a fin-tech social enterprise that offers micro-loans and vocational/financial skills trainings to low-income women in poor slums and urban areas in Nigeria. They enable women generate a source of livelihood by providing them with capital without the common obstacles demanded by commercial banks such as collateral, transaction history, identification cards etc.
Since inception of the company in 2013, Mamamoni has empowered over 4000 women and given over 100 micro-loans. The company envisions empowering over 10,000 women across 20 states in ten years’ time.
Nkem grew up in a low-income family, challenged by the demise of her father. Her mother was incapacitated to cater for the family as she was lagging in vocational skills and access to funds. However, through a loan given by a family friend her mother was able to start a small-scale business. Part of Nkem’s motivation to establish her company was from her personal experience.
Prior to founding Mamamoni, Okocha worked in the banking industry for 14 years. During that time, she founded Novine Koncept Ventures; an enterprise that offers web development services, social medial marketing and mobile messaging for small-scale businesses.
She holds an OND in Business Adminstration and Management from Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State and BSc in Banking and Finance from Lagos State University, Lagos. She is a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme Alumna, Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellow, Young African Leaders Initiative Network Regional Leadership Center, Accra, Ghana Pioneer Cohort Member and LEAP Africa 2016 Social Innovator.
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