One of the few start-ups in the country that have shown promise over the years, Simeon Ononobi, as he celebrates his birthday, his strides in the ICT space must be looked at. Just like Biblical Simeon Peter whom Our Lord handed the keys of the heaven, Simeon Ononobi seems to have the key of serial entrepreneurial spirit and giving hopes to the youths and start up, in a country that is more focused on music, culture and everything apart from ICT, Simeon has shown that Nigerians can run and float a world class financial technology ( FinTech) firm and have foreign partners collaborating with him.
Having founded SimplePay from a humble place in Lagos, the organisation has grown to be one of the few fintechs in the country that has demonstrated resilient and hope. “I don’t believe that you can just borrow something from America and use it in this environment. You have to get into the psyche of the individual” In his words with Muyiwa of TechPoint.
This singular statement has been his watchword and a propeller that has made him build world-class solutions for Nigeria and Africa. According to Techpoint, “SimplePay was awarded “Best Nigerian Start-up” in the 2013 edition of Seedstars World Lagos. Ononobi went on to represent Nigeria at the global event where SimplePay emerged 1st runner up to secure $330,000 in funding. In the space of less than 2 years, the start-up has grown to upwards of 60,000 transactions a month, amounting to about 80 to 100 million naira.”
Not yet done, Simeon is the Co-Founder/CEO at ThankUCash! With thevision is to create sustainable solutions to help connect 10,000 businesses to 10,000,000 customers by the year 2023. Currently, the CEO at a great company called Connected Analytics Inc., a 500 Startup portfolio company and passionate about helping small businesses stay alive and grow using data analytics and rewards. A Software Analyst/Engineer in a previous life and product developer.
As Simeon celebrates his birthday in a quiet and humble way, considering the social distance, we wish to use this opportunity to felicitate with him.
Anthony Emeka Nwosu