Onyeka Akumah

Onyeka Akumah – Full Biography

This post is about the personal life and career of Onyeka Akumah, the CEO of Treepz (formerly Plentywaka).

Highlights:

  • A Lagosian born on October 21, 1984
  • First Class Honours graduate of Sikkim Manipal University, India

Read on as we provide insights into Onyeka Akumah’s biography.

Who Is Onyeka Akumah?

Onyeka is renowned for being a technology entrepreneur and businessman. He currently holds the CEO position at Treepz and is among the founders of Farmcrowdy Limited.

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Personal Life (Education Background, Hobbies, Etc.)

Have you heard of Treepz (formerly Plentywaka), RentSmallSmall, or Crowdyvest? If so, Onyeka Akumah is a co-founder of these three startups.

He was born in Lagos, Nigeria, on October 21, 1984. Before he reached 2 years old, his parents moved to Sokoto State, Nigeria, where he completed his primary and secondary school education.

Afterward, he traveled overseas for a Bachelor’s degree at Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok, India, earning a First Class Honours in Applied Information Technology.

Onyeka Akumah is a proud father of two sons, married to Edith Akumah. He is currently based in Lagos.

During his leisure time, he prefers teaching and public speaking at various events and workshops.

Career – (Early/recent)

In November 2016, Onyeka and some like-minded people co-founded Farmcrowdy Limited, an agricultural digital platform that enhances food production in Nigeria by linking small-scale farmers with investors. These include Ifeanyi Anazodo, Christopher Abiodun, Temitope Omotolani, and Akindele Philips.

Farmcrowdy started quite well, with an angel investment of $60,000 received just a month after its launch. The following year, it received seed funding of $1 million at the Techstars Accelerator Program in Atlanta.

In September 2019, he had an unpleasant experience while trying to board a bus, which inspired him to establish Plentywaka alongside Oluseyi Afolabi, John Shaibu, and Johnny Enagwolor.

Plentywaka was rebranded in September 2021, leading to a new name, Treepz Inc. It currently operates in Nigeria, Ghana, and Uganda, providing a shared mobility platform that enables users to commute conveniently.

Awards and Recognitions – Onyeka Akumah

Onyeka has won several awards and has been recognized for his achievements globally.

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Some of these are as follows:

  • Business Insider Africa Awards – Internet Entrepreneur of the Year 2022
  • African Leadership Magazine (ALM) Persons of the Year – African Agricultural Champion of the Year 2020 (Awarded in 2021)
  • Top 10 Nigerian CEOs Under 40 Years of the Year 2020
  • The Africa Report – #24 out of the Top 50 African Disruptors
  • Global Shakers – 50 African Innovators to Watch (2020)
  • GAGE Awards – Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 (Awarded in 2020)
  • The Africa Report – The 100 Most Outstanding Individuals in Africa (2019)
  • New African – 100 Most Influential Africans of the Year 2019
  • The African Youth Forum in Egypt – Top 20 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch in Africa (2017)
  • Nigerian Technology Awards – Startup CEO of the Year 2017
  • Young Role Models under 30 – Brown Heart Charity Award (2009)
  • Upgrade Africa Award of Excellence of the Year 2018
  • Award of Honor – Imperial Integrated Project (2018)

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