Onyeka Akumah is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Farmcrowdy – a start-up he launched in November 2016 and is currently referred to as Nigeria’s First Digital Agriculture platform.
Impacting on the lives of over 11,000 small-scale farmers already since inception in November 2016, Farmcrowdy has created and is leading a new category of online platforms that is focused on increasing food production, working to impact positively on the lives of 50,000 small scale farmers in Nigeria in the next 5 years and engage 2 million Nigerian youths to participate in Agriculture through technology.
In November 2016, Onyeka, together with his Co-founders Ifeanyi Anazodo, Akindele Philips, Christopher Abiodun, and Temitope Omotolani founded Farmcrowdy Limited, an agricultural an agricultural digital platform connecting small scale farmers to investors with the goal of boosting the food production in Nigeria. Farmcrowdy, took off very fast, receiving it’s first angel investment a month after launch and in 2017, got a $1 million seed investment at the Techstars Atlanta Accelerators Programme. Today, the company has grown to a team of 55 individuals who have worked with over 25,000 rural farmers across 16 states in Nigeria including Kano, Niger, Nasarrawa, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Edo, Akwa-Ibom, Lagos, Plateau, Kaduna, Adamawa, Niger, Kwara, Abuja, Sokoto, and Benue.
Farmcrowdy’s most commitment is to their famers. This commitment is central to every decision theymake and is engraved in the heart of their leadership. Their mission is essential to the survival because agritech has presented a unique opportunity and the possibility to achieve global food security. Farmcrowdy is driven to execute and their Technical Field Specialists ensure that small-scale holder farmers in network perform at an optimum.
Prior to Farmcrowdy, Onyeka was the Chief Commercial Officer of Travelbeta – one of Nigeria’s leading online travel agencies. He has also worked with Konga as Vice President; Marketing, Jumia as Director of Marketing & Partnerships, Wakanow as Online Marketing Manager, E-Marketing Coordinator for Deloitte for West, East and Central Africa, and Webmaster for British Council in Nigeria.
In addition to being the CEO of Farmcrowdy, Onyeka currently sits on the Board of leading tech start-ups in New York and Lagos and constantly seeks ways to impact on Nigerian youths through media and technology.
He was named one of Africa’s 30 Innovators 2018 in the recently published Quartz list and one of the Top 20 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch in Africa by the African Youth Forum in Egypt.
Onyeka has won the Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017 and 2018 at the Nigeria Technology Awards. He was also presented with an award for being one of the 100 (under 40) Most Influential Young Persons in West Africa. The award was in recognition of his outstanding achievements, entrepreneurial demonstrations and impact as a young African.
In 2017, he was appointed to the E-Agric Stakeholders Forum by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Nigeria and was recently made one of the youngest members of the Honorary Council of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce & Industry in recognition of his innovative way of fusing Technology with Agriculture while empowering thousands of farmers.
Onyeka graduated from the Sikkim Manipal University, India where he obtained a distinction in his first degree in Applied Information Technology. He decided to fuse Digital Marketing with the skills and learning experience he had acquired while focusing on the user experience and the customer journey of selling products and services online. Onyeka Akumah has been referred to as one of the most creative internet and online marketing entrepreneurs focused on building household names out of internet businesses in Nigeria.
In his capacity as a public speaker, he has been invited to speak at a number of platforms. Some of which are The Economist Summit in Kenya, Abuja International ICT Conference, The Nigerian National Career Fair, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, Social Media Week, Mobile Web West Africa, Business Day: Agribusiness and Food Security Summit and the London Metropolitan School of Business Management. In 2014, he was appointed as a Mentor for Start-ups and Entrepreneurship at the Rise Network. In 2015, he also mentored at the Tony Elumelu Foundation and at the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria.