Current Role: Cofounder & CEO at Paystack
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Area of expertise: Entrepreneurship | Fintech | Innovation | Business Leadership
Interested in: Speaking & Training
Rates: Available upon request
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Shola Akinlade

Shola Akinlade, a distinguished speaker, is celebrated for his exceptional achievements in technology, entrepreneurship, and business leadership. With a solid foundation in software engineering, Shola co-founded Paystack, a groundbreaking payment platform that transformed online and offline payment solutions across Africa. His pivotal role in building Paystack into a successful venture culminated in its acquisition by Stripe, a global technology giant, for a remarkable $200 million in 2020.

Beyond his entrepreneurial endeavors, Shola’s expertise extends to innovation and community development. He founded Sporting Lagos F.C., a football club dedicated to social change and talent development. Additionally, his visionary leadership led to the acquisition of a majority stake in Aarhus Fremad, a Danish 2nd division football club, with the aim of fostering talent and professionalization.

Shola’s remarkable achievements have garnered national recognition, earning him the prestigious Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) honor from President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. This esteemed accolade acknowledges Shola’s significant contributions to advancing technology in finance and business.

As a dynamic speaker, Shola Akinlade inspires audiences with his transformative journey, innovative strategies, and entrepreneurial insights. His speaking engagements empower individuals and organizations to embrace innovation, navigate challenges, and achieve remarkable success in today’s dynamic business landscape.