Olugbenga ‘GB’ Agboola, the Chief Executive Officer of Flutterwave, Africa’s leading payment technology company, had the privilege of ringing the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.
The occasion marked Founders Day, a celebration of Black History Month that honors the achievements, contributions, and history of African-Americans who are making significant strides in various spheres of life.
Flutterwave, under the leadership of an African-American CEO, has become a success story emerging from Africa. In 2022, it achieved a valuation of $3 billion, making it the highest-valued African start-up covering sub-Saharan Africa and North East Africa after obtaining an operational license for Egypt. This demonstrates the company’s strong potential for growth and success.
In October, Olugbenga ‘GB’ Agboola received recognition from President Buhari for his contribution to technology and financial development in Nigeria.
President Buhari decorated him with the Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) award, highlighting the significant impact that Flutterwave and its CEO are having on Africa’s financial and technological sectors.
Flutterwave’s success story is a testament to the ingenuity and resilience of African entrepreneurs and a positive reflection of the African tech ecosystem. It underscores the potential of the continent’s vast untapped resources and the immense opportunities available for global investors.
Olugbenga ‘GB’ Agboola ringing the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange is a significant milestone for the African tech ecosystem, showcasing the talent and innovation that exists in Africa and the continent’s potential to make an impact on the global stage.