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Ditching your degree as a Mechanical Engineer to pursue your passion for writing might seem daunting, but it’s been done before. Okechukwu Ofili, CEO of Okadabooks, is our man crush this Monday!

Gaining mainstream fame as a writer, blogger and illustrator, Okechukwu Ofili launched OkadaBooks in 2013 as a means of bridging the gap between writers, publishers and readers.

Ofili grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and later moved to the United States, where he earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Houston. He graduated among the top 5 students in his class and returned to Nigeria where he got a job in a top oil and gas firm.

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In 2010, his writing took off, with his work mostly on BellaNaija and YNaija. He continued to explore his passion for public speaking and storytelling and now has authored two books — How Intelligence Kills and How Stupidity Saved My Life.

 

After the launch of his platform, Ofili quit his job to focus solely on growing his platform which saw it to win MTN App of the year for the African Market in 2013. As at January 2018, the app had recorded over 180,000 registered users and a million ebook downloads. The app is now being used as a source of income by many writers, some who have earned over half a million Naira on the platform.

Due to the success of his e-book platform, Ofili has gone on to be named as one of Venture Africa’s 40 African Innovators to Watch and a place on the Quartz Africa 2016 Innovators list.

This eccentric drive and innovation is what makes him our #MCM today!


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