30 year old Nigerian entrepreneur, Michael Akindele, is set to take over the mobile device market in Africa, kicking Apple out in the process.
He founded his company, SOLO Phone, back in 2012 and currently serves as the CEO and director.
SOLO Phone strives to provide mobile solutions and a user-friendly platform to consumers at a reasonable price. They do this by offering customers smartphones for around $150. Included in the price is access to over 20 million licensed songs by Sony, Universal and Warner. In addition, the company has just added to its offerings an app named Video-On-Demand for all Android users, making top Nollywood (Nigerian Hollywood) and Hollywood movies available to them. All of this for less than HALF the cost of an iPhone.
Prior to starting his own business, Akindele attended high school and college in Virginia, graduating from George Mason University with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and IT. He worked as a technology consultant for Accenture, before returning to Africa in 2007 to help develop, produce and distribute the show The Apprentice:Africa, which garnered a huge following in Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya.
It’s great seeing entrepreneurs giving powerhouses like Apple a run for their money and disrupting their industry. If he can make that phone available in the states, he can ABSOLUTELY make a killing.