The CEO and Co-founder of Flutterwave

Founded in 2016, Flutterwave has established itself as the payment company upon which payment companies are built.


Platforms like Uber,, and Transferwise all use Flutterwave to process their payments. What makes it so integral is that it is not your regular payment company. It is the processor that powers your regular payment gateway, and Gbenga Agboola, formerly of Access Bank and one of the brains behind PayWithCapture (a payment product built upon the Flutterwave API), heads the company, having taken over from Iyin Aboyeji (another entry on this list) in October 2018.

Olugbenga Agboola OON (born 1985) is a Nigerian software engineer and entrepreneur. He is the CEO and co-founder of Flutterwave.

Born in Lagos, Agboola is a graduate of the MBA program at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to founding Flutterwave with Iyinoluwa Aboyeji in 2016, he worked as an application engineer at PayPal and in product management at Google.

Agboola was decorated with Nigeria’s National Honour Medal of the Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) by President Muhammadu Buhari in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of technology, innovations and economic development. He was awarded the honour alongside Ameyo Adadevoh, Abubakar Abdullahi, Jim Ovia, Tony Elumelu, amongst others.

Agboola was listed on Fortune‘s 40 Under 40 list in 2020. He was also on Time‘s Next 100 list in 2021. In April 2022, Agboola received the Tech Investor of the Year award in the Business Insider Africa awards.

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