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Lawyer/Entrepreneur Dupsy Abiola Impresses Panel on Reality TV Show, Dragon’s Den UK | Watch Video of her Presentation



Making a successful presentation can sometimes be difficult task. Getting your composure right, connecting with your audience, creating a good first impression and very importantly, having the confidence to carry your presentation through requires some amount of practice. And so, when we see someone who has done that successfully with good reports from the panel, it is something worth celebrating.

Dupsy Abiola was a contestant on Dragon’s Den UK, a reality TV programme featuring entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas in order to secure investment finance from a panel of venture capitalists. She attended Hampstead High School, London, before graduating from the University of Oxford. She later went on to attend the Inns of Court School of Law.

Dupsy’s inspired story started when she worked as a lawyer in the city of London. The 30-year-old was tasked with recruiting new staff, when she quickly realised the difficulty in shortlisting suitable candidates by simply looking at the CVs available to her. Not to be defeated, she researched websites and companies that matched graduates to jobs and found that there were none. She found a gap in the recruitment market. This gap led to the birth of her recruitment website She later mustered the courage to leave her secure employment to pursue her ambition of this website and later found herself in the Dragon’s Den (UK).

During her presentation, she maintained eye contact with members of the panel, spoke confidently, had a smile for them  and got quite emotional when it was time to talk about her father, late Chief M.K.O Abiola. At the end, they all had good reports about her.

Watch her presentation below and tell us what you think.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. tops

    October 27, 2012 at 8:49 am

    She is beautiful, smart, eloquent –and positive in character. I really like her and wish her the best in her business endeavors!

    • Ayana

      October 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

      You took the words right out of my mouth…Very impressive!!!

    • Purpleicious Babe

      October 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      I concur….

      I watch Dragons Den UK religiously, and I watched this particular episode and I must say I was IMPRESSED straight up, from the way she spoke and articulated her points to the way she demonstrated an outstanding level of maturity.. she is good…

      Then I got teary when Hilary Devey asked her about her family.. was so emosh… MKO Abiola must be proud of her…

      Since then I have been praising her and telling people about her oo.. she is good. I pray she makes an outstanding impact. xxx

  2. TT

    October 27, 2012 at 8:56 am

    God bless you my fear, may he guide you and continue to guide your steps till you fully realise the vision he has given you.

  3. Gangnam style

    October 27, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Wow!!!!!!!! She’s going places for sure .,, . God is gonna use her to restore the Abiola’s name back into glory…

    • Gimmer

      October 27, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Which one is the restoration tins? Dupsy is just trying t do her and build her own empire. Not everyone s hung up on past glory

  4. Nneka

    October 27, 2012 at 9:09 am

    This is fantastic. I’ve never been more impressed by an idea. This is going to revolutionize how prospective candidates are matched to employers. She is definitely an Abiola!! Very proud of her!!


    October 27, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Woooooow. We love her!!!

  6. didikan

    October 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

    awesome. she brought tears to my eyes wen she talked about her dad. is “dupsy” her real name or is it coined from “dupe”? i really like her. very intelligent.

  7. Partyrider

    October 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Very [email protected] tops said everything.
    Wish her all the best

  8. Sheila

    October 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Didikan, Dupsy is from Dupe. I know some of the Abiola kids and they’re all so brainy and nice. Go, Dupsy! Sky is the limit!

  9. eni

    October 27, 2012 at 11:32 am

    i love the confidence…naija swag dont lie jor 🙂

  10. Neo

    October 27, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Impressive! very composed, eloquent and still calm. This is someone that isn’t content to ride on the coat tails of her father but make a name for herself. I’m inspired!

  11. Sheila

    October 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Didikan, the name is from Dupe. I know some of the Abiola kids. They’re all so brainy and nice. Go, Dupsy! Sky’s the limit!

  12. ola

    October 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Nigeria politicians with mismanagement of public funding…more news and gist here at

  13. Demi

    October 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I LOVE DRAGONS DEN!! And shes incredibly amazing!! Bless you Sweetheart!!

  14. ego

    October 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Very intelligent driven and well spoken woman. But i have to correct sthing,her dad sponsored numerous coups and was betrayed by his friends in uniform. Technically he was one of those who helped enriched himself thru dubious means. that said, he was wronged and denied his mandate and callously killed. i really hate nigerian politics.
    Happy that his kids are thriving against all odds.

    • Lams

      October 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Omase jare (thank you very much), you talk am well. Hear I was cheering her on, Abiola is a popular yoruba name, so i didn’t make the connection at all. When she mentioned her father, aaaw an emotional story, but she shouldn’t make it look like they suffered jare. The Abiola wives and kids were weeeeeeeeeeell taken care of, after MKO’s death Well taken care of sef. They had the same lifestyle, they would have had, was he alive.

    • Olami

      October 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Spoken like a true, bitter Igbo.

    • Lola

      October 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      There was no need for that comment….and it is very true.
      They were well taken care of.
      The fact that she went to Oxford University says it all.

  15. Omoluabi

    October 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    So sad that we are not using all this energies back home, but kept serving Oyinbo people.

    • omoibo

      October 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Who’s fault is it? If Nigeria doesn’t provide the environment for your energy or talent to flourish then you’re free to seek out somewhere where your talent can be appreciated & nurtured, even if it is “serving oyinbo people” as you have naively stated

  16. NNENNE

    October 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Impressive! Wish that all your dreams come true.

  17. Suuidsaidl

    October 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Do it gurl!

  18. omoibo

    October 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Impressive! She was concise, passionate and her delivery was flawless, no fluff ! If I were a VC, you bet ya I would be funding her venture 😉

  19. Agape

    October 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Very impressive! Well done!!!

  20. Cici

    October 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    As a recruitment consultant she should know that you don’t provide answers that lead onto emotional issues or things that leave you teary eyed. Secondly I think this was more for publicity than investment. None of Abiola’s children lack for anything that includes money for business ventures.

    • xoxo

      October 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      have u seen her bank account or what? talk talk nawa!

    • Ezi

      November 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Please rewatch the video to assess for yourself whether she used her personal business as part of her pitch, or if she only brought it up in response to a personal question.

  21. Gbonju

    October 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    awww i dont know her personally, but i am definitely a proud sister 🙂

  22. Amber

    October 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    @omoluabi….I think itz time everyone took every opportunity and talent one has to do urself and family good,abi if naija doesn’t want to move forward,u move urself forward.that doesn’t make anyone a slave to anyone.More grease to ur elbow jare dupsy

  23. atutupoyoyo

    October 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    i may be wrong but i think abiola is one of the few rich Nigerians who have sired well behaved kids…….. we are proud of u girl and we wish u all the best.

  24. huh?

    October 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I was impressed,but when I saw her Dad name……jaw dropped

  25. businesswoman

    October 28, 2012 at 12:06 am

    kai!c ha mouth lyk ha dad’s own…she resemble ha papa no be small o!!!

  26. Onakachi

    October 28, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Impressive! Her father would be so proud of her.

  27. Asia

    October 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

    WOW, i am blown away by your confidence, your dad would definitely be proud of you.

  28. Jay Roy

    October 28, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Brilliant. Full Stop

  29. Bibie

    October 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I am very teary indeed I am proud to be Nigerian. All d best to you Dupsy, Oloruko egbon mi!

  30. SisiEko

    October 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    confident, well articulated, brilliant and deserved the win definitely… Like the Man said, she is truly an Entrepreneur (meaning, she already had workable plans, funds and the drive). All the best Dupsy! I’ve learnt over time that Confidence, eloquence and good articulation is a big PLUS in getting what you want/deserve.

  31. faith

    October 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Is a very smart girl…those oyibo pple too like emotional true life stories n she really used it to get them…naija can never carry last…lol

  32. dola

    October 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Great pitch ,precise,eye contact and confident.
    she did her homework,knew about competitors and able to give a good story why she is different.
    Kudos to a very young and intelligent Nigerian.

    My 2 cents

  33. mujer casada

    October 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    While I thought her formal presentation was stilted, her poise and responses were SUPERB. She nailed it. She exuded confidence, knowledge and grace. You go girl.

  34. Blossom

    October 29, 2012 at 1:27 am

    She must have been too young to even remember him or what he was like, I think. Seems like she’s recounting what she was told her father was. Poor child.

  35. ushees

    October 29, 2012 at 8:59 am

    amazing!!! wat more can i say…opportunities r everywhere ,at our door steps ,in our everyday routine,but we youths fail 2 descern on these opportunities but instead we look 4 opportunities nd talent dat isnt dere…i pray God help our generation!

  36. Fanny

    October 29, 2012 at 10:52 am

    So proud of u.

  37. pat

    October 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

    you are an inspiration. God bless you

  38. D Fairy GodSister

    October 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Wow!!!! She deserved the funding! Impressive! Brilliant! Her presentation was well researched, and she absolutely nailed it! Well done!

  39. nino

    October 29, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Good to see someone not piggybacking on the family name but instead is willing to go out there…and even pitch to dragon’s den when someone will say lets call uncle ranti and aunty basirat…
    damn…i am inspired…you go girl…
    wish her the bestest…
    And May her Fathers soul rest in peace…Amin

  40. Marie

    October 29, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Absolutely amazing!!

  41. Hakeem

    October 30, 2012 at 12:43 am

    She is a replica of her father in both looks and intellect!! May Allah forgive her dad sins and grant him paradise.

  42. adelegirl

    October 30, 2012 at 1:05 am

    One of the best, self-assured, articulate and well thought out pitches I have seen on Dragons’ Den. I caught myself tearing up when she talked about her dad. The fact that she is Nigerian/has Nigerian roots makes me extremely proud. Wish her all the very best and hope she does exceedingly well with Intern Avenue and other businesses she wishes to pursue. Her father must be really proud… May his soul continue to rest in peace…

  43. X factor

    October 30, 2012 at 10:24 am



    November 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

    In our beautiful country Nigeria you either have to know someone in a good position to support your project or you need to have sex with a bunch of people to get the funding needed.

    If she had approached companies in Nigeria they would of said ‘o gel forget dat gist when r u free to meet we’ll talk then.’

    Nigerians…… SOME Nigerians are just dream killers! SOME women have made it difficult for real women that are ambitious and want to make a change and honest living in Nigeria without compromising themselves!

    God help Nigeria

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