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BN TV’s Lanre Akinlagun Bravely Moved to Nigeria & Launched a Liquor Company – WATCH How he Does it on “Under 40 CEOs” with Mr FAB



This week’s episode of Under 40 CEOs features Lanre Akinlagun, the CEO of

In this chat with Mr. FAB, Lanre speaks on his venture and gives insight into when and how to start a business in Nigeria and most importantly how to overcome some of the inherent challenges unique to the Nigerian market.

Watch the interview below!


  1. Lala

    January 18, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Thanks Lanre. I also tried to recruit but lots of poorly educated people in Nigeria and anyone with a little bit of average skill charges heaven on earth and yet they say no jobs.

    N50k for a fresh graduate who can’t string 3 sentences together and yet they think they are doing you a favour.

    Oh, and employing females in Nigeria was a massive headache. Hurrible attitude!
    If I share some of the CV’s, smh……

    • Lala

      January 18, 2017 at 1:35 am

      Horrible sorry

    • LemmeRant

      January 18, 2017 at 7:53 am

      You’re paying 50k/month (Assuming the salary is consistent every month) to a graduate. No equity, No moving up the ladder.

      “You get what you paid for”. Stop complaining.

    • Amaa

      January 18, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      Gbam Same Nigerians will come here and excel with their poor education. Same Nigerians will come out best graduating student . You get what you pay for . You expect some one you pay 50k per month to resume work at 8 in the morning and live by 8 in the night . God help you if you live far from your work place no accommodation or transportation paid for. It’s time to get strategic. Pay someone a small salary look for none monetary benefits to retain them be ready to train them . Look at China all the recalls that have been done last year alone you wonder if cheap labour is worth it. If you pay someone 50k and he works from home 2 wife a week do you think he will complain get creative people and stop saying Nigerians graduates are unemployable. Better still get a HR structure your business put process in place and remunerate your workers well

    • Nene

      January 18, 2017 at 9:39 am

      You are very correct. Most graduates think the certificate guarantees them oil jobs and huge salaries, so they tend to have a chip in their shoulder till they have lived 2 years with no job

    • Foodie Unplugged

      January 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      50k/month for 6 days a week to someone who will spend 30k of that money on transport alone. Una try ooo. Better hire someone who lives closer or stays in your house!

      Same Lanre that said he will employ someone from the UK to do his digital marketing for less than 100k naira … LMAO. I wish him luck with that. Flight fare sef, the money no go cover!

    • Lala

      January 18, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      The individual worked from home. Do you know how much most banks pay cashiers in Nigeria, how much more a startup?

    • Lala

      January 18, 2017 at 11:02 pm

      You aren’t smart, your comment is the proof. There are freelancers in the U.K. Who will do your marketing for less than £400 (which is what 100k was before naira crashed) Some of you back home don’t understand that due to competition abroad, lots of goods and services are priced cheaper compared to what you have in Nigeria.

      Many university lecturers in the UK are now being employed on a freelance basis without a guaranteed full time permanent contract nor pensions. So, when universities are on holidays, they don’t get paid. The story is on the UK guardian, go and read it.

      The role I employed for was 5 days a week, done from the employee’s home so no transport cost. Most Africans I know abroad, when we graduated after our masters degree, we worked any and everywhere whilst looking for proper grad jobs. We worked in care homes, supermarkets, any decent minimum wage job as we had to pay bills pending that graduate job landing on our laps.

      Someone without a job being choosy. It is because you have a free roof over your head. Those of us abroad have to work our arses off or we end up homeless.

  2. Lala

    January 18, 2017 at 1:34 am


  3. Joke

    January 18, 2017 at 3:09 am

    You have just stated the truth. Many Nigerians are really unemployable, but we don’t like to hear that. Too many people complain about that. I don’t want to call people lazy, but it is our conditioning. The truth is that the work ethic in Nigeria is generally “good enough is good enough.” We don’t chase excellence. While in the Western world, excellence for the most part is the norm. That’s why when we come to the Western world it takes us time to catch up with the pace and how things work. Then when they return, they are much harder working and much more employable…

    • Nene

      January 18, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Absolutely spot on!

  4. Obi

    January 20, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Lots of Nigerians are employable. Please have a seat with this washed up excuse. Same Nigerians thrive in healthy environments and would always deliver when called upon. As for you “Mr start up founder ” please look for brilliant ideas, selling drinks online should be left for 100 level students and good brains won’t respond to vacancies from a clown business called . No graduate worth his/her salt would want to work in a place like that and yet you wonder why you got the kind of resumes you got. What were you expecting? First Class engineering graduates from Ife?? Lol..

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