For any economy to grow, necessary support must be given to its SMEs and #BellaNaijaWCW this week Olanrewaju Oniyitan is one of the private individuals doing this.
Olanrewaju is the founder and CEO of W-Holistic Business Solutions (W-HBS), which works closely with entrepreneurs, international and local private sector actors, federal and state governments, development agencies, academia, membership-based organisations and non-profits to deliver real impact, value and results through projects supporting economic growth and development.
W-HBS does its work through access to finance, skills development, enterprise development, business advocacy and reforms and gender and social inclusion.
She is also the Project Director for the social impact projects of the firm: Future4Kids Africa and Sustainable Education & Enterprise Development (SEED).
Through SEED, Olanrewaju supports and advocates for schools serving children from low-income families.
With Future4Kids Africa, Olanrewaju inspires children and young people to become innovators, entrepreneurs and out-of-the-box thinkers to make our world a better place for everyone.
She began her career at KPMG Professional Services, working in the Business Advisory and Risk Management Units and since then, she’s worked closely with various businesses, governments, development agencies, academia, associations NGOs and foundations, in a wide range of sectors.
Lanre works as a Private Sector Development Consultant for a DFID/Adam Smith International M4P initiative – Enhancing Nigerian Advocacy for a Better Business Environment (ENABLE) Nigeria – set up to strengthen Business Membership Organisations in Nigeria.
She has worked on several international development projects such as: Business Innovation Facility (BIF); Developing Effective Private Education Nigeria (DEEPEN); Growth and Employment in States 3 (GEMS3); Market Development in the Niger Delta (MADE); amongst others.
She has also worked with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF); World Bank/Growth and Employment (GEM)-Business Innovation & Growth (BIG); Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWIN); among others.
She’s also authored two books: “The Twin Jobs Challenge” and “Minipreneur”.
Olanrewaju is also a 2019 participant in the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa programme.