Murtala Sani, the CEO of WeSabi, a tech startup that helps solve the challenge of getting artisans to help fix domestic challenges in the neighborhood emerged winner of the Deji Alli ARM Young Talent Award (DAAYTA) taking home N12 million to grow his business.
Sani who beat 5 other finalists will now go ahead to complete a 5-month entrepreneurial education at the Pan Atlantic University’s Enterprise Development Centre, and also to receive support for the development of his venture WeSabi through an accelerator programme by a reputable entrepreneurial hub in Lagos, Nigeria. Importantly, the funding will be disbursed over a period of one (1) year to develop his business plan.
The 5 finalists that participated alongside WeSabi are Chekki, Dare Odumade of Chekkit came second, Yusuf Shittu of “Jojolo” Neo Childcare came third, Daniel Odediran of PrestPro came third and the 5th position went to Oluwayomi Oyatoye of MechoMedics.
A team of four distinguished judges played the pivotal role of choosing the DAAYTA 2019 award winner amongst whom are: Victor Asemota, the Africa Partner for Alta Global Ventures, a US-based venture capital company; Mitchell Elegbe, founder of Interswitch, Sadiq Mohammed, the Deputy Group CEO of ARM Group and Dr. Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien, an Angel investor and Group Chief Sustainability and Governance Officer of Dangote Group.
According to Sani, the urge to make a system better drove him to start WeSabi, an initiative created to help households find reliable and pre-screened artisans in their neighbourhood through a website, mobile app and a USSD platform. It’s goal being to build Africa’s marketplace for the blue-collar sector.
The DAAYTA programme which was inaugurated by ARM in honour of its founding CEO Mr. Deji Alli in 2015 is part of the company’s CSR efforts to educate and empower the younger generation to make a meaningful socio-economic impact in their immediate environment and the nation at large.