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Evans Akanno: Building Thriving Brands Against all Odds

Having worked with leading firms - Jumia, Konga, Evans launched Cregital, a digital agency helping brands achieve their full digital design potentials

Evans Akanno, 31, grew up in Africa’s commercial hub, Lagos, Nigeria. He found his passion for technological design whilst interning at the Nigerian Petroleum Resources (NNPC – NipeX) in 2008.

After graduating in 2010 with a BSc in Industrial Chemistry from Imo State University, it was Evans against the unemployment plague ravaging the nation. In a move to earn from his passion, he started designing profile photos for people to use on their Blackberry Messenger (BBM), charging as little as N400 ($0.97). This endeavour foretold Evans’ potential to do great things in the entrepreneurial world.

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Evans was on a path to launch several businesses, but the corporate world also had its doors wide open to him. He got a job as a brand and social media strategist with Jumia Nigeria in 2012 and worked with Konga in 2013 as a Creative Strategist. However, his entrepreneurial zeal still outshone these vibrant workplaces.

What inspired you to launch Cregital?

After graduating with a second class degree in Industrial Chemistry in 2010, I suffered for some time, under the youth unemployment problem in Nigeria. Choosing not to be a victim of the system, I turned to my creative talent in graphic design. In 2012, I launched Evans Akanno Creative Agency, worked full time in e-commerce for 2 years then rebranded the agency to Cregital in 2015.

Read full interview HERE.

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