How ‘Afropreneurs’ will shape Africa’s future

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Nigerian Idris Ayodeji Bello describes himself as an "Afropreneur"

He says Afro-centric entrepreneurs will bring change to the continent

Bello has created the Wennovation Hub in Nigeria to help entrepreneurs develop their ideas

He says his work is about enabling access to health information and education tools

CNN  — 

His full name is Idris Ayodeji Bello, but you might just call him “Afropreneur.”

That’s the buzzword adopted by the young Nigerian to describe the bright, independent and tech savvy entrepreneurs using creative thinking and the power of innovation to take over Africa’s economic destiny.

“Over time Africa has relied on government and big multinationals for solutions – but they’re not coming,” explains Bello.

“But of recent you’re seeing a new wave of young men and women who have access to all the global networks, who’ve studied either within the continent or outside and have this passion for change – these are the people Africa’s change is going to come from, these are the people I call ‘Afropreneurs.’”

And Bello is certainly leading by example.

At just 33 years old, he has already been involved in several tech initiatives aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship and empowering communities across Africa.

Connecting solutions to problems

Early last year, Bello co-founded the Wennovation Hub in Nigeria, a technology space enabling ambitious entrepreneurs to come together and develop their trailblazing ideas into successful businesses.