We had the good fortune of connecting with Tolu Oshikanlu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tolu, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have always had the desire to connect Africa to the world. Nimerex was built to create tech solutions that would allow merchants in North America and Africa to sell their products beyond their neighborhood and to open their doors to the world. We started as a remittance business, and as our company grew, we saw that many local minority-owned brick-and-mortars were also being stifled by online companies. Therefore, we decided to expand our platform to allow local merchants to have a virtual store-front, and gain access to thousands of subscribers on our platform. In a nutshell, I think it is important to treat people the way you’d want to be treated.
What should our readers know about your business?
Nimerex is a black-owned tech company that has made shopping for everyday items both convenient and empowering. With our platform you can order a plethora of goods, groceries, made-to-order African cuisine, Authentic African artwork/fashion with a click of a button and have them swiftly delivered to your door. We are a little different from many platforms, because we serve as a multi-vendor platform, where competitors become partners. A business can have a website or a brick & Mortar store and also sell on the Nimerex platform. This allows Nimerex to serve as a one-stop-shop for many of our users; as such, some call us the Black Amazon. I am very excited about the future of our business, especially because many Africans and African-American are becoming more entrepreneurial; which I believe would help alleviate poverty. The journey has not been easy; however, we continue to see continuous growth in the United States and West Africa. I would like the world to know that at Nimerex, we will continue to do our best to make this world a better place and empower minority/under-served businesses as much as we can.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would either take the friend to go see a Texan, Dynamo or Rockets game, then head to an African restaurant called Aria Suya spot on Westheimer. The other option is to walk around downtown and eventually settle for a lively sport bar with outdoor seating. During the week, we will checkout Kemah boardwalk, the Aquarium, Top-golf, improv, and finally look for a Nigerian wedding to attend after playing soccer on Saturday morning.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to recognize our customers and the many vendors on our platform, especially Hair CraQ. They are a black-owned Hair Care company that specialize in Non-Toxic, Vegan Hair Care for kinky, coily, curly hair and more challenging hair types. Go to Nimerex.com to view our vendors or to become one yourself.
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