Programming is such a vast field and this is why programming learners tend to specialize in certain subfields rather than strive to master all programming languages. Just like their abroad counterparts, programmers in Nigeria often occupy themselves with a couple of programming languages and work towards perfecting their skills in the chosen languages. 

If you’ve heard one or two stories about how industrious Nigerian programmers transformed their programming proficiency into wealth, you may want to find out the personalities dominating the chart of top 10 programmers in Nigeria. With this post at your fingertips, you can rest assured that finding out such personalities is only a second away. 

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1.Prosper Otemuyiwa

Prosper Otemuyiwa

By virtue of his programming skill, Prosper Otemuyiwa has earned huge recognition as a highly ranked PHP developer. In Github’s ranking published in 2016, Prosper claimed the second position on the top chart of the world’s leading PHP developers. While Github’s ranking revealed that Prosper outclassed Facebook in his ascendancy to the second position, this impressive feat happens to have earmarked the highest point in Prosper’s career. 

Prosper is widely acclaimed as the developer of a beginner-focused programming package known as the Laravel Hackaton Starter Pack. The package has been described as an effective tool for programming amateurs to quickly hone their programming skills and become experts. 

Prior to his rise into the limelight as one of Nigeria’s leading programmers, Prosper served at Andela as a technical trainer. He has also served at Auth0 as a technical writer.

2.Ire Aderinokun

Courtesy of her success-laden programming career, Ire Aderinokun is well known as one of Nigeria’s most successful female programmers. Ire, who presently serves at Big Cabal as Head of Design and Product, has been described as a versatile programming expert. Besides being skilled in JavaScript, CSS and HTML, Ire Aderinokun is a prolific front-end developer cum UI designer. 

A glance into Ire Aderinokun’s academic profile shows that the expert programmer is an MA holder in Law. She is also a graduate of University of Bristol with a BSc in Experimental Psychology. 

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Ire is considered an outstanding programmer for having gained the mastery of programming without the help of a mentor. It’s quite fascinating that the front-end developer happens to have earned the title of a “self-taught programmer”. 

Aderinokun is the Cofounder, COO, and VP Engineering of Buycoins (YC S18), a cryptocurrency exchange for Africa. She is also part of the team  at Sendcash, a cryptocurrency-powered remittance platform to easily send money to countries in Africa from around the world. She also runs a personal blog at bitsofcode

3.Segun Famisa

Segun Famisa, who once served as a senior technical consultant under Andela, is an alumnus of the well-known Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). Having worked with various outfits, Segun possesses a decent wealth of programming. Prior to his current appointment with Germany-based Trivago as an Android software engineer, Segun served as an Android app developer at Truppr. He as well served as a software engineer at both Konga and iQube Labs. 

Considered one of Nigeria’s programmers who have translated their skills into significant wealth, Segun Famisa is undeniably a successful Nigerian programmer. Segun, who finished from OAU with a BSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, is an acclaimed robotics expert. He is also skilled in Python and Java and has developed a handful of Android applications. 

4.Moyinoluwa Adeyemi

Moyinoluwa Adeyemi is another successful Nigerian female programmer. Prior to her current appointment with Off-Grid Electric and Google Developers Group, Moyinoluwa was engaged by Swifta Systems and Services International. 

Moyinoluwa, who has featured on blog.devcenter’s list of Nigeria’s richest female programmers, is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University. She finished from the said university with a BSc in Computer Science. 

Described as a successful programmer, Moyinoluwa is a vibrant developer of Android apps and her programming career is believed to have paid off. 

5.Oluwaseun Akinrinola

Considered one of Nigeria’s renowned programmers, Oluwaseun serves as a senior software developer for FirstBank Nigeria. Prior to his appointment with the said bank, Oluwaseun worked with a number of companies including Concept Nova (as a senior software developer), STPL, V2d Convergence (as a solution developer) and IQ Systems where he held the position of a senior software developer. 

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Oluwaseun, who graduated from Switzerland’s SMC University, has undeniably carved out success from his programming engagement. 

6.Makinwa Olubukola

Makinwa Olubukola is another successful Nigerian programmer who prides on her status as a “self-taught” programmer. Makinwa, who holds an enviable academic profile as a first-class graduate of Computer Science from Babcok University, is making waves with her proficiency in JavaScript, Ruby and PHP. 

Without any doubt, Makinwa boasts considerable wealth of career experience. Notably, she formerly served as an engineering manager at Andela. Her profile also indicates that she was once a technical support at Gigalayercom as well as a trainer cum lead developer at Swap Space. 

Makinwa, who was previously engaged by as a web developer, has been described as a lover of FIFA. In fact, it is believed that Makinwa’s love for the FIFA game prompted her into trading her Swap Space job for a coding career. 

Having made tremendous success from learning programming on her own, Makinwa holds enviable repute as one of Nigeria’s richest female programmers.

7.Obinwanne Hill

Obinwanne Hill is a high-profile programmer vastly skilled in JavaScript, web applications, web development and design. While Obinwanne is best known as the founder and CEO of ContentOmni and Restive, the JavaScript expert is believed to have ridden on the strength of ContentOmni and Restive to earn himself a remarkable programming career. Notably, ContentOmni and Restive is a tech outfit concerned with the development of special tools for boosting the efficiency and responsiveness of websites. 

Obinwanne’s academic profile shows that the successful programmer is a graduate of Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo state.  

8.Olalekan Eyiowuawi

Olalekan Eyiowuawi is a versatile programmer who is proficient in such programming languages as iQuery, Java, Python and PHP. He has a handful of mobile apps to his credit. Prior to his current appointment with Andela (for which he develops software), the versatile programmer served as a full-stack software engineer for Gobble. 

Notably, Olalekan is one of Nigeria’s successful programmers who seem to have trodden the career path that aligns with their academic degrees. He is, to this end, a programmer with a BSc in Computer Science. 

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9.Miriam Wampana

As proven by reports, Miriam Wampana is one of Nigeria’s leading programmers with academic degrees in Computer Science. Thanks to her proficiency in Python, JavaScript and PHP, Miriam has made her mark as a developer of mobile applications. 

Prior to her current appointment with the American University of Nigeria as a senior software developer, Miriam was engaged by Abuja Technology Village where she worked as an ICT support officer. 

Miriam’s academic profile indicates that the successful programmer is an Information and Communication Science graduate from the Federal University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa state. She is as well a graduate of Computer Science from the University of Plymouth. 

Miriam has successfully shot into the clique of Nigeria’s most successful programmers, thanks to her fruitful professional engagement as a web developer cum designer. 

10.Falade Gbenga

Falade Gbenga is highly reputed for his wealth of experience in the field of programming. Prior to his current appointment as Access Bank’s senior software developer, Falade served at Kotivu.NG (as an end-user support engineer) and as a software developer at Lasco Computer System. The reputable programmer has worked with Altaviz Support Limited, CWG PLC and some other companies. 

Along with his current appointment with Access Bank, Falade is engaged by the duo of FirstBank Nigeria and ITANDT Solutions Limited where he handles software development. 


Presumably, programming will remain a high-paying tech-related profession in years to come and by reason of this, it is a forgone conclusion that Nigeria’s leading programmers will continuously amass reasonable wealth. 

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