Nigeria; Businesses that will boom in 2017

Despite the recession, there are still perfect opportunities to pursue entrepreneurial dreams. A recent survey has shown exactly sectors that will produce the next millionaires in Nigeria at the moment. We compiled just a few out the many opportunities for investment for 2017.

Mobile Food Vending

Do you love cooking? It is high time you monetize this hubby but be more innovative about it. Mobile food vending will make it more lucrative to get into the catering business in 2017. We can remember the Igwe Brothers that started Speedmeals Mobile Kitchen in 2010. This market is so huge and yet to be tapped according to a 2016 survey. Very busy personnels are expected to be on the rise and will demand more caterers to go mobile in 2017 because people will appreciate having their food brought to them on time and in the comfort of their office. The major challenge with this, as with any food business, is getting peoples’ trust. You do this with proper hygiene, tasty meals and timely, consistent delivery. It will also put a lot of ‘mama put’ on their toes to improve their quality of their cooking. There is a supply gap waiting for any daring investor or entrepreneur.

Waste Recycling

So much attention has been given to and awareness raised over climate change and environmental degradation lately hence the demand for recycling of garbage a huge opportunity for creating value and making money in 2017. A brand is already emerging in Lagos, Recycle point, founded by Mrs Ukonu and still yet this sector is untapped. Big players like the US and China are going big about safeguarding the environment. True, Nigeria may not have gotten to the point where we cut our fossil fuel reliance and go completely green. But Nigerian entrepreneurs are not giving up. Waste recycling is a good project for the environment. This will be an opportunity for creating value like Recycle point is doing in Lagos and making money.


Online Tutorial

A lot is happening online, people are taking tutorials to fill up knowledge gaps. Many people now take online courses to make up for the knowledge they could not get in the classroom because of the little time they have over jobs and Nigeria is not left out. There is a big opportunity in this niche in Nigeria. If you can deliver tutorials on topics people are interested in learning, people will gratefully pay you to learn them. Starting your own online tutorials does not take much. For a start you can sign up as an instructor on Udemy and later, develop your own blog/platform.



Food processing and packaging:

Nigerian farmers are lately facing the issue of storage hence the need for a middle man who would help preserve these products through processing and packaging hence this is a very promising profitable venture to invest on in 2017. Thankfully Tomatoes etc pastes are also included on the list of banned products. Early November 2016, a leading indigenous local tomato paste manufacturer, Erisco Foods Limited, made good its threat of shutting down the $150bn plant and relocating its manufacturing base to a location outside Nigeria probably due to recession in Nigeria. This has presented a big opportunity to other entrepreneurs in Nigeria to fill up the gap. I see a lot of smart Nigerians investing in food processing and packaging production in 2017.


Regardless of how much hype you have heard on e-commerce industry in the past, 2016 changed a lot of things positively as a result of the economic recession which brought online money making Ponzi schemes in Nigeria. While everyone is waiting for the impending crash of the scheme, it is gaining momentum and is not ending anytime soon. These sites draw huge traffic that has successfully brought new internet users into Nigeria’s cyberspace and can be converted to a digital marketing site. More people are now interested in using the internet which on the long run will impact positively on the e-commerce industry. Smart Nigerians are keying into this opportunity and in 2017 many e-commerce sites will spring up, now is the time to join the trend. CREAT YOUR OWN!!!

Cassava/Garri Processing:

Cassava is predominately known as one of the traditional food to the local farmers in Nigeria. Cassava is one of the most popular and widely consumed food crops in Africa. Because it is such an important food in the region and an extremely versatile crop, it is commonly referred to as cornerstone of food security in Africa. The competing needs for cassava cut across both human and animal consumption. It is fast becoming a popular raw material in industrial production and is now a preferred material for making biofuels. There are a lot of bi-products that can be produced from cassava such as garri, Cassava Bread, Cassava Flour, and Cassava Fufu. Smart entrepreneurs can venture into any of these businesses or even get involved in producing all.

Fish farming:

Fish farming is an evergreen venture in Nigeria as it is a necessity in every home. Many business men are begging to see this opportunity and in 2017 I see a lot more entrepreneurs diving into it on a larger scale



Paper Bag Production

Still on the environment, I expect plastic bags to gradually go out of use from 2017 (maybe not that immediate but bound to happen at some point); they are not good for the environment. Paper bags have got good shouts in other African countries with nations like South Africa, Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda, etc all imposing a ban on plastic bags. How long before our beloved Nigeria follows suit? No matter how long it takes, investing in paper bag production will be worth it.

Real Estate

Every year is a good year for real estate business. 2017 will not be an exception. The major drawback in real estate business is the amount of capital it requires for startup. There’s a way around it. Oluwatobi Oladele delivered a lecture on how you can start your own lucrative real estate business with very little capital. So why not give it a go in 2017?

Logistics/Courier Business

The increase in eCommerce businesses will open doors for more delivery/courier companies to emerge. If you are shipping goods from Owerri to Lagos, someone has to deliver them. Cost of shipping is a hindrance to eCommerce business in Nigeria. More delivery companies will provide healthy competition, forcing down prices. This is a good thing. How to start a small courier company? Read this article.

Online Marketing

Take your pick: blogging, freelancing, information marketing, affiliate marketing, there are plenty. More people will make more money online in 2017 than they did in 2016. It is no longer a secret that people make full income on the internet. By the way, if you plan on starting a blog in 2017, I wrote an article on top 18 blog topic ideas that should make you the most money. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Tech Business

The Nigerian tech industry is in the spotlight for many good reasons. We have seen Nigerians develop award winning apps like OkadaBooks, Find-A-Med, BudgIT, AfriNolly, etc. Because the tech industry is proving very lucrative, more people will look to explore their creative tech side in 2017. Tech bloggers like OgbongeBlog and NaijaTechGuide have been making money for a long time now. I expect more people to follow their lead in 2017. This is a brilliant opportunity for the tech person.



Programming/Coding Tutorials

There are two ways to make money through what you know: you can do what you know and you can teach people how to do what you know. For our tech industry to keep booming, people will need ways to learn coding/programming.


Uber has challenged the way transportation works in Nigeria and now we see startups like FindMyRide and GoMyWay creating innovations in the transport sector. Taxi drivers are no longer the old men driving rickety cars, polluting everywhere with smoke. You too can make money in transportation. The opportunities are endless.

Private Labeling

Private labeling means you don’t have to spend huge amounts on machinery or factory before you have something produced in your name. Entrepreneur Dilim Okeke made a convincing case for private labeling in her new book, Business Big Time. It is a book every entrepreneur should read. It details new and affordable ways of getting into the production business without spending tons of money.

About the author

Sandra Chinedu

Chinedu Sandra is an Entrepreneur within the I.C.T space and loves blogging. She is on the Honour list of GEM, a World Bank Project for start-ups in Africa.

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