Meet "Etop Ikpe" - The CEO of Autocheck and Former CEO of Car45

Etop Ikpe is the CEO of Autocheck which he founded in 2020. He was the founder and CEO of Car45 and previously the commercial director of Konga, one of Nigeria’s largest e-commerce platforms, and also formerly the CEO and co-MD of DealDey.

He is from Akwa Ibom State, though he was born and raised in Lagos. His father was an accountant, while my mum was a civil servant. He is the third of four children with two elder sisters and a younger brother.

Etop took his first shot at entrepreneurship as a student, when he co-founded clickmobile; an IT solution for companies to build business apps based on htmls. ClickMobile was intended to aid field users to access critical information, view their tasks, shifts, report their attendance and access customer information among others. The idea occurred to him at the time he was working as the manager of a cinema in Benin city. His lecture schedules usually left his Fridays free, so he spent his weekends in Benin working. As a manager of the cinema, Etop reasoned that there had to be a way of getting the organization to function seamlessly.

3stitches is a business of love for Etop which he would always remember fondly because it was instrumental to him meeting his wife. As a cloth dealer, Etop’s then-to-be-wife always had a challenge – debtors. The pileup of debtors made it very difficult for her to effectively run her business. So together with Etop, they came up with 3Stitches, an online platform that would allow people shop for clothes and pay for them almost immediately. However, even though this was a cheaper option instead of getting a physical store, Etop would later recall that it was difficult to even get a dispatch rider in the initial months.

Over the next two years, the duo succeeded in expanding gradually without losing focus of their main goal of providing customers with quality products at affordable prices. By the third year, there were more entrants into the e-commerce industry and competition had become quite tough. So, the couple decided to sell out.

Following the divestment from 3Stitches, he moved on to work for as the Vice President of Operations. In less than two years, he had become co-MD at Dealdey. The online platform offered juicy deals at discounted prices.

When Dealdey was later acquired by Konga, the new owners saw the need to retain Etop Ikpe, seeing as he was a critical staff. Consequently, the made him the Director of Marketplace Operations. But he wasn’t going to stay at Konga for the rest of his career. The man had plans of his own.

After eight months in Konga, Etop felt an itch to leave. He had always thought of technology for solving critical life problems and at this point in his life, he had spotted another which he needed to address. His personal experiences while trying to sell or buy a car had exposed him to two of the biggest problems of car dealers. Not only was it difficult to sell a car at a good price, the car sometimes developed more problems just sitting in the garage and waiting for a buyer. “Time na money” is a song we all grew up singing, but no one understands the importance of time like a businessman.

Etop realised that there was a need to build a platform that would connect car buyers and sellers in the shortest possible time, as well as enable them to conclude a satisfactory deal. This is how Cars45 came to the rescue, with the mission to sell every vehicle within 45 minutes after inspection. Etop Ikpe came together with co-founders, Iyamu Mohammed, Sujay Tyle, and Peter Lindholm, and Cars45 was established in 2016.

Within the first year of operation, the business recorded a high success rate, earning millions of dollars in profit. Also, Cars45 raised $5 million Series A round in funding from Frontier Cars Group within one year of its establishment. The capital raised was channeled into scaling the business in Nigeria, improving the online platform, and building other revenue sources within the used-cars market, including the used-vehicle space.

Cars45 also effected its international expansion plans in 2019, widening its operations to include Ghana and Kenya, after the Frontiers Car Group raised $400 million in a Series D funding round.

Etop Ikpe insists that the easiest path to success is focusing on the customers. After its commencement of operation, Cars45 did not just focus on making profit but on building customer trust through transparency. This is because Etop understood that business could not thrive where customers do not trust the dealer.

Meet "Bella Shmurda" - The LASU Student Taking Over The Nigerian Music Industry

Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed, popularly known as Bella Shmurda, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He was born in Lagos on february 20, 1997 and is currently a student at the Lagos state university, popularly known as LASU. 

Bella Shmurda is known for his powerful voice and his use of cheeky street slangs in his music. He became very popular (especially in the streets) after he released the remix to his single "VISION 2020" with the popular Nigerian rapper "Olamide" in 2018. The song received positive reviews and became a street anthem that year. In 2020, he released his first project, an EP  titled "HIGH TENSION" which was successful both commercially and critically. It went on to amass large airplays and streams on all major digital platforms, boosting his profile as an artiste immensely.

Bella Shmurda continued making waves with his singles and slowly became a street favorite. He got his first major collaboration on Runtown's "Body Riddim" which also featured Ghanian afrobeat artiste, "Darkovibes". His verse on the song was regarded as refreshing and he was praised for his melodic prowess. He was also featured on Olamide's album, "Carpe Diem" on a track called "Triumphant". Triumphant became one of the most talked about song on the album, topping several charts across the country. He was also featured on Davido's highly rated album, "A Better Time" on a track titled "Fade".

Bella Shmurda  ended his 2020 with one of the biggest songs in the country titled "Cash App". The song is currently topping major charts across the country and is one of the most popular songs on the streets. He was nominated for the "Next Rated" category at the 13th Headies Awards alongside fellow rising stars Omah Lay, Tems and Oxlade. Bella Shmurda is regarded as one of the next big thing and a force to be reckoned with in the Nigerian music industry.

Meet "Olamilekan Moshood Agbeleshe a.k.a LAYCON" - who won the Big Brother Naija Season 5 Reality TV Show.

Olamilekan Moshood Agbeleshe popularly known professionally as Laycon, is the winner of Big Brother Naija season 5 and currently the youth ambassador of Ogun State, Nigeria.

Laycon is a 27-year-old singer and rapper from Lagos. He was born on the 8th of November, 1993 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a native of Bajuwen, Odeda, Ogun State. He's a graduate of philosophy from the University of Lagos. He graduated in 2016 with a second class upper degree. He started his musical journey at an early age and has now emerged as one of Nigeria’s most promising new school acts. He describes himself as being versatile and able to coin words together to soothe scenarios and moods.

Laycon as an undergraduate in the university of Lagos, interned as the personal assistant to the MD and CEO of Latjum Global Nigeria Limited. After graduating from the university, he moved to Bestman Games, Ikoyi, Lagos where he worked as a sales and business development personnel. Two months later, he became the personal assistant to the assistant director of welfare in administration and human resources at Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy. He also worked as a freelance writer for different companies and establishments.

Laycon entered the Big Brother Naija show as the 19th contestant on 19th of July 2020 and captured the heart of his fans known as ICONS. He became the first housemate of the season to be verified on Instagram on 22nd of July 2020. He broke record, becoming the first housemate in the show's history to reach one million followers on Instagram while still in the house on 19th September 2020. During the finale of the show on 27 September 2020, he was declared the winner scoring a record 60% of the total votes cast and went home with the ₦85 million grand prize.

After Laycon won the Big Brother show, on the 6th of October 2020, he was appointed as the youth ambassador by the governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun.

In 2014, he was among the ten artistes that performed at the 2014 Coke Studio University of Lagos event. He was also a top ten finalists of the 2017 MTV Base LSB challenge. Laycon signed into Fierce Nation record label in 2019. On 21 February 2019, he released a track, "Fierce" with Chinko Ekun and Reminisce from his second EP Who Is Laycon? He released another single "Senseless" on 28 August 2020.

Laycon released the video of his latest song 'HipHop' just a day after he signed a partnership for ShowMax first-ever reality series. Laycon featured singer Deshinor in the new song which was produced by Echo The Guru.

Laycon believes that Facts don't care about your feelings. Currently, his biggest achievement was having his song 'Fierce' on MTV BASE Top ten charts for six months.


The year 2020 was known as the pandemic year and was full of uncertainties because of the onset of Coronavirus and then the nation-wide lockdown which followed. The pandemic brought unprecedented circumstances that left us all in a state of shock. The Endsars Protest is also a memory that is still fresh in our mind. In 2021, we are all hopeful that the new year will bring positivity and normalcy.

Due to restrictions and night curfews because of the new strain of coronavirus, people celebrated their New Year with close friends and family. In the positive light of 2021, we decided to drop some New Year resolution ideas. These are also good New Year goals for students who are looking forward to improving their grades.

You can start meditation and yoga ...

Do other exercises to make yourself healthy ...

Start reading books if you don’t do already ...

Make a habit of learning something new each day ...

Play more and get involved in sports for better health ...

Pick up new hobbies for increasing IQ and productivity ...

Cut down on calories and eat more proteins & vitamins ...

Be grateful, happy, and satisfied with what you have ...

Start working more and stop procrastinating ...

Do planks to have a healthy body and lower back ...

Most people will follow their 2021 goals at the beginning of 2021 and then they start getting lazy. Well, what you should do to avoid that is to create a New Year goals worksheet which will help you in remembering your planned goals. 

In the spirit of the season, we say a BIG HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021 to all our families, friends, colleagues, and esteemed readers.

God Bless you all. 

Meet "Vanessa Enowho Morenike Dafe Agbaje" - An enthusiast in the Fashion Luxury Business.

Vanessa Enowho Morenike Dafe Agbaje popularly known as MoMo is a native of Urhobo from Delta state in Nigeria. She is happily married with a beautiful child. 

Vanessa is a graduate of Bells University where she studied Economics. She went ahead to further her studies in the United Kingdom where she graduated with a Masters in Oil and Gas Management from Coventry University.

Vanessa is a vibrant young lady with vast experience in the Fashion Luxury business. She is currently the Admin/Logistics Manager for the popular brand ASHLUXE in Nigeria. ASHLUXE runs an urban fashion wear brand and has clothed Nigeria celebrities such as Davido, Naira Marley, Zlatan Ibile among others. Their imprints have also been worn by South African model, Bonang Matheba. The Ashluxe narrative is rising with exposure in music videos such as Naira Marley’s song “Puta”. Its range of pop culture fashion appeals to the millennials and they include T-shirts, hats, pants, socks, slides and track suits among others.

Vanessa Enowho Morenike Dafe Agbaje

She has also worked with the popular Luxury brand, Polo Luxury as an Admin Executive. Polo Luxury deals in luxury brands of timepieces and leather accessories such as Rolex, Breguet, Cartier, Chopard, Roger Dubuis, Piaget, Arnold and Son, Tissot, Montblanc, Longines and more.

Vanessa has also worked with Kwodraent Nigeria Limited, Bell-x Limited, WOW Communications and SITEL Limited in the United Kingdom.

Vanessa Enowho Morenike Dafe Agbaje

Vanessa Enowho Morenike Dafe Agbaje

According to Vanessa, her vast work experience has cut across different sectors which has made it easier for her to adapt in any work environment. She believes that the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens to you. When you change the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life.