Welcome to the next in our Network Impact Insights series, in which we are exploring the work of networks which are impacting the rural entrepreneurial ecosystem in East and West Africa.

In this episode you will hear Creative Metier Strategic Advisor, Wangechi Muriuki in conversation with Adenike Adeyemi, CEO and Executive Director of FATE Foundation, Nigeria. This is the second of our conversations with Adenike, you can catch up on the first one here.

Adenike shares her experience of working with the Creative Metier team in applying a networks approach, and the results of applying the approach. You can also hear about the impactful work FATE Foundation are doing with entrepreneurs in Nigeria, their greatest achievements, challenges they have faced and how they have deepened member engagement.

We hope you enjoy the interview.

Adenike Adeyemi

Adenike Adeyemi is an expert in small and growing businesses, social entrepreneurship, institutional transformation, non profit sustainability, philanthropy and corporate governance. Her 20 year experience includes working in the private, public and development sectors to develop, fund and implement innovative programmes and high impact policies for MSMEs and young people.

She is the Chief Executive Officer for FATE Foundation, Nigeria’s foremost business incubator which has connected over 193,000 aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs with a range of resources including capacity building, advisory services, mentoring and financing to start, grow and scale their businesses. Under her leadership, the Foundation set up the FATE Institute as the thought leader on Nigeria’s MSMEs and has produced 13 research reports on the entrepreneurship ecosystem. She also led the expansion of the FATE School of Entrepreneurship’s incubation and accelerator programs to 27 states and published 9 books for Nigerian entrepreneurs. She oversees FATE Giving which raised, disbursed and closed a ≈$1,000,000 Fund for the FATE Philanthropy Coalition for COVID-19 Support Fund in 2020.

Adenike has a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University (2005) and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Ibadan (2001). She is a 2020 Eisenhower Global Women Leaders Fellow. She also has wide ranging Board experience and is the Lead Facilitator for the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) MSME Community of Practice and the Chairman, Technical Sub Committee, 2022 NESG Nigerian Economic Summit.