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How Abiola Olaniran Used Knowledge Gained From Microsoft Evangelists To Start Gamesole

Abiola Olaniran is the founder and CEO of Gamesole, one of the first Gaming companies in Africa and is also Nigeria’s highest paid Windows Game developer

Olaniran was interested in software since when he was 15 years old, his interest in programming leading him to study Computer Science and Mathematics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife. Luckily for Olaniran, he met a Microsoft evangelist that visited his school, the reality is he was able to take advantage of an opportunity to learn from these gaming evangelists, which accelerated his move into the gaming industry.

So as a student and still an independent developer, he kept building and uploading gaming applications to the app store. Olaniran, an entrepreneur who carved a niche for himself in a less crowded local electronic gaming industry and ended up making a name for himself. He founded a company Gamesole in 2012, he built mobile games with over 10 million downloads, both locally and internationally, from the Windows Phone store. One of his first games then was called “Road Blazer“. And within a few weeks of its upload, he already had about 40,000 downloads.

His success started from winning Microsoft’s Imagine Cup and going on to represent Nigeria at the World Finals, which was when Microsoft announced the release of the Windows Phone platform.

In 2014, Gamesole has created more than 35 games and as of February 2015, Gamsole’s games have been downloaded over 10 million times across 25 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.

Olaniran Abiola success seen from his story can be largely attributed to hard work and a constant need to improve himself. He took advantage of the network and knowledge that was available to him and made something big out of it.

In this case, a lot of people wish to start a business, but very few truly know the problem they want to solve for the consumer nor have a well-defined product or service that would establish them as key players in whichever niche industry they want to venture into, and this leads to many entrepreneurs crashing midway due to market events are not adequately prepared for.

Tom sum it up, Entrepreneurs need to strive to recognize and leverage opportunities around them to give themselves a good head start ahead of competitors. They must be in constant search of ways and means to improve their strategy with the aim of creating a niche based on the competitive advantages they have honed for over the years. Above all, Preparation, hard work, a willingness to learn, and a desire to grow the right way is a key prerequisite for success.

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