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David Lanre Messan

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David Lanre Messan
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BornDavid Lanre Messan
(1983-03-04) 4 March 1983 (age 41)
Isolo, Lagos State, Nigeria
🏳️ NationalityNigerian
🎓 Alma mater
  • Lagos State Polytechnic
  • Nexford University
  • Harvard Business School Online
💼 Occupation
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David Lanre Messan (born 4 March 1983), is a Nigerian entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of FirstFounders,[1] James Currey Society Scholar, and 2015 Curator of Lagos Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum.[2][3]


Messan was born in Isolo, Lagos State on 4 March 1983 to Addi Anthony Messan (father) and Janet Glohoun (mother) who were both of Nigerian and Togolese ancestry.[4] He started his educational journey at Mushin High School where he obtained his secondary school certificate (SSCE) and then proceeded to Lagos State Polytechnic to study Mass Communication. He read Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Scalabl Global Academy and Disruptive Strategy from Harvard Business School and has a diploma in Marketing Strategy from Nexford University.[5]


In 2006, he founded his first company, Infinite Impact Company; an ideas portfolio management firm.[5]

He has also worked as Head of Marketing and Communications for both Universal Anchor Limited and Maku Sports group[6] and was appointed communications consultant to the Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre where he developed case studies for civil servants' work patterns for use by the Lagos State Government led by Babatunde Raji Fashola.[4]

Lanre served as an international partner, and later a senator for Nigeria with the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), Turkey.[7]

Lanre was also the president of LEAP Africa Alumni Network. And served as board member between 2020 and 2023.[8] He has led Syarpa in collaboration with CrossFund to raise $500, 000 pre-seed funding and has also raised seed for Ucard through ExpertDojo.[9][10] He displayed his skills in strategy development for Dr Dianne Regisford, who contested the oxford councillorship elections.[11]

He recently skydived at the United Kingdom and Dubai to honor early-stage African founders and GITEX.[12]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Top 10 Magazine Startup Builder of the Year (2022)
  • Culturalti Business Accelerator of the Year (2022)
  • Business Day Top 10 SME Leaders (2022)
  • Guardian Top 50 CEO's in Nigeria (2022)
  • CEO of the Year (2022)[13]


  1. "How to disrupt the retail market for profitability in Africa - The Nation Nigeria". Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics. 2020-06-26. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  2. "David - Lanre Messan". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  3. Agbana, Rotimi. "CEOs Should Re-Engineer Their Minds, Grow Business Than Own It– David Lanre-Messan". Independent NG. Archived from the original on 5 December 2020. Retrieved 2020-06-29. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Be small part of a big thing, than big part of a small thing — David Messan". Vanguard News. 2020-06-22. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "How I made my first N3m at 23, grew it to N30m at 25, lost it all to start afresh – David Lanre-Mesan". Vanguard News. 2020-06-22. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  6. "'I've always wanted to solve problems, provide roadmaps to ideas'". Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics. 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  7. "Building Community and Driving Innovation Through Online Learning | HBS Online". Business Insights - Blog. 2019-06-20. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  8. LEAP, Africa. "LEAP Africa appoints new board members". Jesupemi Are (March 24, 2021). TheCable. TheCable. Retrieved 20 June 2023.
  9. Fund, Seed (25 April 2022). "CrossFund, FirstFounders And Yolo Investments Lead Syarpa's Pre-Seed Funding Round". GFA. Retrieved 20 June 2023.
  10. Tech, FinTech (April 19, 2022). "Nigerian fintech Syarpa raises $500K pre-seed". Uma Edwin. TechCabal. TechCabal. Retrieved 20 June 2023.
  11. Messan, lanre (May 10, 2022). "David Lanre Messan becomes Dianne Regisford's campaign manager in Oxford". Vanguard Nigeria. Vanguard. Retrieved 20 June 2023.
  12. Messan, lanre (May 27, 2022). "Africa Day: David-Lanre Messan Skydives to Honor African Founders". Partner. TechCabal. Tech Global. Retrieved 20 June 2023.
  13. First, Founders. "CEO of the year". CEO Review. FirstFounders. Retrieved 20 June 2023.

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