Entrepreneurship anywhere is tough, and arguably tougher in a country like Nigeria. There’s the issue of funding, that of trust, and the challenge of surpassing “roadblocks” like power supply, fast internet connection, and access to affordable advisory services, especially for young entrepreneurs.

Nigeria is slowly getting there, and Funke has taken it upon herself to help young entrepreneurs scale the hurdle of legal advisory services and not breaking the bank.

Funkola Odeleye is the co-founder and Director of DIYlaw, a legal technology company which creates access to legal services and information.

Funkola and her friends Bola Olonisakin and Odunoluwa Longe founded the company in 2015 with the aim to make “legal transparent, simple, and affordable”.

DIYlaw helps entrepreneurs and individuals generate legal documents (some of them at no cost), get access to a pool of lawyers across several fields, register their businesses, as well as get access to other resources in a simple way.

Funkola is also the co-founder & Corporate/Commercial Lead at The Longe Practice LP, a startup focused boutique law firm that provides cost-effective services to new businesses.

In 2015, DIYlaw won Hague Institute for the Internalisation of Law (HiiL), SME Empowerment Innovating Justice Challenge, East & West Africa.

Funkola holds a masters degree in Finance and Financial Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

She’s also one of the 200 emerging leaders from across Africa selected for the 2019 Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa programme.

We celebrate Funkola for contributing her knowledge to the development of entrepreneurship in Nigeria.