Nigerian Digital Technologist, Adewale Adetona, bags UK Government Global Talent Visa

by | Dec 31, 2021

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Because of his work, impact, and potential growth his talent will bring to the UK digital economy, a Nigeria-born revered digital technologist and marketing expert, Adetona Adewale Akeem, popularly known as iSlimfit has secured the Tech Nation Global Talent Visa endorsement in the field of Digital Technology by the UK Government. He took to his Twitter page to make this announcement earlier today. 

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The Exceptional Talent endorsement comes with a three-year UK visa and residents’ permit for him and his wife, with an option of becoming permanent residents and citizens in the UK after 3 years.

The TechNation Global Talent Tier 1 Visa program is a unique scheme created by the UK Government to attract intelligent, highly skilled, and exceptional Tech talents from around the world to work in the UK’s digital technology sector, contributing their cutting-edge expertise, creativity and innovation to maintaining the UK’s position at the forefront of the global digital economy. (Well… they keep taking all our bright minds away).

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Adewale Adetona is an Ogun State-born digital technologist who holds a Computer Science degree from the prestigious Lagos State University, Nigeria, and recently completed his MBA at Business School Netherlands (BSN), Buren Netherlands. He is the Co-founder of Menopays, a FinTech startup that is redefining Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) as a lifestyle payment option across Africa. Until his endorsement by the UK Government, he was the Head of Marketing at SystemSpecs, Nigeria’s foremost Fintech Company, and developers of Remita, an electronic payment and collection platform. 
As a creative and digital marketing expert, Adewale Adetona has worked with various brands to promote their businesses and increase their brand presence and ROI. He owns a Vlog – Tech Chat with iSlimfit – where he conducts regular interesting video chats with people in Tech for aspiring Tech enthusiasts to learn from them. Adewale is also the convener of Lagos Digital Summit, an annual summit established in 2017 to facilitate the convergence of great minds and coalescence of groundbreaking ideas that has been shaping the nation’s digital landscape. Through the platform, Adewale has empowered and trained over 5,000 young Nigerian entrepreneurs in digital and social media skills to scale their businesses.

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James Kavuma
James Kavuma
17 days ago

As an African in the dirspora I would like to request Mr Adewale Adetona not to take up British governments offer but instead lead, create teach and help build Africa’s silicon Valley. The West has drained Africa of its best brains for so long we need it to stop. Africa is the future.

Sola Ade
Sola Ade
Reply to  James Kavuma
17 days ago

Spot on. The system will suffocate him to expand his hi-tech ability and innovative potential all in the name of permanent residency. He will now have to walk at a snail speed while striving hard to regain worthy recognition and relevance.

Augustine
Augustine
Reply to  James Kavuma
17 days ago

NO Big NO !!!

🇬🇧 ✈️
As an African in the dirspora I would like to request Mr Adewale Adetona to QUICKLY take up British Governments offer and go develop UK unless FGN Nigeria’s Government gives him a better offer as a counter, recognizing his talent.

🇳🇬 ❌
Many technology experts have been wasted and frustrated by Nigerian and African governments. Why can’t FGN create a counter-program to retain qnd attract top world talents into Nigeria ?❓

If Nigeria’s leaders cannot value Nigerian talents, it means they don’t want them, so they don’t deserve to own them, let all talents leave. When the country dries up, our leaders will do the right thing.

TheFloatingSwan
TheFloatingSwan
Reply to  James Kavuma
16 days ago

Coming from an “African in diaspora”. You should also come back home and let us develop our motherland together. Enough of all these brain drain talks. You migrated because you wanted a better life. Wale is also going because he wants something different.

EVERYONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIMSELF

Capt
Capt
Reply to  James Kavuma
16 days ago

Go back to Africa and do all the stuff you have advised him to do there. Africa is the future but you are in the diaspora.

Irene
Irene
Reply to  James Kavuma
16 days ago

Indeed, why the western world. If he is blessed with such vision without focusing on money and sending our young people into fake lifestyle in Europe, empower them with great vision to love and rebuild the continent, there are great opportunities, just need right packaging and visionary souls, with love of Africa not avenue to send our brilliant people to modern slavery. The truth is that some of this entrepreneurs are using the source to enrich themselves like our greedy politicians. Their desire is self interest not for the betterment of the people, otherwise, why will someone collaborate with the western world, whist African continent have resources for such idea. Anyway, most of us with inferiority complex will always fall for such and come to Europe to work a d pay endless taxes that doesn’t make economic sense in the long run, whilst if such idea is genuinely implemented in the continent, many will come out of poverty. I pray he will rethink and do the right thing, not the right money making.

Lamin tamba
Lamin tamba
Reply to  James Kavuma
16 days ago

I believe that with all his talent, he is better of f in Africa, than the uk. Brain drain , that’s all it is. They are squeezing out all of our talents, doctors, technologists, and leave us dry, poor and in need. Please refuse.

AS M
AS M
Reply to  James Kavuma
16 days ago

I support the above comment. Why run to another country after achieving all these in your country or birth. He would be more successful and richer in Africa than in UK. They will use his talent and dump him when he is no longer of use to them. He can take up UK citizenship but maintain his Nigerian roots.

Peter
Peter
Reply to  James Kavuma
16 days ago

It’s a good news for him and his family, but it’s a sad news for Nigeria and a shame to the Nigerian government. I hope someday he would use his knowledge and skills to establish and invest in Nigeria and creat the avenue for more talents.

John Olajide
John Olajide
16 days ago

Adewale is now being taking away. Another brain is going to a land where intelligence and talent are appreciated. Shame on African leaders. Our best are being given the best of all supports in other lands.
Adewale, please when you go, remember the son of whom you are. Remember your brothers in Africa. Come back brighter and better, let us join hands to put our dear continent on a pedestal we can all be proud of. Meanwhile, accept my congratulations

Ibrahim Odugbesan
Ibrahim Odugbesan
16 days ago

There is no double digit growth for UK and other advanced economies. Nigeria and African economies is where the goldmine is

Max
Max
16 days ago

Correction, “they” are not taking anything or anybody that we as a nation want to keep. They made an offer to an asset of ours they found to be obviously valuable and since we apparently found no value in him by reason of our indifference to his talents, the choice for him was a no-brainer.

Ugo
Ugo
13 days ago

Well done Adewale. Good on ya’ mate! 😊

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