The lingering question of how to lift over 30 million rural households out of poverty and food insufficiency has driven the evolution of our company over the last five years. With a North Star of inclusive markets, we have, over the last 5 years, reached 160,000 smallholder farmers with a bundle of productivity that is making a difference to their livelihoods and communities. Still we are only at a starting point. …

by Ayodeji Balogun, CEO AFEX

If you follow me on LinkedIn, these stories have really become your stories.

Over the break, and after the crazy year that was 2020, I began penning down some of the history of AFEX and the lessons I have learnt from building the Exchange over the last six years. The reception has been amazing, in fact, there have been calls for a book from certain quarters, but first I committed to reblogging this series right here so that it is easily accessible to those who can benefit from our stories at the Exchange.

Right now, the ‘AFEX effect’ is definitely…

To inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, Chidinma Emodi Chukwuemeka of the Footwear Academy shares her start-up journey and her connection to the entrepreneurial scene in Nigeria in an interview with a ComX Xpert.

“ If you get tired, stop, rest, then get up,“ — Chidinma

Not only is she one of the finest and most renowned start-up founders of her time, but Chidinma also stands out as a figure of inspiration for youth and women entrepreneurship in Nigeria. …

Solape Fagboyegun is a Corporate Communications Intern at AFEX. Here, she journals her first week at AFEX — the learnings, the friendship, and settling into a new routine.

Day 1:

*clears throat.

Here we go… I can do this!

Today is an important day of the week. I start a new job as a corporate communications intern at AFEX.

The elevator dinged and I walk in through the wooden door leading to the reception, soaking in the surroundings, the open office space, no familiar faces at all. I have been told to sit and wait for the Talent Manager to…

Come join us to Grow Markets and Connect Trades

At AFEX, we harness Africa’s commodities and talent to build shared wealth and prosperity. Our investments in infrastructure and platforms work to unlock capital to power a trust economy in Africa’s commodities markets. To achieve this goal, AFEX looks to introduce products that de-risk the sector, drive financial inclusion for rural communities, develop technology for data collection and market access, and enable the deployment of capital.

Since inception in 2014, we have developed and deployed a viable commodities exchange model for the West African market, and are on track to impact…

Akinyoola Aleem, a UI/UX Designer at AFEX, explains how working with innovative minds in a welcoming atmosphere with minimal pressure can contribute significantly to the productivity of any Xpert at AFEX.

After ages in a company where I never really felt valued, I decided to not only join AFEX but make a full career shift from IT operations to UI/UX design; a career move that I’ll always be proud of. …

In this article, Chisom Ezeh, a Wealth Manager for the ComX app at AFEX shares her career journey and the importance of imbibing the growth mindset as a newbie at AFEX.

If there is one thing I’ve learned so far in my journey at AFEX, it’s this — be curious. Working in a commodities space — a relatively new concept to most Nigerians and the first private commodities firm in Nigeria, you quickly realize there is a lot you don’t know or understand. This is a fast-paced and high-pressure landscape with exciting opportunities to learn.

Once you start to dig…

Boluwatife Fadele is a Trade Execution Analyst. Here, she reflects on her journey so far at AFEX, the importance of understanding the commodities ecosystem, and everything you need to know about working at AFEX.

One word, fun. No two days are ever the same. I wake up every morning excited to dress up and go to work because that is the kind of joy you feel working at AFEX. Just like others, I came in intending to work in the corporate space. I was expecting uptight policies, a standard intense work environment where everyone would just go about their business…

Michael Martins is a Portfolio Manager at AFEX. Here, he shares more about his first experience working here — what excites him most about his role, finding his voice, and the importance of building a career in a commodities firm like AFEX.

The big first day at the new job always stands out for everyone. It could be about the new people, the new environment, the culture, and processes, etc. but mine started with food. Yes, food.

On getting to the firm on the first day, I sat at my desk, patiently and sufficiently minding my own business, and the…

aka How we Work Here

A Couple of Old Xperts

On some Mondays, new Xperts walk into the AFEX head office armed with an ambition and a passion to create value and make a difference in the commodities ecosystem. They understand, to an extent, that they have accepted a challenge, one that will involve learning and relearning and working to fit into a new company culture and a new work-life balance.

Here at AFEX, one of the things we enjoy is meeting these awesome people who have the potential to contribute immensely to our business, but to also become true experts in the commodities market and their respective fields as…


AFEX’s infrastructure and platforms drive capital to build a trust economy in Africa’s commodity markets.

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