Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Jason Chukwuma Njoku is a Nigerian entrepreneur, investor and film magnate born on December 11, 1980 in Deptford, South-East London. He is the co-founder and CEO of iROKOtv, one of the early video-on-demand movie platforms for Nigerian movies.
He attended school in London and between the ages of 12 – 15, he moved to a village in Nigeria. He returned back to London and attended college to complete his A Levels, before securing a place at The University of Manchester where he read Chemistry. He graduated in 2004 and launched Brash Magazine, a student publication which ran for two years, before it closed in 2005.
Jason tried establishing several enterprises between 2005 and 2010 which included a blog network, a T-shirt business and a web design company which failed, he went back to his mother’s house in Deptford and there he decided to start a Nollywood online distribution business. With the helsp of his friend, Bastian Gotter, he flew down to Lagos and started purchasing the online licences of Nollywood movies. His plan pushed through as he struck a deal with YouTube in Germany to be the official channel partner for Nollywood company.
In 2010, Jason and Gotter launched NollywoodLove, a YouTube channel, which was profitable within two months of launch. On December 1, 2011, he launched a stand-alone video-on-demand movie platform, iROKOtv. In 2015, Jason decided to focus the company’s attention on an Android mobile app, rather than a streaming platform to combat broadband infrastructure problems that Africa poses.
In July 2012, he was cited by Forbes Africa as one of the ‘Ten Young African Millionaires to Watch’. On 29 August 2013, Njoku was named as the CNBC All Africa Business Awards Young Leader of the Year for West Africa. He has also been named as one of Fast Company’s Top 1000 Most Creative People in Business.
In August 2013, alongside his business partners Bastian Gotter and Mary Remmy Njoku (wife), Jason launched a $2 million investment vehicle for Lagos-based Internet start-ups called Spark.
Jason Njoku married Nollywood film star and producer Mary Remmy Njoku in Festac, Lagos, on 18 August 2012and they have three children.