In a traditionally male-dominated industry, one entrepreneur is defying the odds and reshaping the automobile business in Africa. Chinazom Fortune Arinze, the visionary founder of Autogirl Ltd, has emerged as a trailblazer, creating new opportunities and empowering women in the process.
Chinazom’s journey began with her love for cars and a desire to overcome the financial challenges she faced during her undergraduate studies. With a degree in Law and a determination to succeed, she established Autogirl Ltd in 2019 as a one-stop shop for vehicle sales, rentals, private jets, boat/yacht rentals, and security escort services.
What sets Autogirl Ltd apart is its focus on addressing the needs of both local and international customers. Chinazom recognized a gap in the market, where some Nigerians couldn’t afford to purchase a vehicle outrightly, and visitors from the diaspora preferred temporary mobility solutions during their stay. To bridge this gap, Autogirl evolved into a peer-to-peer vehicle rental company, providing flexible and affordable options for customers.
The business has witnessed steady growth since its inception, with a portfolio of 620 satisfied business customers and a strong social media following of over 21,000. Chinazom’s commitment to female empowerment is evident in Autogirl’’s women empowerment program, which equips and trains aspiring female entrepreneurs in the industry.
Chinazom’s vision extends far beyond the current scope of Autogirl. She aims to expand her business beyond Lagos and Abuja, envisioning a future where Autogirlng becomes a household name for car rentals across Africa. Her ultimate goal is to transform transportation in Africa, attracting foreign investment and providing reliable and convenient mobility solutions for expatriates and investors alike.
In an inspiring move, Chinazom chose to leave a lucrative job with the potential for salary growth to fully commit to Autogirl. Her unwavering belief in the transformative power of transportation has fueled her determination to build the “Airbnb of vehicle rentals” in Africa. Through this ambitious endeavor, she aims to raise an army of automotive entrepreneurs, comprising both drivers and car owners, and make mobility simple, convenient, and classy throughout the continent.
Chinazom Arinze’s story serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly women. Her advice resonates with all who dream big: “Dream big, but remember that dreams alone won’t manifest your desired reality. Take bold action, persist through challenges, and believe in your potential to turn those dreams into tangible achievements.
With her relentless drive, Chinazom is not only revolutionizing the automobile industry but also paving the way for a more inclusive and prosperous future, where mobility becomes a catalyst for economic growth in Africa.