Gbenro Dara

Gbenro Dara is a seasoned Insurtech Founder with a distinguished track record spanning over
14 years, demonstrating unparalleled expertise in launching and scaling E-commerce businesses
and online marketplaces throughout Africa. Renowned for his visionary leadership that has
contributed to the success and strategic growth of two Unicorns within the continent.
He is currently the CEO and Co-founder of Octamile Inc, a company that aims to make insurance
work for businesses and insurance providers.
His impactful journey includes a pivotal role as the Managing Director of Olist by Opera (Opay),
a trusted and free online marketplace that reshaped Nigeria’s digital landscape. Additionally, as
the CEO of Cheki, Nigeria’s premier online car marketplace, he played a key role in its
turnaround that led to its acquisition by Autochek Africa in 2020.
Gbenro has also held executive roles at distinguished platforms, including,,
and AutoGenius (now Mycovergenius). A dynamic leader with a wealth of experience, he holds
membership in the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, underscoring his profound
understanding of the insurance landscape