I'm Mark Essien, born and grew up in the small town of Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

I did my primary school at Monika Kindergarten, and my secondary school at Federal Government, Ikot Ekpene. As you can tell, very much a small town upbringing.

After that, I moved to Germany to attend University. It was an interesting experience, but after many years in Germany, I decided that I prefer to live in Nigeria.

So I moved back to Nigeria and founded Hotels.ng, the first startup to directly address the African hotel booking market.

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Mark Essien (Bio)

FOUNDER/CEO, HOTELS.NG

Mark Essien is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria-based Hotels.ng, an online hotel booking agency which is the first and largest of its kind in Nigeria.
Since establishing Hotels.ng in 2013, Mark has overseen the growth of hotel listings on the platform from just over 100 at launch to over 7,000 hotels in 21 regions of Nigeria with millions of transactions in 2014 alone.

Mark Essien was born in Nigeria, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng), Computer Hardware Engineering, from Beuth Hochschule (Berlin, Germany) and an M.Sc in Computer Science from Freie Universität, Berlin.