An Interview with Adegoke Olubusi, Bolatito Ovia, and Dimeji Sofowora, Forbes (US & Canada 2019) Healthcare

Bruno (HE) Mirchevski
Jul 15 · 8 min read

(#00032) — Be patient. Sometimes, it takes time.


Whoever said not to mix business with friends could not be more wrong when it comes to these three young and successful individuals. I am more than grateful that I got to chance to hear their stories, and learn something from each and every one of them. They are an excellent example that shows just how much harmony is important in a team, in order to execute all of your goals successfully and with ease.

Meet Adegoke Olubusi, Bolatito (Tito) Ovia, and Dimeji Sofowora. They are the people behind Helium Helth, a company that in their own words strives to “drive a technological revolution in African healthcare”, an ambitious idea inspired by a noble cause.

Healthcare needs reforming in many parts of the world, and it is an aspect of our society that constantly needs improvement. In some part of the world, more than in others.

That is why these three young individuals gathered their forces with the intention to make a change in people’s lives. One that will be remembered in the years to come.

Thanks to their dedication, they managed to secure a well-deserved spot on Forbes’s “30 Under 30” US & Canada 2019: Healthcare list.

This is their story, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.


Bruno (HE) Mirchevski (The Logician):

Hi guys, and welcome to this interview! First off, I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to do this interview with me! Now, can you tell us more about yourselves? Who you are and how do you know each other? How exactly did you choose the career path you have today?

Adegoke Olubusi:

Thank you, My name is Goke Olubusi. I am a co-founder and CEO of Helium Health.

Dimeji Sofowora:

My name is Dimeji Sofowora, I am a co-founder and COO.

Tito Ovia:

I’m Tito Ovia, I am a co-founder and Executive Director of Helium Health.

Adegoke Olubusi:

Dimeji and I were classmates in high school (King’s College) and he introduced me to Tito. We bonded over our desire to fix healthcare across Africa and we birthed Helium Health together.

Tito Ovia:

It is always interesting whenever people want to know how we chose this career path. Sometimes the path chooses you. If you had told me I would be co-founding a tech company I would have locked you in a room and thrown away the keys. You never know what the future is going to be like so you just have to be open to new ideas and possibilities and see where it takes you.


Bruno (HE) Mirchevski (The Logician):

Additionally, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you for making among Forbes 30 under 30! Was this a dream come true? How was that experience for you?

Tito Ovia:

It’s human nature to have some desire for your work to be recognized, especially when you put your all into it. It was a wonderful feeling to be inducted into the Forbes 30 under 30. We celebrated with friends, family and our team but as soon as that was over we were back to work — there are targets to meet and deals to close. It’s the life we signed up for and it is not always fun but it is fulfilling.

Tito Ovia, Co-founder and Executive Director of Helium Health

Bruno (HE) Mirchevski (The Logician):

What is the mission of Helium Health? How was your business born? Why is it important?

Adegoke Olubusi:

The goal of Helium Health has always been to drive a technological revolution in African healthcare. We saw a need especially in the medical records space and we came together to try to create a solution but we are not stopping there. We want to transform every part of the industry.

The world is leaving us behind and we are this gigantic continent that is growing at an alarming rate, we can’t afford for that to happen. We have to bring our health industry to the point where it can start to handle the challenges of over a billion people on the continent.

We also needed to create a platform where governments and other healthcare stakeholders could access vital data to guide their decision making because what we have now is a lot of guesstimating.

There’s this statistic by the African Union, that Africa accounts for 24% of the world’s disease burden but contributes only 1% to the total amount of money governments spend on health; and a major reason is the lack of data to tell people what to spend on and how to spend the money.

It’s difficult to track how successful intervention programs have been. There’s no data that can point to red flags before those issues reach critical mass. So that’s what we are trying to do with Helium Health.

Adegoke Olubusi, Co-founder and CEO of Helium Health

Bruno (HE) Mirchevski (The Logician):

How hard it is to run a company with three co-founders? What are the most important principles in a co-founder relationship?

Adegoke Olubusi:

It’s not that hard when you have co-founders who are genuine friends. Some people hesitate to do business with friends but you spend so much time together, if you are not friends then that just sounds even harder. You are constantly communicating, trading emails and texts and making calls. The least you can be is friends.

Dimeji Sofowora:

And you have to recognize and remember what everyone brings to the table, their strengths and their weaknesses and you have to work to complement each other.

Dimeji Sofowora, Co-founder and COO of Helium Health

Bruno (HE) Mirchevski (The Logician):

According to you, what are the top three skills every person needs to have in order to become successful?

Adegoke Olubusi:

A desire to keep learning, critical decision making and self-management.

Tito Ovia:

In addition to that, a great research skill set, effective communication, networking.

Dimeji Sofowora:

For me, emotional intelligence, flexibility and time management.


Bruno (HE) Mirchevski (The Logician):

What are the core values of your business? What examples are you setting for your team?

Adegoke Olubusi:

Helium Health was built to emphasize simplicity, boldness, innovation, and friendship. Our products are simple, and so is our organizational structure.

We search for information and leverage on that to take risks. We take on the biggest challenges with passion and extreme attention to detail and we want everyone that works at Helium to feel that they are in a place where they are comfortable enough to excel at their jobs and be who they’re meant to be.

Tito Ovia:

We try to live by those ethe as well and let our team see it and not just hear it.

When we treat people with respect, they instinctively know too to treat the next person with respect. When they see us work hard, they know, I’ve got to put in the work as well.


Bruno (HE) Mirchevski (The Logician):

Speaking of the team, what are the best team building strategies you practice? Please explain.

Dimeji Sofowora:

It is important to us that we create an atmosphere of friendship. Everything we do is from that point. We want members of our team to feel that they can approach anyone about anything. It doesn’t even have to be work-related. When you successfully do that you find that people come together organically, they trust each other and help themselves grow and they begin to accomplish whatever it is we have set before them.

Tito Ovia:

We also have annual retreats where, as an organization, we evaluate what we have been able to accomplish, strategize for the next year and have a lot of fun. Last year we went paintballing and had a karaoke night, which was a lot of fun.


Bruno (HE) Mirchevski (The Logician):

How do you spend the first few hours of every day? Which habits are important to develop?

Adegoke Olubusi:

I try to spend the first few minutes of my day recounting everything I have to be grateful for and appreciating God for that. It doesn’t matter whether there’s a fire at the company or something is not going right, I try to keep the right perspective and attitude. After that you get up, get ready and see how you can make the best out of the day.

Tito Ovia:

It is really important to have the right attitude because it gives you this energy especially when you have so much to get done.


Bruno (HE) Mirchevski (The Logician):

Where do you all see yourselves 10 years from now? What about your business?

Dimeji Sofowora:

I think for us, in 10 years we want to see a dramatically different healthcare system, one where technology and data guides decision making and people of every cadre and creed have access to quality and effective healthcare.


Bruno (HE) Mirchevski (The Logician):

Finally, what would be the best advice for young people who are struggling in business?

Adegoke Olubusi:

Fight very hard not to lose your confidence. That’s all you have, especially when you’re from Africa. The audaciousness to look at a complex and nuanced problem and say I’m going to solve that. Don’t lose that.

Tito Ovia:

Find something that keeps you going. It’s not easy and many days you will want to quit and find yourself a regular job but for some people you know that is not what you are built for. So stay motivated.

Dimeji Sofowora:

Be patient. Sometimes, it takes time.

Sometimes you do not choose the path, but the path chooses you. In this case, make sure you do your best to prosper and make the journey worthwhile, not just for you, but for other people as well.

These three young individuals are beyond inspiring, and what they are trying to do should serve as an example for people all around the world.

We should never forget those who need our help, and we should explore our potential and the potential of others if we want to move forward in every sense of the word.

Let this story inspire you to be selfless, noble and kind towards others. Remember, one tiny act of kindness at a time can change the world for the better.


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