Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Macky Salli of Senegal will be in Nigeria between 26th and 27th of July to address the annual African Entrepreneur Forum.
At the Forum scheduled for the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, the Nigeria Capital, the African leaders alongside the promoter of TEF African Entrepreneur Forum, Mr Tony Elumelu will be speaking to 5000 young African Entrepreneurs.
The Forum had previously hosted as its guests, African leaders, including President of Ghana, Doctor Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Former Prime Minister of Benin and TEF Advisory Board Member, Lionel Zinsou, Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mrs Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu said in a statement, that the forum is the “culmination of the annual Tony Elumeluwhichever Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, which this year mentored, trained and seeded over 3,000 young Africans, selected from over [216,000] applicants”
She explained that the event would provide opportunity for young women and men, from 54 African countries, to meet, learn and network with the broader African and global entrepreneurship ecosystem, while it would also create critical opportunity for political leaders and policymakers to meet, face to face, with a new generation of African business leaders who are transforming Africa’s economic landscape.
According to the TEF Chief Executive, the Forum agenda includes masterclasses and panel discussions with leading speakers and sector experts, from Africa and the international community, who will engage participants in specialised training sessions to share insights, deepen their knowledge and refine their skills.
She added that The Forum would also feature a pitching event, where select entrepreneurs would make presentations on the goods and services they provide to a distinguished judging panel.
Mrs Ugochukwu pointed out that “Tony Elumelu Foundation’s determination to bring change in scale, across Africa and its relentless focus on entrepreneurship is rooted in the inclusive philosophy of Africa Capitalism created by its Founder, which recognizes economically empowering Africa’s youth — theband continent’s future wealth creators — and thereby creating sustainable economic and social wealth, as one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century”.
She submitted that The TEF Entrepreneurship Forum would not just convene the most important stakeholders in the African entrepreneurship ecosystem, it would provide an opportunity for people to make a commitment to advance entrepreneurship and scale the impact of entrepreneurs if the Africa continent is to experience accelerated economic development.
It would be recalled that In 2015, the Foundation committed $100 million to empower 10,000 entrepreneurs from across the continent, over 10 years. Now in the 5th year, the Foundation has funded, mentored and provided business management training to over 7,500 start-ups and small businesses, from all 54 countries in Africa.
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