Over 3000 Africans to Benefit from the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (2019)

One of the factors that promote women empowerment is financial strength and economic stability. No wonder more women are striving to be managers of their own businesses.

This was evident in the number of females that applied for the 2019 Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme for African Entrepreneurs. 42% of the 216,025 applicants were women who slugged it out with their male counterparts. In fact, all the chosen Entrepreneurs from Seychelles are Women.

At the end of the contest, 3050 were most favored to benefit from the support that TEF and its partners are making available for African Entrepreneurs for 2019 season.

Over 3000 African Entrepreneurs drawn from all the 54 African countries are to receive seed capital of 5000 dollars each in addition to a 12-week business training programme and mentoring to boost their enterprises. The names of the successful Entrepreneurs that formed the 5th Cohort of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship programme were announced at an event in Abuja recently.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation had committed a 100 million dollars to empower 10,000 African Entrepreneurs over a 10 year period with the aim of creating at least one million jobs and contributing over 10 billion dollars in revenue to the African economy.

L-R: Founder,Tony Elumelu Foundation, aTEF,Tony O.Elumelu,Wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari and Trustee, Dr.Awele Elumelu.

In her remarks at the event, the Wife of the President of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari lauded the impact of the programme on the African continent and charged the selected entrepreneurs to contribute to the advancement of the continent. She said, “Indeed, I am confident that these Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs will inspire deep confidence and be of immense value not just to Nigeria but to the entire continent.”

L-R: Incoming CEO,TEF, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, CEO TEF,Parminder Vir,Ambassador of Israel to Nigeria, Amb.Shimon Ben-Shoshan, Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs.Aisha Buhari, andTrustee ,TEF,Dr. Awele Elumelu.

Earlier, The founder of the foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu, explained that “every year, we face an almost impossible task to select 1,000 Entrepreneurs from the hundreds of thousands that apply. Our Entrepreneurs are hungry to effect change. We know we are only scratching the surface, we see the depth of entrepreneurial talents that all of us -government, businesses indeed African society, must harness to transform our economies and livelihoods. We must rally together to empower them and accelerate the change we want on the continent.”

The incoming Chief Executive Officer of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, announced that the programme had successfully empowered 7520 Entrepreneurs in its first five years of the 10-year programme.

Ugochukwu noted that the 2019 selection includes 2050 Entrepreneurs supported by the TEF’s partners in addition to the foundation’s Annual commitment to empowering 1000 Entrepreneurs.

The foundation’s partners include the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, the Federal Republic of Benin(Seme City), the Anambra State Government(Nigeria), Indorama, the Government of Botswana and the African Development Bank(AfDB).

In 2018, the foundation launched TEF Connect which is a digital networking platform for African Entrepreneurs and open to all, to further democratize the access to opportunities for the thousands of Entrepreneurs that cannot directly benefit from the Entrepreneurship Programme.

Meanwhile, the newly empowered 3050 entrepreneurs alongside other African Entrepreneurs would converge on Abuja, on July 26-27, 2019 for the annual Entrepreneurship forum which is said to be the largest gathering of Entrepreneurs in Africa.

Guest Post – Written by:
Afolasade Osigwe (2017 TEF journalism fellow)

The First Lady Mechanic in Nigeria – Sandra Aguebor #IWD2019

The International Women’s Day celebration is marked all over the world on the 8th of March every year. It is a day intended to draw attention to the peculiar challenges women face in the society and to keep tab of progress made in achieving gender equality and rights of women.

A few women making their mark in fields otherwise thought to be male terrain caught my attention and I want to bring you the story of one of them.

I present to you the woman, Sandra Aguebor known as the “The Lady Mechanic”. It is a big deal to have a woman working to repair cars and automobiles, especially in the African, Nigerian context. Sandra’s interest in car repair was sparked from as early as age 14. One day she asked her father to take her to the nearest mechanic workshop and fortunately, he didn’t frown about this and obliged her. Against her mother’s wishes and cry of, “this work is for men and not good for a woman”, Sandra started to go every day to the mechanic workshop even after school to watch and learn. Her love for the job grew and she made up her mind to pursue this career path.

Sandra Aguebor went on to become the First Female Auto-mobile Mechanic in Nigeria after graduation from school and started the “SANDEX CARE“, workshop. She offers free training empowering vulnerable girls and women with technical and mechanical skills to give them dignity and improved economic life.

Sandra soon launched the Lady Mechanic Initiative where she runs a skills acquisition programme for women from disadvantaged background and survivors of trafficking and sex slave trade; single mums and child labor victims. Because of her love for empowering girls like her who would want to pursue a career path in engineering, The Lady Mechanic Initiative also began an After School Club where Sandra and her team engaged school girls in outreaches.

Courses/training The Lady Mechanic Initiative offers
• Lady Auto-mobile Technician
• Lady Speed Boat Technician
• Lady Mechanic Professional Driver
• Lady Mechanic Speed Boat Driver
• Lady Mechanic Generator Repair Expert
• Lady Mechanic Summer School Class

The Initiative has a vision to mentor and transform 100 thousand girls/women into role models and change agents in their communities across Africa by the year 2025 through sustained innovative approaches to skill impartation and healthy mental guidance. So far about 17, 000 have benefitted from her training programmes.

Every girl can achieve her dreams – Breaking the glass ceilings. 

 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Broadcast Journalist, Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted, Nigeria

Photo Hanging on the Wall in front of the Principal’s office at Pacelli School for the Blind & Partially Sighted.

Students appear in clean and neat purple uniform, black Cortina shoes, white socks with a blue line at the tip. It is the beginning of another school session; students laughed and chatted happily with their schoolmates whom they haven’t seen for almost two months because of the long holidays. Soon they filed up in a row of two on a pavement and faced the beautiful and neatly mowed lawn. A few students stepped forward carrying drums and sticks and begin to beat it as their fellow students raised a song of praise. Voices of these visually impaired and partially sighted children flowed towards new parents waiting with their sons and daughters to be checked in for the new school term.

I listened to their beautiful voices and somewhere deep within my heart I was glad that they have the opportunity to be educated, empowered and made ready for a life of independence at Pacelli School for the blind. It was an emotional experience for me as well, as I watched newly admitted students hold onto their parents unsure of what laid ahead for them in their new school. Some of these parents wrapped their hands around their chests with mixed emotions. In their eyes and facial expression, they are relieved that finally, their wards can now get a quality education in a place that will cater to their unique need. However, they worry about leaving their children in the care of the school administration and managers. Mostly I saw hope in spite of the uncertainty of what the future holds.

Pacelli School for the blind is owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos state and it’s been run by Sisters. The 56years old school which was established on the 16th of June 1962 provides elementary school education and 1year rehabilitation services for older visually impaired or partially sighted children in secondary school. This is to equip them with coping skills in school and life.

It is a non-discriminatory school which admits children from both Muslim and Christian homes. Pacelli school for the blind and partially sighted is also a Non-paying institution that offers free education, accommodation, feeding(3 times daily), free educational materials, and school uniforms. The school is sustained by donations in kind and cash from organizations, religious institutions, individuals and parents who go the extra mile by giving and also helping to raise funds from their friends and sphere of influence.

Support a visually impaired child today by donating whatever you can to Pacelli School for the blind and partially sighted.

My team and I at Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative are doing our part by facilitating and sponsoring the enrollment of a visually impaired boy in the school.

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As we expand our educational support program and raise more funds we hope to donate to enabling more visually impaired children to attend Pacelli School for the blind.

There is ability in disability with an enabling environment.

Join us in helping the work at Pacelli to go on for many more years to come. You can visit the school and donate in cash and kind. If you are far away or across the world, You can call 08145710797/ 07016008848 or send fund support to First Bank, Nigeria – 2004948780 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

Guest Post:Tony Elumelu Foundation to Launch the World’s Largest Digital Platform for African Entrepreneurs.

We all need dream supporters to help bring alive our goals. Organizations like the one in this post,  Sade Osigwe, a dear friend and colleague shares below,  gives hope to young entrepreneurs in Nigeria. We need more philanthropic individuals and bodies like this. 

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Some Entrepreneurs with the Founders of Tony Elumelu Foundation

Nigeria will on October 25, 2018 play host to two major African Presidents. They are President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.

The event is the 2018 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum,(TEF),taking place at the Federal Palace Hotel,Lagos.

The forum will also host about 5000 Entrepreneurs and 200 Investors as well as Government Administrators and Policy makers. The TEF founder,Tony O.Elumelu is expected to moderate the interactive session with the two African Presidents.

The brain behind the summit which is also the Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused philanthropic organisation,The Tony Elumelu Foundation had committed $100 million to empower 10,000 entrepreneurs over a period of 10 years.

Being in its 4th year, the foundation has empowered 4,460 entrepreneurs with a total investment of USD 20million,out of which 4000 were funded directly by the foundation while the remaining 460 were sponsored by TEF partners.

The Entrepreneurship forum was borne out of the foundation’s resolve to foster trade and business networking opportunities just as the 2018 theme centres on ”empowering African Entrepreneurs”.

This year’s event will also feature the launch of the world’s largest digital platform for African Entrepreneurs. Similarly,there will be a pitching competition and Investor-ready panel session for the budding Entrepreneurs.

Writter: Afolasade Osigwe-braimah is a broadcast /online journalist, producer, presenter, translator and script writer. Afolasade also trained as a Demographer with great interest in women,children and the elderly as well as development -oriented endeavours. She received the 2017 TEF African journalism fellowship to cover the 3rd TEF Entrepreneurship Forum in Lagos in 2017.

Adebisi Adetunji (C) 

 

Empowering School Girls Through Table Tennis Championship

I believe strongly in “Doing Something about the Change you want to See”, or nothing will change. If we want more girls to participate and benefit from sports then someone must drive and motivate them.

It is a delight to witness the birth of the Funke-treasure Table Tennis Championship (F3TC) for girls. And the Maiden edition is kicking off in my city – Ibadan, Oyo State. 🙌

For many great achievers or persons who stand out in their chosen field of profession someone believed in and mentored them. One woman who stands out in the world of Tennis is Serena Williams. Serena and her sister Venus were groomed by their father from age 3…Wow! Today they are world champions.

When you identify a child’s gift, nuture it. Catch them young and help chat a great future

So come September 18-21, 2018 the F3TC competition will be birthing the next generation of World champions in Table Tennis… You better believe it because I do!

Aim of the competition :

  • To Motivate girls to participate more in sports and therefore become more confident, independent and not be afraid to compete.
  • To produce formidable female players who will represent the nation(Nigeria) in Table Tennis.
  • Reawaken interest in Table Tennis as a sport.

How Schools and Girls can Participate

Click on this link F3TC and download a registration form. Each school has the privilege of nominating and registering 2 girls.

What You Stand to gain

  • Two-day coaching clinic embedded in the championship.
  • Winning School /girl gets Branded Table Tennis Board, a trophy, a medal, certificate of participation.
  • The winning Girl goes home with a brand new laptop.
  • Continues coaching and mentoring for exceptional girls and opportunities to travel outside the country.

Funke Treasure is a multiple award winning international broadcast journalist ; a speech coach who offers training and mentorship in broadcasting, journalism, management & Leadership skills. 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media consultant – @debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Principal Producer (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

The One Thing You Must Do to Birth Your Dream/Idea

Hello,
Thank you for stopping by. If you are reading this I want to encourage you to Take A Leap.

What is that idea you have been playing with in your mind. Are you making excuses? Mostly you think about how the idea is rough; how you don’t have everything you need to kick start it; how you are not even ready…. And so the excuses keep mounting up until you finally shrink into your shell like a snail.

Come on! There will never be a perfect time to start and you won’t have it all figured out at the beginning! So just take that leap ; start taking small steps towards birthing that your dream and idea.

Start with what you know and move in gradually into what you might need to develop.

Well I took a leap to get my business registered and start a Facebook page for it.

My desire is to make some extra cash to support activities of the Not-for-profit NGO my team and I started (Beehyve Empowerment and Development initiative). Our vision is to contribute to the development of our society through Youth mentoring programs ; promotion of women and girls wellbeing and empowerment.

DebisiBusybee Media is all about providing services in Development communication ; media training /Consultancy; Audio editing(podcasts, interview, testimonials, speeches, sermons etc) ; Translation services(Yoruba, Hausa & English) ;Social Media campaign, Digital marketing ; creative writing ; promotion of projects through the traditional and social media ; youth mentoring and facilitating seminars and workshops; Radio drama for social change and development. 

So I am taking a leap by stepping out to execute my ideas and dreams… I want you to shut down that fear and doubt… YOU CAN DO IT ; YOU CAN MAKE IT!

Don’t get stuck dreaming; start to execute your ideas and dreams 

For all of the services we provide at DebisiBusybee Media contact us on :
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Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Principal Producer (FRCN) 
Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee
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Youth Empowerment Program: Supported By A One -time “Pepper Seller’s” Foundation #STEMHub

When your beginning is humble and through resilience, hard work and providence you succeed; it means a lot when you try to help others up. This is the story of Dr. Adeola Olubamiji the First Black person to hold a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. Adeola grew up on the streets of Mokola Ibadan selling pepper for her mother. Find her story in an earlier post titled “Meet Dr. Adeola Olubamiji” 

Never let your background keep your back on the ground. You can rise above your seeming limitation. Look deep inside you there is a gift in there; harness it with the opportunities that come your way


A group of young people got an opportunity to partake in a free Tie & Dye Design training in Ibadan. It is a training put together by STEMHub Foundation in collaboration with JOBAT The Greatest LTD. I was privileged to be present on one of the days to see what was up. I met a group of enthusiastic youth – Ladies and gentlemen. In fact, there were a few adults and retirees willing to acquire a skill to improve their earning power.

A chat with a few of the participants revealed that these young people were kicking and ready to go do something fantastic with what they had learned within the two weeks of the training.

Testimonies of some participants & Plans going forward:

Joy Okoli – I live at Mokola and I am seeking admission into the university. I thought while I am still waiting for my admission, I could acquire a vocational skill; that’s why I enrolled in the training. I have learned a lot about different Adire cloth designs and the facilitator has been very patient with us. I hope to be economically empowered after this.

Olaoji Precious – As a participant in the Tie and Dye training I have learned a variety of Adire designs such as the Spiral design. Free-hand Design; solid shape design; the Batik. During the training, I was able to Dye materials and make some of these designs. I plan on making products and selling. I also hope to collaborate and do business with others who make shoes and clothes by sharing my designs with them.

Emetima Mishel: I am a graduate of the University of Ibadan and I studied political science. I really enjoyed the training because I have a liking for clothes and this Tie and Dye Adire design is really African. For me, It is an opportunity to produce traditional clothes and take it to an international market.

Photos from training & Adire Designs made by Participants:

A little bit About the Facilitator:  Pastor Ilesanmi Abiona of JOBAT The Greatest LTD used to be a banker but wasn’t fulfilled in that line of work. Before getting into the university he had earlier learned how to make various Adire cloth designs. He thoroughly enjoyed doing Tie and Dye however he later abandoned it for a white collar job after graduation. After a few years, he soon discovered that his heart was not in the banking job. He made a decision to go back to his Tie and Dye business and today he has trained many others who make a living with Tie and Dye. Pastor Abiona volunteers his time to train and empower young people and anyone who wishes to acquire this skill and become economically empowered.

 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer
Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee
Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com