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)

#Nig2019Elections Full List of Female Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates

Credits: ThisDay News

The presidential election is just around the corner and contestants are doing all to reach out to voters for support to win the forthcoming election.

Facts to Know about Female Contestants for the office of the President and Vice President:

  • The total number of presidential candidates and their running mates is 144 according to the document released by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
  • In the list, there are only 28 female contestants. This includes both presidential and Vice presidential candidates.
  • 6 women are contesting against 66 male candidates for the office of the president.
  • 22 parties have selected female candidates as Vice presidents.

List of Female Presidential Aspirants(Name, Party & Age):

1) EZEKWESILI OBIAGELI KATRYN -ACPN 55YRS
2) ANGELA JOHNSON –AUN 59YRS
3) ADESANYA-DAVIES MERCY OLUFUNMILAYO –MAJA 56YEARS
4) RABIA YASAI HASSAN CENGIZ – NAC 66 YEARS
5) ATUEJIDE EUNICE UCHE JULIAN – NIP 40YRS
6) MAINA MAIMUNA KYARI – NPC 41YRS

Vice Presidential Female candidates:

1) UCHENDU UJU PEACE OKAH – AA 49YRS
2) SAFIYA IBRAHIM OGOH – AAP 47YRS
3) OKWUANYASI ABIOLA KIKA – ABP 44 BSc 44YRS
4) TIJJANI AISHA ALI – AGA 39YRS
5) ABDULLAHI KHADIJAH IYAH – ANN 44YRS
6) OKERE EVELYN –ANP 43YRS
7) OLAYEMI MEMUNAT MAHMUD –APDA 53YRS
8) KOFAR MATA MARYAM UMAR – BNBP 39YRS
9) ADEOLA ZAINAB HAZZAN – CNP 39YRS
10) SEIYEFA FETEPIGI – DPC 46YEARS
11) MUSA HADIZA ARUWA – GPN 42YEARS
12) ADO UMMAR ABBAS –KP 54YEARS
13) AZAEL VASHI CHECHERA –LM 35YEARS
14) ADEPOJU OLUWATOYIN GRACE –MMN 35YEARS
15) UFONDU CHINWE FLORENCE –MPN 45YEARS
16) TATAJI AISHA ASABE –NCMP 51 YEARS
17) JAMES FUNMI – NCP 53YEARS
18) MRS ITE DONALD-EKPO – NFD 41YRS
19) OLUWOLE YETUNDE FOLAKE – NPC 44YRS
20) MUHAMMAD AISHA ABUBAKAR – SNC 54YRS
21) ABDULLAHI BALKISU MUSTAPHA – YES 42YRS
22) ABDULLAHI UMMA GETSO – YPP 37YRS

Credits: List drawn out of INEC’s released document of Aspirants/candidates in the 2019 elections. Website – http://www.inecnigeria.org/?page_id=70 

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