Often, I am asked what achievement I am most proud of, and my answer is always the same – the sense of fulfilment I feel, when I interact with the beneficiaries of the @TonyElumeluFDN.
Hearing their testimonies, successes and challenges, the impact that $5,000 has on their businesses, ideas, and communities – this gives me joy and excitement. When people ask what motivates me – this is it!
Sep 21 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
I am an example of success in Africa. There are a lot of opportunities on the continent, but capital is very difficult to come by. I come from a modest background and I have been able to grow multinational businesses from this modest background.
But I'm not the only one.
There are a lot of other young Africans who are more energetic, equally intelligent, if not more intelligent, but access to capital is very difficult to come by in Africa.
Sep 21 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
When I first met @PreetiSinha_, Executive Secretary of @UNCDF, I was struck immediately by her passion, enthusiasm and advocacy for youth and entrepreneurship – and I knew I had an ally and a friend.
Her mission is our mission, at the @TonyElumeluFDN.
Months later, what started off as a shared, but distant, vision is being executed, as we convened on Monday in NY, to sign the African Youth Entrepreneurship Agreement - a partnership between TEF and @UNCDF; UN’s catalytic finance entity capacitise even more African entrepreneurs
Mar 17 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
This morning, I am listening to my colleagues at the office bemoan the very pressing issues that they face everyday in this country, and how things have been getting worse and worse - no electricity for 5 days, hikes in the price of diesel, frightening food inflation, etc.
How can a country so rich in natural resources have 90% of its citizens living in hardship and poverty? I have often said that access to electricity is critical for our development, alleviation of poverty and hardship. And speaking of security, our people are afraid!
Sep 4, 2019 • 9 tweets • 4 min read
Africa is such a beautiful and blessed continent and we Africans are our greatest resource. I’ve always known and felt this... (a thread)
As a young man when we started at Standard Trust Bank, banks were still focused on metropolitan areas but we wanted to give opportunity to everyone and create access to financial services for all around the country. So we left the city and we expanded all over Nigeria. (2)