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Oluseun Onigbinde: Driving Public Service Accountability Through BudgIT

Iwoye-Ilogbo, a small village, approximately 60km from the Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, desperately needed help. 429 children in Iwoye-Ilogbo in sweltering heat huddle in two classrooms to take their daily lessons. Afraid of vandals and thieves in an insecure environment, they mount their furniture on their heads in the morning from the homes and also […]

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola is Cascading Impact Across the Environment.

After 13 years in the US; with university degrees, an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, and work experience from Fortune 500 companies, one would expect Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola to continue in that line but she did the unexpected. She returned home to Nigeria to co-found a waste recycling company, Wecyclers, and her vision is […]

Sharron McPherson is Telling the Stories of Big Ideas In Africa

With a doctorate’s degree in Juris Prudence from Columbia University School of Law and experience in global firms, Sharron defines working very hard and playing hard. When she is not scheming about how to save the world, she enjoys reading about the global state of things. This Former Investment Banker and Wall Street Attorney turned […]

How Profitable Can Agriculture be? Meet Mavis Nduchwa

From an undergraduate study in real estate and hospitality to a career as a TV presenter and now Farmer, Botswana’s Mavis Nduchwa, 34 has straddled several hats. She had an early start in her journey to entrepreneurship from high school, where she sold sweets to fellow students, helped students write their essays and letters for […]

MyRide Africa: Where Technology Meets Matatu

In Kenya, matatu (or matatus) are privately owned minibuses. Often decorated, many matatu feature portraits of famous people or slogans and sayings. Likewise, the music they play is also aimed at quickly attracting riders. These minibuses ply set routes, run from termini, and are used for both inter- and intra-city travel. One organization is changing […]

Oladunmade Otitoola is Connecting Event Space Owners to Customers Through RentYourHall

First featured on Nigeria Business Communities Oladunmade Otitoola, an entrepreneur and beneficiary of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program in 2016, is founder of RentYourHall, Nigeria. He answers questions on development of the startup company. Tell us a bit about RentYourHall. RentYourHall is an online platform that connects event space owners/managers to prospective customers, enabling the customers […]

From Ghana to the World: Kwabena is Taking His Bamboo Bike to the UK and North America

On the heels of the Special Recognition award at the TEF Forum 2017, Kwabena Danso , CEO Booomers International Ltd, Africa’s leading producer of bamboo bicycles in Africa shared his success with us and plans for the future. Booomers International is a subsidiary social enterprise of The Yonso Project, which produces and markets bamboo bicycles […]

Ovie’s Pledge to Transform Africa

For TEF’s 2017 entrepreneurs, the 13th of October marked a new beginning in their journey. It was the first physical gathering of their fellow entrepreneurs since they were selected to become part of the 3rd cohort of Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs. But for Uwode Ovie Samuel, it was an emotional time, a collection of moments that […]

Osakwe Chukwunonso is Building An African Manufactured Hybrid Vehicle

As the world moves rapidly to electric and autonomous vehicles and renewable energy, developing clean energy like solar and wind energy is widely seen as a way to ensure sustainable development while protecting the environment. However there remains a huge gap in Africa in the preparation to fully embrace clean energy with a lot of […]

Soji Megbowon: The Village Teacher Aiding Retention Through STEM tools.

As a teacher, Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur, Soji Megbowon (2016, Education) had seen students at every educational level with difficulty retaining information. Even with efforts from government and organisations to improve the situation and make learning concrete through curriculum strengthen and the development new and several policies seems not hit the base of this problem. Nigeria for […]