Success Stories

West Africa

Chris Kwekowe is Tackling Unemployment and Talent Management with Slatecube

Chris Kwekowe is not your regular 24 year old! At 19, this Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur alongside his brother founded Microbold, a company focusedon providing  business solutions for SMEs and large scale enterprises, offering an extensively innovative approach towards providing technology solutions for business, education, family and even technology enthusiast. However, Microbold is not what rings […]

Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti is Shaping her world through Parliamo Bambini

This week in Davos, Switzerland, the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting gathered global leaders and players to discuss and develop a shared narrative to improve the state of the world.  Beyond the annual summit by WEF, the WEF also seeks to replicate change through hubs across the world via the Global Shapers Community, a […]

Scaling Impact: TEF and ICRC Partner to Empower More Entrepreneurs

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) signed a memorandum of understanding to empower 200 entrepreneurs from Nigeria’s North East and Niger Delta regions. This partnership aims to holistically address, through innovative interventions, the economic plight of communities affected by armed conflict or violence and further help us […]

Maureen Ideozu is on a Path to Improving Export Policy

Government policies have a tremendous effect on a country’s ability to be competitive, yet not many governments in developing nations have the necessary resources to develop investment-friendly policies that will trigger economic growth. This can be one of the biggest barriers to the sustainable growth of a high-quality private sector. Recognizing this reality, The Tony […]

On Track to Impact 1 million Agropreneurs – Meet Ayodeji Balogun of AFEX

With an early start to trading, Ayodeji Balogun started learning trade and business operations as a teenager through his family business. At thirteen he consummated his first business venture, a transaction which at today’s value is worth $4,000 and managing his family owned commodities trading business with turnover in excess of USD15 million, he further […]

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 […]

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 […]