Success Stories

West Africa

Jerome Ogu: Against All Odds!

As a product of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Jerome Ogu (2015, Agriculture) was equipped with the tools he needed to take his catfish farming business to new horizons. Based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, jhonyx klassic Sec. limited contributes to the African agricultural sector by catfish breeding, smoke processing and dry processing of catfish for […]

How Afrimash is Leveraging Technology to Help Nigerian Farmers Find Quality Goods

Each year over 300,000 youth graduate from Nigerian Youth Corps (NYSC), a mandatory service established by the government, and enter into the job market with high hopes of landing their dream job. For many graduates, this dream rarely includes aspirations of working on a farm. However, for Dr. Ayoade Oyedotun, Nigeria’s booming agriculture sector was […]

TEF Alumni Gets Selected for the Obama Foundation Africa Leaders Program 2018

Over the course of the last year, President Obama has met with emerging leaders from nearly every corner of the globe to hear from young civic leaders and better understand how the Obama Foundation can support their work. From Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, India, Singapore and New Zealand — He has heard first-hand what resources and […]

Nathaniel Okwoli’s Booklify is Encouraging a Better Reading Culture

It has often been said that many Nigerians don’t read. While some have attributed the country’s low reading culture to a lack of interest, others, like Nathaniel Okwoli, believe it has more to do with a lack of access. In Nigeria, there are only 316 libraries for a population of almost 200 million, making access […]

Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti Pays Her Knowledge Forward with the Launch of her new Book

It was a pleasure to support Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti, in Lagos last Thursday, July 26th at the launch of her book “Accessing Grants for Startups”, which serves as a roadmap to funding opportunities for African entrepreneurs. Having benefited tremendously from her participation in various business development opportunities, Ifedayo has attempted to pay some of her knowledge […]

TEF Alumni Wins Silver Medal & £10,000 Cash Prize From the UK Royal Academy

The UK Royal Academy Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, is an internationally coveted award that seeks to identify talented sub-Saharan African engineers from across disciplines who are applying their skillset to developing novel solutions to critical challenges within their communities. This year, Ifediora Ugochukwu, an Alumni of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, received a silver medal […]

Disrupting the African Fashion Industry with Serah Kassim Ready to Wear Brand

Textile and clothing is the second largest sector in the developing world after agriculture, this sector is dominated by SMEs and holds the potential to create jobs for millions of women and youth across Africa. Discussions on African inspired clothing takes the centre stage at forums on fashion and exhibitions around the world. From the […]

Dainel Oulai’s Multiple Solutions to Tackling the Challenges of Food Security

Across the world Food security brings a huge debate with organisations, individuals and governments taking a centre stage in the tackling the interrelated elements of: availability, access, utilisation and stability. Grainothèque founded by a young agroecology activist and, Daniel Oulai (2017, Agriculture), is one of such organizations that is driving the agenda of  food security. As a young boy […]

Inside Chigozie Bashua’s World of Nut Processing

With a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, one would expect Chigozie to focus on a career in line with her degree but in her words, “I believe I was called to do more than just my degree, I was out to fight the rising cost of food prices and bring innovation and the […]