Author Archives: Adaku Nwakanma

  • tef forum 2019

    Playing the Long Game: An Africa Beyond Aid

    Africa’s population, which currently has the majority between 15 and 24, is expected to double by 2045 according to the African Development Bank, a partner of the Tony Elumelu Foundation. To mitigate the effects of this, the continent will need to create more jobs, policies and implementation plans that will allow for a more competitive …

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  • Emmanuel Nturanyenabo Teebah Film Village

    Emmanuel Nturanyenabo’s TEF Testimonial

    My name is Emmanuel Nturanyenabo, the Founder and Managing Director of Teebah Film Village, a full-service video production company based in Rwanda. I started up Teebah Film Village in July 2017 and since that time, I have been struggling mainly with how to increase sales, and how to improve our product. At some point, I …

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  • Identifying the Right Opportunities for your Business

    As entrepreneurs, finding the right opportunity to grow and expand our businesses is a problem that keeps some up at night. Taking advantage of an opportunity may seem like a huge risk sometimes, especially when markets and economies seem uncertain, but there are ways to identify the right opportunities most of the time is critical …

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  • “Nobody is more willing to get out of poverty than the people who are in poverty,” – Edwin Ikhuoria, ONE Africa Director

    In this interview, the Tony Elumelu Foundation sits with Edwin Ikhuoria, the Africa Executive Director for the ONE campaign, who is leading ONE’s advocacy work across the continent. Edwin has spent over 19 years in the development sector, and before Joining ONE in 2014, worked for the Development Impact Evaluation Unit of the World Bank. …

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  • njavwa mutambo TEF Alumni

    Bukas to Vibandas: Connecting Africa’s Informal Restaurant Industry

    When Njavwa Mutambo applied to the TEF entrepreneurship program in 2016, he started as the only employee of Musanga, a Zambian start-up connecting truck riders and delivery riders. Musanga Logistics’ connects users who want to send packages – such as restaurants, small retailers and individuals – through independent couriers. Now, he says, the platform has 1500 …

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  • TEF Founder, Tony Elumelu Live on Arise News

    “Everything We Do is About Impacting Lives and Transforming our Society,” Tony Elumelu Says on AriseTV’s “The Morning Show”

    On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony O. Elumelu(CON), was live on AriseTV’s The Morning Show where he discussed business, economy and investments in Africa, corporate governance and gender inclusion and equality. Here are some impactful quotes from the conversation: On Business: To a large extent, my mum played a …

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    Tony Elumelu Foundation Partners with Stanford University to release study on African Entrepreneurs

    New research on African entrepreneurs by the Tony Elumelu Foundation in partnership with Stanford University reveals insights into the divergent cultural factors that influence the entrepreneurial journey (of women especially) in Africa. The conclusions point to some patterns and qualities that favour entrepreneurial success, offering lessons in entrepreneurship in Africa and beyond. Here are key insights from …

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  • TEF Alumni Spotlight with Msindazwe Ndhlovu

    Msindazwe Ndhlovu ​is a 2018 Tony Elumelu entrepreneur from Botswana​. In this interview, he talks to us about The Noble Savage​, a company that recycles waste plastic and glass for the manufacturing of alternative eco-friendly building materials which are lighter, stronger, durable, and affordable, all while incorporating technology to bring affordable energy to Africa. On Changes …

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  • Hard Lessons I Learnt On Partnerships and Entrepreneurship – Gloria Lwakabamba

    It is said often that failure is part of the journey to success. Tanzanian entrepreneur Gloria Lwakabamba, an Alumni of the 2015 Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, believes in hard work and making dreams come true through it. Originally from Rwanda, born in Tanzania and spending her formative years in Nigeria, Gloria’s diverse background is …

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  • Enhancing your Business with TEFConnect

    Social media can be used to build brand awareness and relationships with consumers through engaging content and participating in industry discussions. TEFConnect, the digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs, can help entrepreneurs who are keen to grow their businesses. Here are six ways to easily move the needle with your small business: 1. Find customers …

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