While in Lagos this week, H.E. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic will engage with nearly 2,000 Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) alumni during an exclusive interactive session, alongside other entrepreneurs in the ecosystem.
This historic session will be hosted and moderated by TEF Founder and UBA Chairman Tony O. Elumelu, CON and will give African entrepreneurs a platform to closely engage with President Macron, learn from his experience as one of the youngest Heads of State in recent time, while networking and forging partnerships with French and African business leaders and policymakers in attendance.
Mr. Elumelu said about the event: “The collaboration between the French President and our Foundation is a result of President Macron’s recognition that African entrepreneurs are the key to Africa’s economic transformation and his desire to connect with and elevate the voices of future leaders. How better to reach the most catalytic young minds in Africa than through TEF, which for the last four years has built a network of hundreds of thousands of Africa’s brightest young entrepreneurial minds.
While in Nigeria, President Macron will meet with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and he will attend a business Forum with French business leaders, a luncheon with the 30 top Nigerian private sector leaders and a cultural event at Fela’s New Africa Shrine.
The engagement with TEF alumni will be highlight of his visit. The alumni attending the event are beneficiaries of various TEF programmes, including its groundbreaking TEF Entrepreneurship Programme – the Founder’s $100 million commitment to identify, train, mentor and fund 10,000 entrepreneurs from across Africa in 10 years. The Tony Elumelu Foundation – the largest and most impactful African-funded, Africa founded philanthropy working to empower African entrepreneurs – was selected to host the session rather than a national University, because it allows the French President to engage with active young business leaders whose insightful questions and share his vision for relations between France and the continent.