93,000 APPLICANTS – 55 COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES 1,000 ENTREPRENEURS SELECTED FOR AFRICA’S LARGEST ENTREPRENEUSHIP PROGRAMME   ‎Lagos, Nigeria, 22 March 2017 — The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is proud to announce the selection of 1,000 African entrepreneurs, creating the 3rd cohort of the 10-year, $100 million TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. Over 93,000 entrepreneurs, from 55 countries and territories in Africa, applied […]

Over 93,000 African Entrepreneurs applied from 55 African countries, more than doubling the number of applications received in 2017. Today, we announce the selected 1,000 Tony Elumelu entrepreneurs for 2017. See the full list here 

Our founder and serial entrepreneur-investor Tony O. Elumelu CON, Richard Branson founder of Virgin Group, and Mark Zuckerburg the ultimate social media guru, have more in common than their pioneering business acumen and philanthropic focus – they all attribute their success in varying degrees to the support they received from a mentor.   Research and surveys prove that having a mentor […]

Losing her father as a young girl, Nkem watched her widowed mother like other women in her community and communities around her struggle to feed and educate their families because of lack of skills and access to finance needed to start a business. Rather than bring her down, this inspired her to start up what is today called Mamamoni. With […]

  In commemoration of International Women’s Day and the need to inspire a generation of women to do greater things in diverse fields of endeavor, YNaija.com, in partnership with Leading Ladies Africa, put together a list of Nigeria’s 100 Most Influential Women featuring 4 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs! Meet: Achenyo Idabacha Nkem Okocha Kene Rapu Joycee Awosika Name- NKEM OKOCHA, class of 2015 […]

Leaving her job with a Fortune 100 power company was not an easy decision to make but a necessary one to pursue her passion of exploring the Agro-beauty sector. Joycee Awosika is the MD/CEO of ORÍKÌ (a luxury skincare brand that fuses natural ingredients & scientific research to create extraordinary personal care products) and a 2015 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur recently recognized […]

While growing up in Bangui, the capital of war-torn Central African Republic, Gabino Guerengomba and his family would strive to fully utilize the electricity when it came on for just four hours every day across the entire town. The rationing was because Enerca, short for Energie Centrafricaine, the national energy utility company had to be creative seeing as he electricity […]

Dr Etiobhio Samuel is a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur, a medical doctor and a fine artist entrepreneur who found his passion for drawing on a sick bed in his second year in University. Right after the 12 weeks’ training from the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, Dr. Samuel received a call from the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the […]

Have you ever had the need to get rid of trash in your car but couldn’t find any trash bag in sight? Most of us have. Today, we will like you to meet our entrepreneur, Matthew Agoro, CEO of Transafty. He has created the right product to solve this problem.   TEF: How did you get your idea or concept for […]

This Tony Elumelu entrepreneur has walked through hell and high-water. From being unemployed to being a janitor earning N10,000, to owning of a mobile kitchen and now an employer of 36 staff. Meet the TEF Entrepreneur who catered to over 1,000  people at the TEF Forum 2016 TEF: How did you get your idea or concept for the business? What […]