As a child Nneile Nkholise spent weekends with her mother, trying to make wooden chairs, or build things using waste materials and she went on further to junior school in a school that included entrepreneurship in its curriculum. Nnelie’s says her love for entrepreneurship and business grew during her junior school years as she could translate her passion […]

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.  Former President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Sub-Saharan Africa.In line with our vision to create 10,000 startups that generate significant employment […]

On this return flight to Banjul, The Gambia from Johannesburg where he participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, Modou N’jie, CEO of Farmfresh reflects happily on the events of the past days. The excitement of winning the Audience award at the GEC 2017 is somewhat alike to the feeling he had in July 2015 when he attended the TEF Forum […]

The Selection Committee met on the 22nd, March to discuss the final list of the selected 1,000 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs. Click to watch the full video  

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 […]