“I write to warmly welcome the 1,000 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs from across 51 African countries and from across all the States in Nigeria for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme boot camp taking place in Nigeria. I am pleased to see that efforts like this, aimed at promoting self-help and creating jobs and opportunities for Africa’s youth, are gaining ground without overt Government intervention. This demonstrates that the work of rebuilding our country (as well as the wider continent) is one all patriots and stakeholders must actively engage in. I am proud that Nigeria (and a Nigerian) is taking the lead in this effort to promote selfworth, encourage entrepreneurship, create jobs, build and promote networks for intraAfrican trade, business collaboration and investment. Our Administration is committed to unlocking all such opportunities to restore dignity to our people. This programme is one example I hope others will emulate and I commend Tony Elumelu and his Foundation for their endeavor and leadership in this area.

– His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President, Commander-in Chief, the Federal Republic of Nigeria

 

“I am delighted that the Spark of economic transformation of Africa, through entrepreneurship, has been ignited in Nigeria. I congratulate the 1,000 African entrepreneurs who made it to the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP). I urge you to use the TEEP experience as a roadmap to help you on your entrepreneurship journey. And may the road lead you all to prosperity that benefits the entire continent.”

– His Excellency, Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

 

“As U.S. Secretary of Commerce, I know how entrepreneurs drive economic growth around the world. I am pleased to see Tony Elumelu investing in entrepreneurs through The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme across Africa to work towards fostering communities of innovation.”

– Honorable Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce

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“As the Founding Patron of the Tony Elumelu Foundation I am proud of what has been achieved in less than five years. I congratulate the 1,000 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs from across Africa coming to Ota for the boot camp. The networks you will build and the training you will receive will equip you to strategically build great and competitive businesses that will contribute to Africa’s development in a meaningful way.”

– Professor Michael Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness of the Harvard Business School and the Founding Patron of the Tony Elumelu Foundation

 

“Tony Elumelu, we appreciate your work supporting young Malian entrepreneurs. Thank you for this.”

– His Excellency Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, President of Mali

 

“Tony Elumelu has recently launched this challenge and backed it with $100 million of his own money, to support a pan-African era of entrepreneurs. That type of effect can really create an entire generation of entrepreneurial leadership across Africa.”

– Dante Disparte, Founder and CEO at Risk Cooperative

 

“I wish you a successful event and really look forward to a strategic partnership with you on entrepreneurship across Africa.”

– Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President-elect of the African Development Bank (AfDB)