As our Founder, Tony O. Elumelu, CON says, “Young entrepreneurs and those they inspire are the lifeblood of Africa’s rise.” This quote is one of our driving forces at the Tony Elumelu Foundation as we strongly desire to see Africa rise. It’s always a huge pleasure to witness our entrepreneurs reaching their milestones first-hand, and today was no exception!
Our COO, Abimbola Adebakin was with Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur, Chioma Ukonu, co-founder of Recycle Points as they unveiled the Electric Green Tikes, an electronically powered bicycle that collects recyclable wastes from clients. Right before the unveiling began, we ran into Mr Yinka Fisher, a Programme
Mentor and state director Small and medium enterprise development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAM). Chioma alongside other Tony Elumelu entrepreneurs in the waste management sector created a virtual group where they shared ideas and eventually organised a master class which was facilitated by Mr. Fisher who also mentored and guided the group on how to achieve their milestones.
The unveiling kicked off nicely with Chioma speaking passionately on Recycle Points’ mission in Nigeria and her vision for Africa. In her words, “Tony Elumelu Foundation has empowered our commitment to put smiles on the faces of environmentally responsible citizens by creating value from their everyday waste.”
Abimbola Adebakin further inspired all those present by sharing the fire of the Foundation and how keenly interested the Founder is in seeing all the entrepreneurs succeed.
After cutting the ribbon and unveiling the Electric Green Tikes, the COO herself rode the electric powered bicycle
A young man was present at the event and was easily spotted as he captured moments from the unveiling. On later meeting him, we discovered that he is in fact a Tony Elumelu entrepreneur himself and had networked with Chioma during the TEF Forum. He introduced himself as Saheed Osin, a Tony Eumelu Entrepreneur and CEO of Marawe Solutions Nigeria Limited
It was indeed fulfilling to see our entrepreneurs networking and supporting each other! We later found out that more entrepreneurs were on their way to the event. Time was moving faster than we wanted. We had to leave to catch a flight to Ghana where we plan to present the Tony and Awele Elumelu Prize to outstanding students of the University of Ghana.
We left assured that the 12-week training programme and the entire Programme cycle continues to yield good results amongst Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs.