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World leaders, associates, and families eulogise Elumelu at 60

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The Group Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Tony Onyemachi Elumelu, hit the diamond jubilee milestone on Wednesday, and the occasion was commemorated with a symposium held at the Tony Elumelu Amphitheatre in UBA House.

The symposium, tagged ‘60 for 60,’ was attended by 60 young beneficiaries of the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, friends, and colleagues.

Speaking during a symposium organised to honor him yesterday in Lagos, the TEEP beneficiaries from several countries in Africa took turns to testify to how their businesses were transformed after going through the programme and being provided with seed capital. Also, other notable Nigerians praised Elumelu for his contributions toward youth empowerment.

In his goodwill message, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, wrote: “It is a great pleasure for me to write to you on this very special occasion, as it allows me to once again acknowledge the outstanding efforts put in place by your foundation and yourself to support a vision of African entrepreneurship that we both share and to strengthen the continent’s position in the global economy.

Tony Elumelu and ass0ciates at the symposium to mark his diamond jubilee
Tony Elumelu and associates at the symposium to mark his diamond jubilee

“In particular, your empowerment of the youth across the African continent by enabling them to fulfill their ambitions in business and academia bears a pivotal role for Africa’s future. I can therefore only commend the Tony Elumelu Foundation for the numerous initiatives and unquestionable positive impact it has as a leading philanthropic organisation.

“Thanks to you, your companies have appointed many women at the highest positions, and your Foundation has engaged in several initiatives with major stakeholders, including the European Union, to drive women’s leadership and entrepreneurship in Africa.”

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Also, former US President, Bill Clinton wrote in his goodwill message to Elumelu: “Hilary and I are glad to join your family, friends, and admirers from around the world in wishing you a very happy 60th birthday. From your successful career in business to your amazing work with your foundation, you have accomplished so much throughout your first six remarkable decades.

“It has been very inspiring for us to see your passion for philanthropy up close and to watch as you empower a rising generation of entrepreneurs across Africa.”

Tony Elumelu and and TEF beneficiaries
Tony Elumelu and TEF beneficiaries

The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, said, “I have had the great privilege of working with Tony in the past, through our foundations and in particular the Blair-Elumelu Fellowship Program. I have always come away from spending time with him inspired, energized, and grateful for his wisdom and insights.

“Our thinking aligns in so many ways. We have a shared optimism for the future. We believe in the transformative power of technology and innovation and the importance of entrepreneurialism as a means of solving many of the world’s problems, from healthcare to education to climate.

Above all, we all believe in the importance of clear priorities, clear strategy, and clear mechanisms for delivery; to put it simply, the importance of getting things done.”

The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, told Elumelu that “the year 60 is a moment to reflect on lessons accrued over the course of your life and pass this wisdom to the next generation. That has been the focus of your philanthropic work, and it would be an understatement to say that the TEF has had an impact.”

In their remarks, his wife, Awele Elumelu, and children prayed that God would continue to strengthen and empower Elumelu, who is also the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, to do more for the continent.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com, Newsroom +234 8033 964 138)

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