Tony Elumelu Foundation Hosts European Commission, Leading Development Finance Institutions and Think Tanks in Brussels

  ……Highlights the Relevance and Urgency to Support Entrepreneurial Led Economic Growth in Africa   0At a time when Europe’s relationship with Africa is high on foreign policy and developmental agendas and with the European Union beginning to deliver on its 2017 External Investment Plan, targeted at attracting investment and job creation in Africa, the Tony Elumelu Foundation brought together leading stakeholders in the development finance sector, at a case… Continue Reading

Zamfara, Kaduna killings ‘politicised’ — Buhari

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, has said that ending banditry remains a key priority of his administration and he would do whatever it takes to save lives. Reacting to the recent spike in killings and kidnappings in Zamfara and Kaduna States, Mr Buhari described himself as one of the “unhappiest” leaders in the world. Mr Buhari has been criticised for his failure to check the deteriorating security situation in Zamfara State…. Continue Reading

K 1 to Sponsor Kid Artist’s Education

In what looks like a divine arrangement, Fuji Music Legend, King Wasiu Ayinde Mashal, popularly known as K1 De Ultimate has thrown his weight behind Oluwatobi Ilelolawa, the 12 year-old Primary Six pupil, who sketched President Muhammadu Buhari’s portrait with pen (Biro) without alteration few days ago. Less than an hour after   THISDAY Newspapers’ Brands and Marketing Editor, Raheem Akingbolu published the story of the boy on his Facebook page,… Continue Reading

We Won’t Deny Nigerians Visas -UAE

Authorities of the United Arab Emirates, UAE have denied reports that the country has resolved to deny Nigerians visas. Following the Dubai robbery involving five Nigerians, it has been reported in some quarters of the media that UAE authorities have restricted tourist visas to Nigerians from the normal three months to one month. However, a statement released by the UAE Embassy in Nigeria today debunked the rumour, calling it a… Continue Reading

Communal Threat: Nigerian Youth on the run 

The whereabouts of Alowonle Idowu Wasiu, a youth from Ogun State, southwest part of Nigeria has been unknown following a communal threat to his life. His whereabouts have been unknown since early 2015, following the death of his father, Chief Alowonle, a foremost traditional chief priest. It was gathered that following Chief Alowonle’s death, his only surviving son, Idowu, was meant to succeed him and lead proceedings at his village… Continue Reading

Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu Assumes Office as Chief Executive Officer, Tony Elumelu Foundation

  Former CEO, Parminder Vir, OBE joins the Foundation’s Advisory Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, former Director of Partnerships and Evaluation, Tony Elumelu Foundation has assumed her new role as the Foundation’s CEO on April 1. [Ifeyinwa becomes the third CEO and the first African to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Tony Elumelu Foundation.] In December 2018, the Foundation, the leading African philanthropy committed to empowering African entrepreneurs, announced Mrs. Ugochukwu’s new… Continue Reading


Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) echoed very strongly the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) call on all brands globally to hold social media platforms to account in light of recent failures to block dangerous and hateful content. In supporting the position WFA Regional Vice President for Africa, Folake Ani-Mumuney reiterated that while companies must decide their own approaches, WFA is calling on its members and brands worldwide – in their capacity as the funders… Continue Reading


 The monthly get-together of widows and orphans with Ibrahim Kadafir Mshelia Foundation is scheduled for Maiduguri, end of March. In a release by the sectional manager of the foundation, Comrade Segun Jones, he said the coming event will bring together widows and orphans from the North East to take stock and further evaluate their basic needs since the general elections delayed the monthly parley in February. Ibrahim Kadafir Mshelia Foundation… Continue Reading

Can We Stop Our Girls From Being Trafficked?

In the face of considerable campaigns to curb irregular migration and the deportation of thousands of Nigerians deserted in Libya in Europe, we are yet to see the end of the dehumanization, suffering and oppression Nigerian migrants face outside the country in their pursuit of greener pastures. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the Nigerian government has enabled the return of over 10,000 Nigerians stranded in Libya between April… Continue Reading

The Tony Elumelu Foundation to Announce Selected Entrepreneurs for 2019 Programme on March 22, 2019

·        Over 1,000 African entrepreneurs from African 54 countries to participate in the 2019 Cohort ·        Event to be live-streamed on TEFConnect – Africa’s digital entrepreneurship hub  The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the leading African philanthropy committed to empowering African entrepreneurs, will announce the selected applicants for the 2019 cohort of the Foundation’s flagship Entrepreneurship Programme on March 22, 2019. The event, which marks the 5th round of the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Programme,… Continue Reading

The 2019 GTBank Food and Drink Festival! Get Ready For The Biggest Food Festival in Africa

After three stellar exposés of the biggest culinary experience in Africa, the GTBank Food and Drink Festival is getting bigger for the 4th edition, which will hold for 4 days from Sunday, 28th April, to Wednesday 1st May 2019 at the GTCentre, Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Lagos. Created in 2016 by leading African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, the GTBank Food and Drink Festival has become the premier culinary event in Africa, bringing together tens of thousands of people from across the continent… Continue Reading

Stop Politicising the Army, Olowu warns Unscrupulous politicians Decries the influx of Fake Soldiers

Olowu of Kuta, His Royal Highness , Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama,has warned unscrupulous politicians to stop politicising the army. Olowu in a statement issued on Tuesday said the report from some states in the south south indicated that military were used to perpetuate violence on the innocent citizens. He warned desperate politicians to stop dragging our military into politics because of its dire consequence on our stability and national cohesion…. Continue Reading

Carleton University Community mourned Pius Adesanmi

Colleagues, students and friends of Pius Adesanmi gathered at Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies Monday to share stories and weep for the Nigerian-born professor and writer who headed the institute. Adesanmi was one of 18 Canadians who died on board an Ethiopian Airlines jet Sunday. The plane, which was en route to Nairobi, Kenya, from Addis Ababa, crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 people on board. On Monday,… Continue Reading

How Pius Adesanmi Predicted His Own Death

Nigeria’s prolific writer, Professor Professor Pius Adesanmi, who died on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines, predicted his own death a day before the crash. In his last Facebook post on Saturday, Adesanmi made a statement that portrayed him as a man who had premonition about his death. In the post, the deceased said “if I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even… Continue Reading

Sad day: Prolific writer Professor Pius Adesanmi is dead

One of Nigeria best brains and prolific writer Professor Pius Adesanmi is dead. He was among the 149 people in the Ethiopian Airline that crashed early this morning enroute Nairobi Kenya from Adiss Ababa the capital of Ethiopia . Professor Pius Adesanmi, a Nigerian professor with Carlton University in Canada is among those that died this morning on the ill fated Ethiopia airline. On his way to attend the AU… Continue Reading

Family of female lawyer who was murdered at a hotel in Ikeja issues official statement, demand answers from the police

The family of slain female lawyer,  Feyisayo Obot who was killed in her hotel room in Ikeja, Lagos have just issued an official statement to set the records straight and demand answers from the police. Already, the Lagos state command have arrested a murder suspect who allegedly snuffed the life out of the female lawyer in her hotel room in Opebi, Lagos state on January 26th this year. See the family’s full… Continue Reading

Fake Abuja Prophet Joshua Iginla and wife in messy divorce scandal

The senior pastor of Champions Royal Assembly, Kubwa, Abuja, Joshua Iginla, may have laid it all on the altar during a church sermon on Sunday. The popular preacher apparently confessed to cheating on his wife, Yemisi, in front of his congregation. The shocking confession was streamed live on the church’s official YouTube page, Champions TV, on Sunday. Iginla, , who spoke to his congregation during a Sunday service, said when… Continue Reading

Amosun’s Aide Dies, SSG Injured In Fatal Auto Crash

Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s aide, Adeniyi Adesanya, has died while the Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, was reportedly injured in a accidenr onFriday evening. According to PUNCH, the accident occurred at Siun-Kobape along Sagamu-Abeokuta road. Adeoluwa reportedly sustained a severe injury and has been rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi -Aba, Abeokuta. A source confirmed that the SSG has been transferred to the Intensive care unit of… Continue Reading

I advised El-Rufai against releasing casualty figure in Kaduna crisis — CP

The Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State command, Ahmad Abdulrahman, said he advised Governor Nasir el-Rufai against quoting any particular figure as the number of casualties recorded in the ethnic crisis between the Adara and Fulani in the Kajuru Local Government Area of the state. Abdulrahman, who stated this on Thursday, refused to confirm the figure quoted by the governor, saying his men were still investigating the incident. The police chief… Continue Reading

Nigeria’s First Super Model, Yemi Fawaz Succumbs to Cancer at 64

– Yemi Fawaz was the first super model to emerge in Nigeria – Fawaz had reportedly passed away after battling colon cancer Yemi Fawaz, the woman who paved the way for professional models in Nigeria, has passed away. The talented super model had reportedly died after battling serious illness in the United States. It was reported that Fawaz had died on Wednesday, February 20, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New… Continue Reading

We did not ask members to sell petrol at N140 per litre —IPMAN

THE leadership of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has dismissed media report that it had directed its members to sell petrol below the official pump price of N145 a litre.. IPMAN in a statement by its National President, Alhaji Sanusi Fari, called on members nationwide to continue to render services to the public within official price. Reacting to the purported directive to members to sell PMS at  N140… Continue Reading

Application for the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme closes March 1

The Tony Elumelu Foundation, an African-funded and founded philanthropy committed to empowering African entrepreneurs has announced its last call for applications into its prestigious 2019 Entrepreneurship Programme. The application portal launched on the 1st of January 2019 will close on the 1st of March, 2019. Selected beneficiaries will join 4,470 current alumni and will receive $5,000 seed capital, access to mentors, bespoke training and numerous opportunities to impact policies at… Continue Reading

Tunde Ayeni Is An Investor with No Political Leaning- Aide

Contrary to the news making the rounds that the invitation of Dr Tunde Ayeni by the EFCC has some political motive, his office last Friday cleared the air stating emphatically that the entrepreneur has no political affiliations and holds the Muhammadu Buhari’s government in high esteem. “Our attention has been drawn to the attempt to link the recent invitation of the Chairman of our Group by the EFCC to some… Continue Reading

Money Laundering: WEMA Bank’s Contribution to Lagos Assembly’s Alleged Misappropriation of N28.8b

Following an audacious move by the Legislative Probity and Accountability (LPA), a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) calling on the Lagos State House of Assembly to account for its N28.8b running cost, an old generation bank, WEMA Bank, has been fingered as one of the financial institutions used by the lawmakers to launder tax payers’ money. Those who are in the know alleged that Wema Bank may be one of the… Continue Reading

Crash: Buhari, Aides Yet to Congratulate VP Osinbajo

President Muhammadu Buhari and his top aides are yet to congratulate Vice President Yemi Osinbajo after his close shave with death when chopper crash landed enroute a campaign rally in Kabba, Kogi State on Saturday. Though the VP and his crew escaped the incident unscathed, Nigerians home and abroad have been congratulating him and thanking God on his behalf. Even politicians from the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have… Continue Reading

Power supply back in Igbokoda as Osinbajo commissions BEDC, NDPHC restoration project

Residents of Igbokoda in Ilaje Ese Odo local government in Ondo South senatorial zone who have resigned their fate to living without electricity for the past five years were enveloped in frenzy of joy on Wednesday as Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo commissioned the restored power project facilitated by the BEDC Electricity Plc. (BEDC) and Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) which jointly completed work on the rehabilitation of the power project… Continue Reading

PRESS STATEMENT : N10M Bribe; Replace Kogi INEC Commissioner Now

The 2019 presidential elections is exactly 17 days from today and the Kogi State Presidential Campaign Council of the Peoples’ Democratic Party considers it expedient to draw the attention of the Inspector General of Police and other lovers of democracy to a worrisome trend in Kogi State which is capable of finally stroking an unprecedented scale of violence only second to the conflict in Somalia. Nigerians may recall that less… Continue Reading

 Prophet Dele Ogundipe Raises Alarm over Impersonator …..who opens fraudulent Ecobank Account in his Name 

Revered clergyman, Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe of Genesis Global Church, has raised an alarm over over an impostor swindling unsuspecting members of the public in his name. The impersonator runs an account with the name “Dele Ogundipe Foundation”at EcoBank, and has equally opened many Facebook accounts in the name of the popular prophet, where he scams ignorant Nigerians of their hard earned money. The fraudster’s account details with EcoBank are:… Continue Reading

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