Elumelu Storms Japan, Delivers Keynote Address On Empowering Young Entrepreneurs


Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation and the Chairman of the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Chief Tony O. Elumelu, has arrived in Tokyo, Japan where he is expected to deliver a keynote address at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), taking place in Yokohama, Japan from tomorrow, August 28.

As the leading champion of entrepreneurship in Africa, Mr. Elumelu will ensure that the voice of a new generation of African entrepreneurs, capable of transforming the continent, is heard at the highest level.

Elumelu, who will speak alongside global and African political and business leaders, including Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan; President Muhammadu Buhari, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Chairman of the African Union (AU) who doubles as President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa as well as President of Rwanda, Paul Kigame will deliver the keynote speech at the Plenary Public-Private Business Dialogue, the core session, that brings together Japanese and African public and private sector leaders at TICAD.

Elumelu will promote his philosophy, Africapitalism, which posits entrepreneurship being the key to unlocking economic transformation in Africa as he highlights the urgent need to empower young entrepreneurs and how critical it is for governments and other policy makers to create the enabling environment that ensures entrepreneurial led growth.

The official Business Forum is being hosted by the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO). The Conference provides a unique platform for key decision makers from Japan and Africa, both in business and politics, to identify opportunities for investment and knowledge exchange.

Elumelu will be accompanied by a delegation from the United Bank for Africa and the Tony Elumelu Foundation, including Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation; Dupe Olusola, Group Head, Marketing, UBA, and Muyiwa Akinyemi, Group Head Corporate Banking, UBA.

Organised by the Japanese Government, TICAD is a three yearly forum for advancing Africa’s development through people, technology and innovation, bringing together government, business leaders, companies and other stakeholders.

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