The chairman of United Bank of Africa, Tony Elumelu, celebrated his 60th birthday with congratulations from world leaders and some Tony Elumelu Foundation graduates.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bill and Hillary Clinton, former US President and Secretary of State, Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, Emmanuel Macron, President of France, Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, Aliko Dangote, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, and others all sent their best wishes to him.
“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 position of the continent in the global economy,” the French President Emmanuel Macron wrote in his message of congratulations.
“Your efforts to empower young people on the African continent by enabling them to pursue their academic and professional goals are particularly important for the continent’s future. said he. So, I can only praise the Tony Elumelu Foundation for its many endeavors and undeniable good impact as a top humanitarian organization.
The UBA Group chairman’s accomplishments were also lauded by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who focused on fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs while also inspiring, mentoring, and training many others.
The statement from Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, read: “The President believes Elumelu’s benevolence typifies his humble background and upbringing, starting out as a young banker, daring to dream of a modern and technologically friendly financial institution, Standard Trust Bank, and leading one of the biggest mergers with the UBA, which made history and strengthened the economy.”
Former US President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton, wrote: “You have accomplished so much in your first astonishing sixty years, from your great business career to your amazing work with your foundation. For us, witnessing your philanthropic zeal up close and seeing you support an up-and-coming generation of African businesses has been incredibly motivating.
“On this occasion, we would want to express our gratitude for your friendship, your hard work, and your everlasting faith in a brighter tomorrow. I’m thrilled to join your family, friends, and admirers from all over the world in wishing you a very happy 60th birthday on behalf of Hillary and I.
Tony Blair, former UK prime minister said: “I have had the tremendous honour of working with tony in the past. primarily through the Blair-Elumelu Fellowship Program, one of our foundations. Every time I spend time with him, I leave feeling inspired, energized, and appreciative of his knowledge and insights.
Several of our points of view are in agreement. We both have hope for the future. We believe in the transformative potential of technology and innovation as well as the value of entrepreneurship in addressing a number of the world’s issues, including those relating to healthcare, education, and the environment.
“Above all, we both think that having clear priorities, a clear strategy, and clear delivery mechanisms or, to put it another way, the necessity of getting things done is important. We are also both true believers in Africa.”
According to Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda, “The Foundation’s main contribution is empowering young women and men to lead, reminding them that Africa’s destiny rests in their hands.”
He responded, “Tony, I applaud you for your vision and for bringing the private sector front and center as the crucial actor in Africa’s road towards wealth.
The president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, wished Tony a happy birthday and wished him luck for the next 60 years. In my opinion, Tony Elumelu, a famous Nigerian businessman, is the best representation of entrepreneurship in Africa in the twenty-first century. He is easily on par with the most well-known businessmen of our time, including Bill Gates, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Aliko Dangote, Strive Masiyiwa, Jim Ovia, and others.
Also, Tony’s economic savvy is a gift to Nigeria that keeps giving, according to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the president-elect of Nigeria, in his message of congratulations. I have no doubt that his foundation will continue to play a role in the growth of young people’s potential and enterprises throughout our wonderful country of Nigeria. Among other men of honor, he has provided a sterling example of how to empower others by one’s good fortune.
“I congratulate my good friend and brother Tony Elumelu on his 60th birthday today with the utmost sincerity and joy,” Tinubu said. “I wish him many more years to come and hope that we will, in the near future, discuss over a drink, more ways he can contribute to the growth and development of Nigeria and her business terrain.”
entrepreneurs in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa. At a symposium given in his honor in Lagos, representatives from Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast also wished the Africapitalist well.
The CEO of Call A Pad, Lynda Nunez, from Kenya stated, “Before taking part in TEF, the only thing we had was an idea to decrease girl child absenteeism from school owing to pad poverty.
“Since enrolling in TEF and winning the $5,000 seed cash, we have had a positive impact on 35,000 females,” the author writes.
“Phone pad,” To ensure that menstruation does not interfere with a girl’s right to an education, Africa provides sanitary pads and health education to Kenyan girls from underprivileged social and economic backgrounds. In order to dramatically advance the socioeconomic empowerment of African women, we make use of artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and other technologies in our mobile app and smart sanitary towel dispensers.
“During Covid, TEF provided us with instruction and direction. Also, we received up to $40,000 in support from networks created by the foundation.
Ama Harris Tukus, a Liberian TEF alumna, offers education to underprivileged areas.
With the help of TEF funds, Tukus stated, “we were able to digitalize education in Liberia and train more than 5000 kids while employing more than 20 teachers.
“Today is your birthday, and we have come to visit the man who gives us hundreds of millions of his hard-earned dollars without expecting anything in return not even our votes out of curiosity.”
Nigerian entrepreneur Olubukola Gabriel Oyebode, the founder of Kiano Naturals and a 2019 TEF alumnus, claimed that the foundation helped her firm grow from a concept to a place of employment.
We produce coconut oil, coconut flakes, and all other coconut-derived items, according to Oyebode.
“We were able to start from home, but thanks to that funding, we now have a real office, 5 employees, and distributors in other states. Happy birthday to you, Elumelu, and thank you for loving us.