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BCIU Honours Elumelu with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Entrepreneurship Award



l-r: Vice Chairman of the Forbes Publishing company, Mr. Kip Forbes; Award Recipient, Group Chairman, United Bank for Africa Plc and Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu; and Interior Designer and Granddaughter of General Dwight D. Eisenhower(34th President of the U.S.A), Ms. Anne Eisenhower during the conferment of the prestigious Dwight Eisenhower Global Award for Entrepreneurship on Elumelu by Business Council for International Understanding(BCIU), at the Cipriani in New York City on Monday

The Business council for International Understanding (BCIU), a non-profit U.S Business association dedicated to forging relationships and promoting dialogue between business and government communities across the globe, tonight presented the prestigious Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Entrepreneurship Award to both Tony O. Elumelu and Bill Marriott, chairman, Marriott International Inc.


The award was conferred on Elumelu in recognition of his outstanding work in promoting Entrepreneurship on the continent of Africa and across the globe. Elumelu, himself a serial entrepreneur, through his Tony Elumelu Foundation, has funded over 3,000 African entrepreneurs to date with his U$D100 million ccommitment to 10,000 entrepreneurs over a period of 10 years.


These entrepreneurs are expected to create a million new jobs and over U$D10 billion in revenue as a result of the initiative of Elumelu’s Foundation.


At the award’s gala, former American President George W. Bush, acknowledged the efforts of the African entrepreneur saying ‘I am impressed with Tony’s philanthropic initiatives which are powering job creation and entrepreneurship in a region(Africa), that is very dear to Laura and me.  To receive an award founded by President Eisenhower, has added meaning. Eisenhower provided example in leadership, which we can all learn from. Additionally, his belief in promoting international understanding is a vitally important responsibility.


Speaking on the reason why Elumelu was selected as the recipient of this prestigious award, Peter Tichansky, the CEO of BCIU said ‘Mr Elumelu’s bold approach and can-do mindset are exemplary characteristics of a visionary entrepreneur. He embodies the idea that companies must take the lead in bringing business and society together. His advocacy is proving that businesses, acting as businesses and not charitable donors, are the most powerful force for addressing social challenges and economic development’


Indeed this is the philosophy of Elumelu, founder of the concept of Africapitalism, which essentially states that Africa’s private sector must play a leading role in the development and growth of the continent as both governments and the private sector come together to make this happen.


Elumelu who was presented his award by Kip Forbes and Anne Eisenhower(the granddaughter of President Eisenhower,) in his acceptance speech stated: ‘President Eisenhower was a man of many dimensions and most important is his leadership. Being recognized today as a recipient of the inaugural global entrepreneurship award is an honour that resonates with so many people in Africa. What our entrepreneurs in Africa need is powerful leadership to further energise, encourage and motivate them to transform the continent.’ He went on to say ‘ I hope this will further spur on other Africans and friends of Africa, to make sure we work together for an inclusive prosperity’.


Elumelu dedicated his award to his wife and children as well as the staff of UBA, Transcorp, Heirs Holdings, the Tony Elumelu Foundation and all the other companies within his group of companies. He thanked BCIU on behalf of entrepreneurs in Africa: ‘On behalf of the over 3000 entrepreneurs who have benefitted from the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship programme, I say thank you very much.


The award ceremony and gala took place at the historic venue, the Cipriani on Wall street in New York




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Group to Train 5,000 North East Youths on ICT



Arewa Young Leaders Initiative, a group of youths from the 19 northern states and Federal Capital Territory campaigning for a drug-free north, says it plans to train 5,000 youths on ICT in the northeast.

Malam Ibrahim Yusuf, Drug-Free Campaign Coordinator, disclosed this in Gombe on Thursday after a rally which terminated at the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu’s palace.

The coordinator said the training was to discourage drug consumption among youths by engaging them in meaningful ventures.

He said the training would be in collaboration with Microsoft and will commence before May.

The campaign coordinator said the group would also establish a skill acquisition centre in Gombe to serve the entire region.

Yusuf said the campaign was one of the key outcomes of the 2nd Arewa Youth Leadership Summit held in January at the Nigeria Airforce Conference centre Abuja.

He said drug abuse in the Northern region, especially among young people was an issue of concern which needed to be tackled.

He said the project was intended to be continuous in the span of five years.

“The campaign was structured and tailored to be holistic and all-encompassing with series of activities that are knitted together, for the benefit of youth,” he said.

The coordinator said key influential statesmen would be identified to disabuse the mind of young people on drug and inspire them for leadership.

Also, Mr. Aliyu Adole, Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Gombe, said the prevalence of drug abuse among youths in Gombe was high.

He called on the emir to facilitate the furnishing of the rehabilitation centre in Gombe.

“We have a befitting structure which was constructed by the state government but not equipped with standard facilities,” he said.

In his response, Shehu said it was his responsibility as a father to all to ensure drug-free society.

He appealed to youths in the states to desist from social vices capable of destroying their future.

“Drug abuse kills development because the population engaged in it is supposed to be the future leaders of the country.

“I want to assure you of my commitment as a father to all, in ensuring a drug-free society,” he said.

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Jumia Launches All-in-One Mobile App



Jumia, has announced the launch of Jumia One, a new Android all-in-one lifestyle App that allows customers to conduct all online transactions – such as, Airtime recharge, DSTV & Electricity payments, and access all Jumia services – on just a single App.


Paul Midy, the company’s new Chief Executive Officer said, “Our mission is to bring every online service in one place and make them easier, more secure and more affordable to everyone.”


Jumia One is in line with Jumia’s mission of improving people’s lives through the internet.


“We have built a one-stop shop for Africa where people could fulfill their daily needs or payments online on a single App,” added Midy.


Kushal Dutta, managing director of Jumia One Nigeria, noted that small-scale businesses and full-fledged companies can use the App to attract more customers, as it provides them with a free opportunity to download (for customers) and install (for businesses).


Dutta stated, “The new App is useful to both customers and entrepreneurs looking to sell everyday goods and services.


“You can sell or buy airtime, make payments across different banks, pay your church offerings, pay for your betting games or favourite sports, book Uber, pay for internet data, and most importantly, access all Jumia services, be it shopping for grocery or buying gadgets; ordering food online; or booking flights or a hotels.”


The icing on the cake, Dutta added, is the fact that customers who purchase airtime on Jumia One App will get instant 5% cash back, and those who choose to make payments through Jumia Pay will get 10% cashback.


Commenting on Jumia’s long-term goal for the continent, Midy said, “Hundred of thousands of local African companies are doing businesses on the Jumia platform daily.


“We are taking the entire economy online and enabling small, medium, and large African companies to find new customers and serve them in a new way.”

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Phase3 Joins Efforts on Access to Healthcare for Indigents in FCT



Phase3 Telecom said that its grant access portfolio has been expanded to support local high impact health based initiatives nationwide; principally those that are designed to combat the disproportionate access of the poor to affordable and quality healthcare services.


This is as part of its increased corporate social responsibility (CSR) drive

Stanley Jegede

According Stanley Jegede, chief executive, Phase3 Telecom  “in the past four years, the scope of Phase3 health based grants have significantly increased to a greater percentage almost at par with its ICT grants portfolio, due to the obvious alarming increase in the death rate of the nation’s citizenry from causes that are less terminal or natural; and it is quite disconcerting  that chief causes of death beyond security and social crises often stem from treatable causes that only requires timely, effective and affordable medical care’.


Phase3 also believes that the nation’s low global ranking in terms of human development, especially in the area of access to affordable and quality healthcare as well as standard medical facilities or clinical health centers would improve quicker if more individuals and organizations support credible programs that focus on equal access to healthcare and its outcomes; as government and allied agencies alone cannot resolve this.


Thus, Phase3 will once again ride on its partnership with Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC) to provide financial assistance to indigent patients in the capital’s general hospitals with Gwagwalada being the first stop; as GIPLC is a credible NGO and an organization that thrives on collective actions and is well versed in building networks that can sustainably combat healthcare disparities beyond Nigeria such as South Sudan.


More so, since the scope of this partnership is to cover the medical expenses of the most vulnerable indigents at each target medical facility or centre per quarter – Phase3 resolved to deploy its health based grant for this program through GIPLC due to the fact that the NGO understands the criteria of assessment and measurability of such near complex medical aid initiatives as well as the integrity required in ensuring that grants are disbursed in the names of each beneficiary.


And it is a Phase3 chief objective that as it continues to advocate greater quantification of individual access to affordable healthcare, and less disparity in the quality of healthcare available to especially indigent women, children, elderly, and persons with disabilities in rural areas; disadvantage communities or hubs – more corporates will join efforts for quicker results and to positively change the course of Nigeria’s healthcare sector.


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