By Nwangwu Uba
Paul Kagame, Macky Sall and Felix Tshisekedi, Presidents of Rwanda, Senegal and Democratic Republic of Congo , appear to have established themselves as great motivational speakers that they are been invited to speak at differentforums in different parts of the world. Only recently, Kagame was a guest of the Ecconomic and Financial Crimes Commision, EFCC, a government anti-Corruption agency , Headed by Ibrahim Magu, a Commissioner of police.
Kagame may not know whose ox is gored as he had told President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders to focus their efforts and passion on creating ”value, wealth and stop fighting Corruption which might not be eradicated in the next one decade”. The Rwandan President who see Buhari as the champion of African Union, AU, anti-Corruption opined that Corruption must be fought from ”top to bottom” using four principles: culture, responsibility, accountability and effectiveness.
It is not surprising why the organisers of the 5th Entrepreneurship Forum, of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF, saw it as an opportunity to have him as one key speakers alongside forty other spaekers.The Forum , according to sources is expected to attract the gathering of over 5000 African Entrepreneurs that had benefited from the $100 million set aside by the Foundation for starts up Entrepreneurs in the next ten years. The Foundation Objectives best fits into the economic ideology of Kagame, the Rwanda President, who was said to have transformed his country after emerging from a 4-year old civil war between the country’s two major tribes: Tutsi and Hutu.
Note that Kagame, the Rwandan President and his counterparts in Senegal and Republic of Congo , may have agreed to participate in the TEF Forum, regarded as the largest gathering of African Entrepreneurs and the African Entrepreneurship ecosystem, to rub mind with Elumelu, founder of TEF and Chairman, United Bank For Africa, UBA, and see how they can attract investments to their respective countries in order to create jobs that would reduce unemployment and create wealth.
A Statement by the External Relations of the Bank Headed by Ramon Olrewaju Nasir, said the Forum will feature plenary sessions, master classes, a pitching competition, networking opportunities, UBA Market place and the Presidential dialogue. The Three African Presidents are expected to feature prominently in the Presidential dialogue to showcase how they were able to reposition their countries on the part of economic growth, particular Kagame and Tisshekedi , of Rwanda and DRC, who had gone through years of political instability and eventual civil war in an interactive session.
Other notable motivational speakers expected at the TEF forum include Benedict Oramah, a Professor and President of African Export Bank, AFFREXIM BANK, Akinwumi, a former minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, during former President Goodluck Jonathan a
Many believe the yearly TEF gathering of African Entrepreneurs has helped policy makers and business Executives in their various locations. This year’s Forum appears unique because of the participation of three African notable Presidents and the theme which is centered on empowering African Entrepreneurs. It is also expected to X-ray the UBA Market place and how the global have been able to bring together businesses from across the topic.
Insiders informed the Magazine that the TEF connect will take the centre stage at this year’s Forum as global debates move to technology as a key driver of economic development in Africa.
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