UBA Market Place Fair Provides Opportunities For Multi-Million naira Deals To Be Struck

By Stephen Ubanna

For months, members of the Organising Committee of the United Bank For Africa, UBA, and Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF, Market place forum, tagged Entrepreneurial Forum, have  occupied themselves fashioning out the modalities for  the world class event  ,regarded as the largest gathering  of entrepreneurs , policy makers and business  leaders in the African Continent .

At long last the event kick-started on Friday , July 26, 2019 , with pomps  and pageantry at Abuja.  The Bank and Tony  Elumelu, the founder of TEF and incidentally the Chairman of TEF, had successfully  hosted  the event  which had  attracted leading  entrepreneurs , police makers and leading  business  men Africa.  It was therefore not very surprising why there was intense rush by Entrepreneurs both within and outside Africa to book a space at the Hilton  Hotel  Premises to exhibit their products and make new business deals.   

 Being the fifth consecutive   year  that  UBA,  with the support of Elumelu, the founder of TEF, and the Chairman of the Bank, were said to organized such a world Class event,  lots of resources and  time may have been put to it that it attracted a large turn- out of visitors beating the 20,00 targeted by the Organising Committee.

Kennedy Uzoka: group MD, uba

 Mary Ukachukwu, who shuttles within the Cote d’ Ivoire corridor which includes Nigeria for his business transactions  and who was at the fair ground  confirmed that there were lots of vendor/exhibitors with a wide range  of products which visitors were made to choose from. Ms. Uka chukwu ,  who disclosed that it was her first time of  participating at the fair confessed that it was truly a ‘’world Class event ‘’, going by the orderliness and tight security provided at the fair ground.  She gave kudos to the UBA Chairman for taking the lead to open up the Nigeria market to the international Community, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to throw his weight behind the UBA Market place fair as it would go a long way in assisting the government its policy formulations.

The UBA Market place Organising Committee,,may have planned th event in such  a way  that  adequate provisions  for entertainment , fashion shows, fun, Comedy , relaxation centers for visitors made.  Visitors were said to have had the opportunity of meeting with some of their favorite artists  and celebrities  like the Africa’s star boy wizkid.  It was not surprising why  the direction  ofKennedy Uzoka, the Bank Managing Director, who sat closely with  the African star boy  in a fireside was a cynosure of  guests.

The presence of Mofe Damijo, a top Nollywood Star and Cynthia Nasardine , Cote d’Ivoire  top movie producer and director , at the UBA  market place event may have attracted a lot of people to the fair ground when information filtered out they were   at they were participants at the event.

 Many  investors may have seen it as opportunity  to discus business deals with the film producers. The Value News learnt  that going by the opportunity provided by UBA and TEF, in the areas of film making,  entrepreneurs from the African Continent,   can now benefit  from the  enterprise which  over the  years had been dominated by foreigners. The interactive sessions  may have provided opportunity  for knowledge sharing  between investors and  Nigeria’s most talented music and film  producers.

An elated Uzoka, who was encouraged by the large out of guests at the Fir ground   gave reasons why the BANK   had been  at forefront   of entreneurship  development  across  the Continent by undertaking many procts  and at contributing  to and supporting Africa’s growth and economic integration.  He disclosed  that  the birth of the  UBA market place  and the entrepreneurial fair  was a ‘’testament  to its  commitment  to African’s Small and Medium Scale industries.’’

He is optimistic  that the fair,  the Bank  would be able  to touch the base  with the small business owners  and to continue to positive  affect  the lives of entrepreneurs  doing business  in their respective countries within the continent.        

As at Thursday ,  it was  confirmed   that  Yemi Osibanjo the country’Vice President,  Aisha Buhari, the First Lady, Tedros Ghe-breyesus, Director General , World Health Organisation and Akinwumi Adesina, a former minister of Agriculture and Rural Development  and now  President African Development Bank including Elumelu, the Chairman of UBA, have given their words to speaker at the two-day event.  True to their promise , they kept to their words.  The panel  sessions  in which Elumelu, Adesina, the ADB , Ghe-bretesus and the first lady , were said to  have presented lead papers may have provided opportunity for  investors   on’’ how to build a sustainable business’’.

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