Wednesday, October 21, 2015

African Billionaire Launches $100 Million Dollar Program for African & African-American Entrepreneurs

Tony Elumelu, a philanthropist and African billionaire, is a highly respected businessman with specialized training in economics, wanting to change the economic standing of those in the African-American community. Elumelu chairs Heirs Holdings and Transcorp and is also the founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

In 2014, Elumelu, along side of other respected American and African business moguls, helped form a three day summit in Washington DC that consisted of more than 45 African and American business heads, along with 50 African business leaders. The goal was to strengthen the economic bond and provide opportunities for those that participated.

Elumelu spoke with Black Enterprise  about his vision for a real partnership between the United States and Africa, not just a relationship of providing aid, but trade as equal partners, appealing investors and the need for consistent electricity.

“We should welcome the fact that the journey has finally begun. I like the nature of the imagined engagement between Africa and America. President Obama’s visit to Africa last year was the starting point,” Elumelu says. “The fact that they have realized the need to engage with Africa at the scale and magnitude that they are going about it now is welcome.”

His foundation is playing their part by reaching out to minority and women-owned businesses. “The Tony Elumelu Foundation will launch an entrepreneurship program with 100 million dollars that will touch 10,000 entrepreneurs across Africa and the United States,” he says. “We will train and mentor them and create platforms for them to have commercial business engagements.”

The trip to Africa taken by President Obama was another sign that steps were being taken in the right direction to strengthen business ventures between Africa and America. This bond between Africa and the U.S is one that can create a positive form of growth for African American entrepreneurs who stay focused and take the route the foundation has designed. The vast amount of negativity surrounding African Americans in the media makes it necessary for many to find resources that help them reach their full business potential.

Courtesy of Chocolate Soup by Lee Bailey's eurweb

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