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TONY ELUMELU FOUNDATION MARKS INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY EMPHASISING THE “YOUTH ENGAGEMENT FOR GLOBAL ACTION” AGENDA

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The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) joined the United Nations and other global organisations to mark the International Youth Day on August 12, 2020, with a line-up of pan-African speakers discussing the theme, “Investing in Africa’s Future: Youth Empowerment through Entrepreneurship”.

 

The event emphasised the “Youth Engagement for Global Action” agenda and the role of African entrepreneurs in pushing for sustainable development. It also examined the critical role of the youth in igniting their potential, population, and influence to create mechanisms for sustainable development across the continent. 

  

Moderated by TEF CEO, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, the event featured a line-up of pan-African entrepreneurs and speakers from the development sector.

 

Addressing the audience, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu drew attention to the plight of startup African entrepreneurs during the pandemic while highlighting the importance of SMEs, especially during this period. “The SMEs are the major contributors to African economies. We must not underestimate the level of disruption and uncertainty that young people all over the world have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.”

 

Ifeyinwa emphasized the need to empower the youth to tackle the menace of poverty on the continent.

 

Wambui Gichuri, Ag. VP Agriculture, Human, and Social Development, African Development Bank stated: “Entrepreneurship is an essential part of Africa’s employment challenge and it is where we have to put our focus as a multilateral development bank”.  

 

She added: “We need to do whatever it takes to empower our youth because they are the future of the continent”. 

 

Martha T.M. Phiri, PhD, Director, Human, Youth and Social Development, African Development Bank, stated that the $5million partnership between the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Tony Elumelu Foundation in 2019 to empower additional young African entrepreneurs, was a step in the right direction to create jobs on the continent. “That was a very exciting partnership and we feel this should be the way forward if we are going to create jobs on the continent,” she said.  

  

Shoroke H. Zedan, Chairman, World Youth Skills, Egypt said: “It is important that governments start looking at entrepreneurship as a fundamental core topic that needs to be integrated into the educational system”. 

 

Speaking on incorporating the youth into policymaking decisions, the Global President, AISEC, Alexandra Robinson stated: “I advocate for any policy that involves young people as co-owners of the policymaking process. I really believe that when young people are given co-ownership of the table, not just invited to someone else’s, they are able to have those meaningful conversations”.

 

   

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, Founder, Wecyclers Nigeria and past fellow of the Tony Elumelu Foundation recalled the moment when she got accepted into the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme: “In 2012, when I was invited to the Tony Elumelu Foundation to pitch my idea, I was very fortunate to pitch directly to Mr. Elumelu and I was surprised a couple of days after, we got the grant. That grant was very important for Wecyclers”. 

  

Speaking as an entrepreneur doing business on the continent, Leroy Mwasaru, Founder, Greenpact Kenya and an alumnus of the Tony Elumelu Foundation’s flagship Entrepreneurship Programme highlighted the need for transparency to attract more investors: “It is as a result of sharing what we have been doing that we hope there are less failures and more successes”. 

  

Earlier in the year, due to the pandemic, the Tony Elumelu Foundation announced the postponement of its flagship TEF Entrepreneurship Programme and TEF Forum, the largest gathering of African entrepreneurs on the continent. Celebrating its 10th year anniversary later in 2020, the Foundation counts over 9,000 young African countries across all 54 African countries as beneficiaries and alumni of its Entrepreneurship Programme. It continues to support African entrepreneurs with expert-led masterclasses, business management training and market linkages on its digital networking platform, TEFConnect.  

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Bizman And Popular Oyo Politician, Abisoye Fagade Loses Mum

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Abisoye Fagade, prominent businessman, PR guru and new age politician, is bereaved.

 

His mother, Deaconess Comfort Omoladun Fagade, died on Sunday, June 13, 2021, after a brief Illness.

 

She was aged 78.

Fagade, the CEO of Sodium Group and convener of Oyo Si Ma Dun, OSMD Network Summit, took to his social media handles to mourn his mother.

 

 

According to him, “Goodnight Mummy. You were a mother indeed, an Abiyamo tooto. You were my teacher, my prayer champion and my intercessor. You were so beautiful in and out. Thank you for everything. Adieu, Mummy mi.”

 

 

A devoted Christian and doting mother, Deaconess Fagade trained as a teacher, where she distinguished herself as a professional with selfless focus and instinctive humanitarian mission.

 

Upon her retirement from the teaching service as an headmistress, Deaconess Fagade devoted the rest of her life to the service of God, the church, her family and humanity.

 

 

A native of Ibadan, Oyo State, she was widowed after the death of her husband, Pa David Oladokun Fagade, in August 2005,

Deaconess Fagade is survived by six children and many grandchildren.

 

 

Her burial ceremony has been slated to hold on August 5 and 6, 2021, in Ibadan.

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Aregbesola Floats Children Educational Foundation, Says :No To War Mongering

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Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has appealed to Nigerians beating the drum of war to consider children, who he says are always the victims of war who suffer the most at such venture.

 

The Minister stated this at an event tagged ‘An Evening with Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’ organised to mark the 2021 International Children’s Day by his mentees codenamed ‘Omo Ogbeni’ whose lives have been impacted positively by the former Governor, in Abuja, on Thursday, 27 May, 2021.

 

“I am appealing to parents, beyond whatever government can do, that they should strive to provide good education to their children. Older parents who ‘suffered’ to send their children to school reaped a bountiful harvest from their labour.

 

“I am also appealing to those beating the drums of war to note that children are always in the frontline of the victims of war. They carry the scars, less in the body than in their minds, of untold sufferings, the loss, dehumanisation and maiming of parents and loved ones, a childhood destroyed and worse still, many of them ending as child soldiers.

 

“The heart-rending story was told of the conflicts in West Africa of not too recent past when the warlords forced children to kill their parents and rape their mothers, in their macabre and satanic ritual of recruitment.“

 

 

As part of activities marking this year’s International Children’s Day celebration, a number of children from the State of Osun and other important personalities who attended the event extolled the virtues of humility, fairness, philantrophic and courage of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, saying they were inspired by his style of leadership when he was the Governor of the State.

 

 

According to them, the then Governor as a lover of children, especially those of the less privileged homes gave them courage to aim high in their education and life careers.

 

 

In his response, the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, in a speech titled, “Children, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” said he decided to celebrate this year’s Children’s Day with extraordinary children with their wonderful mothers, especially those he had encounter with when he was Governor due to his passion for the Nigerian children.

 

 

“Children must be celebrated not just one day but everyday of the year,” Aregbesola said.

 

 

The Minister called on all Nigerians to lay a good foundation for children, noting that “the children of today are the leaders of tomorrow and the foundation we lay for them today will determine the future of our race.”

 

 

He added that he made education the pivotal focus of his administration when he was privileged to be Governor of the State of Osun in view of his desire for strong foundation for children.

 

 

 

Aregbesola said his Ministry was committed to the protection of school children from kidnappings across the country, through the efforts of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

 

 

“Worse still, access to good education is still a challenge for many children. As we speak, 10.1 million children are out of school in Nigeria. The prospect is there for some of them to end in the hands of bandits, terrorists and insurgents,” he stressed.

 

 

High point of the event was the pronouncements of OmoOgbeni Educational Foundation by the the Minister which he kick-off with a donation of N5 million for the less privileged children in Nigeria.

 

 

He also used the occasion to announce a scholarship for one of the children, to any level.

 

 

Earlier in his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore described the Minister as one with a strong sense of compassion and fairness, as well as an ‘Exceptional and fantastic personality.

 

 

Belgore added that he had enjoyed a seamless working relationship with the Aregbesola, which he said had culminated in the numerous achievements so far recorded by the Ministry and its Services under his watch.

 

 

Other notable dignitaries at the event included the Senators representing the State of Osun, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammad Babandede, Senator Shehu Sani, among others.

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Adekunle Adegunle Global Foundation Launches News Website, In Commemoration With International Widows Day

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Adekunle Adegunle Global Foundation is one of the Non governmental organization whose vision is to create a just society, a society where everyone can thrive, announced today the launch of it’s official website. 

 

 

The official website offers quick and easy access to essential information and features that offers a more comprehensive understanding and it’s user friendly.

 

 

The new website with features of how to be a volunteer, donation, Past Project and upcoming projects create basic understanding for user’s.

 

 

The official url of Adekunle Adegunle Global Foundation is  https://aagf.org.ng/ Kehinde Adeleye the media director announced.

 

 

“We are excited about our new website launch and the robust information it provides for public, sponsors, upcoming partners and the media to better understand what we do at Adekunle Adegunle Global Foundation said Mrs Adegunle Hauwa Abiola, Co-founder Adekunle Adegunle Global Foundation.

 

“We believe that this new website will allow our visitors and the public to have a very informative experience as we continue to grow in extending our hands of love to widows, people with Special needs and the less privilege around us.”

 

 

“The foundation official website will be updated on regular basis, volunteers, sponsors, media partners are encouraged to explore the website at https://aagf.org.ng/, there’s also a link for donations through the website.

 

 

 

About Adekunle Adegunle Global Foundation

Adekunle Adegunle Global Foundation was, founded on the 20th of July 2015 with only 5 widows by providing them foods stuffs on weekly basis haven realised the hardship they go through to meet ends need. Gradually they started inviting other widows to come benefit from what they are enjoying and few years later we incorporated the name.

 

 

Barr Adekunle who strongly believe in an egalitarian society in an interview …https://bit.ly/3uMd52u said the purpose of establishing AAGF was as a result of the challenges faced by widows

For more information please visit https://aagf.org.ng/

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