Tony Elumelu Foundation appoints three women to senior executive positions

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The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has appointed three women to senior executive positions effective February 1, 2021.

This follows the launch of the 2021 TEF Entrepreneurship Programme which prioritises the economic recovery of small and medium scale enterprises and young African entrepreneurs, following the disruptive effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The foundation, which marked 10 years of impact in 2020, has trained, has mentored and funded over 9,000 young African entrepreneurs from 54 African countries, through the $100m TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, and provides capacity-building support, advisory and market linkages to over one million Africans through its digital networking platform, TEFConnect.

CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu said: “We are extremely pleased with these appointments. Somachi Chris-Asoluka becomes Director, Partnerships and Communications, from her prior role as Head of Policy and Partnerships. Titilope Akinola, who is now Director of Operations, served as head of our platform, TEFConnect, Africa’s leading digital hub for entrepreneurs; and Nkem Onwudiwe, who newly joins our Marketing and Corporate Communications team, brings formidable corporate experience, across digital marketing, content creation, PR and strategy.

“It is particularly encouraging to see women at the forefront, demonstrating expertise in their fields and highlighting impeccable drive to succeed not just for their benefit but for ours, collectively, as Africans. With their proven track record, and enormous passion, I have no doubt that they will greatly impact the work that we do towards the development of Africa.”

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Since 2010, the Tony Elumelu Foundation has addressed key challenges faced by entrepreneurs in Africa, including lack of access to funding, mentoring, training and creating valuable networking opportunities on a global scale. Beneficiaries receive $5,000 non-refundable seed capital and skilled support as they grow, expand their businesses, and contribute to the creation of more jobs in Africa.

Prospective applicants can apply on the digital networking hub for African entrepreneurs,


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