EntertainmentFeaturedHighlight

Elumelu named 2017 ‘Philanthropist of the year’

197

Mr Tony O. Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings and founder Tony Elumelu Foundation, (TEF) has been named Per Second News 2017 “philanthropist of the year”, in recognition of his tireless charitable work.

Mr Elumelu was selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges comprising notable religious, business, government and leaders from the non-profit sector.

The Per Second News recognizes the Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF, whose grant programs, donations and exceptional generosity significantly enrich the community.

In 2017, the Tony Elumelu Foundation’s focus on impact investing, socioeconomic development and making thousands of Africans self-reliant stands out amongst other foundations.

 

Mr Tony O. Elumelu

 

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) in 2017 selected 1,000 entrepreneurs across 54 countries in Africa for the year’s edition of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP), the third in the 10-year $100 million programme.

The selected entrepreneurs  over the course of nine months were mentored, trained and they used the skills acquired to develop a business plan, following which they were eligible to receive up to $10,000 in seed capital.

With Sierra Leone facing the staggering effects of a devastating mudslide in August 2017, Mr Tony Elumelu, donated $500,000 to help alleviate the suffering of people affected by the flood and mudslide.  At least 499 people died , with over 600 missing and over 3,000 people losing their homes in the disaster.

Sierra Leone mudslide

Along with Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma and former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, Elumelu visited survivors at the Connaught Hospital, the principal adult referral hospital in Freetown, the country’s capital, calling on other wealthy individuals and organizations around the world to support relief efforts in Sierra Leone.

The founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, four years ago, donated about $300,000 towards Ebola containment and relief across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

He also donated N1 billion towards the rehabilitation of victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

” The Tony Elumelu Foundation has taken our children off the streets, said Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III,  last July, in recognition of Mr Elumelu’s   contribution to entrepreneurship and creation of jobs for young people in the North.

 

Displaced Boko Haram victims

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Elumelu was also part of the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation that provided N250 million as relief assistance to victims of the devastating floods in Benue State in 2017.

The dates for the award ceremony will be announced soon and will be chaired by Former Senate Leader, and current Chairman Board of the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, (SAN).

Leave a comment

Related Articles

Ado-Bayero’s palace to be demolished, says Kano Govt.

The Kano State Government has announced plans to demolish and renovate the...

Nigeria’s debt stock surges by 24.99 percent to N121.67trn in March 2024 – DMO

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has disclosed that Nigeria’s total public debt...

Protest erupts in Kaduna over El-Rufai’s N423bn indictment

Demonstrators on Thursday converged on the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House in Kaduna,...

Appeal Court reserves ruling on Rivers State House of Assembly leadership tussle

The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has reserved judgment...

Rivers electoral commission begins preparations for LG elections

The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) has initiated the process for...

Presidential aides blast Aisha Yesufu over alleged Ramaphosa’s snubbing of Tinubu in S/Africa

Aisha Yesufu’s recent tweet criticizing President Bola Tinubu for being snubbed in...

Davido files suit for joint custody of daughter, Imade, citing unfettered access

The custody battle between award-winning singer David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido,...

Why I converted from Islam to Christianity – Fuji maestro Adewale Ayuba

Ace Fuji singer, Adewale Ayuba, has shared his journey of converting to...

Mental Health Care Awareness in Nigeria

by Shine Alagba Nigerians face mental stress due to economic challenges like...

Abuja Court rejects Abba Kyari’s latest bail application

Abba Kyari, the detained Deputy Commissioner of Police, renewed his request for...

FG plans ambitious $100bln expansion fund to enhance Nigeria’s cultural heritage

The Minister of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy, Mrs. Hannatu Musa-Musawa, has...

Saraki, AbdulRazaq spat over Ilorin Durbar 

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said he deliberately avoided the Ilorin...

South Africa’s Ramaphosa sworn in for second term as president

“Ramaphosa is expected to announce his cabinet in the coming days as...

Breaking: After Rivers lawmakers’ screening, Gov. Fubara inaugurates 23 LGAs caretaker chairmen

Rivers Gov. Siminalayi Fubara inaugurated the caretaker chairpersons for the state’s 23...

Breaking: Rivers Gov. Fubara appoints caretaker chairmen for 23 LGAs

The nomination came amid a renewed political crisis in the state, with...

Emirate crisis: Gumel promises neutrality, commitment to peace, stability in Kano State

Kano State Police Commissioner Ussain Gumel has refuted claims that his officers...

Drama as ex-Mercy Aigbe’s hubby, Gentry, accuses her of keeping their son, Juwon away from him

Lanre Gentry, the ex-husband of Nollywood actress Mercy Aigbe, has sparked controversy...

Updated: Rescued abducted Fouani brothers reunited with families, say Lagos Police

The Lagos State Police Command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, has confirmed that...

Emirship tussle: We won’t allow state of emergency in Kano – Sen. Kwankwaso

Sen. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, former Kano State Governor and Kwankwasiyya Movement leader,...

Asari Dokubo to stay-put Rivers LG Chairmen: Go home in peace or face people’s wrath

“The chairmen, whose tenure expired on June 17, cannot force themselves on...