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Tony Elumelu Foundation To Host The Largest Gathering of African Entrepreneurs

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The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Africa’s foremost champion of entrepreneurship, will host its 5th Annual Forum — the largest annual gathering of African entrepreneurs – on July 26 – 27, 2019. The two-day event will take place at the iconic Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

The Forum is the culmination of the annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, which this year mentored, trained and seeded over 3,000 young Africans, selected from over [216,000] applicants.  The event provides a unique opportunity for young women and men, from all 54 African countries, to meet, learn and network with the broader African and global entrepreneurship ecosystem. It is also a critical opportunity for political leaders and policy makers to meet, face to face, a new generation of African business leaders, who are transforming Africa’s economic trajectory.

Keynote speakers at the highly anticipated Forum include His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and His Excellency Macky Sall, President of Senegal, who will join Tony O. Elumelu, CON, TEF Founder and Chairman of Heirs Holdings and the United Bank for Africa (UBA) in an intimate open house discussion. The Presidential Convening is a highlight of the Forum,  allowing the African entrepreneurs in attendance to closely engage with political leaders, to give first hand testimony of the important role government can play in catalysing growth and encouraging business ambition.

The Forum agenda includes masterclasses and panel discussions with leading speakers and sector experts, from Africa and globally, who will engage attendees in specialised training sessions to share insights, deepen their knowledge and refine their skills. The Forum will also feature a pitching event, where select entrepreneurs will deliver exciting presentations on the goods and services they provide to a distinguished judging panel.

For first time the Forum will be hosted in Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria and will bring together leading policymakers, business leaders, development agencies and the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem including alumni of the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Programme. Last year, a significant highlight was the launch of TEFConnect, the digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs, which provides a unique digital hub for the African entrepreneurship, facilitating networking, mentorship and most importantly business beyond borders. Previous Forums have been headlined by African leaders, including President of Ghana, HE Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Kenya, HE Uhuru Kenyatta, Former President of Nigeria, HE Olusegun Obasanjo, Former Prime Minister of Benin and TEF Advisory Board Member, HE Lionel Zinsou, Vice President of Nigeria, HE Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. 

The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s determination to bring change in scale, across Africa and its relentless focus on entrepreneurship is rooted in the inclusive philosophy of Africapitalism, created by its Founder, which recognizes economically empowering Africa’s youth — the continent’s future wealth creators — and thereby creating sustainable economic and social wealth, as one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. In 2015, the Foundation committed $100 million to empower 10,000 entrepreneurs from across the continent, over 10 years. Now in the 5th year, the Foundation has funded, mentored and provided business management training to over 7,500 start-ups and small businesses, from all 54 countries in Africa.

“The TEF Entrepreneurship Forum will not just convene the most important stakeholders in the African entrepreneurship ecosystem, it provides an opportunity for everyone to make a commitment to advance entrepreneurship and scale the impact of our entrepreneurs if we are to accelerate the development of the continent,” TEF CEO, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu said.

She added: “We are constantly inspired by the stories we receive from our entrepreneurs who are creating jobs, employing people and impacting their local communities and ultimately, the continent. We believe that these entrepreneurs are our future. Invest in them now and reap the Africa of our dreams tomorrow. This is what we are committed to.”

For more information on the Forum, please visit www.tonyelumelufoundation.org.

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Zenith Bank Achieves Feat Of First Nigerian Bank To Consecutively Audit Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions And Be Certified Compliant Using Internationally Recognized GHG Protocol

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Zenith Bank Plc was presented with a Certificate for Greenhouse Gas Auditing by V4 Advisors after successful completion of the Bank’s Greenhouse Gas Audit for the 2018 Financial Year.

The presentation of the certificate and the report of the Auditors was done by V4 Advisors at the Zenith Bank Head Office on May 21, 2019.

The Executive Director, Dr.Temitope Fasoranti, who received the certificate on behalf of the Bank said the Bank started this effort with the 2016 Financial Year and has carried out three greenhouse gas audits to date. He explained that the Bank understands the relationship between greenhouse gas emission and climate change and appreciates the role it is expected to play towards combating the menace of climate change.

Also speaking on the milestone, the Country Manager Lynsey Elston highlighted that Zenith Bank is the first Nigerian bank to consecutively report the carbon emissions of their Head Office in Lagos using a certified tool which is built on the internationally recognized “GHG Protocol”. She commended the bank for proving its commitment to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Goal 13, Climate Action, in addition to complying with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards”..

In response to her, the Executive Director said the initiative has significantly helped the bank reduce its overall carbon footprints and drive energy efficiency.

V4 Advisors is a UAE-based provider of advisory and consulting solutions on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. The firm’s calculation and reporting tool has been reviewed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) for conformance with the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard.

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AGURA STOOL: Ajiboso Ruling House Will Produce the New King

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The ongoing Kingship tussle presently in Gbagura Kingdom of Abeokuta has taken a new dimension as the Ajiboso ruling house is presently claiming the rightful mandate to the throne.

However an Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta has been asked to declare the appointment of Saburee Babajide Bakre to fill the vacant stool of Agura of Gbagura as null and void by the Ajiboso ruling house for the stool of Agura of Gbagura, in Abeokuta Ogun state, Prince Adetayo Mufutau Adedeji Lugboso.

The Ajiboso ruling house declare that the election of Bakre by the kingmakers was irregular and of no effect and give an order directing the Jiboso Ruling House to present a candidate to the kingmakers in accordance with the Agura Chieftaincy Declaration of 1958.

The Agura Chieftaincy Declaration of 12th November 1958, recognises two ruling houses; namely Ajiboso and Egiri.

Citing the Agura of Gbagura Chieftaincy Declaration, Lugboso claimed that the emergence of Saburee Bakre as the new Agura is an aberration to the thrown as instituted by his uncle, a retired judge who used his influence to foist Bakre on the family even when he knew that he was not a prince nor qualified to be appointed as the Agura of Gbagura.

He further stated that Bakre does not qualified to be nominated for the Agura stool, adding that it is the turn of Ajiboso ruling house to produce the next king.

In order to avert crisis in the Kingdom, Rtd. Justice Bakare is using his influence and power among his people and has single-handedly chose Saburee Babajide Bakare who recently claimed the name of Jamolu, the first king of Gbagura.

Oba Jamolu is from Ajiboso ruling house and not Egiri family while the so called Bakare claimed to have hail from Egiri ruling house which he doesn’t even know the Egiri’s ancestoral home in Iddo.

Justice Bakare, has since been fabricating false stories in the kingdom to suit his narratives while he’s ignorant of the history of both ruling house and the kingdom as a whole.

Bayewumi Balogun Ojo who was brought up in Isapon area in Abeokuta is not a kingmaker and does not have any knowledge about the kingdom aside the one fed him by Bakare is conniving to falsely and forcefully impose Bakre who does not belong to any of the ruling house to be the next Agura.

Therefore, the Ajiboso ruling house is hereby using this medium to inform the general public that any attempt to impose an unknown person on the people of Gbagura Kingdom will be resisted by all means necessary.

The head of the Ajiboso ruling house, Prince Mufutau Lugboso caution the outgoing Governor of Ogun State or his agents from acknowledging the purported appointment of Bakre as the Agura of Gbagura.

“it all started when Balogun Ojo, Balogun Ika, Justice Bakare and chief kingmakers introduced application form publicly to the throne at the rate of 50, 000 Naira which was obtained by 19 person without any interview.”, Prince Lugboso posited.

Aside Oba Laloko, seven Agura has been enthroned namely Oba Jamolu ruled the kingdom from 1870 – 1877 while Ijaade from the Egiri Ruling House, between 1877 to 1893, Oba Olubunmi; from Jiboso between 1897 to 1910.
Others were Oba Abolade from the Egiri royal house ruled the kingdom between 1910 to 1915, he became the king with so much influence and power because he belong to non of the ruling house which led the Iwarefas’ to return the kingship back to Egiri ruling house.

Oba Adeosun then took over from Abolade and ruled the kingdom from 1915 – 1936.
Between 1936 and 1960, Oba Bakare Laloko became the Agura with the power of Balogun Iddo Olalekan which is clear to the people of Gbagura that he’s from Igbore land beside Lemboye’s house in Abeokuta claimed Ajiboso family while his mother is not related to the family in anyway.

Oba Rauf Adeosun, from the Egiri was coronated in 1961 but joined his ancestors in 1978. The throne was supposed to return to Ajiboso family, this brought about another irregularity which made the past king, Oba Adebayo Ajani Laloko who transited last year.

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14 Professors, 66 Others Shortlisted For SAN Awards

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The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) has released the names of 80 lawyers it is considering for the conferment of the award of Senior Advocate of Nigeria for 2019.

Among the 80 shortlisted lawyers were Lagos-based activist lawyer, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, and 13 professors, who are being considered for the award under the academic category.

The 13 professors are Joseph Abugu, Damilola Olawuyi, Olaide Gbadamosi, Mamman Lawan, Uchefula Chukwumaeze, Oludayo Amokaye, Alphonsus Alubo, Rasheed Ijaodola, Sampson Erugo, Edward Oyewo, Oghenemaro Emiri, Bankole Akintoyesodipo and Afeisimi Badaiki.

In a Monday newspaper advertorial signed by the LPPC Secretary/Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hadizatu Mustapha, the body said the 80 shortlisted lawyers had sailed through the “first and second advocates’ filtration, academic pre-qualification exercise and the appeal process, preparatory to the award of SAN for the year 2019.”

Mustapha said the general public was at liberty to comment on the integrity and reputation of the shortlisted candidates.

“Any complaint(s) presented to the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee must be accompanied with verifying affidavit deposed to before a court of record in Nigeria.

“Ten copies of such comments or complaints must be submitted at the office of the Secretary, Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, at the Supreme Court of Nigeria Complex, Abuja, not later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 17th June, 2019,” she said.

(Independent)

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