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The TEF Entrepreneurship Forum Will Be the Largest Gathering of African Entrepreneurs In the World

Over 1,300 African entrepreneurs, business leaders and policymakers are attending the 3rd Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum in Lagos this week.

This weekend, the most inclusive gathering of African experts in business, entrepreneurship and policy will descend to Lagos, Nigeria to attend the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum from October 13 to October 14.


In it's third year, Africa's largest philanthropy focused on supporting entrepreneurship will open the forum to non-TEF entrepreneurs and will allow subject matter experts from across the continent to attend, network, connect with investors and share knowledge.

"Since launching the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme – and committing $100 million to empowering 10,000 African entrepreneurs in a decade – we have unleashed our continent's most potent development force – its entrepreneurs," Tony O. Elumelu, founder of TEF, says in a press release. "In just 3 years, our 3,000 entrepreneurs have created tens of thousands of jobs and generated considerable wealth. On October 13 and 14, we invite the global entrepreneurship community to Lagos toward the realization of a New Africa, a thriving, self-reliant continent capable of replicating the results we have seen in our ground-breaking programme."

Featuring speakers including Wale Ayeni of the International Finance Coporation, Stephen Tio Kauma of Afrexim Bank, Abdoulaye Mar Dieye of the UNDP, the two-day event will be full of plenary panels, masterclasses and sector specific networking opportunities focused on improving the enabling environment of African businesses.

Elumelu's long-term investment through his foundation in empowering African entrepreneurs is indicative of his "Africapitalism" philosophy—which positions Africa's private sector and it's entrepreneurs as the innovators for social and economic development of the continent.

You can tune in and livestream the forum—check this link once it begins this Friday.

Be sure to keep up with the event using the hashtag #TEFforum2017 on Twitter and Facebook, as well as their website.

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ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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