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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.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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