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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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Watch the Striking Trailer for 'Farming'—Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Directorial Debut

This is a must-watch.

The trailer for Farming, Nigerian-British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's directorial debut, is here.

"Between the 1960s and the 1980s, thousands of Nigerian children were farmed out to white working class families in the UK," the trailer begins. "This is the true story of just one of them."

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#IStandWithIlhan: Supporters Rally Behind Ilhan Omar Following Racist 'Send Her Back' Chant

"I am here where I belong, at the people's house, and you're just going to have to deal,"—Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

Social media continues to rally behind Representative Ilhan Omar, following a series of racist remarks targeted at her and several other congresswoman of color by President Donald Trump.

The president doubled down on his racist rhetoric during a re-election rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, attendees began chanting "send her back," referring to Omar—echoing anti-imigrant remarks that the president tweeted last week, in which he wrote that four congresswomen of color: Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib should "go back" to where they came from.

This is far from the first time that Omar has been on the receiving end of racist and Islamophobic attacks and referred to as un-American on account of her Somali heritage.

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6 African Country Musicians You Should Check Out

Featuring Sir Elvis, Jess Sah Bi & Peter One, Emma Ogosi and more.

With Lil Nas X's EP going straight to number on the American charts, it seems like country music revival is taking over 2019 and beyond, thanks to its unlikely fusion with trap music. It only makes sense that black people are reclaiming the genre, as country was actually partly created by black American artists and heavily influenced by gospel music.

On top of that, plenty of lesser known black artists and bands are making country, or country-infused, music. This is especially the case in Africa, where the genre has been around for a few decades and an increasing number of musicians are gaining momentum. By gaining popularity in Africa, country is coming back to its roots, as country guitar and the way of playing it was originally inspired by the banjo— an instrument that African slaves brought with them to America.

Country music has a strong appeal across the African continent for several reasons: the similarity with many African instruments and the recurring lyrics and themes about love, heartbreak and "the land." At the heart of it, country music has an appeal to working class people all over the world who feel let down by the people that were supposed to help them.

Country music is played regularly on the radio in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi but yet, the artists featured are overwhelmingly white and American. African country singers do not get the respect they deserve or are seen as anomalies. With the growing number of them making country music, here is a list of the ones you need to listen to right now.

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