United Bank of Africa is where it is today because a man had the vision and the audacity to passionately turn that vision into his reality. That man is Tony Elumelu. However, these days, his focus has slightly shifted from the formidable financial institution he had built to his pet project—the Tony Elumelu Foundation.


Although the Tony Elumelu Foundation bears the name of the business mogul, it is the philanthropic arm of Heirs Holdings, an African investment firm. Did I also mention that Tony Elumelu holds the reins of Heirs Holdings? That is a story for another day.


But the story for now is that the Tony Elumelu Foundation is yet again empowering entrepreneurs with the necessary business management skills and seed capital needed to turn their intangible ideas into businesses or get struggling businesses off the ground.


Helping entrepreneurs across Africa is not a publicity stunt. Tony Elumelu deliberately chose to empower entrepreneurs in Africa simply because he could relate with their different stories. He once said “As an entrepreneur myself, I understand what it feels like  to yearns for a lifeline, to hope for a big break, to look forward to enjoying some luck”.


It is this luck—trust me, it is—that the entrepreneurs who apply for the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Program would enjoy. And the best part is; the application for the program is still open until March 1 2018. Just maybe you might turn out to be one of the luck few.


Click here to apply. Good luck.


Alfred Ade-Ijimakinwa is Africa’s #1 Small Business Expert. He has interviewed dozens of CEOs for his magazine, BusinessIQ and has mentored over a thousand entrepreneurs who have gone on to begin their own successful businesses. This he can do for you as well. Email: alfred@businessiqonline.com