- Presidents of Rwanda and Senegal to join over 5,000 African entrepreneurs
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.
President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday returned to Abuja, after a 10-day private visit to the United Kingdom, his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said in a statement.
“Some reckless online media, irresponsible political opposition, and other bilious groups and individuals, had gone on overdrive since the President left the country on April 25, insinuating that he was going for hospitalization, and would not return after 10 days as stated. In their vain imaginations, they even stated that fictive doctors have advised President Buhari to stay longer for more intensive care.
Now that the President has returned, can these apostles of evil imaginings swallow their words? Can they retract their tendentious stories as well as press statements, and apologize to millions of Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora that they have fed with hogwash?
The Buhari administration will always respect and uphold press freedom, but the onus lies on those prone to passing off fiction as facts, to remember that freedom demands concomitant responsibility. Those who further share and disseminate falsehood are also encouraged to embrace responsible conduct,” the statement said.
President Buhari’s private visit to the U.K. is widely viewed as a medical visit to allow his doctors evaluate his health after receiving multiple lenghty treatments for an undisclosed ailment.
Policemen attached to the Lagos State Police Command have arrested six suspects in possession of poisonous cow skin (ponmo).
The Spokesperson, Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana said in a statement on Sunday in Lagos that the suspects were arrested following a police tip-off.
￼“On May 5, at about 5 a.m, acting on the strength of information from a credible source that a truck load of cow skins, popularly called ‘ponmo’, suspected to be poisonous were heaped in a warehouse at No. 9, College road, Igando.
￼“A team of Police officers led by the Divisional Police Officer Igando, mobilised to the scene.
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“The huge pillage and pyramid of poisonous ponmo and the chemicals used in the preservation of the cow skins were recovered.
“One TATA Truck with registration number AKD-375-XB which was used in conveying the goods was impounded
“Officials of Lagos State Ministry of Health were contacted and after due examination, the cow skins were confirmed to be poisonous and not fit for human consumption.
“Six suspects Adelowo Yinka 50, Olawumi Onabanjo 40, Omowumi Wasiu 43, Adeshokan Taiwo 43, Iyabo Oluwa 38 and Taye Kazeem 40yrs were arrested in connection with the case.’’
According to Elkana, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, CP Zubairu Muazu mni assured Lagosians that the Command will continue to protect life and property of the people.
Muazu also assured that the command would ensure the preservation of public health and safety as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Investigation is ongoing to ascertain the source and destinations of those poisonous food items, and suspects will be charged to court.’’ he said.
Ibukun Awosika, chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, has advised sexually abused women to forgive their molesters and move on.
Speaking at a support group family meeting for women on Saturday in Lagos, Awosika said forgiveness will set the abused free in order to focus on a better future.
She urged the women to seek help and take charge of their lives not minding the nature of infliction they experienced.
“Forgiveness is about setting yourselves free. Forgive so that you can be free. Every man or woman will get what they deserve. There is justice in this world. The reason why we forgive is not for the other, it’s for us. Every journey of our lives is meant to serve a purpose,” Awosika said.
“Make the choice to live your life. Make the choice to let your future be yours as you choose to live it. Don’t live it according to the past pain someone inflicted on you. Draw a line.
“It’s not about about how we stumble on the way. It’s about how we finish. Take control of your life. You cannot continue to live in your past. But you can take charge of your past and face the future.”
Anthonia Ojenagbon, convener of the programme, said the aim of the group is to encourage women who have been sexually abused to let out their stories, get therapy and justice.
“In 2015, I was suicidal because I had suffered so much from the psychological effect of child sexual abuse. I was molested while growing up by my uncle. I had gone through so much,” Ojenagbon said.
“So, I checked myself into a mental health facility to seek help for severe depression and suicidal thoughts. It was when I got there it was traced to 26 years ago that the sexual abuse I suffered as a child was what was affecting me.
“When I came out of treatment, I became a better person. I just said to myself that I have a lot of people like me who have gone through child sexual abuse and they don’t know what to do. We need a support group where they can talk in a safe place where no one can judge them. They will listen to your story. A lot of people haven’t spoken about their pains because they are afraid. We live in a society where the abused is shamed and victimised. The abuser walks freely.” (The Cable)
by Dr. Abayomi Ajayi
Do you know you can choose the s*x of your children before they are born? Everyone wants a healthy baby and it is normal to have a preference. Gender selection enables that. It is a procedure that allows intending parents to choose the sex of their baby.
Normally, all couples have a 50/50 chance of conceiving a boy or a girl; however, you might want to stack the odds in your favour, either for medical or some reasons to balance your family.
You may wish for a specific gender for your child if you wish to prevent inheritance of sex-linked genetic diseases.
There was a time the sex selection process could only be done abroad. Essentially the primary aim of assisted conception is to help couples achieve pregnancy, which is a primary and fundamental human requirement.
Research shows that as parents get closer to achieving their total desired number of children, the gender composition of the children already born becomes an important determinant of whether you would have another child.
Under these conditions, sex selection can help maximise your chances of having a small family size of both sexes. So instead of trying repeatedly and hoping on chance, a more certain method of selecting the sex of the child can be considered.
Sex selection is important for medical reasons in order to eliminate genetic diseases like Haemophila A and Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy that occur in males but are only carried or transferred by females.
If yours is a family with a history of some of these conditions, you could prefer to apply gender selection and opt to have only female children.
Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis or PGD is one of the best scientific methods for selecting the gender of a child. If properly done, PGD is almost 100 per cent certain of selecting the desired sex. In PGD, the woman first goes through IVF, where her ovaries are stimulated using medications to produce eggs.
The eggs are retrieved from her body using a special technique. They are fertilised using her partner’s sperms and in the resulting embryos, small cells are removed from each and analysed to determine the gender of the particular embryo.
Embryos of the desired sex are then transferred into the woman’s womb with the hope that they will attach to the uterine lining and grow into a viable pregnancy.
The gender of an embryo is determined by the chromosomes carried by the sperm. A sperm can carry either the X or the Y chromosome. The woman’s egg only contributes the X chromosome to the fertilised embryo. The presence of the Y chromosome in the sperm will create a male baby (XY). Two X chromosomes – one X from the sperm and one X from the egg – will produce a female baby (XX).
Another method known as Sperm Sorting/Microsort, involves the sperms being sorted using fluorescent technology into Y chromosome for the boy carrying sperms and X chromosome (girl) carrying sperms. The technology is based on the fact that the X chromosome is substantially larger than the Y chromosome.
The process uses a fluorescent DNA stain that attaches to the DNA of each sperm and a sorter to identify and separate the sperms.
However, not all couples are suitable for Microsort. The sperm count of the male partner must be within normal limits (at least 20 million sperms per ml with 50 per cent motility). Sperm samples are collected over a period and banked until a total of about 200 million sperms are collected. They are frozen and sent for sorting.
The sorted samples are sent back usually within three to four weeks and depending on the desired gender, the appropriate sperm is used to inseminate the woman or to fertilise her egg during processes of assisted reproduction.
The chances that the child will be a boy are up to 80 per cent while the chances that they will be a girl are over 90 per cent.
Microsort method is based on separating sperm according to how much DNA is in the sperm. If a sperm with extra or less DNA per chromosome (abnormal sperm) fertilises an egg, it could result in pregnancy failure or a high risk of miscarriage.
Alongside sex determination, PGD can also check if the embryos are genetically normal.