Tony Elumelu meets Boris Johnson in London

Tony Elumelu Heirs Holdings chairman

Group chairman of UBA Plc Tony Elumelu on Monday met UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London to speak on advancing the lot of women in developing countries.

The meeting led to the birth of UK partnership with UBA Foundation and 10 other organisations to improve girls’ access to education and employment in Africa and other developing regions.

On Tuesday, Mr Elumelu shared a video on Instagram which summarised his meeting with the prime minister, UK special envoy Helen Grant, members of parliament, UNICEF officials and leading private sector leaders.

He said, “Yesterday @10downingstreet, I met with the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson @borisjohnsonuk and my friend MP Helen Grant @helengrantmp to advance UK-Africa partnership.

“I shared my thoughts with the audience – MPs, Ministers, and leading global private sector leaders on collaborating to empower young women in Africa and across the globe to unlock even more prosperity.”

The UK government has contributed an initial £9 million to the initiative called the Girls’ Education Skills Partnership while UBA Foundation and 10 other organisations will raise another £9 million.

In London, the philanthropist stopped by at the residence of billionaire Femi Otedola for a “good laugh,” according to Mr Otedola.