Tony Elumelu takes CNN on behind-the-scene moments at TEFEP

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Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony Elumelu, has revealed behind-the-scene moments of his foundation’s entrepreneurship programme.

The philanthropist took the rebranded CNN’s African Voices: Changemakers on the eye-opening journey.


The two minutes, 46 seconds documentary begins with Mr Elumelu boarding his private jet with excitement from Lagos to attend the programme in Abuja.

“I’m very happy today. The happiness is more in seeing successes,” he said.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (TEFEP) is an annual event where participants of the programme are brought together to network and engage with business influencers.

On arrival in Abuja, the billionaire businessman is then welcomed by celebrity publisher, Dele Momodu, among others.

Elumelu stops for selfies with aspiring entrepreneurs, urging them to share the pictures on social media and tag him.

Elumelu brought together several African leaders at the 2019 edition of the entrepreneurship forum held on July 26-27.

Among them were President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame; President of Senegal, Macky Sall; President of Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), among others.

They formed a panel that discussed job creation and youth empowerment at the presidential debate moderated by American journalist and CNN host, Fareed Zakaria.


The entrepreneurship forum convened over 5,000 participants from 54 African countries, including representatives of the 7,521 beneficiaries of the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme.

“For me,” Elumelu said, “the best legacy is the lives that we touch when we have the opportunity to do so.”

See link to the documentary below: