Nigeria’s first online newspaper/TV for entrepreneurs, ‘Make it’, has announced Tony Elumelu as the winner of its maiden Entrepreneur of the Month award.Elumelu is the chairman of United Bank for Africa, Heirs Holdings, Transcorp and numerous other companies.
The recognition comes with the Badge of Honour for outstanding entrepreneur.The organisation said members of its editorial board unanimously chose Elumelu for his dogged commitment to promoting entrepreneurship not only in Nigeria but also across Africa.
‘Make it’ specifically mentioned the astounding contributions he is making to develop entrepreneurship in Africa by setting aside $100 million to empower 10,000 African entrepreneurs in 10 years. The project is expected to add $10 billion in revenue to Africa’s economy within a decade.
‘Make it’ said as part of its corporate goals, it aims to inspire more Nigerians to embrace entrepreneurship as the surest path to a brighter future, by regularly celebrating in a spectacular way entrepreneur who has broken great barriers to excel.“We are convinced that honouring distinguished and successful entrepreneurs will motivate millions of younger Nigerian entrepreneurs who have almost given up hope,” the newspaper said.Every month, ‘Make it’ chooses a notable entrepreneur who has for many years built successful businesses and mentored others for the honour.