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TEF to Close Application for Entrepreneurship Programme March 31

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The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has announced that it will close the application for this year’s Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme on its TEFConnect digital platform on March 31.

It said the application is open to all African entrepreneurs with business ideas from across all the 54 African countries for both new start-ups and existing young businesses, operating in any sector and would be used to empower 3,500 young African entrepreneurs in collaboration with global partners.

The TEF requested that all prospective applicants should apply on the digital networking hub for African entrepreneurs, www.tefconnect.com.

It also announced that this year’s intervention would prioritise the economic recovery of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and young African entrepreneurs, following the COVID-19 disruption to economic activities.

Also, successful applicants would receive a world-class business training, mentorship, non-refundable seed capital up to $5,000, and global networking opportunities.

The Director of Partnership and Communications at the TEF, Ms. Somachi Chris-Asoluka, said: “Africa is growing, and active youth population must take advantage of this opportunity and apply for the programme before March 31, as their full participation will create a pathway to economic prosperity.

“This year, we have the capacity to empower more African entrepreneurs than ever, further ensuring that they have adequate training, funding and mentorship to boost their performance.

“It is time for young African entrepreneurs to embrace this much-needed support system to enable thriving and sustainable economic activity. We believe we will continue to see exponential change in sectors across the continent.”

The TEF’s $100 million entrepreneurship programme, which was launched in 2015, to empower 10,000 entrepreneurs within 10 years, is now entering its seventh year and has empowered more than 9,000 young African entrepreneurs from 54 African countries.

The Head of Marketing and Corporate Communication of the TEF, Ms. Nkem Onwudiwe, said the major objective of the TEF is to, “empower women and men across our continent, catalyse economic growth and drive poverty eradication through job creation.”

She added: “Based on our founder’s philosophy of Africapitalism, we believe that the private sector’s role, especially that of young entrepreneurs, is critical for Africa’s development and in fulfillment of this responsibility the private sector must create both economic and social wealth.”

The Communication Manager of the TEF, Mr. Kaside Anosike, also added that the ETF is committed to the sustainability of the entrepreneurs in their respective businesses.

“We do not only identify and train entrepreneurs; we also care for their welfare. We check up on them to make sure that they are doing well,” he said.

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Over 8,000 Nigerian Doctors Now Work In UK, 353 Registered In The Last 100-Day

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The United Kingdom (UK) registered about 353 Nigerian doctors in the last 100 days, according to data from the General Medical Council – the body which licenses and maintains the official register of medical practitioners in the UK.

The GMC licensed at least 353 Nigerian-trained doctors between June 10, 2021, and September 20, 2021.

The statistics also showed that between July 24, 2020, and September 21, 2021, about 862 Nigeria-trained doctors were licensed in the UK despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The data also showed that 8,737 doctors who obtained their degrees in Nigeria currently practice in the UK.

Officials of the National Association of Resident Doctors are speculating that the rate of migration might double in the coming weeks since doctors were not given the right remuneration.

They said that many Nigerian doctors are migrating to Saudi Arabia, which might be more than those moving to the UK.

A poll by NOI in 2018 showed that 88 percent of Nigerian doctors were considering work opportunities abroad, but experts say the figure may be higher due to the rising insecurity and economic crunch.

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Elections in Africa Must Follow Democratic Process – Osinbajo

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Africans must continue to make the extra effort in ensuring that elections in the continent go through the democratic process, remain transparent and fair, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

He said this yesterday while receiving the President-elect of Sao Tome and Principe, Mr. Carlos Manuel Vila Nova who paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa.

On the 18th of July, 2021, elections were held in Sao Tome to replace President Evaristo Carvalho, whose tenure expired on 3rd September, 2021. Based on constitutional provisions, an outright winner did not emerge from the polls and a run-off led to the emergence of Mr. Vila Nova, who would be sworn in 2nd October, 2021.

According to Prof Osinbajo “there is no question at all that for those of us in Africa, we must make the extra effort to ensure that the democratic process is very transparent. It is such a pleasure to see that that was what took place in your country which led to your election.”

Speaking about areas of cooperation between both countries, the Vice President said, “we already talked about some of the areas of cooperation…your tenure might be an opportunity to bring some of those things to fruition.”

Prof Osinbajo reassured Mr. Manuel Vila Nova of Nigeria’s support to ensure that “your tenure is as comfortable and effective as possible as partners and friends.”

In his own remarks, President-elect Vila Nova expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting Sao Tome and also thanked the Vice President for his attention, stating that Nigeria is a “friendly country” and the relationship between both countries dates back many years.

In attendance at the meeting were the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, and a member of the Sao Tome and Principe’s cabinet, Mr. Americo de Oliveira Ramos.

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Ethiopian Airline To Resume Flight To Enugu Oct. 1st

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The Ethiopian Airline said on Sunday it would resume flights to Enugu as from Oct. 1, two years after it suspended flight to the South-Eastern state.

The airline’s General Manager, Shimeles Arage, who confirmed the proposed resumption in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday, said that every week there would be a flight on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with B787 Dreamliner.

“Oct. 1 is Nigeria’s Independence Day and the flight to Enugu on that day will reinforce Ethiopian Airline good relations with Nigeria since the first flight to Nigeria in 1960,” he said.

Arage recalled that the airline stopped flights to Enugu in 2019 when the Nigerian aviation authorities closed the airport to refurbish the runway.

He said before the closure of the airport for runway repairs, Ethiopian was the only international airline flying to Enugu.

The airport was officially re-opened to domestic flights in 2020 and to international flights in Aug. 2021.

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