Meet Tony O. Elumelu; an economist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and currently, a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Bayero University, Kano, —one of the largest universities in North-West Nigeria.

A degree is often conferred as a way of honoring a distinguished visitor's contributions to a specific field or to society in general and in this case, the Honorary Doctorate Degree is in recognition of his dedication to job creation on the continent by empowering African entrepreneurs all over.
As a product of Northern Nigeria who has witnessed the economic growth and transformation of the region and the rise of start-up entrepreneurs who are eager to transform the country, this recognition symbolizes the impact of his actions.

Today, the 15th of June, 2019 he was conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree - Doctor of Business by the Bayero University, Kano.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Tony O. Elumelu says ‘It’s either you leave here with hope or you leave with despair, these two options stare us in the face and the choice is up to us to guide the direction of the economic destinies of these young lives.’

 Elumelu strongly believes in the power of Africapitalism and the role of the private sector in catalyzing Africa’s human capital to achieve economic growth.

It is why the Tony Elumelu Foundation is tied to the belief of investing in and empowering our young entrepreneurs to create prosperity for all. Having empowered almost 1,000 entrepreneurs in the Northern region since inception till date, this speaks to the big ideas that exists in this region.

In closing, he wishes the graduating students best of luck and thanked the Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, and the entire administrative body for this distinguished honor.

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