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Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020
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African Pride: Belgium Confers highest national honour on Tony Elumelu
Nov 17, 2020
By: Cletus Ilobanafor

The Kingdom of Bel­gium has conferred the honorary dis­tinction of Officer in the Order of Leopold, the country’s oldest and most important national honour on one of Africa’s leading investor and philanthro­pist, Tony O. Elumelu, in recognition of his commit­ment to poverty eradication and the economic empow­erment of young Africans.

The ambassador of Bel­gium to Nigeria, H.E. Am­bassador Daniel Bertrand, presented the royal decora­tion on Sunday, November 15 – the Belgian King’s Day and a symbolic national day of celebration, at the Belgian House in Abuja, with public and private sector leaders witnessing the ceremony.

Elumelu has been re­sponsible for initiatives creating millions of jobs and employment for young Africans across the conti­nent through his philan­thropy, The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF).

The Foundation’s flag­ship intervention, the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, is a 10-year, US$100 million commit­ment to identify, train, men­tor, and fund 10,000 young African entrepreneurs across 54 African countries.

Over 9,600 young Afri­cans are current beneficia­ries, just six years after its inception.

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