• Presidents of Rwanda and Senegal to Join Over 5,000 African Entrepreneurs

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Africa’s foremost champion of entrepreneurship, will host its 5th Annual Forum — the largest annual gathering of African entrepreneurs – on July 26 – 27, 2019. The two-day event will take place at the iconic Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

The Forum is the culmination of the annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, which this year mentored, trained and seeded over 3,000 young Africans, selected from over [216,000] applicants. The event provides a unique opportunity for young women and men, from all 54 African countries, to meet, learn and network with the broader African and global entrepreneurship ecosystem. It is also a critical opportunity for political leaders and policy makers to meet, face to face, a new generation of African business leaders, who are transforming Africa’s economic trajectory.

Keynote speakers at the highly anticipated Forum include His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and His Excellency Macky Sall, President of Senegal, who will join Tony O. Elumelu, CON, TEF Founder and Chairman of Heirs Holdings and the United Bank for Africa (UBA) in an intimate open house discussion. The Presidential Convening is a highlight of the Forum, allowing the African entrepreneurs in attendance to closely engage with political leaders, to give first hand testimony of the important role government can play in catalysing growth and encouraging business ambition.

The Forum agenda includes masterclasses and panel discussions with leading speakers and sector experts, from Africa and globally, who will engage attendees in specialised training sessions to share insights, deepen their knowledge and refine their skills. The Forum will also feature a pitching event, where select entrepreneurs will deliver exciting presentations on the goods and services they provide to a distinguished judging panel.

For first time the Forum will be hosted in Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria and will bring together leading policymakers, business leaders, development agencies and the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem including alumni of the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Programme. Last year, a significant highlight was the launch of TEFConnect, the digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs, which provides a unique digital hub for the African entrepreneurship, facilitating networking, mentorship and most importantly business beyond borders. Previous Forums have been headlined by African leaders, including President of Ghana, HE Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Kenya, HE Uhuru Kenyatta, Former President of Nigeria, HE Olusegun Obasanjo, Former Prime Minister of Benin and TEF Advisory Board Member, HE Lionel Zinsou, Vice President of Nigeria, HE Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s determination to bring change in scale, across Africa and its relentless focus on entrepreneurship is rooted in the inclusive philosophy of Africapitalism, created by its Founder, which recognizes economically empowering Africa’s youth — the continent’s future wealth creators — and thereby creating sustainable economic and social wealth, as one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. In 2015, the Foundation committed $100 million to empower 10,000 entrepreneurs from across the continent, over 10 years. Now in the 5th year, the Foundation has funded, mentored and provided business management training to over 7,500 start-ups and small businesses, from all 54 countries in Africa.

“The TEF Entrepreneurship Forum will not just convene the most important stakeholders in the African entrepreneurship ecosystem, it provides an opportunity for everyone to make a commitment to advance entrepreneurship and scale the impact of our entrepreneurs if we are to accelerate the development of the continent,” TEF CEO, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu said.

She added: “We are constantly inspired by the stories we receive from our entrepreneurs who are creating jobs, employing people and impacting their local communities and ultimately, the continent. We believe that these entrepreneurs are our future. Invest in them now and reap the Africa of our dreams tomorrow. This is what we are committed to.”

For more information on the Forum, please visit www.tonyelumelufoundation.org.

The grand final ceremony of United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Limited (UBA Ghana) MasterCard Promotion was held yesterday, where the second and final batch of prizes to winners of the three-month promotion were presented. The presentation ceremony took place at the Bank’s Corporate Headquarters at Heritage Towers, Ridge, Accra.

Mr. Aidoo Albert Owuraku, a customer of East Legon 2 Business Office, came out as the overall winner and received a weekend getaway at the Plush Royal Senchi Resort, as well as top issuing staff, Abban Evans Eric, Business Manager for Corporate Business Office who also received a weekend getaway at the Plush Royal Senchi Resort.

Peter Dery, Head of Wholesale Banking (UBA Ghana) and Obi Okwuegbunam, Country Manager (MasterCard Ghana) presenting prize to overall winner, Mr. Aidoo Albert Owuraku at the UBA Ghana MasterCard Promotion prize ceremony.

UBA Ghana through this collaboration with MasterCard seeks to encourage card usage among customers and become a dominant player in the e-payment space in Ghana.

In an address at the presentation ceremony, Head of Wholesale Banking (UBA Ghana), Peter Dery, said the promotion was launched to reward customers with great prizes for their loyalty and enhance customer experience while strengthening UBA’s relationship with its customers.

“It is imperative that as a brand that has been at the forefront of digital innovation, we offer customers great expectations and experiences. This is evident in the fact that UBA won Africa’s Best Digital Bank a few days ago at the EuroMoney Excellence Awards. While we look at expanding our services in the digital space, it is important that we indulge our customers in the process”, he said.

Mr. Dery pledged the commitment of UBA Ghana to modernising ways of banking to help make the banking experience convenient, needful and comfortable for customer experience. He congratulated all the winners and encouraged them to do more with the Bank as it has much more in store for its customers.

The promotion will run for three months from the 12th of March 2018 to the 12th June 2018, during which monthly winners were selected, based on highest transactions and highest card usages, and were rewarded accordingly. 34 persons in total got rewarded. Winning customers $100 each.

Customers are encouraged to continue using their UBA MasterCard as the bank has a number of surprises coming their way. The cards are available at any UBA business office.

UBA (Ghana) is a subsidiary of UBA Plc which is one of the leading banking and financial services company on the African continent. UBA (Ghana) has 28 fully networked branches with close to 60 fully connected ATMs spread across the country.

United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Limited, in line with its strategy to drive the experience of “banking without boundaries” to its customers through digital innovation, has launched a new Mobile Banking application (formerly known as U-Mobile) and Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) code *822# at the Bank’s Head Office in Accra on 12th June, 2018. The two lifestyle products have been updated to bring a whole new banking experience to customers of the Pan African Bank.

The new Mobile Banking App and USSD channels have been created with banking features that enable customers to operate a mini branch on their mobile devices, thus making banking more convenient, easy and accessible for all category of customers.

UBA customers can register for these services to transfer money, buy airtime, check account balances, pay bills, transfer funds and conduct mobile money transfers amongst other functions with the new Mobile Banking App and USSD.

“As a bank, co-creating with our customers remains part of our focus. Over the period, we have been informed by the taste and lifestyle of our customers and as such provided these two new solutions -Mobile Banking App and *822# to enhance their banking relationship with us and give our customers greater value”. We live in an age and time where people want a hustle-free way of banking, so we decided to introduce more features in our Mobile Banking App, which gives our customers greater value.” Said Abiola Bawuah – MD/CEO.

With *822#, UBA Ghana advances in an industry trend which hopes to extend banking services to the less tech savvy customers, and customers who may not have the taste for internet banking, as well as the financially excluded persons” he continued.

United Bank for Africa (Ghana) new Mobile Banking App demonstrates the Bank’s aim to provide unparalleled experience across all its channels It is in line with the bank’s vision to dominate Africa’s digital banking space. It comes with biometric log-in and facial recognition features for secure and personalized access. The application is now available for download on Apple Store and Google Play.

The launch of these products demonstrates our culture of service excellence, strengthening the affinity with our existing customers while reinforcing the UBA brand as one to be associated with by the entire banking public.