Category Nigeria

Success Story from Nigeria: Billionaire Tony Elumelu Gives Back through Investment in Young African Entrepreneurs

BONUS POST: In honor of all of the members of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) and all those active in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), for which Mr. Elumelu serves as an adviser. Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu was born to a middle-class family in March 1963 in Jos, Nigeria. He has four siblings. Mr. […]

Success Story from Nigeria: Dr. Bobwealth Omontese, Improving Human Nutrition through Veterinary Research

Bobwealth Oakina Omontese was born on the 27th of March 1984 in Okalo village, Edo State southern Nigeria, but grew up in Kano State in the country’s northern region. As a youngster Bobwealth became interested in music, and realized that he could use his love for music to assist others. He became a vocal coach […]

Success Story from Nigeria: Chinenye Sarah Ogoko is Empowering Young Rural Women

Chinenye “Nenye” “Cha-Cha” Sarah Ogoko was born the second of five children in March 1992 in Owerri, the capital of Imo State in southern Nigeria. She attended God’s Time Nursery and Primary School in Nnewi Anambra State and graduated from Bishop Lasbrey Girls Secondary School in Owerri in 2008. As a youth her father inspired […]

A Review of Noah Tsika’s Book “Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora”

BONUS POST: I haven’t reviewed a book on this site in a few months, and wanted to do so. If you haven’t seen a Nigerian (“Nollywood”) film, just do an internet search for ‘best Nollywood movies.’ Many feature-length films are freely available. Nigerians began making and distributing films in the 1960s, but the high cost […]

Success Story from Nigeria: Saied Tafida Sulaiman’s Poverty Alleviation and Fiscal Transparency Initiatives

Saied Tafida Sulaiman was born in the early 1980s, in what was then known as Gongola state, in northeastern Nigeria. Gongola, currently the states of Adamawa and Taraba, has long been a region characterized by ethno-religious conflicts and poverty. As a youngster, Saied, his extended family, and other members of his community participated in “Verde” […]

Success Story from Nigeria: Dr. Toyin Falola Promotes African Studies

Toyin Omoyeni Falola was born 1953 in Ibadan, Nigeria. In the 1960s, he dropped out of high school to join a peasant rebellion that protested high taxation and the ill treatment of farmers. During and after the rebellion, young Toyin kept wondering why it was that some, including his own grandfather, had to lose their […]

Success Story from Nigeria: Dr. Seyi Oyesola’s “Hospital in a Box”

Seyi Oyesola was born in Nigeria, but spent much of his childhood growing up in Cleveland, Ohio in the USA. After graduating from high school in 1975, Mr. Oyesola returned to Nigeria and obtained his Bachelors of Science Degree and, in 1986, his Medical Degree from the University of Lagos. In Nigeria Mr. Oyesola was […]