One of the Leading Nigeria entrepreneurs and Chairman of United Bank for Africa group, Chief Tony Elumelu has challenged young Africans on realizing leadership potentials in them.
Elumelu who is also the Chairman of Elumelu Foundation (EF) gave the challenge while addressing 1,000 entrepreneurs during the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Summit in Washington, DC.
Here are key tips from his address:
- He told participant that for them to attain leadership positions thy must prepare for it as that is the only way they will be able to accept it when it comes.
- “Leadership occurs at every level – there is so much we can all do and you must play your own part. You must prepare yourself for leadership and be able to accept it.”
- He also challenged the youth to struggle for leadership, the same way older generation fought for independence of the African continents.
- “Your generation must struggle for strong leadership, the same way our generation struggled for independence.”
- The entrepreneur reminded them of the life and times of late freedom fighter Nelson Mandela who despite enormous challenges he face, yet was able to fulfil his dreams.
- “You all carry a huge moral burden until you are able to fulfill the aspirations and dreams of Mandela’s name. Mandela lived a life he realised a purpose. He realised that for a man to dream is one thing but to realise his dreams he will face tremendous challenges. He faced down those challenges and he never gave up.”
- “You must think legacy. You must think long term. You must ask yourself ‘how would I like to be remembered?’”
US Elumelu also visited the New York office of UBA group at the Rockefeller center where he noted that great people work for the Africa’s Global Bank.
The Elumelu Foundation was born to support young Africans who’ve ideas but limited resources. It’s my effort to institutionalize luck at Mandela Fellows YALI2017. He said.
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