These were the words of Africa’s Leading Entrepreneur The Award Winning Tony O. Elumelu shortly upon his arrival Yesterday Monday May 16th 2016 at the Hilton Hotel, Yaounde on the sidelines of the 2016 edition of the International Economic Investment Forum, billed for today and tomorrow in Yaounde.
Africans finest business colossus took pressmen aback when he announced that “I have come with an open mind”. By all possible predictions he meant he is in Cameroon within a broad economic context which would guarantee Effective Corporation. In fact, he has a better package in stock for Cameroon when potential investors converge on Yaounde today.
Such an imposing declaration full with emotions, rich in thoughts and powerful in tone vividly qualifies into perceptible quarters the readiness and willingness by Multi-billionaire Tony O. Elumelu to accompany Cameroon towards her emergency drive. These immeasurable strides to give Cameroon’s Economy a brand new face lift with an enviable status would be an eye saw going by his eventful settings.
He is no nonsense guest at this year’s International Economic Investment Forum organized under the theme: “Investing in Cameroon, Land of Opportunities”
On the invitation of Cameroon’s Head of State H.E Paul Biya, Multidimensional entrepreneur and Nigerian born Billionaire Tony Elumelu has expressed convictions that his action remains unique and have been largely described as indispensable and voluminous to impact fresh impetus in the investment platform in a country whose gap with Nigeria can be measured with just a needle.
Astute business guru Elumelu holds vision to expand Cameroon’s Economy qualitative to admirable and acceptable global standards. This, Cameroon is tempted to think has come to detectible success signals in this relentless strive to emergence.
With an open mind, Tony O. Elumelu certainly has a shung of surprises for Investment promotion in Cameroon. And no matter what it would take him to materialize it, it’s no any problem.
He has come a long way to engage Cameroon to be a part of his vision for AFRICAPITALISM and further reflected in his quest to articulate more concretely the mission of corporate social responsibility, rural development, road constructions, promotion of young entrepreneurship program through the Elumelu Foundation, and helping the needy.
He disclosed so far, Cameroon has over 50 beneficiaries of his annual flagship young entrepreneurship program estimated at FCFA 100milionin with an irresistible presence in nearly all African countries.
His highly subscribed Pan African mentality he told reporters recently in Yaounde, Capital of the Cameroons has gained currency and indeed Africa is Rising. To say the least, his philanthropic drive knows no boundary. His investment doors and windows are open for Cameroon.
The Multi-Billionaire with a shining hallmark in the USA where his UBA bank operates as the lone African bank on AMERICAN soil is eloquent prove that this Pan Africanist is a business magnet of no small class coupled with a hard earn international reputation. With more value added and partnership reinforced, a lot stands on the positive path of emergence for Cameroon and his group.
He is in Cameroon for three major reasons, Tony O. Elumelu, 53, said he has come to respond to President Paul Biya’s invitation to invest in Cameroon, to congratulate the UBA customers in Cameroon for their commitment and loyalty and to say well done and congratulations to Cameroon-UBA staff and management.
The UBA Cameroon segment has a very strong Capital structure, Elumelu described it is made up of a cream passionate staff ever ready to deliver the goods to the utmost best of their ability.
Elumelu made his fortune by acquiring a small, struggling Nigerian commercial bank and building it into the United Bank of Africa Group, a leading financial services institution with operations in several African countries as well as in New York ‘lone African Bank in America’ and London.
Tony would step down as the bank’s CEO in 2010 to focus on investing in African businesses through his private investment vehicle, Heirs Holdings and to mentor Africa’s succeeding generation of business front-runners through his visionary Tony Elumelu Foundation.
He has affected many lives across the world, positively.
Elumelu would be a force of attraction and attention when he takes to the rostrum at the International Economic Investment conference in Yaoundé today. His Yaoundé keynote comes barely two weeks after that of the world economic forum that held in Kigali, Rwanda.