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30 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes From Tony Elumelu Foundation Forum 2017 (#TEFforum2017)



The Third Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Forum, largest gathering of African entrepreneurs and the highlight of the annual TEF Entrepreneurship Programme was held on the 13th -14th of October, 2017.

Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation

Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation


The forum featured many great entrepreneurs and speakers in the likes of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Sir Oba Otudeko, Samuel Bwalya, Maxwell Uba, Angie Nwandu, Jide Ipaye, Angie Nwandu, Mr Debola Williams among many others.




The Chairman/Founder of the foundation Tony O. Elumelu, CON noted that the essence of the forum is to have a positive impact across Africa and leave legacies behind. He said  “My family and I are 100% committed to support businesses from all sectors to make a difference. It is not what we keep in our Bank accounts that matters, but the legacies we leave behind. What is my Motivation? I’ve not done this because I’m rich. I only had to re-arrange my priorities to accommodate others.”


Here are the top 30 Inspirational Entrepreneurial  quotes from the 2017 Tony Elumelu Foundation Forum


As for our personal failures, you are in good hands. Success is only success if you can compare it to failures  – Prof Osinbajo

Entrepreneurship is not an easy road It’s slippery. – Sir Oba Otudeko

The easiest thing to do is dream dreams, but it is more difficult to translate these dreams – Tony Elumelu, CON

Dreams pursued with single mindedness are more powerful than facts – Prof Yemi Osinbajo

Hope and imagination are more potent than history because your history is not necessarily your destiny. – Prof Yemi Osinbajo

Everyday for me is a mission & I find tools for a level playing field. That is what Digital platforms give me – Mr Debola Williams

As an entrepreneur, you find that you constantly have to do many things yourself. – Mr Debola Williams

Give people something to buy into, not just something to buy. People buy into emotions, give them that. – Mrs Kathleen Ndongmo

If you want a lot of people to know about your products/services, digital marketing is the ANSWER. – Mrs Tope Adubi

1st commandment of Digital marketing is knowing who your customer is – Mrs Tope Adubi

Build a team that loves your brand and want to build with you.- Angie Nwandu

Take a risk! Before long you will find what works and would make you successful –  Angie Nwandu

No matter the product or service you create, there is someone out the who needs the service or product – Zinat Mittou

Passion differenciates successful & unsuccessful entrepreneurs. – Kola Karim

We are the ones that understand our challenges and would be able to solve them. – Joy Sani

It’s not about your certificate but about your doggedness. That is what investors want. – Bunmi Akinremi

You need to have the capacity to solve problems that exist in the market – Prof. Ndubuisi Ekekwe

The spirit of Entrepreneurship is not being afraid of telling your stories even if you fail. – David Rice

As an entrepreneur think of how your business is dependent on others in the value chain – David Rice

I am a Woman, a Medical Doctor, an Entrepreneur and a Mother of 7 children. If I could do it, you can! – Dr Elumelu

When we empower women, communities are empowered – Dr A. V. Elumelu

We need to give from the perspective of empowering the recipient, instead of making them dependent on us. – Tony Elumelu CON

You need to have the capacity to solve problems that exist in the market – Prof. Ndubuisi Ekekwe

When looking for that frontier, look for your scalable advantage and what makes you better than others. – Prof. Ndubuisi Ekekwe

You don’t always have to make the numbers, it’s more about credibility- Bunmi Akinremi

The future is not an inheritance, it’s an opportunity and an obligation. – Sir Oba Otudeko

The empires of the future are actually the empires of the mind – Sir Oba Otudeko

You must keep passing the baton until there is no poverty left in Africa – Tony Elumelu CON

It is not what we keep in our Bank accounts that matters, but the legacies we leave behind – Tony Elumelu CON

Courage and persistence thrive over experience – Prof Yemi Osinbajo


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