Zimbabwe is one of the 54 African countries represented at the 3rd annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum in Lagos, Nigeria, where more than 1000 entrepreneurs are in attendance.

The two day event is a platform for young entrepreneurs to build partnerships, share knowledge, network with investors and influence policy makers and other stakeholders to fund their programmes.

Bankers, economists, and researchers are part of the gathering which seeks to empower young entrepreneurs for the development of Africa.

Journalists from various media organisations in Africa are also attending the meeting courtesy of the Tony Elumelu Journalism Fellowship Forum,

Nigerian President, Benin Prime Minister, business people and billionaire Aliko Dangote are some of the speakers expected at the seminar.

The theme of the forum is ‘Empowering African Entrepreneurs.’

Small and medium entrepreneurs play a pivotal role in developing many African economies, but lack of funding and access to resources is the major challenge affecting the growth of sector.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation has set aside US$100 million to empower 10 000 entrepreneurs in every African country in the next 10 years.