Zimbabwe’s beneficiaries of the 2018 Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Forum have praised the foundation for their selection into this year’s programme, saying this will empower them immensely.

Speaking to the ZBC News, some of the 21 members who benefited from the fund this year, expressed confidence that they will be able to grow their businesses as well as network with other entrepreneurs.

Harare based Addi Tinashe Mavengere, who specialises in ICT solutions for the education sector, commended the TEF for empowering youths through the provision of training and seed capital for their businesses.

Another beneficiary, Buhlebenkosi Mkhwananzi, a fashion designer, said the programme will empower her since she has been considering penetrating new markets.

Mkhwananzi noted that the fund also gives women space in business, agriculture, ICT and other sectors, helping them to be self reliant.

Meanwhile, in a press release, TEF founder, Tony Elumelu, has commended the quality and number of applicants which is 151 000, describing it as outstanding.

The applicants were Africans in more than 114 countries worldwide, and the successful applicants will convene in Lagos, Nigeria in October for the largest African entrepreneurs’ forum in the world.

The beneficiaries of the TEF entrepreneurship programme are said to have created more than 55 000 jobs.

This years’ programme is being supported by Red Cross Society and UNDP, among other organisations and corporates in an endeavour to support youths in Africa.