The Ministry of Youths and Sports Development announced on Friday that three young entrepreneurs have been chosen to represent Nigeria at the Forbes Under 30 Africa Summit in 2023.
According to The Punch, the summit, which is organized by Forbes, aims to take advantage of the power of entrepreneurial capitalism in a continent that is rich with opportunities for young entrepreneurs and is fast becoming a center for business and technological innovation.
The summit is scheduled to take place from April 23 to 26 in Gaborone, Botswana.
It was reported that the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, will be joining the selected individuals on the four-day trip.
The three entrepreneurs who have been selected to represent Nigeria at the summit are CEO of Ashley’s Strawberry Farms Limited, Ashley Jiritmwa Dimka-Tapgun, who is 29 years old.
Also, a media entrepreneur, Ayodeji Atte, who is 28 years old, and the Chief Executive Officer of Kira Brand Limited, Winnie Ojochenemi Adejo, who is 29 years old.
The ministry also stated that Dare would be representing the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the summit, as he was invited by Botswana President, Mokgweetsi Masisi.
According to the minister, the summit presents another opportunity for Nigerians to show and prove their capability to attract investments.
In his words, “I am proud to be leading this delegation to this event to showcase our youth and demonstrate their investment worthiness. We are a country blessed with immense and diverse talent and it shows even in the number of speakers and VIPs for this event that are Nigerians.”
“We believe Africa’s future development is hinged on the production of both mid and high-value complex and non-complex items that we currently import from outside the continent that we should ordinarily share internally, a drive behind the AFCTA. Nigeria will as usual contribute impactfully as we continue to facilitate investment, aspiration and networks for our youth,” he added.
Several high-profile individuals who are anticipated to attend the summit include Ghazi Shami, who is the founder and CEO of Empire Distribution, Denim Richards, who is an actor and founder of Khumo Studios, Fireboy DML, an award-winning Afrobeats artist, Uche Pedro, who is the founder and CEO of Bella Naija, Adebola Williams, who is the chairman of AW Network and the founder of RED, and Noureddine Tayebi, who is the founder and CEO of Yassir.