Nigerian Billionaires, Aliko Dangote and Tony Elumelu yesterday hosted a bi-partisan delegation of Congress Members from the United States of America where they discussed cross-border investment opportunities between Nigeria and the US. They also discussed important business enhancing policies to enable private sector growth.
The delegation was led by Senator Chris Coons and included Rep. Frederica Wilson, Senator Gary Peters, Senator Michael Bennet, Rep. Terri Sewell, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep Lisa Blunt Rochester, and Rep Charlie Dent.
Speaking about the event on his Instagram account, Tony Elumelu said: “The US & Nigeria share a lot in common. We are both Federal Republics. We are multi-faith, multi-ethnic, liberal, progressive, and full of entrepreneurial drive and energy. Our youth are multitalented and some of the most gifted in the world. Here at home, our young entrepreneurs are finding solutions to challenges not just facing Africa, but the entire world.
I believe in business and entrepreneurship, and that the future of our continent to a large extent, lies in the hands of our young entrepreneurs.”
Senator Coons praised Nigerians, stating that Nigerians in the diaspora in the United States are the most numerous, most educated and most successful.
Tony Elumelu added on Instagram: “The American delegation visited Nigeria not just to meet the business titans, but to feel the entrepreneurial zeal and pulse of our country, to engage with the young leaders of Nigeria and other creative young entrepreneurs transforming our country and continent, one idea at a time. And I agree also with the Senator’s sentiment that Nigeria is a young democracy and the challenges we face now, America has faced in the past. It takes time to get it completely right. Nigeria and the United States share similar values, aspire to similar dreams, and strive through similar challenges.
Working together can empower our vibrant and hopeful young people whose ideas and creative solutions will help make our world a better place. This was the single most resounding takeaway message for the US delegation. Our youth demography is like no other – over 30 million banked, mobile and plugged in, forming one of the most desirable and creative clusters of young people in the world. But we owe these young people sustained support and access to opportunities.”