On May 12, the African Philanthropy Forum (APF) hosted a reception for business leaders and social investors from across Africa to engage in a conversation about the nature and growth of philanthropy across the Continent. Ndidi Nwuneli, the APF Director, provided insights into the APF history and shared its vision to work as a catalyst for the ‘Africa we want’. The Keynote speaker – Alhaji Aliko Dangote, reflected on his foundation’s impact over the past 20 years. “We felt that we really need to give back to society. We set out to help in four sectors: health, education, empowerment and disaster relief,” he explained. Dangote expressed the importance of strategic philanthropy in Africa and highlighted a recent partnership between the Dangote Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate Polio and fight malnutrition in Nigeria.
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Following Mr. Dangote’s remarks, Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa of the Higherlife Foundation, Frannie Léautier of the Mkoba Private Equity Fund in Tanzania and Rwandan social entrepreneur, Joy Ndungutse also shared their experiences as philanthropists.
When asked about her introduction to philanthropy, Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa pointed to her mother, Tsitsi Masiyiwa. At Elizabeth Tanya’s seventh birthday party, she had expected a huge party with all her friends. However, when she arrived, she did not recognize any of the children at the party. Instead of inviting her friends, Mrs. Masiyiwa had invited children from orphanages to celebrate with her. From there, Elizabeth Tanya went on to share her passion for her family’s philanthropic initiative, the Higherlife Foundation and its impact in the lives of thousands of children and youth. The Foundation recently provided 10 full scholarships to Moorehouse College, and one of its students was recently selected asスーパーコピー Rhodes Scholar.
Through the support of others, Frannie Léautier was able to gain a quality education in Tanzania and achieve success in life. Léautier wanted to give other children similar educational opportunities and established a foundation with her husband in Ghana. Speaking about her childhood in Rwanda and her early experiences in a refugee camp, Joy Ndungutse shared her desire to help women achieve their highest potential. Ndungutse described her role in giving back by impacting the lives of over 4,000 women through Gahaya Links. “I am glad that these women now put food on the table for their families,” she said.
The African Philanthropy Forum will host a series of private events in the months leading up to its conference, which will be held on October 17-18 in Rabat, Morocco. To join the conversation and attend future events, please apply for membership by clicking here.