The founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation and chairman, Heirs Holdings and the United Bank for Africa, Tony Elumelu, has challenged African leaders to prioritise the future of the continent.
Elumelu made the call while giving the keynote address, entitled “The Leadership Needed to Catalyse Africa’s Transformation,” at the inaugural Africa Now Conference held in Kampala, Uganda.
He said: “The leaders we need in Africa today are leaders who genuinely care about humanity. We need leaders who are driven by an ambition to leave society better than they met it. We need leaders who understand and care about creating a positive legacy. We need leaders who are genuinely committed and care about the future of Africa.
Commending President Museveni on the achievements of his country, Elumelu emphasised the need for public-private sector collaboration to drive sustainable development, encapsulated in his economic philosophy, Africapitalism.
“Leadership should not be about directing blame, leadership is not about absolving responsibility. Leadership is the catalyst for positive change. We need to take collective responsibility for our own future – as I have often said, no one is going to do it but ourselves – whether we are in the public or private sectors, “he said.