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Philanthropists Bill Gates, Mo Ibrahim and Aliko Dangote took to the stage at Africa Center to chat about the future of business on the continent. African heads of state, business leaders and celebrities, including supermodel Naomi Campbell, Boris Kodjoe, Femi Otedola, Herbert Wigwe, amongst others were in attendance.

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Bill Gates brought up the challenge of climate change.  “Africa is where we are going to meet some of our toughest challenges. Sadly the impact climate change, although Africa had the least to do to cause climate change. The actual difficulties will first be felt by the farmers of Africa,” he said.

While Mo Ibrahim said the stereotype of African corruption is an issue. “Let’s be frank, there is a lot of minds in the West here – people think Africa is a very corrupt place. Corruption is a problem a global problem. I don’t think it is an African problem.”

Aliko Dangote spoke about Africa’s rising wealth.  “Today when you look at it you are thinking about the five fastest-growing economies in the world – four are in Sub Saharan Africa.”

The Center has received a financial boost of 25 million dollars in donations including 20 million from the Aliko Dangote Foundation to complete our next phase of construction.

SHOTLIST 

SOUNDBITES

Uzodinma Iweala, Africa Center CEO 

“We are here right now facing a world on fire because some people could imagine how to function without fossil fuels, and we are here alone because a vast majority of us can’t imagine a life without mass consumption and we are here because for the most part, we cannot imagine true equality in which we value the existence and visualise the potential of each individual and the societies they come from no matter how different they look or seem.”

Hadeel Ibrahim, Africa Center Trustee 

“In recognition of the extraordinary generosity of the Dangote foundation with their gifts in excess of 20 million US dollars, it is my honour to announce the naming of this the Aliko Dangote Hall”

Bill Gates, Philanthropist 

“Africa is where we are going to meet some of our toughest challenges. Sadly the impact climate change, although Africa had the least to do to cause climate change. The actual difficulties will first be felt by the farmers of Africa.”

Bill Gates, Philanthropist

“Why is the continent where the availability of the labour is the highest, where the availability of land is the highest, where the production per hectare is the lowest, why can’t it move not only to be self-sufficient but also to be a net exporter.”

Mo Ibrahim, Philanthropist 

“Let’s be frank, there is a lot of minds in the West here – people think Africa is a very corrupt place. Corruption is a problem a global problem. I don’t think it is an African problem.”

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Aliko Dangote, Philanthropist 

Today when you look at it you are thinking about the five fastest-growing economies in the world – four are in Sub Saharan Africa.

Mo Ibrahim, Philanthropist 

“It’s not just about more seats, and more schools and more (inaudible) or more whatever we are doing there it is about the quality of that and what are we teaching our kids.”

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