Tuesday
July 23
2019

West Africa Finds an Unlikely Home in Silicon Valley

By Jackie Abramian

There’s an influx of top West African government officials in Silicon Valley.

And it’s due to the efforts of one woman, Denise Ajayi Williams, President and Co-Founder of the Silicon Valley – Nigerian Economic Development Inc.

SV-NED has officially invited and welcomed the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, Minister of Defense, Mansur Dan Ali, and cultural leader His Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II to Silicon Valley. It has completed two Immersion Training and Certification Programs with a graduating class of 120 Nigerian college students.

Last month the Bay Area Council invited SV-NED to join their 2019 Cross Border Tour to China. It led to SV-NED developing accelerators in three continents: North America, Asia, and Africa within three years of its founding.

Photo courtesy of Shardayyy.

Source: Grit Daily (link opens in a new window)

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business development, business education, economic development, emerging markets, youth employment