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African body hosts philanthropists in Lagos


Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, Regional Director, West Africa, Ford Foundation, Professor Una Osili, Keynote Speaker and Associate Dean, Research and International Programs, Indiana University Lily Family School of Philanthropy, Chief (Mrs) Stella Okoli, Founder Emzor Pharmaceuticals & Chike Okoli Foundation, Dr Evelyn Oputu, Founder Ovie Brume Foundation and Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, APF Board Member

The African Philanthropy Forum (APF) in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Chike Okoli Foundation hosted Afternoon Tea and a learning session in Lagos on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

The event themed “Strategic Giving: Lessons from Global Philanthropists” engaged mostly Nigerian philanthropists and social investors on philanthropic best practices across the world, while exploring steps on creating strategies for philanthropic endeavors and collaborations towards amplified social impact.

A variety of attendees from renowned philanthropists, visionary thought leaders and heads of foundations to philanthropic advisors, were engaged in thought provoking discussions that highlighted raising the next generation of philanthropists, unlearning old ways of giving, adopting tactical approaches to philanthropy and exploring various options for philanthropic efforts.


During the opening remarks, the host of the event Chief (Mrs) Stella Okoli, Founder, Emzor Pharmaceuticals and Chike Okoli Foundation, emphasized the need for African philanthropy and cross-sectorial collaboration in exponentially advancing Africa’s political, economic and social scenery.

“I believe that African philanthropy can play a pivotal role in the advancement of the African Continent. I refer to philanthropy not merely as donating money but as active participation through passionately and strategically giving your time, expertise and resources towards making the African continent a worthy bequeathal for generations to come.” Chief Mrs. Stella Okoli Mr Innocent Chukwuma, Regional Director, West Africa, Ford Foundation, highlighted the peculiarities and concerns of philanthropy in Nigeria and strategies to mitigate them. He went further to add that “although Nigerians are naturally philanthropists irrespective of financial status, it is important to research, document and measure philanthropic endeavors to avoid duplicated efforts with no impact.”

The Keynote Speaker, Professor Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, shared interesting and educative insights on philanthropy across the world. She noted that individual givers constitute the highest percentage of givers in the United States as opposed to corporate philanthropists.

“To develop a strategy for philanthropic work, philanthropists must be hungry for information, seek advice and learn from experts.” said Dr Una Osili. She also added that “to create a philanthropic legacy there is a need for philanthropists to involve their children and younger
relatives in their philanthropic endeavors.”

Following the keynote address, participants were engaged in an open discussion and explored avenues of engaging in strategic and organized philanthropy in Nigeria. Beyond this, they discussed collaborative opportunities for shaping African philanthropy and underscored the role of disruptive philanthropy in amplifying social impact.

The event provided an opportunity to share about APF’s work across the Continent and invite guests to the 2017 APF Annual Conference which is holding on October 30 & 31 at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. Themed African Philanthropy in a Changing Global Context, the event will bring together over 150 philanthropists, social investors and social entrepreneurs from across Africa to discuss strategies for shaping the Continent’s future through their influence and role as catalysts.

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