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Top Nigerian Banker & Philanthropist Tony Elumelu Covers the June 2012 Issue of Forbes Africa



On the cover of the June 2012 issue of the African edition of International business Magazine – Forbes is top Nigerian economist, banker, investor and philanthropist Tony Elumelu.

The former MD of United Bank for Africa joins other renowned Nigerian entrepreneurs Aliko Dangote, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Wale Tinubu to grace the cover of the magazine. He speaks to Forbes Africa on Kidnapping, Capitalism, Warren Buffett and the late pop star Michael Jackson.

Who will bring back the gold for Africa? The magazine also spotlights the 2012 Olympics hopefuls.


  1. Tony

    June 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

    This guy is not handsome

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      June 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

      It’s Forbes, not GQ. Keep it moving.

    • Gidi

      June 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

      you get case o!

    • eve

      June 4, 2012 at 11:29 am

      hahahahaha….please is dat all u noticed?? didnt u notice his money too?? looooooool

    • Me

      June 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Hater. Some people just cannot see good in others. Stop being bitter.

    • cynthia

      June 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      his money is not ugly lol

    • Emeka

      June 6, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Seriously? What guy looks at magazines to check out other dudes? Talk more of Forbes?? You gotta be Queer

    • lilian

      January 16, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      show your face if u are finer than him

  2. Evann

    June 4, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What does being handsome have to do with “who” he is or “what” he represents!!! Would you rather prefer him handsome but a monster at heart?

  3. Bella Noire

    June 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I don’t think Bella should let people post derogatory comments about stuff that people don’t have control over. You can say someone has ashy knees but not handsome? Please, “Tony”, post your own photo and let us judge.

  4. Daniel Kreiss

    June 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

    why does he look forced?
    or rather shocked??????

  5. hephzibah

    June 4, 2012 at 11:17 am

    @ Tony, He maynot be easy on the eyes, but what he lacks in that department (which is more of a beholder view) he makes up in sound business acumen, a large heart of kindness and generousity, and vision. So shut up and get busy with your life. isi aki.

  6. Sassy

    June 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Can someone share with us his philanthropic acts? ‘Cos ‘dashing’ his extended family members money does not count; did he invest in education? Any known established charitable institutions? People like him should be ashamed, they are the bane of our society, they are in the position to instigate positive change in the country by leading by example or using their voice to condemn corruption but nooooooooooo; that would be asking too much. In Nigeria, our national heroes are corrupted leaders that have amassed the wealth of the nation for themselves, been to prison and back to oppress the people, illiterates and ill-educated. And yes, we allow them!!! Yesterday’s tragedy could have been avoided, if only we have systems that work, rules that are followed, leaders that have the best intention of their citizens at heart. God!

    • TessySays

      June 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      YOu what have you don apart from sit here and wait for the next Bella post to comment on. Hisssss. What a generation of lazy and vindictive people

    • G

      June 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      I suggest you google him and also check out his website and to read more about his philanthrophic acts. Trust me, this guy is a visionary and he brings out the best in people.

  7. tope orekoya

    June 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    He is not Ugly either. Its all about the cash and not being handsome. I will rather not be be handsome and have money rather than being handsome n broke.

  8. TimiNY

    June 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    @Sassy….well said. But seriously, do you expect anything to change in Nigeria? We have kept the same poor mentality since 1960. I remember hearing “o ma da” in yoruba meaning “it shall be well” ever since I was a kid and people still say that in 2012 then I wonder when it’ll be. I could still be hopeful if I still kept the believe in us the people but no I stopped believing. The average Nigerian’s mind-conditioning is so bad that all we think about is how to oppress our next-door neighbour and make them see we’re the only ones that deserve God’s blessings. We have become so selfish as a people. All we go to church/mosque to pray about is for God to bless our families so we could flourish in wealth but we always seem to forget Mark 8:36 which says “For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” We cherish wordly possessions more than our own souls…very sad my people. I thought leadership was our only plague but I just realized followership is utterly pathetic. Nigeria is the only country where a leader will embezzle money to the people’s face and yet he will be celebrated. Also, the only achievements recognized in Nigeria has to be financially related….why? We also prefer circumstances caused by our evil-minded leaders to take our lives rather than we taking the fight to them and letting fate decide when we live or die. Am I surprised? Maybe yes if I hadn’t listened to Fela’s track “suffering and smiling” but seriously my people “se na like this we go dey dey?” My heart is heavy, there are so many questions on my mind begging to be answered. Where did we go wrong? How do we right our wrongs? How we do start building a strong value system? What motivation do we need to stand up for ourselves?

  9. fiercemama

    June 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    At TimiNY, well said. Our followership is utterly pathetic. On every level, it is up to us who we choose. We should also make our decision on the right basis, not on tribe, local government area, religion or shallow criteria. Let us spend more time researching and less lament. Let us begin to look around for those with the strength of character that this country needs. Let us begin to look within us.

  10. Tosin

    June 5, 2012 at 2:51 am

    1. [email protected] I’m waiting for evidence.
    2. The photo was a surprise. Hunched and bad, compared to several photos I’ve seen of the same man. Not sure why Forbes went for this look.

  11. Hauwa

    June 5, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Don’t you guys see that the picture goes with the caption? Tony is very inspirational and this story might just show a human angle to him

  12. Emeka

    June 6, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Seriously? What guy looks at magazines to check out other dudes? Talk more of Forbes?? You gotta be a big queer

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