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US Nigeria Council Deal Dinner | New York, New York (September 2017)


The US Nigeria Council (USNC) convened a dinner with the top US investors with interest in Nigeria in New York on Wednesday, 20th of September 2017 on the margins of the UN General Assembly.

The dinner, co-hosted by John Coumantaros, Chairman of Flour Mills Nigeria Plc, Uche Orji, Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, and Ambassador John Negroponte, Vice-Chairman of McLarty Associates, gathered leaders of Nigerian and American businesses. Council members and dinner participants focused on the need to create a competitive ICT cluster that will further develop the digital economy in Nigeria.

US businesses attending the dinner included Google, Walmart, IBM, Tetra Tech, and American Tower. Among the leading investors at the event were Citi, Denham Capital, Fairfax Africa, CRE Ventures, Development Partners International, Atlas Mara and Zephyr Management.

The commitment of Nigerian businesses to the USNC was demonstrated by the active participation of Jim Ovia of Zenith Bank, Adewale Tinubu of Oando, Tunde Folawiyo of Yinka Folawiyo Group, Abdulrazaq Isa of Waltersmith, Kola Karim of Shoreline Energy, and Oscar Onyema of the Nigeria Stock Exchange. The dinner welcomed a diverse group of entrepreneurs who have started companies in technology, agribusiness, e-commerce and education, including Cars45, Royal Power, GidiMobile, Flutterwave, RxAll, and Lidya.

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US Nigeria Council Breakfast Briefing | Lagos, Nigeria (July 2017)


Convening leading Nigerian and American businesses, the U.S. Nigeria Council held an intimate breakfast briefing and discussion in Lagos in July 2017.

Hosted by Eliot Pence, Executive Director of USNC, and Aubrey Hruby, Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, the event was attended by the leadership of Nigeria’s largest companies and major US investors. Council members received an exclusive briefing by a top level official from the US Embassy on the state of US-Nigeria Commercial Dialogue.

US and Nigerian business commitments were representative through the active participation of high level delegations, including from Dangote, Oando, Zenith Capital, Google, Oracle, Accenture, Dow, Caryle, KPMG, Deloitte, Monsanto, LASB, Dufil, 7UP, ANAP Jets, Westron Group, Verod, Greenwish Partners, and Nigerian government officials.

The Council’s breakfast was also attended by young entrepreneurs who have started companies in technology, agribusiness, e-commerce and education, such as Tomato Jos and Andela.

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US Nigeria Council Launch Dinner | Lagos, Nigeria (March 2017)


Convening leading Nigerian and American businesses, the U.S. Nigeria Council held its Nigerian launch in Lagos in March 2017.

Hosted by John Coumantaros, Chairman of Flour Mills Nigeria Plc (FMN) and Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) CEO, Uche Orji, the launch dinner was attended by the US Ambassador to Nigeria Stuart Symington, the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, the US Counsel General John Bray and the leadership of Nigeria’s largest companies and major US investors.

The Nigerian business commitment to USNC was represented by the active participation of Alhaji Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group, Oba Oteduko of Honeywell Group, Jim Ovia of Zenith Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe of Access Bank Plc, Akinsowon Dawodu of Citibank Nigeria, Adewale Tinubu of Oando, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede of WAPIC, and Abdulsamad Rabiu of BUA Group amongst others. The Dow Chemical Company, Chevron, UPS, Procter&Gamble, ExxonMobil and Uber were some of the US businesses that sent senior delegations. The Council also includes young entrepreneurs who have started companies in technology, agribusiness, e-commerce and education, including Tomato Jos, Mall for Africa and Andela.

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US Nigeria Council Launch Event | Washington, DC (April 2016)


The U.S. Nigeria Council welcomed high-level private and public sector representatives for a reception and dinner on April 14, 2016. With remarks from Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State and the Council Co-Chairs. Guests were introduced to USNC’s vision and objectives.

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