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West Africa

Launched in September 2012, the West Africa Chapter envisions a thriving ecosystem for Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) in the region. The goal for the ANDE West Africa Chapter is to create a platform that supports all stakeholders in the SGB ecosystem through training, knowledge dissemination, and collaborative events.

For more information about ANDE in West Africa, please contact our staff below. 

The ANDE Chapter in West Africa operates in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Western Sahara.  

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ANDE Members ACtive in West Africa

Click here to see a map of ANDE members working in West Africa. 

Accelerating Youth-Led Enterprises in Nigeria

This knowledge brief seeks to capture information about incubators and accelerators in Nigeria and how they support youth-led enterprises. The brief was developed using Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) data alongside interviews and stakeholder meetings held in Lagos and Abuja with support from Oxfam in Nigeria.

Read the full report.


Entrepreneurial Ecosystem snapshots

As part of a series of ecosystem maps, with the support of the Citi Foundation, we recently released three snapshots, providing insight into the Abuja, Accra, and Lagos entrepreneurial ecosystems. These snapshots were produced through a review of existing literature, a series of surveys and interviews, as well as stakeholder meetings. Click on the images below to access the snapshots. 




Who we are


Steering Committee Chair: Peter Bamkole 
Peter pioneered the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan-Atlantic University in January 2003. It is now one of the top enterprise development centers in Africa and a model that has been replicated in four African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania & Rwanda). As the Director of the Centre, he is responsible for the overall program development, capacity building and support services to entrepreneurs. Trained as a Mechanical Engineer in the UK under the British Petroleum scholarship, with an MBA from IESE Business School in Spain and alumnus of Lagos Business School (Chief Executive Program), his three decades of experience span both the public and private sectors.

Olatunji Ajani, Regional Chapter Manager, West Africa

Olatunji joined ANDE as our West Africa Regional Chapter Coordinator, based in Lagos, Nigeria, in February 2016. His past work spans across business development, management consulting and social development. Prior to joining ANDE, he was a Lead Consultant with Green Insight Solutions and a Business Development Manager for E-Green Services. He also co-founded an online resource portal that helps micro businesses connect with funding opportunities, resources and tools to grow their businesses. He has a B.Sc from University of Ibadan and is a StartingBloc Fellow. 



Joshua Adedeji, Senior Program Coordinator, West Africa

Joshua joined the West Africa Chapter of ANDE as a consultant in September 2016 and he is based in Lagos, Nigeria. He has experience working in Africa’s nonprofit and social development sector. Joshua is passionate about international development, and maintains an interest in social entrepreneurship and sustainability. Prior to joining ANDE, Joshua worked as the youth representative of the Mara Foundation, based in Lagos, Nigeria, and as an advocacy lead of CSR-in-Action. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Ilorin and is currently enrolled in Masters of Public and International Affairs (MPIA) Program, at the University of Lagos.  


Steering Committee Members