Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie African Business and Entrepreneurship Lecture

In 2015, the Center for African Studies launched the Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie African Business and Entrepreneurship Lecture Series. This annual lecture is co-sponsored by the Harvard Center for African Studies and the Africa Business Club at Harvard Business School and is generously supported by Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie.

Both loyal alumni and strong supporters of the Center, the Belo-Osagies serve on the Global Advisory Council of the Office of President of Harvard University, as well as members of the Harvard University Center for African Studies Africa Advisory Board. Mr. Hakeem Belo-Osagie (MBA ’80) has been recognized by Forbes for his work as chairman of Etisalat Nigeria, one of the country’s largest telecommunications providers. Mrs. Myma Belo-Osagie (LL.M ’78) serves as Senior Partner at Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, a full-service law firm headquartered in Lagos.

The 2nd Annual Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie African Business and Entrepreneurship Lecture Series took place May 31, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. As a part of the official opening of the Harvard CAS Africa Office, the Lecture also featured an "African Identities" art exhibition, curated by !Kauru African Contemporary Art.



Harvard Business School Africa Business Conference 
The Africa Business Conference is the world’s largest student-run event focused on business in Africa. The conference brings together an impressive array of African students and business professionals from around the world and provides an exceptional networking opportunity for business and community leaders, current and prospective Harvard MBA students and alumni, students from other graduate programs and educators from around the world.

Harvard University African Development Conference 
The annual Harvard University African Development Conference brings together policy makers, innovative business leaders, accomplished academics, leaders of civil society organizations and other distinguished individuals to foster productive dialogue about Africa's future. The conference endeavors to move beyond raising awareness about the challenges facing Africa by highlighting innovative thinking and promoting those who are working to effect real change in their country or throughout the continent.

Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center The  Agricultural Innovation in Africa project (AIA)
The Agricultural Innovation in Africa project (AIA) at Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, is funded by a generous grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the purpose of providing support to efforts that contribute to agricultural science and technology policy improvement through Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs).  The Project seeks to engage with policymakers and focus information dissemination on efforts to align science and technology missions and operations with agricultural development goals in the RECs as part of the larger agenda to promote regional economic integration. Calestous Juma is the Principal Investigator for the project.

Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab)
Harvard’s i-lab, launched in November 2011, serves as a resource for students from across the University interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. The programming offered by the i-lab is designed to help students grow their ventures as any stage of development and covers a wide range of disciplines.

FXB Field Education Internships
This internship will support FXB International’s FXBVillages program, a sustainable, community-based solution to extreme poverty and AIDS. Each FXBVillage delivers long-term improvements in health and education, and provides economic opportunities to children and families in need.

Creating Emerging Markets
An initiative of Harvard Business School, this project conducts “in-depth interviews with top business leaders who have created and managed businesses in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America over the last four decades.



Inaugural Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie African Business and Entrepreneurship Lecture

October 29, 2015

by Junius Williams

Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive of Dangote Group, shared his vision for a vibrant and entrepreneurial Africa with the Harvard community. He highlighted the untapped and under-recognized potential sub-Saharan African economies possess, despite the challenges they face. Drawing an overflow crowd from Harvard and beyond, Mr. Dangote prompted the largely student audience to consider business careers in Africa and find ways to tap into the Continent’s many resources.... Read more about Inaugural Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie African Business and Entrepreneurship Lecture