Africa Business Club to hold first annual conference

By Daily Illini Staff Report

A handful of University MBA students will gather at the I Hotel and Conference Center at 9 a.m. Friday for the first annual Business in Africa conference.

The Africa Business Club at Illinois will host the conference in order to educate and promote investment interests and opportunities in Africa.

“We feel like this conference is a good opportunity to be able to highlight some of this potential of the continent,” Jide Adetunji, the vice president of sponsorship, said.

Adetunji said one of the club’s main goals is to raise awareness for growing the business opportunities in Africa and create change there and here in the U.S.

The theme of the meeting is Business in Africa: A Practical Perspective. The club is bringing in four speakers for the event, including University professor Madhu Viswanathan.

“He is a world leader, I would say, on the topic of subsistence marketplaces and doing business there, so that will be one thing we will be talking about,” said Ladi Ogunnubi, president of the club.

All are welcome to attend the event, as the club aims to include the entire campus community.

“We are welcoming all people of all backgrounds, realizing that business cuts across all sectors and different interest areas,” Ogunnubi said.