In Africa’s vibrant landscape of innovation and leadership, emerges a figure who has crafted a unique narrative for entrepreneurship. That figure is Dr. Summy Smart Francis (hc.), affectionately known as “The African Powerhouse”—a nickname that, given his accolades and impact, fits him impeccably. A vibrant leader, he is propelling a transformative wave for African entrepreneurs.
Having studied Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies offered by Harvard University, and further honing his skills at the AAA School of Advertising in Johannesburg, Dr. Francis’s academic endeavors showcase his vast aspirations. Yet, it’s his real-world accomplishments that truly stand out.
As the pioneering CEO of the Ondo State Entrepreneurship Agency (ONDEA) — Nigeria’s inaugural entrepreneurship agency — he’s played an instrumental role in fostering the entrepreneurial spirit of the region, a testament to his position as the Special Adviser on Entrepreneurship Development to the Ondo State Government.
Yet, it’s the creation of the Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs (A.Y.E) that stands out as a testament to his global influence. With its footprint in 20 countries, A.Y.E is a guiding star for young African visionaries, guiding them towards unparalleled opportunities.
His ingenuity further shines with the birth of the world’s first entrepreneurship village — a harmonious blend of creativity, technology, and innovation, epitomizing Africa’s entrepreneurial promise.
Diversifying his influence, Dr. Francis holds pivotal roles as Chairman of SSF Investment, Executive Creative Director of MegaMindz Production, and seats as a Non-Executive Director on various esteemed boards across Africa.
Beyond his achievements, Dr. Francis stands out as a riveting storyteller, truly inspiring. His TEDx talks brim with passion, mirroring his transformative journey and touching countless hearts. In recognition of his remarkable influence, Triune Biblical University honored him as Nigeria’s first Honorary Doctor of Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Summy Smart Francis’s story emerges not only as an embodiment of personal determination but also as an emblem of optimism for Mother Africa. His esteemed recognition in Monaco’s 40 Over 40 is merely a chapter in a larger narrative. As he strides forward, Dr. Francis leaves us with a thought-provoking sentiment: “If you can achieve this much alone, imagine how much we can achieve together.”