Jim Ovia

Chairman of Zenith Bank and Co-chair of the ongoing World Economic Forum for Africa, holding in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Jim Ovia, has withdrawn from the Forum in solidarity with Nigerians amid ongoing anger over xenophobic attacks on Nigerian nationals and nationals of other countries in the in South African nation.

Mr Ovia who, alongside former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili, had faced criticisms for attending the Forum, emphasised the need for youth empowerment and better government policies to curb continual attacks on persons living within and outside Africa before announcing his withdrawal.

He pointed out that until positive change towards collective growth happens, Africa will not attain its potential.

Ovia noted  that his foundation, the Jim Ovia Foundation, has taken up a stance on this issue, having according to him, “empowered over 3,500 students and entrepreneurs since its inception.”

He called on other members of the private sector to join hands and solve this menace plaguing the African continent.