"We want to see a lot more in the relationship between America and Africa," said Tony Elumelu, Nigerian entrepreneur, philanthropist and chairman of Heirs Holdings Ltd."America is key to Africa and Africa is also strategically important to America. ... The gathering of Africans and Americans doing things together can help to develop Africa. Entrepreneurship and philanthropy are quite close to one's heart."
On changing negative perceptions:
"Africans in the diaspora have a role to play in shaping the information [everyone has] about Africa. Explore, interrogate and find out what's going on and take it from there ... Modern information is key in attracting investment to the continent. Let's help, through our various platforms, to begin correction of wrong information about Africa."