Jim Ovia, Xenophobia: Visafone Founder, Ovia, withdraws from World Economic Forum   in South Africa, Technology Times

Xenophobia: Visafone Founder, Ovia, withdraws from World Economic Forum in South Africa

Xenophobia: Visafone Founder, Ovia, withdraws from World Economic Forum in South Africa

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Mr. Jim Ovia, Founder of Visafone, has withrawn from the World Economic Forum Africa 2019, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, to protest xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.

Ovia, who is also Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc took his exit from the international event to take a stance against poor security provided foreign national by South Africa, the bank said in a statement made available to Technology Times.

“Following the hypersensitivity of the issues surrounding the lives and well-
being of Nigerian citizens living in South Africa and to contribute his voice
against the poor state of security regarding foreign nationals living in Africa, the Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia has withdrawn from further activities at the World Economic Forum Africa 2019, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa”, Zenith Bank says.

Jim Ovia, Xenophobia: Visafone Founder, Ovia, withdraws from World Economic Forum   in South Africa, Technology Times
Technology Times file photo shows Jim Ovia, speaking at a youth empowerment programme sponsored by his foundation.

According to the bank, “Before taking his exit, Mr. Ovia stressed the need for youth empowerment and better government policies to curb continual attacks on persons living within and outside Africa.

“He belaboured that until positive change towards collective growth happens on this front, the continent would not reach its potential.”

Ovia also adds that full support should be rendered in vocational education of the young persons living in not just Nigeria but Africa.

According to him, “the Jim Ovia Foundation has taken up a stance on this issue, having 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.”

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