Fellow Since 1996
Community Development Partners (COPED)
This description of Precious Emelue's work was prepared when Precious Emelue was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1996.
Precious Emelue is tackling the profound economic disjunctions in the oil rich Nigerian riverine states. He is building bridges between unemployed and alienated youth and the region's major international investors. His approach to training and assisting youth to set up and run businesses that have contractual relationships with major foreign investors has the potential to transform the historically difficult relationships across Africa between oil and mining transnationals and local communities.
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