BDC Graduate – Mr. Emmanuel Nturanyenabo – selected for the prestigious Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP)

We are always proud of our own graduates who are making it to the high table of Africa’s promising young entrepreneurs; and hereby congratulate our graduate – Mr. Emmanuel Nturanyenabo, MD of Teebah Film Village Ltd, who was recently announced among Africa’s leading young entrepreneurs who will participate in the 2018 edition of the prestigious Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme.

Mr. Emmanuel can be best described as a natural storyteller who found his life-purpose and passion through media and film-making. Before joining BDC Rwanda where he developed his company, Emmanuel went through several training at local and regional prestigious institutes to gain professional expertise, including: Kwetu Film Institute, Africa Digital Media Academy and Maisha Film Lab. His interest is in Writing, Directing and Producing. He has worked as Props Manager on Mageragere City Drop Out by MBABAZI Aime Philbert that won the best short film in Rwanda Film Festival, and has been selected in other international film events and festivals. He also worked as Script Advisor on Umutoma Feature Film by KWEZI Jean that won the Special Mention at Luxor Film Festival and until now it is still being selected in different international awards. He has also done Sound for two short films, namely “The Female Fighter” by Idriss Gasana Byiringiro and “A Little Skater” by Wilson Misago. Recently, Mr.Emmanuel created and directed a TV Plot called “IKOROSI” that tells a story of romance and land conflict. He wrote and directed the Short movies like “Stereotypes”, “Wooden Pillow”, and many others. His Web Series called “Why’s Book” is the postproduction phase and he has several projects on progress, just to mention a few.


Emmanuel directing “IKOROSI” TV Plot (Left), Emmanuel working on “A Little Skater” as a sound person (Right)

Emmanuel’s motivation to quit his job at CARSA, join the BDC Rwanda, and dedicate his entire time to building his company grew from his passion to contribute to shaping a better Rwanda which enjoys unity, reconciliation, harmony and socio-economic growth of its inhabitants. As Emmanuel affirms, Rwanda’s 1994 genocide left the Rwandan community with struggles of poverty, unemployment, and family conflicts – and all these scenarios create stories. As natural storyteller, Emmanuel founded Teebah Film Village Ltd with the aim to build a full-service video production company that would use storytelling for trauma healing and youth empowerment. Teebah Film Village tell stories of NGOs and social enterprises to maximize their impact in re-building a better Rwanda. These organizations that are tackling these problems, but they struggle to get international awareness and partnerships. Teebah’s turnkey video production gives these organizations a simple and powerful tool to share their work and attract new partners.

A product developed here at the BDC Rwanda, Teebah Film Village Ltd builds Rwanda by sharing the stories of character, heroism, and history. Through this company, Emmanuel strengthens the society through helping Rwandan NGOs and social enterprises gain partners overseas; local job creation and; positively impacting the economy. Business shall also create jobs, and therefore, Teebah Film Village employ contractual people with a variety of vocational skills, including photographers, video editors, cooks, and salespeople. Additionally, the company pays commission to salespeople who have other fulltime jobs, which supplement their income and increase the reach of the business. Speaking to Mr. Emmanuel, he confirmed that Teebah Fim Village plans to hire a fulltime video producer, and looks forward to embark on further new initiatives to encourage networking and story-telling, including a café and studio to host talks and screenings.


Emmanuel live-streaming the investment pitching competition during Rwanda Investment Conference & Expo 2017 (Left); Emmanuel shooting one of his films (Right)

Speaking about his BDC experience, Mr. Emmanuel gives this firm testimony

“Attending BDC Rwanda’s 14-Weeks Entrepreneurship Training was a life changing experience. During the programme, I learnt a lot of things that I immediately applied to make my business idea a reality, even arriving at the point where I decided to change the name of my company. I also managed to strengthen my vision and mission; and most importantly, I learned to understand my market and create the value proposition” says Emmanuel Nturanyenabo.

Mr. Emmanuel Nturanyenabo (first left), receiving his certificate from the Rwanda Business Development Center (BDC Rwanda) where he developed his company, Teebah Film Village.

For this year’s edition, more than 150,000 Africans from 114 countries worldwide applied to join the 4th cycle of The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s (TEF) 10-year, $100 million TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. On, the Foundation announced the African entrepreneurs with the most innovative, high-potential business ideas. Recently, Tony Elumelu announced his selection of 1000 winners, including our entrepreneur, Mr. Emmanuel Nturanyenabo, who wins this highly-coveted fellowship with his Teebah Film Village. Joining this program will help Emmanuel to access top-notch mentorship, coupled with a 12-weeks training and networking with world-class entrepreneurs; and an added opportunity to access seed-funding.

Tony Elumelu (Center) announcing the 2018 TEEP Winners

More information about the Tony Elumelu Foundation and and the exclusive list of the 2018 selected entrepreneurs can be accessed on the organization’s official website:

We congratulate Mr. Emmanuel Nturanyenabo and his company, Teebah Film Village for being among the few entrepreneurs selected to join the 2018 Tony Elomelu Entrepreneurship Programme. BDC Rwanda is proud of you as our very own graduate.


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