Welcome to the digital home for Africa's women entrepreneurs. We're all about women entrepreneurs celebrating success, exchanging stories, connecting and networking, learning from like-minded women, and inspiring and mentoring the next generation of women-led startups in Africa. Learn more about us →
JOIN THE COMMUNITY
When women entrepreneurs start talking and collaborating - good things happen! Join our community and start a conversation today. Every woman has something valuable to contribute.
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LIONESS LEAN IN BREAKFAST SERIES: Events are FREE, but booking is essential. Prepare to be inspired!
INSPIRATION & ADVICE
"To get to the finish line, Africans must create scalable businesses based on African culture, businesses that produce high quality products that enlightened American consumers want and need. And that’s what I’m doing."
- Magatte Wade is one of the most notable female entrepreneurs to emerge from Africa. Born in Senegal and educated in France, she is the original founder of Adina World Beat Beverages, a San Francisco beverage company that manufactures coffee, tea and fruit juices based on indigenous traditional beverage recipes from across the world, using organic ingredients sourced from small-scale farmers across Africa and Asia. Magatte then went on to start Tiossan, a company that produces luxury organic skin-care products based on traditional Senegalese skin care recipes, in New York.
Resilience is most important....
"Resilience is the most important attribute you will ever need, so that you don't give up on your dreams and goals - no matter how difficult and challenging it may get. Don't make the mistake of entrusting anyone with your dream as you are the only one who will be committed into making it a reality. Surround yourself with people more knowledgeable and experienced so that you can learn from them. Get a mentor and always strive to inspire, influence and impact, as well as lead others to reach their highest potential so that they too can realize their dreams."
- Thanthi Sepeng is the founder of Reve Productions in South Africa, a company that provides a range of Catering Services, Event Management, and Marketing in terms of Branding Collateral and CSI Projects. Thanti studied Business Communications, majoring in Marketing, Public Relations and Communication science and after time spent working in the corporate world set out on her own path as an entrepreneur as she believes this allows her to bring change to the lives of those around her.
IMAGE OF THE DAY
Each Monday to Friday we feature a striking 'Image of the Day' celebrating the work, or a moment in the life, of a talented African woman entrepreneur. Enjoy!
IN FOCUS THIS MONTH - AFRICA'S BEAUTY & WELLNESS ENTREPRENEURS
100 LIONESSES PROJECT
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Each day at Lionesses of Africa, we share the stories of women entrepreneurs on the continent who have achieved great success in their businesses and are an inspiration to so many others. Every story is unique to the women being featured, but many of their experiences resonate with each of us because we identify with them on our own entrepreneurial journeys. However, our definitions of success have to be framed within the context of our own business lives, personal lives, and of course, aspirations. For some, that success will measured in dollar revenue terms. For others it will be measured by the way a financially viable and sustainable business grows year on year. For many, success will be measured by the positive and lasting impact that business has made on the lives of others. It’s important that as women entrepreneurs we define what success means to us as individuals. As Michelle Obama said: "Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.”