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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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INSPIRATION & ADVICE
"Nothing succeeds without hard work when following one’s dream of starting your own business."
- Ally Angula is a qualified charted accountant and co-founder of Leap Holdings, a group of companies involved in the growing of fresh produce, garment manufacturing and retail in Namibia. She is also the founder of My Republik Brand, Namibia’s first locally designed, manufactured and retailed clothing brand with a flagship store situated in the Grove Mall in Windhoek's Kleine Kuppe suburb. She currently serves as non-executive director for Old Mutual Life Assurance (Namibia) and Rio Tinto's Rossing Uranium mine in Namibia. Ally was chosen as a Desmond Tutu Fellowship programme Associate in April 2013 and was one of two Namibian entrepreneurs selected to attend the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by US President Barack Obama in Kenya.
Focus on your vision....
"A start-up can be challenging to women who do not have a vision of what they are trying to accomplish. My advice to fellow entrepreneurs is to focus on their vision. Focusing on a strong vision will pull you through the emotional roller-coaster; it will pull you through the fear and doubt that will surely come. A strong vision will lead to the success of your business."
- Thokozile Mangwiro is the founder of Nyla Naturals a South African company that is focused on manufacturing personal hair and skin care products. Their 100% natural cosmetic products use a fusion of natural ingredients with premium oils, such as the Southern African indigenous Marula oil for skin and hair nourishment. Thokozile's mission is to produce products that are natural, nourishing, healing and that pamper hair and skin of all types.
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
FEATURED '100 LIONESSES'
MEET & LEARN FROM AFRICA'S LEADING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Think about it - how many times a day do you check your phone, to see how many notifications are demanding your attention, how many social media likes or invites you have just waiting for a response, or how many messages are screaming at you to answer them? Chances are that you would be absolutely shocked if you actually counted the number of times your concentration, your tasks, and your life are interrupted by this deluge of information and 24/7 connectivity. The point is we are obsessed by our social media channels, our permanently connected lives, and we are scared of missing something critical if we decide to disconnect, for however short a period of time. As business owners, we know how powerful this connected marketplace is for our messages, brand positioning, products and services. But the challenge is to breakthrough the noise and connect with our customers and audiences by engaging with them on things that are important and of interest, instead of bombarding them endlessly and randomly. Consumer attention spans are getting shorter, but their time connected to their smartphones and other devices is getting longer. The trick for entrepreneurs is to engage in more meaningful, impactful and targetted engagement, actually connecting on a human level, and making consumers feel valued as they welcome you into their social media space.