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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
"If you want to stand out from the crowd and become known for your talent, you need to breathe, eat and sleep your chosen career path.”
- Jenna Clifford is a world-renowned jewellery designer, known for her unique designs and superlative craftsmanship. Established in 1992, her company has steadily grown its clientele and improved its profile to institute itself as a powerful force in the jewellery industry. Her bold and dramatic designs are sought after by some of the most recognised business icons and celebrities from around the world. Today, Jenna Clifford Designs employs around 70 people, including some of the finest jewellery artisans and craftsmen in South Africa.
Work hard but work smart....
“Have a clearly defined vision, strategy, commit to it, be persistent, innovative and dynamic. Work hard but work smart. Turn all your challenges into opportunities of growth and see how everything will work out for your good.”
- Adenike 'Nike' Ogunlesi is the founder of Ruff 'n' Tumble a leading designer, manufacturer and retailer of designer children's clothing in Nigeria. Nike started out modestly in 1996 selling the clothes she made from the boot of her car and in bazaars. Today, Ruff 'n' Tumble is an instantly recognisable brand in Nigeria and has a reputation for being one of the top manufacturers of children's clothing throughout West Africa. Ruff 'n' Tumble successfully caters to the unique fashion sense of today’s youngsters, from new born to age 16, happily mixing indigenous lifestyle trends with an international appeal.
IMAGE OF THE DAY
They say that a picture says a thousand words, and we couldn't agree more. In the world of Lionesses of Africa, we celebrate women's entrepreneurship in all its forms on the continent, and we love the powerful images that conjure up the spirit of women-led startups and the products and services they create. 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!
'Image of the Day Gallery' monthly eBook. Click to view.
IN FOCUS THIS MONTH - AFRICA'S WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN MEDIA, PR & COMMUNICATIONS
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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Have you ever wondered how some of the biggest and currently most successful businesses in the world, particularly in the online space, manage to maintain their market position? Ask entrepreneurs like Jeff Bizoz, ceo of Amazon, and he will tell you that communication is key - but not just any form of communication - storytelling! He believes that if you want to make a connection between your brand, your investors and your customers, it isn’t about spending vast amounts of money on high profile events or expensive websites, instead it’s all about telling a powerful story. He says: “You can have the best technology, you can have the best business model, but if the storytelling isn’t amazing, it won’t matter. Nobody will watch.” Every entrepreneur can learn this lesson from one of the best in the world, understanding that everyone has a story that’s unique - the power comes from how you tell it and how you connect with your audience through that story.