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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
"I really believe this is the best time to be an African start up. This is Africa's time and we as Africans need to seize this opportunity to contribute our quotas to our respective countries."
- Bilikiss Adebiyi is a Nigerian entrepreneur and innovator, and founder and CEO of WeCyclers. This Lagos-based company is focused on giving low-income communities in developing countries a chance to capture value from waste and clean up their neighborhoods through an incentive-based recycling program. Bilikiss holds an MBA from MIT and a Masters degree from Vanderbilt University. She is a 2013 Echoing Green Fellow and WeCyclers were a Sustainia100 Company Award winner in 2014.
Build a successful personal brand….
“When you wake up each morning, you have to think of yourself as a brand and act accordingly. How well you do that will define the brand’s success. If you live the brand well, people start to believe in it and buy into it. Over the years, people have shown great confidence in the Bassie brand and that’s been really humbling.”
- Basetsana 'Bassie' Kumalo is a South African television personality, beauty pageant titleholder, businesswoman, and philanthropist. Her career began in 1990 when she was crowned Miss Soweto and Miss Black South Africa at the age of 16. Since then, Bassie has become a formidable force in the business world and is widely respected as both an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. In 2011 she was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
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 JEWELLERY DESIGNERS
FEATURED '100 LIONESSES'
MEET & LEARN FROM AFRICA'S LEADING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
With global consumers increasingly focusing their attention and spend on responsible and sustainablet brands and products, today’s companies that are looking to be tomorrow’s success stories must be the change in the marketplace. These companies will lead consumers to a more sustainable future by taking a more innovative and socially aware approach to the development of products to meet key needs. Take ground-breaking companies like luxury eco-friendly electric carcompany Tesla, for example, successfully creating enormous demand for electric vehicles through innovative technologies, sleek design and smart marketing. Companies and brands like Tesla aren’t sitting back and waiting for consumers to advocate for a particular product. Instead they are creating the demand by seizing upon a key challenge in the marketplace, and innovating to create a solution that is a first to market, thereby leading from the front and creating new trends. The trick definitely seems to be the change, rather than following in the footsteps of others who are already leading the charge.
THE BOOK PROJECT
Lionesses of Africa is a celebration of some of the most inspirational women entrepreneurs on the African continent, each with a unique story to tell and experiences to share. Some of these 'lionesses' are well known, instantly recognisable names and brands in the world of business and industry in Africa and globally. Others may not be household names yet, but are equally an inspiration due to their stories, their tenacity, their imagination, their triumph over adversity, and the indelible mark they have made in the world of business and social entrepreneurship. Lionesses of Africa is being written to recognise and applaud each of these women entrepreneurs on the continent, to celebrate their achievements, and to inspire new generations of future women entrepreneurs in Africa.
Lionesses of Africa is due to be published in 2016 - watch this space for more details.......