In Mozambique there is an exciting new wave of young women entrepreneurs emerging, all building great new businesses and brands, and inspiring each other with their success. On 18 May, Lionesses of Africa together with Standard Bank in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, brought together some of these up and coming young entrepreneurs with an audience of young women who look to follow in their footsteps.Read More
Everyone organising a celebration or a special event wants to make it memorable, and that takes a huge amount of creativity. For Mozambican entrepreneur, Vanessa Guilherme Nhabete, founder of Dali Banga and Mulandi Brindes, she found a gap in the market to create two successful brands providing the solution.Read More
In a world that is dominated by fast fashion, there is a beautiful, eco-conscious antidote for consumers looking for a handcrafted, designer alternative. Lunar, a two decade old, nature inspired fashion and lifestyle brand is now moving into a new era, led by South African entrepreneur Nicola Luther.Read More
by Aleshia van der Ploeg LLB. (RAU), Director of VDP Legal Consulting (PTY) Ltd
I have had numerous clients hearing the adverts on the radio, or being misinformed by their fellow entrepreneurs, and calling me in a panic about the POPI Act - Protection of Personal Information Act. So let me unpack it for you...Read More
"The future of Africa depends on technology, and the opportunity it gives girls and young women for greater prosperity."
Mariéme Jamme, founder Spotone Global SolutionsRead More
“Have the humility to accept your failure so that you can use that as a basis as you move on. I never say I have a problem, I say I have a challenge. A challenge is like a pearl [which] grows in an oyster and it is an irritant to the oyster but when they come out they are precious. So you, as an entrepreneur, must find out what your pearls are. I use challenges as a basis to springboard to a better standard.”
- Dr. Jennifer Riria is the Group CEO of Kenya Women Holding and one of Africa's leading women entrepreneurs who has always been on a mission to transform the lives of women and their families in her native Kenya. She is distinguished as a microfinance banker and practitioner, researcher and gender specialist. She has served in many leadership roles for which she has been recognized locally and internationally. In 2013 she was awarded the Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the year, East Africa 2013, and subsequently, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014, at which point she was admitted to EY’s Global Hall of Fame.Read More
by Lori Milner - author, entrepreneur, thought leader and founder of Beyond the Dress
Susan Cain is most famous for her Ted Talk ‘The Power of Introverts’. In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.Read More
Contributing to academic discussions on entrepreneurship and gender in Africa, Amanobea Boateng’s new book African Female Entrepreneurship: Merging Profit and Social Motives for the Greater Good, makes for fascinating reading. It provides coverage of recent trends and an exploration of the evolution of female entrepreneurship over time. This innovative new text, written from an African woman’s perspective, fills a gap in the current literature on this topic and places important focus on the role of female entrepreneurship in Africa’s development as a continent.Read More
by Brigitte Mashile, founder of Roka Roko
It is May, and I have had a few requests about weddings - mostly for events in December, and most of them believe it is still early to start the planning. No, it is not! A wedding party is a big job to dress, especially in South Africa where we have three or more bridesmaids and groomsmen; and we mostly have two weddings at a time. This is good business for a fashion designer but with more work comes more challenges. This is why it is essential that you start as early as possible; especially if you as the bride need more than one dress too.Read More
It takes patience and persistence....
“I have come to learn to be patient and not to give up too quickly. It takes patience and persistence to bring a new and innovative product and ways of doing things to a community. There are early adopters who immediately embrace the product and there are traditionalists who resist the change that the initiative represents.”
- Bernice Dapaah, is co-founder of the Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative along with Winnifred Selby. Bernice operates her NGO business as a social enterprise to empower rural dwellers and their communities. She is a member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Biodiversity and Natural Capital. Ghana Bamboo Bikes is a socio-ecological green initiative that addresses climate change, poverty, rural-urban migration and high unemployment amongst the youth in rural Ghana.Read More
"Starting a business, for me, is the best expression of backing yourself, taking a chance on you, believing that you have the ability to create value for yourself and for others."
Thokoza Mjo, founder of Beyond the Lemonade Stand (South Africa)Read More
Love what you do....
“It is the only thing that will keep you going in your new business venture. If you don’t, you might give up at the very first failure encountered if things don’t go your way.”
- Monica Musonda is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Java Foods, a food processing company based in Zambia. Monica's vision is to revolutionize the eating habits of the youth market by offering them affordable and nutritious food options made from local products. Monica is a dual-qualified English solicitor and Zambian advocate with over 15 years of experience in legal practice and corporate management, including being corporate counsel at the International Finance Corporation and for Aliko Dangote of Dangote Industries Limited. Read Monica's 100 Lionesses profile here.Read More
Never give up….
"The greatest advice is to never give up even though it seems difficult or impossible to reach your ultimate goal. There will always be obstacles and difficulties to overcome.”
- Christella Kirezi is the founder of Moz Crespas in Mozambique, a company specializing in natural haircare. She was inspired to start her company because of the difficulty she had in dealing with naturally curly hair and finding treatments and creams that worked. Her business is now flourishing and she is targeting at least one salon in each province of Mozambique to further expand her services. Read Christella's startup story.Read More
"Everyone is still figuring it out. So our advice is to follow your instincts and take the risk."
Séfora Noor (R), co-founder of Kakawa Chocolates (Mozambique)Read More
Keep up with trends....
"There is more than one way of growing a talent, a skill or an enterprise. Keeping up with trends and emerging online market places is key to growth."
- Nita Chivwara is a Business Development Consultant based in Malawi, providing business development consulting and strategy services. Her work includes carrying out practical marketing operations for global companies planning to implement business operations in Malawi, Africa and emerging markets in general. Nita has previously represented the Australia Institute of Business and Technology on its African projects. She holds a Master of Education Degree from the University of the Western Cape. Read Nita's startup story here.Read More
Mozambique continues to be an exciting place to be a woman entrepreneur on the African continent right now. On 18 May, Lionesses of Africa together with Standard Bank in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, showcased some of the leading women business and brand builders who are putting the country on the map and getting the world interested in the products and service offerings they are creating.Read More
What if you could increase your income, health and happiness with a few simple steps? How would your life be different if you had more financial freedom, time flexibility, energy, motivation, confidence and self-belief? What if you could hit your business, personal and financial targets easily and make a huge difference in this world? Imagine waking up every morning with no boss, looking forward to your day, working and living with purpose, passion and profit. In her new book, Mid Life Career Rescue, author and career expert Cassandra Gaisford suggests you employ yourself and get the career you have always wished for.Read More
In the corporate world, many executives struggle to find their personal style when it comes to clothing, and often just go with the crowd to fit in. Nonkuthalo Thithi, founder of Styled to a T, has made it her mission to help just such people to find an image that works for their business and personal lifestyles.Read More