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
Vino Govender, the managing director of LA Consulting Engineers based in Durban, South Africa, has been recognised by the IWEC Foundation, a New York-based organisation which connects a global network of successful women business owners‚ as this year's recipient of the International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Foundation Award. The IWEC Foundation‚ which represents influential businesswomen from the world’s most important emerging and established regions‚ praised Govender's company for supporting sustainable social development and upliftment with a particular focus on education in the science and engineering field.Read More
African print has been finding its way into mainstream fashion for a long time, but it is always good to see a brand emerging from the continent that innovatively celebrates its diversity. Love Ankara is a fabulous retail, footwear and accessory brand, proudly made in Ghana but loved by the continent.Read More
Author Sage Lavine asks: “Can a woman like me, with just the spark of an idea, actually start a business and make money? Can I have a meaningful career that fits into my life, instead of fitting my life into the cracks of my work schedule?” If you're asking these types of questions, then her new book Women Rocking Business will give you the help and advice you need.Read More
Developing your entire marketing strategy, including your brand, messaging, copy, social media, and PR, can feel overwhelming and prohibitively expensive. In the early days of Little Pim, I know that when faced with the marketing dollars I could spend, I wanted the Italian leather boots and all I could afford were the discounted canvas Keds! But there are ways to ramp up your marketing without ramping up your spend.Read More
I started going to a gym when I was 13; I am now almost 36. I think this gives me my 10,000 hours of mastery according to Malcolm Gladwell. Here are some unexpected lessons I’ve learnt at the gym that can be applied to the real world.Read More
When I started my business, everyone kept telling me, "Your network is everything! Work on building it up." And to be honest, at the time, I didn't understand it. I'm not a people-person and I am definitely not energised by being around people. In fact, it drains me! Give me a good book, a good cuppa coffee, and leave me alone. I will be the happiest little bookworm in the whole wide world.Read More
People will say no to you....
"NO only means Next opportunity. You have to keep trying because at the beginning things may seem a little rough and people will say no to you, but you cannot give up because of that."
- Fatima Babakura, founder of Timabee, an up and coming luxury women's handbag brand in Nigeria. Back in 2014 Fatima decided to bring to reality, one of the sketches that she couldn't forget about after she had drawn it. It was special and different from the others in her sketchbook. That sketch turned out to be Timabee's very first design, 'The Classic'. The response from people was just amazing and that was when Fatima decided to turn her hobby into a business.Read More
Make sure you are passionate....
"...make sure you are passionate about the problem your start-up was created to solve. This is essential because that passion you have will be the fuel for your business. When you speak to others about your start-up’s goals, they will hear that passion in you voice and see it on your face and they’ll think - yes, this is someone who knows what she is doing and why she is doing it. Always let that passion drive you through every stage of your business!"
- Rafiat Kasumu is a Nigerian-American who developed a love for kente while working with kente weavers in Kumasi, Ghana. Rafiat took this love to the next level by co-founding Kente Master which seeks to expand the international reach of Ghanaian kente weavers. Kente Master is a fabric artisan startup committed to promoting African entrepreneurship by internationally servicing a unique blend of premium, finished Kente graduation stoles.Read More
You need to have a sense of purpose....
"Make sure whatever venture you are looking to startup is a passion for you - also make sure you are not just doing it for the profit you will make alone, but that it is much deeper than that, for example bridging a gap in the society. Also make sure that you have a sense of purpose, and your business should ultimately align with that purpose - only then can you truly live your dream."
- Olubukola Asafa is the founder of Oba Couture in Nigeria, a company that manufactures handmade handbags, sandals, shoes and other leather goods with a culture of fine craftsmanship, design and innovation. After obtaining her MBA degree, Olubukola started a business selling shoes and handbags of different brands. But, she had a vision and passion to create a proudly ‘Made in Nigeria’ luxury accessory brand, and so Oba Couture was born.Read More
"Once you have a good plan and a good concept and you work through it, the funds will always come."
- Kofo Akinkugbe is recognised globally for her entrepreneurial success story and strong business track record. She is founder & CEO of SecureID Nigeria Ltd a market leader in smart card technology and digital security in Africa. SecureID is a world-class manufacturing facility with the only smart card production plant in West Africa and one of only six on the continent. In January 2015 the company commissioned a new state-of-the-art EMV-certified smartcard manufacturing plant – the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company serves 16 countries across Africa and is fully certified by VISA, Verve and MasterCard. In 2012, Kofo won the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship Mature Business Award.Read More
There is something special about passionate people who create products that celebrate the natural indigenous ingredients that come from one place, making them truly unique. Lorna Scott, the entreprenurial inspirational behind the fabulous Inverroche gin brand, is one such passionate creator and brand builder, inspired by the natural botanicals that grow in the world’s smallest yet richest floral kingdom.Read More
"The people that generate wealth are people that make multiples of themselves."
- Dr. Ola Orekunrin is a medical doctor, helicopter pilot and the healthcare entrepreneur founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, West Africa’s first Air Ambulance Service. She's dedicated to bringing trauma care to the most remote parts of Western Africa and her company, an air ambulance service based in Lagos, is doing just that. She was motivated to start the company after her younger sister tragically died whilst traveling in Nigeria as a consequence of there being no medical air service available to transport her to hospital. Ola graduated as a medical doctor from the University Of York in the UK and is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine.Read More
Persistence will get you there....
"You can make all your dreams come true with passion, hard work, focus and the drive to persist until you get to where you want to be - and then when you get there, do that little bit more that will make a huge difference."
- Margaret Hirsch is one half of a dynamic husband and wife duo that founded Hirsch's Homestores. Back in 1979, as a secretary, together with her husband Allan, then an appliance repair man, they unwittingly became entrepreneurs who went on to build an appliance, electronics and furnishing retail empire. Today, Hirsch's Homestores is the largest independently owned appliance and electronics business in Southern Africa, with seventeen branches and concept stores spread throughout South Africa.Read More
Start now, start right, start proud and don’t stop....
"Life is a journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most importantly, experiences to enjoy. All you need is a burning passion, an open mind and a compassionate heart. There will never be a perfect time to start a business. Start now, start right, start proud and don’t stop. I recommend reading People over Profit by Dale Partridge."
- Adenike Akinsemolu is a Lecturer at Adeyemi College of Education and the Director of Sciences at Homaj Schools, Ondo and also the founder of the Green Campus Initiative. Akinsemolu is currently a Doctoral Candidate of Microbiology at the Federal University of Technology. She is paving way to the development of an emerging concept called Green Microbiology which concentrates astutely on the microbial world and the numerous positive functions they perform in sustainable development. She is a passionate advocate for educating and empowering the female child through sciences. Akinsemolu is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative University and the American Society of Microbiology.Read More
"It is a dream come true to see a tiny garage soap making business being given the opportunity to play on the global stage as an international brand."
- Bev Missing is the founder of South African body and bath product brand RAIN. Back in 1999 Bev saw a gap in the market to start making soap as it was labour intensive and all the lovely soaps at that stage were imported. Bev started the project in her garage hoping to help solve unemployment in her hometown of Ladybrand, and to make a difference in the lives of the poor and jobless. Today, RAIN has 14 stores across South Africa, two unique wellness spa's, two stores in New York and one in California. RAIN is the only beauty product company that is fully Fair Trade and Beauty Without Cruelty accredited, meaning the whole company and every ingredient it uses is regulated by the international Fair Trade body, not just some ingredients.Read More
If you've got the perfect career or business, congratulations. But if you are even a little bit uncertain that your current gig is the right one, it is time to start thinking about your next move. In the new world of work and business, it's the only move that matters, according to Jenny Blake, author of Pivot.Read More
Women dominated the Zimbabwe Institute of Management 2017 Leadership Excellence awards that were presented in Harare this month, with Securico Security Services founder, Divine Ndhlukula, picking up the prestigious Private Sector Leader of the Year award. She received the award for her ongoing contribution to management excellence in the country in the preceding year and for being an example and inspiration for others to emulate.Read More
Getting access to qualified, experienced and fully vetted care for those elderly family members who wish to stay at home can be extremely challenging, but Greymate Care is one company looking to provide a solution. It’s online platform connects specialist carers to those in need of care, giving both patients and families the peace of mind they are looking for.Read More