This week, emerging female business owners from Ghana and Nigeria got the chance to experience a week of instructive and inspiring life and business lessons, when one of Africa’s leading business advisory and consulting firm founders, Ruka Sanusi, CEO of Alldens Lane, led the group on a fact-finding tour to Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Business Odyssey visit provided the group with an opportunity to interact one-on-one with and learn from some of the top women entrepreneurs in the country, including Wendy Luhabe, an internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur and author; Jenna Clifford, world-renowned jewellery designer; Lynette Ntuli, Founding Director and CEO of Innate Investment Solutions and Vusi Khanyile of Thebe Investments.
Speaking about the visit, Ruka Sanusi said:
“We were reminded of the price and the responsibility of daring greatly. We also saw in the South African business leaders and their businesses the prize for daring greatly. They reminded us as women entrepreneurs to be jealous of the voices we let in. When you are involved in a pioneering enterprise and idea, there will be those that will encourage and motivate you tirelessly, and there will be voices of others that will place doubt on your cause, its value and its longevity. You may misunderstand, and you will also be misunderstood, but you must be careful of the voices you let in.”
Participants in the Business Odyssey programme had exclusive access to these leading entrepreneurs in South Africa who shared their secrets to success and provided valuable mentorship and advice towards fostering community and empowerment amongst businesswomen across Africa. Speaking about their experience on the Business Odyssey, Leticia Browne of the Ghana Angel Investment Network said, "The Business Odyssey was enriching on so many levels and way beyond my expectations.” Chef Selassie Atadika of Midunu added that, “The Business Odyssey was an amazing experience. We met phenomenal business women who were very open and generous with the lessons learned from their decades in business”. Paschorina Mortty of The One Event concluded by saying, “It was a reaffirming and reassuring experience for me. I learned the value of authenticity and to listen to that inner guiding voice.”
Held under the auspices of its WCEO Academy, the just ended Business Odyssey is designed by Ruka Sanusi and her team at Alldens Lane for the daring businesswoman to gain inspiration through networking and sharing their experiences with extremely successful business leaders across the continent, creating an international support group of entrepreneurs.