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"It was my dream to capture true African luxury, change the world's perception of Africa and produce a luxury brand that is truly African in origin, nature and tradition."
Swaady Martin, founder of Yswara
“Reach out for a hand of support when the path seems daunting and be equally ready to reach out your hand to steady that of another on their journey. Growth is collaborative.”
Dr Levashni Naidoo, founder of The Dermatology Room (South Africa)
“I think many people really want to do good, but they don’t necessarily know how, ... becoming involved with a product that does facilitates this need.”
Nelia Annandale, founder of Keedo Kids (South Africa)
"It has been a long journey, getting here has been challenging; it has been full of challenges as well as triumphs. This is why we have something to celebrate.”
Adenike Ogunlesi, founder of Ruff 'n' Tumble (Nigeria)
"For every dollar that you put in women's hands 80 cents goes to the family."
Marilyn Kamuru, Founder & Managing Director of eManage Africa
“…if you don’t make yourself heard, no one will know your value.”
Lori Milner: author, entrepreneur, thought leader and founder of Beyond the Dress
“Our values will always be reflected in our actions and behavior hence the cliché - actions speak louder than words.”
Paula Quinsee, a South African Entrepreneur, Coach, Speaker, Mentor, and Author
“Don’t be so hard on yourself and put so much pressure on yourself to do it all and be this perfect business woman, partner and mother.”
Deborah Hartung, founder of Pivot PeopleTech (South Africa)
"One needs to be armed with information in order to successfully navigate any venture. Information is your compass. If you know better, you will do better."
Mo Abudu, founder and Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife TV
"To successfully support Africa’s rise, we must support Africa’s women."
Susan Mashibe, founder and executive director of VIA Aviation (Tanzania)
"We decided to create a bean to bar chocolate company because of our love for chocolate, but also because we want to make an impact in Africa.”
Chiinga Musonda, co-founder of Savanna Premium Chocolate (Zambia)
“… the choices we make on a daily basis can either bring us closer to, or further from, our dreams.”
Tatenda Rungisa, co-founder of Twin Connect Solutions (Zimbabwe)
“Women need to be bold, strong and driven to pursue their dreams. Create your own future and not one society has mapped out for you.”
Sayu Abend, founder and CEO of Spacepointe (Nigeria)
"We know that Africa has potential, all we need is investors – either local or foreign – to come on board with money and partner with us and take it all the way up there.”
Deola Sagoe, founder of Deola (Nigeria)
"No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up!"
Fatuma Abdullah, founder of Akiki Dolls (South Africa)
"Surround yourself with people that challenge you, encourage you and hold you accountable.”
Debra Mwodza, founder of Quest Support Solutions (South Africa)
"Every day is always a new challenge, one more goal to fulfill, more surprises, some mishaps, but with persistence, focus and determination, I can overcome any difficulty and go on.”
Maria Natália João, founder of MNJ Eventos & Serviços (Mozambique)
“… you are definitely here for a reason. Find it; and do it.”
Brigette Mashile, founder of Roka Roko (South Africa)
“Success begins with a will. Go out there. Start something. Be fearless!”
Lorna Rutto, CEO and co-founder of EcoPost (Kenya)
“African youth are not waiting for any reforms to happen. Our moment is now. The African continent offers tremendous business opportunities and we are committed to developing quality products and services.”
Abigail Urey-Miller, co-founder & CEO of Edgail Recycling Inc. (Liberia)
"What inspired me to open the company is the knowledge that through this business I would have the opportunity to positively impact people's lives…”
Nercia Celeste Mazive, founder of Premier Human Capital Corporation (Mozambique)
"…we want to be a widely recognized and sought after brand that equates “Made in Africa” with brilliance in craftsmanship, artistry, and deep cultural roots."
Abai Schulze, founder of ZAAF (Ethiopia)
"Know in your heart there is always a way to succeed. There is always a way to make things work.”
Bernie de Le Cuona, founder of de Le Cuona
"I am constantly evolving and drawing on the dynamic rich African heritage to create products which celebrate beauty and design on the continent, showcasing the African luxury movement."
Adele Dejak, founder of Adele Dejak (Kenya)
“If we are to realize our development goals, we must stop hurtling down this import path towards being a consumer nation; we must produce.”
Flora Mutahi, founder & CEO of Melvin Marsh International (Kenya)
"I am actually turning the trash into cash while creating job opportunities… Nothing makes me happier."
Lorna Rutto, founder of EcoPost (Kenya)
"As an entrepreneur one definitely needs a lot of patience, resilience and love for one’s work."
Frances Edwards, founder of House of Cinnamon (South Africa)
"The cocoa industry provided a good opportunity to demonstrate the value of processing a raw material into a finished product."
Oluwafemi Oyedipe, founder of LoshesChocolate (Nigeria)
“Work from your heart - If you believe in your business, others will too!”
Michelle Rumbelow, founder of Liviya (South Africa)