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“You need to be strong mentally and to continue believing in your dream when faced with tough times, so surround yourself with people who inspire you.”
Johanna Mukoki, co-founder of Travel With Flair (South Africa)
“When we don't view each other as competition, but rather as potential partners, I think we have the ability to create beautiful compelling work that benefits us all.”
Thabisa Mjo, founder of Mash.T Design Studio (South Africa)
“… no matter how hard this journey is, we should still make time to enjoy life and experience happiness!”
Lizl Naude, founder of Lilly Loompa (South Africa)
“Don’t only learn from your mistakes, learn from other people’s mistakes too.”
Ethel Cofie, Founder & CEO of Edel Technology Consulting (Ghana)
"There will always be a million reasons not to do it, so just start."
Filipa Carreira, founder of Wamina (Mozambique)
“I would advise you to keep in mind that perseverance and patience will be greatly needed.”
Dana Mroueh, founder of MonChoco (Côte d’Ivoire)
“Every morning we have two choices: to continue sleeping with our dreams or to wake up and pursue them - so insist, persist, but do not give up.”
Milena de Lurdes Valoi, founder of Anellim (Mozambique)
“Our educational systems need to be reformed – making technology and innovation the cornerstone of learning and not just another subject. Without a skilled digital workforce we will not only depend on the West, but also remain in poverty.”
Nkemdilim Begho, founder of Future Software Resources (Nigeria)
“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)
"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)
"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)
"I am working for a dream that is becoming a reality."
Geraldine Eve Kasambara, founder of 143 Communications (Zimbabwe)
“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 real sign of an entrepreneur is falling to the ground and being able to get yourself up, time after time. It can be a bitter sweet journey.”
Selassie Atadika, founder of Midunu Chocolates (Ghana)
"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)
“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)
“Start with the educational system. We are conditioned to be job seekers. Entrepreneurship must be taught from childhood.”
Nathalie Kpanté, founder of Choco-Togo (Togo)
“We have to dream bigger dreams for ourselves and believe that we have the potential to make those dreams come true.”
Mimi Kalinda, founder of Africommunications Group (South Africa)
“In my experience, the most potent killer of creative thinking is fear! It can absolutely choke creativity…”
Lizl Naude, founder of Lilly Loompa (South Africa)