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"Women entrepreneurs have to work twice as hard to succeed... the best thing to do is to remain resolute, focused, ethical and preserve your integrity."
Divine Ndhlukula, founder of SECURICO Security Services (Zimbabwe)
"I am actually turning the trash into cash while creating job opportunities… Nothing makes me happier."
Lorna Rutto, founder of EcoPost (Kenya)
"57 Chocolate aims to inspire the people of Ghana, especially the youth to create and develop Made in Ghana products of highest value."
Kimberly and Priscilla Addison, co-founders of '57 Chocolate (Ghana)
“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)
“Coding is a 21st century skill and every young girl growing up today in our society should have access to it."
Mariéme Jamme, founder of iamtheCODE (Senegal/UK)
“I would advise you to keep in mind that perseverance and patience will be greatly needed.”
Dana Mroueh, founder of MonChoco (Côte d’Ivoire)
"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)
“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)
“My team is the fuel of the business, they put their hearts and soul into what they do.”
Anicha Abdul, founder of EP Management & Consultancy Services (Mozambique)
“Being a female entrepreneur in Africa is especially challenging, it’s not for the faint-hearted.”
Swaady Martin, founder of YSWARA
“Business success is built on the shoulders of those who have walked before us, and it’s important, in my view, to offer that to the next generation of entrepreneurs who follow.”
Johanna Mukoki, co-founder of Travel with Flair (South Africa)
“Here’s to the women who will change the narrative of African women: May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”
Dr. Ola Orekunrin, founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria
"Our challenge is to create collaborative enterprises that can scale much faster than an individual entity. By collaborating with others, we build teams of smart entrepreneurs with diverse expertise, working together to solve problems."
Tumi Frazier, a South African entrepreneur, professional speaker & author
“People have value for foreign things. It is strange that Uganda exports cotton which comes back with a label and we think it is higher value yet it is made from our cotton. We are trying to emphasise and change people’s perception on how to value Uganda in a cool trendy witty way that engages people. It doesn’t have to be made in America, it has to be relevant to Africa.”
Olga Mugyenyi, co-founder of Definition Africa, Uganda
“Who is going to feed Africa? Who will ensure Africans are educated? Across the board, the entrepreneurs are the ones carrying this continent to the next season.”
Eva Muraya, founder and CEO of Brand Strategy and Design (Kenya)
“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)
“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)
“Work hard, take on tasks that no one else wants to do, and stand up for what you believe in.”
Magda Wierzycka, founder & CEO, Sygnia Asset Management (South Africa)
“… for the first two to three years you have to be ready to have an equal measure of pain and joy with a strong tilt towards pain for most of the first 18 months."
Abai Schulze, founder of ZAAF (Ethiopia)
“The follow-through is just as important as the first action, if not more important!”
Ally Angula, co-founder of Leap Holdings (Namibia)
“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)
“… women feel their products and want to provide quality as they pay attention to details, causing customers to keep coming back.”
Tabitha Karanja, founder and CEO of Keroche Breweries (Kenya)
"I want to appeal to fellow women, we have to look back at our culture and mentor our young girls to have a bright future."
Julian Omalla, founder of Delight Uganda Limited (Uganda)
“I just learned to use the challenges as stepping stones to reaching the desired goals.”
Achenyo Idachaba, founder of MitiMeth (Nigeria)
“Success begins with a will. Go out there. Start something. Be fearless!”
Lorna Rutto, CEO and co-founder of EcoPost (Kenya)