Welcome to the digital home for Africa's women entrepreneurs. We're all about women entrepreneurs celebrating success, exchanging stories, connecting and networking, learning from like-minded women, and inspiring and mentoring the next generation of women-led startups in Africa. Learn more about us →
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When women entrepreneurs start talking and collaborating - good things happen! Join our community and start a conversation today. Every woman has something valuable to contribute.
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INSPIRATION & ADVICE
“The West has taken and borrowed a lot from Africa…now it’s a renaissance: we’re claiming back what is ours and we’re adding value to what is ours, making it globally acceptable and globally appealing."
- Deola Sagoe, leading lady of African fashion, is a haute couture fashion designer from Ondo State in Nigeria. Deola has been at the cutting edge of high fashion since 1989 and became the first black woman to present a collection at AltaRoma, Rome’s celebrated fashion week, back in 2004. Her "globally appealing" style has earned her an enviable clientèle that ranges from Africa's first ladies, to society girls like Lydia Hearst, top model Alek Wek, and famous personalities such as Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith.
Celebrate what makes your brand uniquely African....
"You need to understand and appreciate your cultural roots. It is important to fully embrace your Africanism, because if you don't appreciate where you have come from there is the temptation to dissolve your brand into something that the rest of the world is doing, and not celebrate what makes your brand so uniquely African. It is important to be true to yourself as an African, and let that Africanness define what you do and how you do it."
- Bianca Sibiya is a digital marketing specialist who co-founded fashion label Punk & Ivy with partner Khaya in late 2012. This dynamic fashion duo are focused on mastering the bespoke suit and creating fashion that is uniquely African. Bianca is driven by a need to document and articulate life in Africa and South Africa through her creative work. Punk And Ivy as a term was used in the late 60′ into the 70’s in Soweto to describe a particular style of dress for men. The brand also has a very unique retail outlet - The MOTIQUE - a fully fledged retail space in a truck, measuring 9,3m long and featuring a boutique, a change-room, a back office, seating and so much more.
IMAGE OF THE DAY
Each Monday to Friday we feature a striking 'Image of the Day' celebrating the work, or a moment in the life, of a talented African woman entrepreneur. Enjoy!
IN FOCUS THIS MONTH - GHANA'S WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
100 LIONESSES PROJECT
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Talk to any successful entrepreneur and they will likely tell you that the only way to build a significant, sustainable company that can scale is to build an A Team to walk the distance with you. As a founder entrepreneur, you set the vision, you create the business plan and the goals, and your passion drives all of those things. But the bottom line is that success depends on your ability as a leader to build the right team and to keep inspiring each team member to work together towards a common vision. So how do you ensure that you make the right picks for your team, people who share the same values, have the right skills sets, and importantly, a shared passion? It’s a process of being always in recruitment mode, looking out constantly for people who seem to be a fit and who could bring something unique to your A Team party.