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 →
JOIN THE COMMUNITY
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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LIONESS LEAN IN BREAKFAST SERIES: Events are FREE, but booking is essential. Prepare to be inspired!
INSPIRATION & ADVICE
"No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up!"
- Fatuma Abdullah is the Kenyan-born founder of Akiki Dolls in South Africa, a company that makes and distributes African dolls known as Akiki Dolls. Fatuma is also an author and has published her first children's book based on the Akiki character called, 'Akiki’s Short Stories'. The Akiki Doll was born out of Fatuma's need as a mother to empower her daughter and her vision is to have all children embrace diversity and ethnicity by giving them access to a great playmate.
Know what your passion and purpose is....
"The first question to be able to ask yourself and have an answer to is: 'What is my purpose?' For as long as you are alive, you were created for a purpose to better the lives of others – it’s not about you. Women were created to 'birth' life and that is not restricted to human life. It means women have the creative and multiplying power to push boundaries with strength, resilience and focus in any area of business, communities and any sphere of influence they are assigned to. So – for you to get to the next level - know what your passion and purpose is and never give up!"
- Rose Sibisi is the creator and host of StylewithRoseS, a popular television talk-show in Zambia. Rose has created a show geared towards teaching, inspiring and challenging viewers across the African continent to pursue their purpose and fulfill their destiny. Her hugely entertaining and informative talk-show aims to motivate and sprout a blossoming pan-African social fabric, driving national and economic impact by showcasing self-made women entrepreneurs, women game changers, women trailblazers and women innovators.
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 - AFRICA'S BEAUTY & WELLNESS ENTREPRENEURS
100 LIONESSES PROJECT
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Do you sometimes feel you are stuck in a rut, not able to see clearly or find solutions to key challenges in your business and in life, or to see new opportunities for what they could be - exciting steps into the unknown? It happens to all of us at some time or other. The solution lies in opening your mind - being open to new ideas and expanding your way of seeing and connecting with the world, expanding your perspective, experiencing new things, and therefore opening your mind to new possibilities. The secret is to start with a few mind-shifting steps to get the ball rolling. Why not get out of your usual work space once or twice a week and into a more unusual, creative environment, such as an outdoor cafe, an art gallery or sculpture park, a trendy co-working space? Why not take your next few meetings in an entrepreneurial coffee shop or tea room, where artisan entrepreneurship is celebrated and like minded entrepreneurs gather to share creative ideas. Or maybe make a point of taking half an hour each morning or evening to read a chapter or two from an inspirational book written by a fellow entrepreneur who has been where you are now. Sometimes all it takes is a few steps to open your mind to new things, and as a result, a world of possibilities opens up.