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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
"Start with the end in mind and work towards it."
- Kofo Akinkugbe is recognised globally for her entrepreneurial success story and strong business track record. She is founder & CEO of SecureID Nigeria Ltd a market leader in smart card technology and digital security in Africa. SecureID is a world-class manufacturing facility with the only smart card production plant in West Africa and one of only six on the continent. In January 2015 the company commissioned a new state-of-the-art EMV-certified smartcard manufacturing plant – the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company serves 16 countries across Africa and is fully certified by VISA, Verve and MasterCard. In 2012, Kofo won the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship Mature Business Award.
Believe in yourself....
"Believe in yourself, believe in your work, focus on where you want to see your business, no matter the challenges."
- Tsholofelo Tshetlo is the founder of Afrophik in South Africa, a company that manufactures upcycled handbags from various types of leather and paper reclaimed from outdated retail shop catalogues. Tsholofelo's products are are not only eco-friendly, but also unique and most of the manufacturing is done by hand. She is currently working alone, but has a goal to expand her business and train more women.
IMAGE OF THE DAY
They say that a picture says a thousand words, and we couldn't agree more. In the world of Lionesses of Africa, we celebrate women's entrepreneurship in all its forms on the continent, and we love the powerful images that conjure up the spirit of women-led startups and the products and services they create.
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 WOMEN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS
FEATURED '100 LIONESSES'
MEET & LEARN FROM AFRICA'S LEADING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
It’s still early in the new year but do you find you are still in vacation mode, not quite on your game yet and inevitably thinking you can put off fulfilling certain key tasks until tomorrow, or next week, or next month? Procrastination really is a negative hurdle that gets in the way of achieving success, so to start this new year in the right spirit, it’s better to get focused on the doing, not the excuse making. And let’s face it, procrastinating always takes more effort, particularly as it makes us feel guilty about what we should be doing. The well known US motivational speaker and writer, Denis Waitley, said: “Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, it carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.” Wise words, but have you also noticed that when you focus and you are very near to completing a particular task, you are motivated to reach the finish line? So what are you waiting for, stop procrastinating, just do it!