“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-owned businesses and the products and services they create. These images give us an insight into the unique creativity that exists here in Africa and that is capturing the imagination of the world. Each Monday to Friday, Lionesses of Africa features a striking 'Image of the Day' that celebrates the work, or a moment in the life of, a talented African woman entrepreneur. Enjoy!”
— Melanie Hawken, LoA founder and editor-in-chief
LATEST IMAGES OF THE DAY
‘Beautiful Baby Nursery’… by Nels Babies, an online specialist of unique, custom-made children’s bedding and curtains in Namibia. Founder Beatha Shitemba creates beautiful products for decorating gender-neutral nurseries, for those who don't want to be confined by typical, gender-orientated decor.
‘Eco-friendly Jewellery’… from Yakutti, an online platform that curates and sells uniquely elegant jewelry produced by ethical and eco-conscious jewelry designers and brands that are contributing in significant ways to their local communities in Kenya and Tanzania. The featured bangles are handmade using up-cycled brass and aluminium by talented artisans in Nairobi.
‘Kids Fashion’… from Ruff 'n' Tumble, a leading designer, manufacturer and retailer of designer children's clothing in Nigeria. Founder Adenike Ogunlesi started out modestly in 1996 selling the clothes she made from the boot of her car and in bazaars. Today, Ruff 'n' Tumble is an instantly recognisable brand in Nigeria and has a reputation for being one of the top manufacturers of children's clothing throughout West Africa.
‘Cow Horn Ring’… Margaux Wong is a talented fashion and textile designer originally from Guyana, South America, but now living and working in Burundi. Margaux specializes in elegant jewellery, handcrafted sustainably from cow horn and recycled brass. Read more.
Image of the Day: 'Adinkra Chocolates'… ’57 Chocolate is the pioneer bean to bar chocolate business in Ghana defined by creativity and luxury, and created by sisters Kimberley and Priscilla Addison. This venture uses resources grown within the country to create delicious, whimsical chocolate treats. ’57 hones in on Ghana’s Independence Day spirit and challenges the status quo that premium chocolate can only be made in Europe. The featured Adinkra bars are beautiful bite-sized bars engraved with visual symbols originally created by the Ashanti of Ghana. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Celebrating African Print’… Pernia Couture is a creative fashion brand from Ghana that uses African prints and beadwork to create a unique range of ladies’ clothing and accessories. Founder Anna Cole Ojukwu is passionate about creating bold unique accessories and clothes to make women feel more confident. Read More →
‘The Ritual of Tea’… presented by YSWARA, a rapidly growing African luxury tea brand that produces a collection of luxury teas, infusions and tea time accessories that tell a uniquely African story. Founder Swaady Martin creates elegant, high-end products using the continent’s natural resources, all produced by African artisans. Swaady aims to capture a true spirit of African luxury by reviving Africa’s endangered cultural heritage and unique ancestral craftsmanship.
Image of the Day: ‘Air Mesh Honeycomb Coat’… available at Burgundy Fly, a fashion retail brand that is rapidly becoming South Africa’s fashion window to the world! Founder Nobesuthu Ndlovu is a great example of a woman entrepreneur who has all these skills and more, and together with her business partner and husband is building an exciting company that now has three retail stores, as well as a successful online store. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Master Weaver’… Kente Master is a fabric artisan startup committed to promoting African entrepreneurship by internationally servicing a unique blend of premium, finished Kente graduation stoles. Founder Rafiat Kasumu creates dynamic, long-lasting, and mutually beneficial relationships between local Kente weaving associations in Ghana and universities in the United States so that students graduate wearing authentic, customized graduation stoles #MadeInGhana. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘The Tony Earrings’… are a collaboration dreamt up by two like-minded designers, Matter of Fakt and Thalia Strates. Founded in November 2013 by designer Mary-Anne Grobler, Matter of Fakt was the result of what seemed to be Mary-Anne’s perpetual and disappointing search for the perfect show-stopping, larger-than-life, natural-stone statement ring. The Matter of Fakt brand is based on their appreciation of contemporary African adornments. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Zebra Print Maxi Dress’… from Adèle Dejak, a brand of handcrafted fashion jewellery and fashion accessories that is inspired by African tribes, textiles, culture and traditions. At the forefront of the African luxury movement is Adèle’s edgy collection of bags, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings which is a must-have fashion accessory and fashion statement piece. The brand is built on an ethical and sustainable business model, with the objective of empowering women through adornment. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘RCT Shoulder Bag’… from soleRebels, an amazing artisan footwear company founded in 2004 by Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu in her community of Zenabwork in Ethiopia. soleRebels is the world's first Fair Trade footwear company and its products are sold in over 40 countries around the globe. Since launching, soleRebels has created 1,200 jobs and plans to have more than 3,000 full-time Ethiopian employees by the end of 2018 when its new production facility is complete. Read More →
Image of the Day: 'Luxury Softness'… from Miss Knitwear, a Cape Town based designer and producer of luxury knitwear using all natural yarns and materials. Candice Johnson founded Miss Knitwear in 2013, creating her first luxurious collection of fine kid mohair shawls, scarves and throws. She has expanded her collection to include a men’s and décor collection using only the finest ethically sourced kid mohair. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Acrylic Flower Box’... by the The House of Agness, a floral design company in Mozambique inspired by modern, minimalistic aesthetics but with a classic touch. Founder Mariana Agness Francisco Eria's products and services include deliveries of her signature boxes, bouquets and gift boxes and onsite floral services. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘New Year Spirit'... Welcome to 2018. Let’s make it one to remember for all women entrepreneurs across the African continent. Get ready to roar Lionesses!
Image of the Day: 'Baw Pot Handbags in the Making'... founder of AAKS, Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, holding her brand's trademark raffia woven bags in production for delivery to buyers around the world this festive season. Akosua launched AAKS with the goal of introducing the world to her favourite weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana whilst also creating and igniting sustainable jobs within Africa. Read More →
Image of the Day: 'Sustainability Innovator'... Solar Sister eradicates energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. Founders Katherine Lucey and Neha Misra combine the breakthrough potential of clean energy technology with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring light, hope and opportunity to even the most remote communities in rural Africa. Solar Sister creates sustainable businesses, powered by smart investment in women entrepreneurs. Read More →
Image of the Day: 'Festive Spirit'... South African artisan chocolate brand, Chocoloza, are out and about in Johannesburg cheering festive shoppers with their wonderful display of chocolate gift boxes. Chocoloza combines the best Belgian chocolate with the finest local, fresh African ingredients creating a taste sensation unlike anything else you will taste in the chocolate world. Read More →
Image of the Day: 'Jumpsuits'... is available at BOLD Kampala, an exciting African fashion retail business founded by three vibrant and talented women entrepreneurs from Uganda - Ngyenzi 'Nunu' Mugyenyi, Janet Mugume and Angel Kalisa. They have a vision for raising awareness of, and retailing, African fashion brands to the world. Their BOLD Kampala and Kigali retail concepts are truly world-class and provide affordable space and excellent exposure for uniquely African designer fashion brands. Read More →
Image of the Day: 'Endless Summer'... Bantu Wax, founded by Yodit Eklund, is an African surf brand that breaks the clichés of blonde haired, blue-eyed surfer dudes with images from Africa's own surf culture. Since its birth, Bantu has been Made In Africa, by Africans, sustainably and fairly, merging the rich history of African art and textiles with Africa's deeply rooted surf culture. Read More →
Image of the Day: 'Made in Rwanda'... pioneering Rwandan fashion designer Sonia Mugabo is setting the standard for Rwandan fashion in global and local markets. Sonia launched her eponymous fashion brand back in 2013, born out of a desire to tap into the existing local artisan talent to make high quality men's and womenswear. The brand has since gone on to great success and has big plans to expand into New York, London and other fashion capitals of the world. Read More →
Image of the Day: 'The Essence of the Cape'... fynbos-infused gin from Inverroche Distillery, a small batch, artisanal producer in the Western Cape, South Africa. Their spirits are distributed throughout South Africa and in 14 countries including Europe, America, Asia and Africa. Founder Lorna Scott uses the extraordinary bounty of rare, aromatic medicinal and culinary herbs, flowers and berries, which grow all around her as the inspiration to create a range of uniquely South African gins. Read More →
Image of the Day: 'Gifts from Nature'... verbena scented Bath Truffles from RAIN nestled in a beautiful handcrafted gift box. Founder Bev Missing's wonderful brand, which now has stores across Africa, the USA and Ireland, creates handmade bath and body products using natural ingredients with African origins. All of Rain's products are responsibly handmade with love and care for their customers, craftspeople and the environment. Read More →
Image of the Day: 'Panama Hats'... The latest collection of hand painted hats by Victoria Verbaan, a South African artist and illustrator, available at Charles Greig Collective in Johannesburg. Victoria works in a wide variety of artistic disciplines ranging from illustration and painting to the design of bespoke rugs, wallpaper, limited edition fine art prints, fabric and more recently, ceramics. Her commissioned artwork and fabric can be seen in local and international homes as well as restaurants and boutique hotels. Wallpaper Magazine recently named her as 1 of 20 reasons to visit South Africa. Read More →
Image of the Day: 'Floral Bomb Basic Tote'... from Missibaba, a luxury accessory label established by leather devotee Chloe Townsend in 2005. Passionate about South Africa and supporting local industry Chloe works alongside business partner Lizel Strydom from a sun drenched studio in Woodstock, Cape Town, experimenting with texture and colour that continuously push the boundaries of imagination. A team of eight dynamic women work tirelessly alongside Chloe and Lizel, pouring their love and energy into each and every creation. Adored by celebrities, style icons and fashion editors alike, Missibaba accessories exude exotic exuberance and sophisticated charm. Read More →
Image of the Day: 'Waste to Wealth'... Esther happily redeems her earned 8,000 RecyclePoints to get 2 cartons of Indomie Noodles. Esther is part of Recycle Points recycling programme in Lagos, Nigeria and her domestic waste which could have ended up in a dump site has now earned her food items. Chioma Ukonu the co-founder of Recycle Points is building a game-changing recycling business that is enabling individuals, particularly from low-income households, to create value from their everyday waste. Read More →
Image of the Day: 'Crochet Pet Basket'... by Benji+Moon, a wonderful South African startup creating beautiful handcrafted products for your beloved cats and dogs. Co-founders Hanneke Schutte & Karen Carr work with local artisans and established designers to bring you beautifully designed pet products whilst proudly donating 5% of your purchase to CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare). Read More →
Image of the Day: 'Aluro Fabric'... There is a growing global interest in African design, textiles and products, and talented Nigerian interior designer and lifestyle brand creator, Eva Sonaike, is taking the world by storm on the back of this trend. Her aim is to position the 'African' aesthetic in the global textiles and interior industry as part of her bigger brand-building picture. Read More →
Image of the Day: 'Cool Socks'... from FEAT. sock co., a Cape Town based company that creates playful feature socks with a sense of humour and wonder. Founder Alison Stewart and Chelsey Wilson pay as much attention to eye-catching aesthetics as they do to high quality and comfort. They are passionate about supporting local industry, so their socks are proudly made in Cape Town, South Africa. Read More →
Image of the Day: 'Who doesn’t like a little bling?'... and few do it better than KONA, the name of a unique accessories company in Uganda that is inspired by a mix of Indian and African influences. Founders Bhavya Kalsi and Nimisha Kalipurayath playfully mix patterns, styles, colors, stitching techniques and materials to form Kona’s unique product line. With raw materials being sourced locally and products handmade by a team of women in Kampala, Kona’s purpose is to create employment and empowerment for local artisans. Read More →