“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, founder & ceo, Lionesses of Africa
Image of the Day: ‘Handcrafted Baby Blankets’… beautiful, soft to touch, 100% organic cotton handmade baby blankets from Little Gabies in Ethiopia. They produce a range of baby blankets and sheepskin baby footwear and accessories that are winning fans around the world. Founder Amelsa Yazew is creating new markets for these ethnic style blankets of Ethiopia that use traditional spinning, and weaving techniques that go back thousands of years. Read More →
‘Just the tonic!’… Mayine Gin is the first black-owned gin brand in South Africa and is co-founded by Luvuyo Jongile who is from Khayelitsha township in Cape Town. She realized that international drinks companies were making money from her community and not uplifting it and decided to enter the alcohol sector in order to create a beverage that locals could relate to. She also on a mission to give back to the community by uplifting the township economy.
Image of the Day: ‘Natural Skincare’… Jesslynn Schlamm is the founder of Lulu & Marula, a South African company that produces a handcrafted, 100% all natural skincare range, created to balance both body and mind. Each Lulu & Marula product is unique and of the highest quality, something very close to Jesslynn's heart. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Bold & Powerful’… Adele Dejak is an authentic jewellery and fashion accessories brand that connects buyers to a true luxury African experience. The brand consists of a wide variety of handcrafted pieces including bracelets, earrings, necklaces and handbags inspired by African textiles, cultures and traditions directly made in Adele’s studio in Nairobi, or through collaboration with her established network of partners. Read more. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Recycled Paper Pendant’… from Quazi Design, a cutting edge craft company in eSwatini (Swaziland) that transforms waste magazines into original jewellery, accessories and homeware. Quazi pushes the boundaries of recycling, developing interesting techniques, including layering magazine pages to recreate the impression of wood, as if transforming the material back to its original form. Read More →
‘Colour Your Home’ … 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.
‘New Skincare Range’ … SuzieBeauty officially launched the first Kenyan line of cosmetics products back in 2012 – developed by professional make-up artist and founder Suzie Wokabi, for the everyday African woman. This month saw the leading brand announcing it has expanded it’s range to include skin care. This comes after two years of product, market and manufacturing research to develop a new range of products targeted to the African woman.
Image of the Day: ‘Handcrafted Toys’… from La Fede in South Africa. Each unique piece is designed and handmade by Chantelle Beukes, the founder, resulting in truly unique Heirloom Toys that children fall in love with. Chantelle launched her business back in 2014, after the company she worked for shut it's doors. She called her company La Fede, which means 'Faith' in Italian, as it was literally born out of a leap of faith. Today, Chantelle is successfully producing a range of toys that inspire imaginative play for kids. Read More →
‘New Year Spirit'... Welcome to 2019. Let’s make it one to remember for all women entrepreneurs across the African continent. Get ready to roar Lionesses!
Image of the Day: ‘African Lifestyle Products’… from African Things, maker of contemporary African inspired lifestyle products that are functional with innovative designs in a manner that empowers Africans. Founder Oluwatosin Lawson from Nigeria aims to change the negative image associated with African manufacturing and become a symbol for high quality products, whilst at the same time empowering Africans. Her product range includes backpacks, bow ties, earrings and bangles and several other fashion related items. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Hot Stuff’ … from Black Mamba, a fair trade brand of gourmet chilli products from the the Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland) made with organically grown ingredients and no artificial flavours or preservatives. The range includes chilli sauces, pestos, and chutneys. Co-founder Claudia Castellanos Roques partners with a local NGO called Guba that trains small farmers in organic farming. Black Mamba then buys at negotiated prices all the organic produce grown by these farmers to manufacture their products. Products are currently exported to South Africa, the UK, Germany and Australia. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Eco Construction’ …. Creating affordable housing solutions in Africa is a key challenge for many countries, and particularly homes that are eco-friendly. But Joelle Eyeson, co-founder of Hive Earth, is bringing a new and innovative solution to Ghana, and one that is replicable across the continent. Her eco construction company uses the rammed earth method of construction, using locally sourced, eco friendly and sustainable materials. The company constructs all of its buildings with mud and granite chippings. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Lulu Necklace’…. from SHIKHAZURI, a Kenyan based jewellery design company making its mark in global markets. Founder Shikha Vincent launched her company following her fascination with ethnic and tribal jewellery from across the African continent, combined with her desire to support wildlife conservation in her country. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Marvelous Chocolates’…. from Kakawa Chocolates, an artisanal chocolate company in Maputo, Mozambique who produce a wonderful range of chocolate bonbons using exotic local and international flavors. Co-founder Séfora Noor along with three of her best friends who have all known each other since childhood have turned their collective passion for chocolate into a thriving business. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Shoes Handcrafted With Pride’…. from Uzuri K&Y in Rwanda, a company creating beautiful handcrafted shoes with a unique Rwandan aesthetic. Founders Kevine Kagirimpundu and Ysolde Shimwe are two former college classmates who shared a passion for fashion and a desire to start a business venture that would create much needed jobs for their community. Despite little means, they decided to kickstart their business whilst still studying, launching Uzuri K&Y back in 2013. Today, their dream continues to go from strength to strength. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘A Slow Cooking Revolution’ … is being created around the world by Sarah Collins’ company Wonderbag which manufactures, sells and distributes a cooking product known as the Wonderbag. These non-electric bags are made up of chipped foam that is housed in colourful, African-inspired printed fabrics with a drawstring at the top to retain the heat. The product allows food to be brought to the boil by conventional cooking methods and once put into the Wonderbag it will continue to cook the food for up to 12 hours. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Flower Gift 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: ‘Suziebeautiful’… Suzie Wokabi founded Kenya's premier, award-winning beauty brand SuzieBeauty back in 2001 as the country’s first homegrown beauty brand. Suzie's vision was to provide consumers with a high quality brand of cosmetics at fair prices. Her company specializes in the latest and most current natural products and exceptional colour ranges inspired by the African continent. In 2013, Suzie was an awardee of Kenya's Most Influential Women in Business and Government. 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: ‘Morning Tranquility’ … Sentiens is a Cape Town-based company that designs functional wellness and lifestyle products that are kind to the planet. Founder Claire Keet has a great eye for producing beautiful, functional yoga and fitness gear. Her range of mats combine gorgeous aesthetics with great performance, all designed and created in sunny South Africa, often in collaboration with talented local designers. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Bespoke Shirt Jacket in Wax-Print Fabric’ … from five8ths, a bespoke shirtmaker with its atelier at 44 Stanley Avenue in Johannesburg, South Africa. Liz Kading, fine custom shirtmaker and founder, oversees the handcrafting of each garment, one at a time, using fine sewing techniques. Liz considers it an art-form to construct and sculpt each piece using fabrics that are carefully chosen with aesthetics, quality, and ecological impact in mind. Each item is designed with thoughtfulness and attention to detail, with the goal of producing favorite wardrobe staples. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Sugarcane Lip Scrub’… from ORÍKÌ, a leading Nigerian luxury personal grooming brand that fuses natural ingredients and scientific research to create extraordinary personal care products. As founder and lead innovator of ORÍKÌ, Joycee Awojoodu is passionate about creating an African indigenous luxury brand that couples the vast potential of the agricultural sector and local resources. Joycee is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program Fellow. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Potjie Server’… a new design from Mash.T Design Studio, a lighting and furniture design company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company’s creative founder Thabisa Mjo prides herself on continuously providing her clients with highly creative solutions to their spatial challenges. Thabisa won the Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search for her Tutu 2.0 light in 2015. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Letta Circle Tote’… Woven luxury handbag handcrafted in eSwatini (Swaziland) by Khokho. In 2014, New York-based accessories designer Sapna Shah teamed up with Philippa Thorne of Gone Rural and master weaver Zinhle Vilakati to create the Khokho handbag range. Produced by women artisans in Swaziland, each bag is woven from Lutindzi grass and features vegetable-tanned leather and sustainably sourced wood. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Luxury Silk Print’… from Eki Orleans, a luxury fashion brand designing their own African silk inspired prints. Founder Hazel Aggrey-Orleans is a brand builder using her West African heritage to create truly unique, luxury ready to wear and bespoke fashion collections, swimwear, and scarves. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Coco Carissa Gin’… a new gin from Inverroche, infused with red berries of the Carissa Bispinosa tree from the forests of the Southern Cape. Lorna Scott is the founder of Inverroche Distillery, a small batch, artisanal gin producer in the Western Cape, South Africa who sell their products throughout South Africa and in 14 countries across Europe, America, Asia and Africa. Lorna 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: ‘Functional Table Art’ …. from renowned South African artist and designer Carrol Boyes who finds the perfect synthesis between art and function in her unique homeware. Carrol’s gifting items draw their inspiration from both the human form and the beauty of nature. Her unique products are available through her 35 branded shops in South Africa and in over 30 other countries around the world. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Chocolate Temptations' … a beautiful presentation box from The Chocolatiers, a South African mother and daughter team creating artisanal, handcrafted chocolates with a conscience. This team are passionate champions of slow food, and their approach is steeped in tradition, taking their time to hand make every chocolate with love and to perfection. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Bold Women’… from BOLD Africa, a retail brand changing the face of African fashion. Founders Nunu Mugyenyi, Janet Mugume and Angel Kalisa have built an award-winning retail outlet that houses over thirty up and coming designers from countries across the African continent including Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria, Ghana, Tunisia and South Africa. They create opportunities for designers to retail their collections in affordable spaces with excellent exposure. Their mission is to increase the support of the African fashion industry, both locally and internationally. Read More →