“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: ‘Gifting for The City Gardener’ …. eye catching potted plants, customized gifts items and brand design solutions are the specialism of Shop Nanjala in Kenya. Teresa Lubano is the founder and creative mind that drives the business, having worked for over a decade as an Art Director on leading brands across East Africa. She has the experience and perspective to utilize the unique mosaic of design influences that appeal to Kenya’s burgeoning middle class. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Stylish Aluminium Bowls’ …. Gone Rural is an eSwatini handcraft company inspired by women weavers, using creativity and design to offer income to more than 780 rural women artisans. Their products range from functional homeware to gallery pieces, with traditional weaving techniques reinterpreted into new and innovative contemporary designs. Inspired by the lutindzi grass of the mountains of Swaziland and the women leaders of rural communities, Gone Rural transforms the indigenous art of weaving into high-quality products that are showcased and loved all over the world. The latest Siphiwe Collection is inspired by Siphiwe Mngometulu from the Lavumisa region of eSwatini. 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: ‘Recycle. Reinvent. Recreate. Reuse.’… a recycled felt flat pack storage basket from The Joinery, a Cape Town based sustainable lifestyle brand that prides itself on designing and producing sustainable products and ethical fashion and accessories. Founders Natalie and Kim Ellis produce all their products using sewing cooperatives and artisans based in and around the townships of Cape Town. They also produce fabrics made form 100% recycled plastic bottles recovered from landfills, and create beautiful, upcycled products and apparel. The Joinery is a pioneer in sustainable products and fashion and was awarded the 2017 PETCO award for ‘Best Product using recycled PET’ as well as recent winners of the Eco Logic Awards for ‘Eco Innovation’. 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 →
Image of the Day: ‘African Fashion Forward’ … from BOLD, 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 →
Image of the Day: ‘Story Time’ .… 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. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Luxury Tea’ .… YSWARA creates elegant, high-end products using the continent’s natural tea resources, all produced by African artisans. The product range captures the true spirit of African luxury by reviving Africa’s endangered cultural heritage and unique ancestral craftsmanship. Swaady is also the author/creator of the “Luxe Ubuntu” concept, an inclusive business model providing economic value and meaningful income to all the members of the supply chain, who participate in the production of products. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Love & Eternity’… a beautiful Celtic Knot ring from Katannuta Diamonds, an independent jewellery design and manufacturing company in South Africa. Clare Appleyard launched the company in 2007 to design and manufacture engagement and wedding rings, all manufactured to order. Additionally, the company sells loose gemstones such as tanzanite, rubies, sapphires and other precious and semi-precious gems. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Okuta Ceramic Pitcher Set’ .… is part of an exquisite new homeware accessory collection from Mimi Shodeinde, founder of Miminat Designs. This talented creative celebrates African design in a contemporary, minimal context, combining the best of tradition with technological innovation. Her Okuta Collection is inspired by ancient Yoruba stone murals, and explores the organic and natural forms of late 14th century Yoruba design. Its combination of wood, brass, glass, ceramic and gold leaf, embodies the richness that the African continent and Yoruba culture have to offer. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘#lagosfashionweek’ … the latest collection shown on the runway at Lagos Fashion Week 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: ‘Conscious Fashion’ .… featuring the latest AW19 collection from Lunar shown recently at SAFashionWeek. In a world that is dominated by fast fashion, there is a beautiful, eco-conscious antidote for consumers looking for a handcrafted, designer alternative. Lunar, a two decade old, nature inspired fashion and lifestyle brand is now moving into a new era, led by South African entrepreneur Nicola Luther. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Hand-crafted Shoes & Bags’… get into the coolest and most eco-friendly shoes and bags on the planet from Africa’s fastest growing footwear brand, soleRebels. Founded by the truly inspirational Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, this company from day one has reimagined how footwear could be made: from the materials, to the methods of construction, to a Fair-trade company ethos. They use hand loomed fabrics, inner tube laces, recycled tire soles and hand spun cotton, all handcrafted by skilled artisans in their Addis Ababa workshop. The result: The comfiest, most creative footwear you will ever wear. Read More →
‘Skincare Gift Box’… Nokware - pronounced Knock-Wah-Ri - means “Truth” in Twi, which is a Ghanaian dialect. Originating from Africa’s rich traditions and resources, Nokware is a 100% organic brand, and founders Tutuwa and Thato are committed to providing you with a blend of the finest natural ingredients sourced from sustainable local farms in West Africa. Nokware is Earth’s true gift to you, natural and organic.
‘School Backpack’ … 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.
Image of the Day: ‘Natural Skin Care’ .… treat your body to the collection of small batch, all natural skin care products from Lulu & Marula in South Africa. Founder Jesslynn Schlamm’s handcrafted, artisanal skincare products are all 100% natural, created from pure botanical oils, extracts, waters and are totally free from chemicals, fillers, perfumes and preservatives. She also makes sure to empower local businesses using ingredients and packaging that is, wherever possible, made and sourced in and around South Africa. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Stunning Lighting’ … from Dounia Tamri-Loeper, a US-based, Moroccan design entrepreneur and founder of Dounia Home. Lighting is her inspiration and her company creates beautiful, statement lighting pieces that not only celebrate the centuries-old techniques and designs that are uniquely Moroccan, but also elevates them to a whole new level. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Thembi Basket Bag’… Woven luxury handbag handcrafted in 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 vegetable-tanned leather, and decorated with brass and cow-horn. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Queen of African Haute Couture’… Deola Sagoe is a leading lady of African fashion and 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.
Image of the Day: ‘Woven Purse’ … from Inzuki Designs, a dynamic Rwandan brand specializing in jewellery, accessories and interior decor products hand-made from local materials by local crafters. With no background in fashion or business, Teta Isibo quit her job as an urban planner with the city of Kigali to start her design business. Today Inzuki (which means bees in the local language) is part of a wider Rwandan cultural Renaissance, creatively fusing traditional craftsmanship and contemporary style, and winning admirers around the world. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘The Siphiwe Collection’ …. Gone Rural is an eSwatini handcraft company inspired by women weavers, using creativity and design to offer income to more than 780 rural women artisans. Their products range from functional homeware to gallery pieces, with traditional weaving techniques reinterpreted into new and innovative contemporary designs. Inspired by the lutindzi grass of the mountains of Swaziland and the women leaders of rural communities, Gone Rural transforms the indigenous art of weaving into high-quality products that are showcased and loved all over the world. The latest Siphiwe Collection is inspired by Siphiwe Mngometulu from the Lavumisa region of eSwatini. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Saving Gorillas - One Sip at a Time’ …. Gorilla Conservation Coffee is the only Ugandan coffee expressly created to help save the mountain gorillas by directly supporting farmers living around the gorillas’ habitat. Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka launched the project after she saw first-hand that the farmers around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest were not being given a fair price for their coffee and were struggling hard to survive, forcing them to use the national park to meet their basic family needs for food and fuel wood. Gladys has also recently opened the first Gorilla Conservation Cafe in Entebbe selling excellent coffee for a wonderful cause! Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Glowing Beauty' .… by House of Tara, Africa’s leading homegrown makeup brand. Founder Tara Fela-Durotoye, a Nigerian-born lawyer turned Africa's leading beauty and makeup entrepreneur, started her business at the age of 20 from her living room. Today, Tara has over 10,000 representatives spread across Nigeria and she is steadfastly dedicated to realizing her vision of building a globally respected beauty company of African origin. Tara remains an inspirational role-model and mentor to make-up artists and aspiring beauty business owners across Africa. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘A Beautiful Display’ … For all true chocolate lovers who are constantly on the search for the purest of taste sensations and the highest quality ingredients, there is a South African brand that is getting people talking. Chocoloza, the brainchild of entrepreneur and passionate chocolatier, Vicki Bain, combines the best Belgian chocolate with the finest local, fresh African ingredients. The result is a taste sensation unlike anything else you will taste in the chocolate world. Read More →
‘The Adowa Dancer’ …. Introducing ’57 Chocolate’s newest packaging, the Adowa dancer. Adowa is a traditional Ghanaian dance of the Akan people, inspired by the movements of an antelope. ’57 Chocolate is the pioneer bean to bar chocolate business in Ghana defined by creativity and luxury. Founders Kimberly and Priscilla Addison use resources grown within their country to create delicious, whimsical treats.
Image of the Day: ‘Green Ijoba Rug’... Eva Sonaike is a London-based interiors and lifestyle brand creating luxurious textiles, home-décor and accessories with a distinctive and vibrant West-African aesthetic. Inspired by the cultural mélange of West-African textile tradition and European craftsmanship, a passion for interior design and an exuberant love of colour, Eva aims to add a new and distinctive aesthetic to the luxury interiors market. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Padded Laptop Sleeves’ … from Zana, a South African company that designs and produces screen printed textile products in Cape Town. Mother and daughter team, Sue and Robyn Britz, launched Zana in 2012, focused on bold fun fabric patterns and novelty giftables. Today, Zana sells to buyers and boutiques all over the world. Read more. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Okuta Wine Decanter’.… is part of an exquisite new homeware accessory collection from Mimi Shodeinde, founder of Miminat Designs. This talented creative celebrates African design in a contemporary, minimal context, combining the best of tradition with technological innovation. Her Okuta Collection is inspired by ancient Yoruba stone murals, and explores the organic and natural forms of late 14th century Yoruba design. Its combination of wood, brass, glass, ceramic and gold leaf, embodies the richness that the African continent and Yoruba culture have to offer. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Makena 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. Shikha’s unique jewellery pieces are inspired by African culture and always feature a strong backstory. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Award-winning Winemaker’ .… Ntsiki Biyela is a South African winemaker and businesswoman who is the founder of Aslina Wines. Previously, she was head winemaker at Stellekaya Wines, where Ntsiki became the first black female winemaker in South Africa. This award-winning winemaker was recently awarded a Gold Medal at the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards for her Umsasane 2016, Bordeaux blend. In 2009 she was voted South Africa’s Woman Winemaker of the Year; and in 2017 she was listed in the world's top 20 most Innovative Women in Food and Drink by Fortune’s Food & Wine. Read More →