“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: ‘The Pandora Box’… is the latest floral presentation box from The House Of Agness in Maputo, Mozambique. Its founder, Mariana Agness Francisco Eria, has turned her passion for flowers into a thriving contemporary floral business that is delighting customers. Her new presentation box ‘The Pandora Box’ takes its name from the Greek meaning for ‘All-giving’. Mariana kindly presented one for our latest Lioness Lean In in Maputo - a gift guaranteed to make you feel very special indeed! Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Celebrating Ankara’ … by 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: ‘Delicious Chocolate Truffles’ … 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: ‘Salt on the Move’… Oryx Desert Salt is now mobile thanks to their new range of mini salt and pepper shakers. Samantha Skyring is the founder of this rapidly growing South African food brand, supplying a natural, crystal-white salt from the Kalahari that is unrefined, sun-dried, and free from additives and preservatives. Her new light-weight mini-shakers make the the perfect traveling companions. Great for the outdoors, beaches, picnics, hiking, road trips, and camping. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Afro-inspired Mixology’… Bénédicte Mendy is the founder of Okana, a unique Afro-inspired mobile bar in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Having spent more than 10 years working in the global wines and spirits industry, her passion for African terroirs and flavours led her on a journey to creating Okana, a world of unique cocktails and event experiences, all inspired by African flavours and ingredients. In 2016, she was voted "best bartender in Ivory Coast" by winning the Marie Brizard Masters Cocktail Competition. Read More →
Image of the Day: '100% Natural Deliciousness'... from Carol’s Produits Naturels, a multi-award winning company in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire creating a wide range of beautiful, homemade, completely natural jams and preserves. Founder Carol Hien’s powerful story took her from personal tragedy at a young age to becoming an entrepreneur out of necessity, ultimately building a highly successful and much-loved retail brand. She is the winner of the prestigious 1st Prize of the Patronat for Innovation Award 2015; and the 1st Prize of the 2016 Startup Challenge of the Alassane Ouattara Total Prize Foundation of the Emerging Young Entrepreneur. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Recycled Shopper’… 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 conceptualise and produce fabrics made from 100% recycled plastic bottles recovered from landfills, to create beautiful, upcycled products and apparel. The Joinery is a pioneer in sustainable product design 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: ‘Pure Chocolate’… MonChoco is an Artisan Chocolatier in Côte d’Ivoire producing chocolate from organic cocoa beans. Founder Dana Mroueh makes raw chocolate to preserve the taste and the natural nutrients of cocoa beans. Her chocolate is made using only organic cocoa and brown sugar and her approach to production is responsible and sustainable, always trying to reduce her impact on the environment. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Hello Africa!’… a yellow gold Africa pendant, set with a beautiful trillion cut Tanzanite gem stone. You don't get more African than this latest creation from Katannuta Diamonds, an independent jewellery design and manufacturing company in Johannesburg, South Africa. Clare Appleyard launched the company in 2007 to design and manufacture bespoke engagement and wedding rings at highly competitive prices for customers. Additionally, the company sells loose gemstones such as tanzanite, rubies, sapphires and other precious and semi-precious gems. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘All Natural Skincare’… O’live Handmade Soaps in Cape Town produces a range of small-batch, handcrafted soaps, face and body products using only 100% natural, plant-based ingredients. Founder Zikhona Tefu and her team lovingly craft olive oil soaps from scratch using the traditional cold-process method of soap making which retains the nourishing benefits of the ingredients. Her main ingredient is locally grown Olive Oil which makes a mild and gentle skin-nourishing soap. All O’live products will nourish and condition any skin type. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘From Ghana to Paris’… A A K S, the luxury handbag brand from Ghana, is currently showcasing their latest collection at Maison&Objet in Paris. Founder Akosua Afriyie-Kumi is exhibiting her beautiful range of handbags handcrafted using the ancient weaving skills and techniques unique to Ghana. She is also exhibiting a new range of lamps produced in collaboration with the UNHCR on a home décor project called ‘Weaving for Change’ hand woven by Malian refugees. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Sundowners On The Deck’… Hope on Hopkins Distillery, founded by Lucy Beard and Leigh Lisk, is an artisanal distillery in the heart of Cape Town that prides itself on truly crafting its own spirits. Unlike many gin distillers they make some of their gins from scratch themselves, so that their customers know where their gins (and their carefully sourced quality ingredients) come from. They’re one of the few distilleries in the world using barley as the base for their spirit, which they cook, ferment over several days and then triple distill to make their base neutral spirit for their London Dry and Salt River Gins. They then go on to distill a fourth time, allowing the alcohol vapours to infuse through select botanicals. Read More →
‘Statement Lighting’… from Dounia Home founded by Dounia Tamri-Loeper. As a company committed to aesthetic authenticity, Dounia focuses on sourcing, developing, and making all her products in the heart of Morocco. The inspiring historical and artistic landscape provides Dounia with endless possibilities to connect her customers to the essence of this amazing country and preserve its craft. Dounia lighting products are sold in the U.S, France and South Africa.
‘Handcrafted Luxury’… The ‘Jabu Basket Bag’ is a great accessory to fit all your essentials, made by Khokho in Swaziland. In 2014, New York-based accessories designer Sapna Shah teamed up with Philippa Thorne of Gone Rural and master weaver Zinhle Vilakati to create handbag line Khokho. Produced by women artisans in Swaziland, each bag is woven from Lutindzi grass and vegetable-tanned leather, and decorated with brass and cow-horn.
Image of the Day: ‘Food Sensations’… Butterfly prawns, bisque of cauliflower with a duo of beetroot and cherry tomato purée is a new culinary sensation from Esmeralda De Souza-Obwaka, founder of Spez Limited in Kenya. Esmeralda offers premium outside catering services under her brand 'Spez' and she also creates decadent cakes and pastries under the brand 'The Missing Slice’. Her client list includes many well known corporates and multi-nationals in Nairobi. Read More →
‘Lionesses Roar at International Forum’… Lionesses of Africa was invited to host a panel of inspiring women entrepreneurs from their network to speak at the South Africa - UK Business Forum, featuring British Prime Minister Theresa May as the keynote speaker. L-R: Mellisa Mazingi of Gone Rural (Swaziland); Swaady Martin of Yswara (South Africa); Ntsiki Biyela of Aslina Wines (South Africa); Hlubi Mboya Arnold of Future CEOs (South Africa); Divine Ndhlukula of Securico (Zimbabwe); and Melanie Hawken of Lionesses of Africa. This inspiring group of women wowed the visiting delegation with their game-changing businesses.
‘Cute Kids’… a new children’s range of haircare products from Marini Naturals, Kenya’s first haircare product line designed specifically for women with natural and afro-textured hair. The new kids range includes the ‘No Tears Super Detangler!’ and ‘Cute Kids Curling Butter!’ Say goodbye to knots and snarls, and hello to soft, moisturized hair for your little one all day. Styling will be a breeze! Founder Michelle Ntalami is rapidly growing her business to be the preferred brand for natural hair across Kenya. Read more.
Image of the Day: ‘Fashion Forward’… Bold Kampala is 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. Founders Nunu Mugyenyi, Janet Mugume and Angel Kalisa create opportunities for designers to retail their collections in affordable spaces with excellent exposure. Their vision is to build an international franchise that connects the African fashion industry with the world. Read More →
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 →
Image of the Day: ‘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: ‘Luxury Leather’… ZAAF, founded by Abai Schulze, is a handcrafted luxury leather handbags and accessories brand produced by artisans in Ethiopia. ZAAF is a word that means “tree” in the ancient and noble Amharic language. Each piece draws its inspiration from a particular region in Ethiopia and is crafted with the finest materials that come from natural resources unique to that place. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Ethereal’… a beautiful creation from Lunar, a conscious fashion label in Johannesburg, South Africa, prioritizing fairtrade, sustainable business practices and eco preservation. 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 led by Nicola Luther. Image: Ingrid Alice Photography. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Beauty from Waste’… a new environmentally friendly handbag from the Nomadic Blend Collection created by Reform Studio in Egypt. Founded by Mariam Hazem and Hend Riad, this eco-design practice produces furniture and woven textiles from discarded plastic materials. The concept behind Reform Studio is to use smart design solutions to solve the serious plastic waste problem in Egypt. The company has developed ‘Plastex’, a new eco-friendly material made by weaving discarded plastic bags, which is used in a variety of applications such as this fashionable handbag. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Vegan Shoes’… a bespoke pair of ethical and vegan-friendly shoes from House of Cinnamon, a South African luxury accessories brand founded by Frances Edwards. Her products are all handmade by local South African craftsmen and women. Frances creates products for the discerning woman that are internationally on trend, locally made and classically tailored. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Scent of Africa’… BushPrincess is an exciting Eau de Parfum inspired by Africa from Charlotte LeFebvre, the founder of Bush Princess, an ethical artisan handbag and accessories brand in Kenya. The perfume features top notes of Pink Berry, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cumin and Grapefruit. Each bottle comes packaged in a leather purse beaded by Maasai women, ensuring every package is handmade with great attention to detail and exceptional quality. Charlotte fastidiously uses ethical and sustainable practices in the production of all her products. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Future Fashionistas’… Models from Guinea’s first reality TV show, Le Mannequin, that seeks to find the country’s next international model star from the country, are all rocking beautiful Sonia Mugabo dresses. Sonia Mugabo is a much loved Rwandan fashion brand established in 2013, born out of the desire to tap the skills of local artisans to make high quality men and womenswear. Sonia is setting the standard for Rwandan fashion in global and local markets. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘The Pandora Box’… is the latest floral presentation box from The House Of Agness in Maputo, Mozambique. Its founder, Mariana Agness Francisco Eria, has turned her passion for flowers into a thriving contemporary floral business that is delighting customers. Her new presentation box ‘The Pandora’ takes its name from the Greek meaning for ‘All-giving’. A gift guaranteed to make you feel very special indeed! Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Skin Deep’… The Dermatology Room is a specialist dermatologist and aesthetic dermatology practice in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. Its founder Dr Levashni Naidoo (Dr Lev as she is fondly known) is a leading expert in skincare, with extensive knowledge and experience, both locally and internationally. She created The Dermatology Room as a way of bridging the gap between traditional dermatology and beauty. Read More →
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. Their latest Purifying range is specifically formulated to balance, decongest and calm oily, combination or blemish-prone skin. Each Lulu & Marula product is unique and of the highest quality, something very close to Jesslynn's heart. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Shirt & Print Culottes’… Haute Baso is an ethical fashion brand for the modern individual looking for thoughtful, simple and functional designs. Founder Linda Mukangoga draws inspiration from Rwanda’s vibrant culture, collaborating and merging traditional methods with new techniques to create pieces that are timeless. The brand produces beautifully made, ready to wear fashion and accessories. Read More →