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-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
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Image of the Day: ‘Artisan Chocolatier’… Dana Mroueh is the founder of MonChoco, an artisan chocolatier in Côte d'Ivoire. Her products are made from organic cocoa beans sourced from Côte d’Ivoire and she makes raw chocolate to preserve the taste and the natural nutrient of cocoa beans. Her chocolate is very pure, it is made only from organic cocoa and brown sugar. Her approach is environmentally responsible and sustainable, trying at all times to reduce the impact on the environment. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Freshly Made Bonbons’ …. 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: ‘Fringed Mohair Sweater’… Candice Johnson is the founder of Miss Knitwear, a Cape Town based designer and producer of luxury knitwear using all natural yarns and materials. Candice founded Miss Knitwear in 2013, creating her first luxurious collection of fine kid mohair shawls, scarves and throws. Candice has gone on to expand her collection to include a men’s and décor collection. Candice's belief in treading lightly on the earth means she uses only the finest and purest quality of ethically sourced pure kid mohair. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Hand-crafted Originals’ … the most eco-friendly shoes 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 and bags 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. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Akiki’… Fatuma Abdullah is the Kenyan-born founder of Akiki Dolls in South Africa, a company that makes and distributes African dolls. Fatuma is also an author and has published a range of children's books based on the Akiki character. 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: ‘Laptop Bag’ … 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 →
Image of the Day: ‘Gold Plated Earrings’… from KONA, a unique 'AFROINDIAN' accessories and homeware company in Uganda inspired by the founders Indian roots. Co-founder Bhavya Kalsi had a career in advertising for 12 years as a creative before leaving her job to pursue her dream of creating her own brand. A creative, an entrepreneur, and a mother of two, she drives the brand out of Africa. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Riya Sandals’…. from Timabee, an up and coming Nigerian accessories brand founded by Fatima Babakura. Fatima is passionate about the timeless process of creating the most beautiful accessories, harnessing her country’s tradition of fine craftsman-made products, but in a new contemporary way. Her beautiful range of handbags and shoes are winning fans around the world. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Chocolate Artisan at Work’… Amu decorates a fresh batch of Tonka Caramels. 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 →
‘Kitchen Softs’ .… Carrol Boyes is an iconic South African designer who has built a global brand. She founded Carrol Boyes (Pty) Ltd in 1991 combining her artistic flair and talent in sculpture with her jewellery experience to create an extensive range of distinctive homeware, giftware, flatware and table top products. Today, her company designs and manufactures a meticulously crafted product range of well over 1000 items and sells over a million items every year. The brand is available through her 35 branded shops in South Africa and in over 30 countries around the world.
Miss Salon London
Image of the Day: ‘Perfect Brows’.… at Miss Salon London who have boutique nail and beauty bars in Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa. Founder Ego Iwegbu and her two partners Azania Mosaka and Linda Jangulo consider their business more of a luxury girls’ club than just nail bars. Plus they have recently launched a fantastic new range of make up. Read More →
House of Cinnamon
Image of the Day: ‘Leopard Print Sandals’… 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 →
Lulu & Marula
Image of the Day: ‘Mood Booster & Skin Smoother’ .… an all natural body balm from Lulu & Marula in South Africa, who produce a collection of small batch, all natural skin care products. 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 →
‘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.
Image of the Day: ‘Eco Conscious Traveler’ …. a weekender bag from Cape Town based, eco-fashion brand, The Joinery. Founders and sisters Natalie and Kim Ellis are at the cutting edge of using fashion to contribute to cleaning up South Africa. This design duo create products to support the drive to clean up our oceans and landfills and keep the world free from plastic waste. Their ‘Future Felt’ fabric is made from plastic bottles saved from South African landfill sites and oceans. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Dream of Giraffes’ …. from the latest range of infant bedding and nursery decor by Nels Babies in Namibia. Founder Beatha Shitemba has built an online-based company which specializes in unique, custom-made children’s bedding and curtains. Beatha offers a trendy Namibian alternative for boys', girls' or gender-neutral nurseries. She aims to penetrate new export markets, and to connect with more stockists and retail shops that can house her products. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Miyat Armchair’… from Miminat Designs, a company specializing in furniture and product design for commercial and residential projects both in the UK and internationally. Founder Mimi Shodeinde is demonstrating that African design is not only exciting in a minimal context, particularly when it comes to furniture design, but can also celebrate the best of tradition and technological innovation. Read More →
Gorilla Conservation Coffee
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. Read More →
‘Bean to Bar’ …. ’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. ’57 hones in on Ghana’s Independence Day spirit and challenges the status quo that premium chocolate can only be made in Europe.
‘Modern West African Interior Design’ …. 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 is to add a new and distinctive aesthetic to the luxury interiors market.
Yswara & Terres D'Afrique
‘Extraordinary African Teas’ …. Grown solely on Africa soil and ethically sourced, Yswara’s gourmet teas pay tribute to African elegance and refinement. Founder Swaady Martin ensures the careful blending of the finest buds, leaves and spices means you are not just drinking a fine tea, but also tasting a piece of Africa.
Image of the Day: ‘Toys to Inspire Children’ …. from La Fede in South Africa, a company that produces handcrafted heirloom toys. Founder, Chantelle Beukes started the business in 2014, after her 12 year career in the corporate world ended abruptly when the company she worked for shut it's doors. With meagre capital at her disposal she decided to purchase a few meters of fabric and a small straight stitch sewing machine. Out of these negative circumstances her business, La Fede, which means 'Faith' in Italian, was born, which today successfully produces a wonderfully quirky range of toys that inspire imaginative play for children. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Najma & Taj Light Fittings’… 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. Her new wall sconces, featuring brass globes and gunmetal arms, can be mounted horizontally or vertically, maximizing their versatility. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Jewelled Satin Shoes’… from Timabee, an up and coming Nigerian accessories brand founded by Fatima Babakura. Fatima is passionate about the timeless process of creating the most beautiful accessories, harnessing her country’s tradition of fine craftsman-made products, but in a new contemporary way. Her beautiful range of handbags and shoes are winning fans around the world. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Gifting & Gardening’… 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 →
The House of Agness
Image of the Day: ‘Happy Valentines Day’… from 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: ‘Chef Naledi’… Naledi Toona is a South African entrepreneur offering private chef services and cooking classes. She is passionate about helping others build their knowledge and experience of cooking at home. Read More →
Benji + Moon
Image of the Day: ‘Pampered Pets’… Karen Carr and Hanneke Schutte are two South African entrepreneurs turning a passion for pets into a thriving business. Benji + Moon is a pet brand featuring a collection of locally handcrafted products for much loved pets. They work with local artisans and established designers to bring you beautifully designed pet products that suit your home and aesthetic, whilst proudly donating 5% of your purchase to CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare). Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘2018 Sauvignon Blanc’.… 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 is rapidly winning fans around the world with her export-focused brand. 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. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘AFRICA on SILK’ … 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 for women, and pocket squares for men. Image credit: Truedis Media. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Precious Collection Earrings’… 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: ‘Recycled Paper Jewellery’... from Quazi Design, a cutting edge craft company in eSwatini (Swaziland) that transforms waste magazines into original jewellery, accessories and homeware. Co-founded by Doron Shaltiel, a designer from the UK, 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 →
Image of the Day: ‘Mini Bucket’ …. from Bush Princess, an exclusive handbag and accessories brand handcrafted in Kenya, in a socially responsible environment. Founder Charlotte Le Febvre was born in Sweden and spent her life moving between European countries, from Italy, to France, to England. Combining her European fashion experience with the fabulous colours of African plains, she has built an exciting brand. The brand is also committed to ethical production, supporting local communities and sourcing sustainable products throughout her design and production process. Read More →
Karingana Wa Karingana Textiles
Image of the Day: ‘Capulana’… is a traditional textile 100% Made in Mozambique by Karingana Wa Karingana Textiles. Founder Wacy Zacarius designs custom prints, develops artisanal textiles, produces a customisable online print catalog, creates surface design and print textiles for the fashion and homeware industry, and also provides supply chain management services. Wacy is passionate about designing luxury African textiles, challenging the status quo, and giving a voice and a platform to African artists to tell their stories through their textiles. Read More →
A A K S
Image of the Day: ‘The Sinsi Natural’ …. A A K S was founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi with the goal of introducing the world to her favourite weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana while also creating and igniting sustainable jobs within Africa. Handcrafted in Ghana, A A K S creates bags in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts, characterized by bright exuberant colours. Akosua now stocks her woven bag collections in 60 stores worldwide including Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters in the United States. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘Ankara Jewelry’ … 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: ‘Fun. Colourful. Eclectic’ … are the design hallmarks of Femi Handbags, an African handbags and accessories brand from Nigeria that embodies the exuberant approach to life of its founder, Femi Olayebi. Femi’s designs welcome buyers to a world where the bold and adventurous meets sophisticated elegance. Read More →
Image of the Day: ‘The cutest way to shop’ … shopping tote 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 →
Image of the Day: ‘That Special Gift’ .… from Mulandi in Mozambique, a company creating beautiful floral arrangements and gifts for those wanting to give something highly personal to their clients, friends or loved ones. Founder Vanessa Guilherme Nhabete offers a wide range of decorative event products and services, creating beautiful products that are high quality yet still affordable. Read More →
House of Tara
Image of the Day: ‘Perfect Eyes and Lashes’ .… 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: ‘Award-winning Wines’.… 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 is rapidly winning fans around the world with her export-focused brand. 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 →
The Katy Valentine
Image of the Day: ‘Handmade Jewellery’… from The Katy Valentine Collection, an emerging Cape Town based jewellery brand that creates a collection of modern, African jewellery. Katy’s pieces combine antique African beads with Jaipur gemstones and minimalist design, and are all about the interplay between African and Indian cultures. 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 →
‘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.
Lulu & Marula
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.