Women entrepreneurs in Africa need to be the change

I passionately believe that the way to strengthen women’s entrepreneurship on this continent is in our hands. As women entrepreneurs, we must create and champion the way forward for the next generation of young women who will follow in our footsteps. It is our responsibility and we must rise to the challenge. I believe real solutions to real socio economic problems will start to be found in meetings just like the Lionesses of Africa Annual Conference we are staging today, with entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment through enterprise leading the charge. Wherever we can bring women entrepreneurs together on this continent to share ideas, to find solutions, to collaborate, to put those game-changing ideas into action, we have the seeds for real change. The change will not come from government. It will not come from Washington programmes. It will not come from consultants and advisors. It will not come from books. Real change will come when women entrepreneurs accept they have to create the change we want to see, and they begin to roll up their sleeves and just get on with the job of making it happen.  So, that’s really what’s at the heart of Lionesses of Africa. It’s about women entrepreneurs doing it for women entrepreneurs, and powering a new era of women’s entrepreneurship in Africa.