Ann Brown

  • Namibian Cosmetic Manufacturing Firm Aiming To Be A Global Success

    Sandra Mwiihangele created Kiyomisandz, a cosmetic manufacturing company in Namibia. (Photo: Sandra Mwiihangele) By Ann Brown, 3:09 am AFKI Original

    Sandra Mwiihangele has a great passion for cosmetics and entrepreneurship, leading her to create Kiyomisandz, a cosmetic manufacturing company in Namibia. The 29-year-old businesswoman has been successful, but she remains ambitious. Mwiihangele wants Kiyomisandz to grow into a respected African business and international brand that can compete with the likes of L’Oréal, Revlon, and The Body Shop.

  • Tanzanian Former Beauty Queen Creates Successful Body-Care Brand From Parents’ Backyard

    Body-care brand By Ann Brown, 3:46 am AFKI Original

    Former Miss Universe Tanzania Hellen Dausen has taken the body-care market by storm in her home country, making a name for herself as the founder of Nuya’s Essence. Faced with issues such as dealing with sexists, being looked down upon, and not being trusted to deliver good work, Dausen has overcome the odds to create and build a brand that is unique and well-respected.

  • PR Expert Moves Back To Nigeria Where Demand Is Growing For Her Services

    PR Expert By Ann Brown, 1:21 am AFKI Original

    Nigerian entrepreneur Bukky-Karibi Whyte is the head of successful PR Firm, The Bobby Taylor Company, which she started in North America and decided to relocate to Nigeria. Relocating her company home allowed her to better cater for local clientele, and while she admits to having to work twice as hard to prove herself as a women, she is clearly proving her title as a PR expert.

  • How A Former Telecoms Attorney Is Promoting Healthy Eating In Nigeria

    Restaurant entrepreneur Madey Adeboye advocates healthy eating. Photo - Youtube By Ann Brown, 7:01 pm AFKI Original

    Lawyer turned restaurant entrepreneur Madey Adeboye advocates healthy eating in a Nigerian society that is fast becoming increasingly obese. Her Green Grill House cafe in Lagos has a loyal and growing following, and is part of her mission to make Nigerians healthy, one salad at a time. Adeboye chatted to AFKInsider about her healthy eating aims for the Nigerian people.

  • High School Dropout From Zimbabwe Builds Botswana’s Biggest Ad Agency

    Botswana's biggest ad agency By Ann Brown, 5:46 pm AFKI Original

    At age 18, Knight Ganje knew he wanted to be a businessman. When a friend invited him to visit Botswana he persuaded his mother to let him go. Once there he started taking odd jobs such as painting to survive until a local entrepreneur decided to mentor him, and the rest is history. Fast-forward 11 years and high school dropout Ganje is at the head of H&G Advertising Group, Botswana’s biggest ad agency with a turnover of $38 million annually and clients that include Unilever, Emirates, Coca-Cola, and Samsung.

  • How A Tanzanian Coder Became A Tech Mogul

    Tanzanian tech mogul Godfrey Magila of Magilatech. Photo - Flickr By Ann Brown, 3:07 am AFKI Original

    Tanzanian coder Godfrey Magila has always loved technology. So much so, the 25-year-old actually taught himself to code. His tech innovations earned him a $200 prize at a countrywide hackathon, but the money was not the most valuable part of the prize, as the recognition included a tech mentoring program, which inspired him to become the tech mogul he is today. “I get to solve a lot of problems around my society and make a difference, and it requires a new version of myself every morning I wake up, as it’s an industry that is very time sensitive,” Magila told AFKInsider, revealing the driving force behind his career.

  • How The Threaded Man Built An Online Fashion Destination For African Men

    African mens fashion By Ann Brown, 1:00 am AFKI Original

    Siyabonga Beyile gives his mom the credit for inspiring the name of his business, The Threaded Man. The South African business started as a blog and evolved into an online mens fashion destination and consultancy. “She used to call me ‘Umfana Othungiweyo’ in Zulu which translates to ‘The Threaded Man,'” Beyile told AFKINsider. “It is the concept that you are not just ‘threaded’ through the clothes you wear but also how you carry yourself.” Major brands such as H&M reach out to Beyile for advice on how to market to the African millennial.

  • Entrepreneur Links Small-Scale African Farmers With Venture Capitalists

    small-scale African farmers with venture capitalists By Ann Brown, 1:13 pm AFKI Original

    There are millions of small-scale farmers locked out of Kenya’s formal economy. Alex Muriu is finding a way to help them. He created Farm Capital Africa to invest in profitable business ventures in the underfunded agricultural sector. He uses the internet to raise funds for agripreneurs — mostly youth and women age 25 to 35 — so they can scale up their agricultural ventures. “We have had some challenges,” Muriu told AFKInsider. “Social-impact investors are not as rampant as profit-making investors.”

  • Ghanaian Entrepreneur Sees Opportunity In Student Online Mentoring And Guidance

    Ghanaian entrepreneur By Ann Brown, 6:12 pm AFKI Original

    When Afia Bobia Amanfo thinks about Ghana, she sees a country ripe for harvesting, full of opportunities for its young population but lacking many basic necessities crucial for the success of young people. “This might not be an advantage for every business but it is a great opportunity for us as a social enterprise to make a difference in the lives of these young ones and help redefine the future of Ghana,” Amanfo told AFKInsider. Amanfo co-founded Students Hub Ghana, an online platform for mentoring young Ghanaians in education, career, tech, and entrepreneurship. A month after launch, the site has 3,000-plus followers.

  • Booming Sudanese Internet Markets Attract Digital Media Startups

    Booming Sudanese internet markets By Ann Brown, 1:20 pm AFKI Original

    Two young women hope to unite the Sudans with a digital media model for post-conflict Sudan. Sudanese internet use is robust. Sudan ranked No. 41 out of 201 countries for internet penetration. It has more internet users than Belgium. These entrepreneurs must overcome challenges unheard-of in the west.