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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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Tired of seeing Africa portrayed in a negative light, Diane Audrey Ngako left her Paris job as social media editor at Le Monde to start her own digital media platform. Visiter l’Afrique is all about Africa’s assets and opportunities. Interactive and collaborative, the site is dedicated to African tourism and culture. “Africa is mainly represented by non-Africans,” Ngako told AFKInsider. “They usually talk about a sordid continent where only famine, wars and poverty happen. It’s time for us to portray the Africa we know, the Africa we see. The Africa of our dreams.”
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