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Dana Sanchez, 4:10 pm
For many Western companies, Africa is a fresh start — an opportunity to build facilities and processes that are environmentally friendly and safe. And don’t forget the tax breaks. Manufacturing in Africa is expensive, training and the quality control are expensive. Most apparel will continue to be made in Asian countries where labor is still relatively cheap and infrastructure, in place. But in China, the world’s apparel manufacturing leader, wages have increased 80% since 2010.
Dana Sanchez, 1:01 am
Local Nigerian appetites for luxury appear to be intact, despite the country’s financial hardship since crude oil prices fell off a cliff. Trendy hotspots are constantly appearing. There are rumors of a Nobu restaurant under construction. When wealthy Nigerians want a shopping spree without the airfare to London, some go to Polo Luxury, which operates luxury retail outlets across West Africa. Jennifer Obayuwana is executive director of the company founded by her father. She spoke to Forbes about the planned March launch of Polo’s luxury online shopping platform – a first of its kind in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 2:32 pm
A U.S.-based fashion startup showcasing African designers is just one of the funding deals announced this week at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum. The world watched as African and U.S. CEOs and leaders talked trade. For one New York fashion startup, it’s the kind of advertising money can’t buy. Kenya was also a big winner, scoring a new Nairobi office for OPIC, which mobilizes private capital to advance U.S. foreign policy. The office — OPIC’s third in Africa — will raise Nairobi’s profile as a hub for investors seeking big-ticket infrastructure deals.
Keren Mikva, 8:47 pm AFKI Original
Mc Bright Kavari created a niche for his firm, Classic Fashion, as an elegant and dramatic fashion brand in Namibia. Kavari uses modern African styles combined with European-style twists, and loves to bend the norm and explore unique and untried ideas. An African fashion reception is underway through Sept. 15 at African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa showcasing designers from across the continent. Top designers — one each from 30 African countries — will be represented.
Keren Mikva, 5:11 pm AFKI Original
Burkina Faso’s De La Sébure mixes the warmth of African colors with modern European styles, reflecting the founder’s native Burkina Faso and adopted home in Europe. The clothes use elegant flair, vibrant colors, and refined materials to create something entirely its own. De La Sébure is one of 30 top designers from African countries being showcased at an African fashion reception, underway at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.
Dana Sanchez, 3:20 pm AFKI Original
It is possible to monetize being multicultural. Ghana-born entrepreneur Roberta Annan is proof. Part of a family of diplomats, Annan has lived and worked since her teenage years in Asia, Africa, Europe and the U.S., learning along the way to blend cultures to build successful businesses. At 33, Annan is an impact investor, global development consultant and fashion entrepreneur. She advises wealthy people on how to invest in Africa. Anna spoke to AFKInsider about how exposure to different cultures helps young African entrepreneurs improve their businesses in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 3:14 pm
Each Vlisco fabric has its own story thanks to the marketing skills of African women who, by naming patterns and designs, made it their own. Vlisco has its critics who say the company misleads customers by pretending to sell authentic African designs that are actually based on Chinese, Indian, Javan, Arabic and European imagery. Even if Vlisco’s fabrics were initially not authentically African, “the century long process of appropriation and mutual influence ensures that is has become so,” said the author of the book, “Vlisco.”
Ann Brown, 6:59 am AFKI Original
Senegalese Ndeye Absa Gningue was working for a fast-moving consumer goods company when she fell in love with the African print they were selling. She decided she would make her own African clothes from the fabrics and wear them. Then a friend suggested she make a business with the clothes she was wearing. Those clothes helped Gningue get chosen as a Mandela Fellow for Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. Michelle Obama took notice.
Staff, 12:02 am
Nigeria overtook its rival, South Africa, as the continent’s largest economy two years ago, thanks in part to the film industry’s explosive growth. Nollywood is an expression of boundless Nigerian entrepreneurialism and the nation’s self perception as the natural leader of Africa, the one destined to speak on the continent’s behalf. Most Nollywood films have budgets of about $25,000 and are shot in a week. A Zambian movie producer acknowledged the influence of Nigerian cinema. “We can tell our own stories now,” he said.
Dana Sanchez, 6:08 pm AFKI Original
There are words, and then there is action. Several African business leaders said things in 2015 that were inspiring, or true, or moving. Fewer were able to put those words into action. Below are some African businesswomen who walked the walk and talked the talk. That makes them AFKInsider’s candidates for the most memorable quotes by African businesswomen in 2015.
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