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  • South Africa’s First Black Female Winemaker Launches Her Own Brand

    first black female winemaker By Dana Sanchez, 9:34 am

    There are just 37 black-owned wine brands in South Africa, the world’s seventh-largest wine producing country. The industry employs 290,000 people at 550-plus wineries. Empowerment and transformation has been slow to increase black ownership and leadership. Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first black female winemaker, is a role model and symbol of change. She recently launched her own brand, Aslina wines, named after her grandmother in a rural KwaZulu-Natal village of 1,000 people. The wines are set for export to the U.S. later this year.

  • Africa Has More Women CEOs Than Global Average: McKinsey

    Africa has more women CEOs than global average By Staff, 10:24 am

    Females influence up to 80% of spending, and companies with gender diversity are better able to understand women’s needs. Even so, just 5% of CEOs and 29% of senior managers are women in Africa — not exactly cause for celebration. Getting there has more to do with willpower than with gender diversity initiatives, McKinsey said. Common characteristics of female African leaders include persistence, willingness to take risks and commitment to professional development. They also seek mentors, become mentors themselves, and encourage other senior women to do the same.

  • Spotlight On Kenyan Tea Tycoon, Entrepreneur Flora Mutahi

    By Keren Mikva, 9:40 am AFKI Original

    As with any new business, she faced some financial struggles in the beginning. She admitted that she would sometimes bounce checks to keep the business going, and make good on her debts later on, “I remember one day I bounced five,” she said in an interview. Founder and CEO of Kenya’s first flavored tea brand, she’s a recognized name in the business world. We’re shining a spotlight on Kenyan tea tycoon and entrepreneur, Flora Mutahi.

  • South African Runner Caster Semenya Could Be The Most Talked-About Athlete At Rio Olympics

    Caster Semenya By Dana Sanchez, 10:03 am

    She and other athletes like her may present one of the greatest dilemmas for the perception of fairness in sports. No longer required to take hormones to reduce her testosterone levels, Semenya, 25, is at the top of her game. Her speed puts her at the heart of healthy debate related to gender, athletics and human rights. Track observers believe she is hyperandrogenous, her body naturally producing a lot of testosterone. There is no such thing as a level playing field, said an athlete who has competed against Semenya.

  • South Africa’s First Female-Owned Airline Goes International

    South Africa's first female-owned airline By Dana Sanchez, 8:21 am

    Sizakele Mzimela is the co-founder, CEO and majority shareholder of Fly Blue Crane. Her trajectory in aviation began with her first job as an analyst at South African Airways. After that, she kept getting promoted. Her advice to other female aviators? “You can stand up and say ‘I am the best person for the job’. Understand that we just have to work harder. It’s unfair, but you spend less time complaining and more time finding a way to move on and break through.” Fly Blue Crane begins flights from Cape Town to Windhoek May 13. One-way fares are around $103.

  • 12 Of The Most Influential Female Politicians In Africa

    By Keren MikvaAFKI Original

    As chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court since June 2012, Gambian Fatou Bensouda has been credited with changing the face of the embattled institution. Taking over from the highly criticized Luis Moreno Ocampo, Bensouda doesn’t shy away from difficult cases. She seeks to restore the integrity of the ICC and is pursuing a case against the president and vice president of Kenya for their alleged roles in violence following the 2007 election.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Remi Sonaiya

    Remi Sonaiya, Time.com By Keren Mikva, 11:07 am AFKI Original

    Remi Sonaiya knew her chances of winning the 2015 Nigerian presidential election were slim. Most voters going to the polling stations March 28 had just two names in mind: Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari. As Nigeria’s first-ever female presidential candidate, Sonaiya’s goal was to change the conversation in a country where politics have long been considered a man’s game. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Remi Sonaiya and her Nigerian presidential bid.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Malawi’s Education President, Peter Mutharika

    Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika and Gertrude Hendrina Mutharika at the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit, August 5, 2014. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty By Keren Mikva, 1:30 pm AFKI Original

    Mutharika spent almost 40 years earlier in his career teaching law in the U.S., which is why some opponents questioned his eligibility for president of Malawi. Some thought he gave up Malawian citizenship to become a U.S. citizen. Here’s an inside look at Mutharika, who recently completed his first year as president of Malawi.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Ghana Bamboo Bikes CEO Winifred Selby

    By Keren Mikva, 9:49 am AFKI Original

    At age 20, she is helping solve transportation problems, helping the environment and making money manufacturing bamboo bicycles. Politicians love riding her bikes — it makes them look good. She’s inspiring young female entrepreneurs around the world. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Ghana Bamboo Bikes CEO Winifred Selby.

  • Sub-Saharan African Countries With Fewest Women In Parliament

    By Keren Mikva, 11:38 am AFKI Original

    Many African countries improved gender equity in government and the economy. Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria is not one of them. Just 7 percent of the Nigerian parliament was represented by women as of 2014. The country can only hope the next administration will bring reform to gender equity in government. These are 12 sub-Saharan African countries with the fewest women in parliament.

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