Entrepreneurs in Africa

How I Got into Fashion Accessories and Craft-making: Juliet Ogbonna Shares Her Story

How I Got into Fashion Accessories and Craft-making: Juliet Ogbonna Shares Her Story

Are you interested in Fashion Accessories and Craft-making? Then consider yourself lucky because in this edition of the #KAInterviews, we bring you our exclusive interview with the Founder/CEO of House of Ebony, a fast-growing African fashion accessories and craft-making ...

Arise Arizechi

January 19th, 2017

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Co-Founder of Vivo-ActiveWear Wandia Gichuru and Her Passage to ‘Entrepreneurdom’

Co-Founder of Vivo-ActiveWear Wandia Gichuru and Her Passage to ‘Entrepreneurdom’

Making the transition from a career to a business owner is not always the easiest of passages. On #EntrepreneurTuesday we follow the journey of Wandia Gichuru a former World Bank Executive who is blazing a trail in providing affordable health and fitness  clothing in Kenya. ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

December 15th, 2015

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Karidas Tshintsholo: Founder of Fashion Label Push Ismokol & His hustle for Economic Advancement

Karidas Tshintsholo: Founder of Fashion Label Push Ismokol & His hustle for Economic Advancement

Karidas Tshintsholo shines bright on #EntrepreneurTuesday. A university undergraduate, he has founded two thriving businesses -at twenty- and continues to aspire unto greater heights. Karidas believes that failure is one of the ingredients needed to produce a grounded ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

December 8th, 2015

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Haired Up! Ngozi Opara and the Heat Free Hair Movement for the African Woman.

Haired Up! Ngozi Opara and the Heat Free Hair Movement for the African Woman.

It’s another exciting #EntrepreneursTuesday! From the shores of Nigeria, across the teeming, rising continent of Africa, and far beyond our borders, the natural hair movement is exactly that; a movement that is redefining the concept of beauty, as it relates to a woman

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

October 27th, 2015

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63 Years After, Lucia Mwihaki is  Still Churning out Orders on Her Trusty Sewing Machine.

63 Years After, Lucia Mwihaki is Still Churning out Orders on Her Trusty Sewing Machine.

Tailor-made in Nakuru: A 97-year-old Grandmother in Nakuru, Kenya who is not ready to retire from her hobby spends away her evenings and weekends sewing clothes in her bedroom.  Unlike her few age-mates who are lucky to be alive let alone strong enough to peddle a sewing ...

Guest Blogger

September 4th, 2015

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Kenyan brothers, Jeff and Emmanuel Wanjala- Transforming the African Fashion Industry.

Kenyan brothers, Jeff and Emmanuel Wanjala- Transforming the African Fashion Industry.

It is amazing how life offers everyone opportunities; to be successful, contribute to the society and make huge impact. But only the keen and attentive are able to spot these opportunities as they come, even when disguised or hidden in the most unlikely circumstances. For ...

Lovelyn Okafor

August 5th, 2015

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Silvia Njoki: Kenya’s Award-winning Fashion Blogger and Stylist

Silvia Njoki: Kenya’s Award-winning Fashion Blogger and Stylist

Yesterday, I had a brainwave about starting a fashion line, and perhaps that’s the reason I have sought out this particular African star for mention. She might not own a fashion label yet, but there’s a feeling deep in my stomach that tells me that Silvia Njoki ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

August 4th, 2015

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Banke Kuku- Queen of Colour and Style, Revamping the African Textile Industry.

Banke Kuku- Queen of Colour and Style, Revamping the African Textile Industry.

Begin early! Find your niche and take charge of it, for time waits for no one.  Growing up, this was every mother’s favorite rhyme. Like most of us, Banke heeded the golden advice but much too early. At age 5, she already knew what path her destiny was shaped and so she went

Lovelyn Okafor

June 2nd, 2015

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Meet Nick Kaoma: Founder of South African StreetWear Brand, Head Honcho

Meet Nick Kaoma: Founder of South African StreetWear Brand, Head Honcho

You will never hear me be an advocate for those who decide to drop out of school and ‘truncate’ their education. Perhaps I am yet to fully grasp the concept that education is not limited to the walls of a classroom. Indeed, some very ‘uneducated’ ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

May 20th, 2015

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Bruno Oaikhinan- From Banker to Pro Hair stylist.

Bruno Oaikhinan- From Banker to Pro Hair stylist.

There is a day, seemingly like any other when everything changes. It is the day you make the decision once for all, to walk a new path; to go after the goals that until that moment have only been hazy dreams. It’s the day you resolve to become the person that you’ve always ...

Lovelyn Okafor

March 17th, 2015

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Adama Amanda Ndiay- Africa’s Voice in the International Fashion Industry.

Adama Amanda Ndiay- Africa’s Voice in the International Fashion Industry.

Senegalese designer, Adama Amanda Ndiay has a dream; that one day, fellow African women will be heard boldly declaring their position and seen walking gracefully on international runways; with their heads lifted high in hope. For several years, she watched the growing trend ...

Lovelyn Okafor

December 18th, 2014

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Christine Mbabazi- Radio Presenter, Fashion Designer and More………

Christine Mbabazi- Radio Presenter, Fashion Designer and More………

At first, it seemed intangible and unrealistic, just like most dreams she has had; but soon she would realize that this is not just one of “them”. This was different, and soon the pictures began coming together; the puzzles, one piece after another, broader, brighter and ...

Lovelyn Okafor

December 4th, 2014

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Kemi kalikawe- Passion, Determination and an Amazing Taste for Fashion and Style.

Kemi kalikawe- Passion, Determination and an Amazing Taste for Fashion and Style.

One of the major keys to success is to keep moving forward passionately and determinedly, on the path of our dreams whether it be rocky or smooth knowing that it can’t get better, any other way. Kemi kalikawe always knew what path her destiny had carved for her, it was clear

Lovelyn Okafor

October 21st, 2014

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Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh; The Nigerian Designer in Whom Michelle Obama is Well-Pleased

Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh; The Nigerian Designer in Whom Michelle Obama is Well-Pleased

When the First Lady of the United States,Michelle Obama aka FLOTUS not only takes special note of your designs, but goes ahead to don it, and then invites you to a Celebration of Design featuring her favourite designers, you are most definitely doing something right! Amaka ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

October 8th, 2014

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Nic Haralambous Loves Mobile Technology, E-Commerce and Socks?

Nic Haralambous Loves Mobile Technology, E-Commerce and Socks?

“I have spent the last ten years building start-ups, failing, learning and succeeding.” Words on marble by Nicholas Nic Haralambous, Mobile Specialist, Fashion Designer, Start-Up Consultant and Entrepreneur. When Henry Ford said, ’Failure is only the opportunity to begin ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

April 30th, 2014

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Thula Sindi: South Africa’s King of Fashion

Thula Sindi: South Africa’s King of Fashion

Clothes! Peerless, contemporary, well-tailored, clothes! Women and men love to love them; interesting because neither was born with any. As humans evolve, so has our sense of what constitutes fashionable, inimitable apparel changed over times and seasons; sometimes from day ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

March 5th, 2014

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Ozwald Boateng: Bringing Bespoke Savile row Tailoring to Africa

Ozwald Boateng: Bringing Bespoke Savile row Tailoring to Africa

Ghanaian born designer Ozwald Boateng will forever have an indelible place in the history of men’s fashion as the youngest and first man of colour to own a store on Savile Row. Savile Row is a street in Mayfair, central London known principally for its traditional bespoke ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

December 18th, 2013

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Precious Moloi-Motsepe- From Pediatrician to Fashionista

Precious Moloi-Motsepe- From Pediatrician to Fashionista

Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe is a Johannesburg based entrepreneur and the executive chairperson of African Fashion International (AFI). A company that owns and hosts Fashion weeks in South Africa. AFI’s mission is to promote and develop South African and African fashion ...

Lovelyn Okafor

November 13th, 2013

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Lanre Da Silva Ajayi- A 21st Century Fashion Icon

Lanre Da Silva Ajayi- A 21st Century Fashion Icon

Lanre Da Silva has made a point in the most fashionable way. For LDA, the phrase is no longer ‘dress the way you want to be addressed; but dress the way you are,’ because to her, a person’s appearance points to his/her personality. LDA as she is fondly called is the founder ...

Lovelyn Okafor

October 25th, 2013

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Naa Quartey: Designer, Blogger and CEO, Roots by NAA

Naa Quartey: Designer, Blogger and CEO, Roots by NAA

Do the best you can with what you have; don’t complain about what you don’t have, what have you done with what you have? This statement might sound clichéd but it resonates with truth. Day after day, Africans carp about how they wish things should or could be, but the ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

October 23rd, 2013

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Ngozi Anele Ijoma; The Mathematician who became a Fashion Designer

Ngozi Anele Ijoma; The Mathematician who became a Fashion Designer

At the risk of sounding monotonous, I must re-emphasize the awe I feel when I encounter people who push the envelope, who refuse to settle in Box-A because everyone thinks they should, and aim for Box-Y, with its two branches and a very long tail. Ngozi Anele Ijoma, Creative

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

September 16th, 2013

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Grace Amey-Obeng; A Beautician that Goes the Extra Mile…

Grace Amey-Obeng; A Beautician that Goes the Extra Mile…

Black is bold and extremely beautiful. It is the colour of strength, intelligence and determination. I love being black and so does Grace Amey-Obeng, a medical aesthetician and therapist. Grace was born in La Cote d’Ivoire in 1957; she had her Secondary education at Keta ...

Lovelyn Okafor

September 3rd, 2013

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Lisa Folawiyo- Creating Timeless Jewels

Lisa Folawiyo- Creating Timeless Jewels

I am a die-hard advocate of living beyond and above the degree you earned in the course of a formal education. You see, those pieces of paper are meant to embellish and polish, not restrict and limit; so the next time you feel the urge to hang up your wig and gown or ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

July 23rd, 2013

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Nancy Nwadire of Iconic Invanity: “Perfect Your Craft and Doors will Open for You…”

Nancy Nwadire of Iconic Invanity: “Perfect Your Craft and Doors will Open for You…”

I am in awe as I scroll through picture after amazing picture of her creations; they are detailed, beautiful and breathtaking. They are African, but they are far from ordinary. Nancy Nwadire was created to mix and match materials, beads, thread and what not; she was created ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

July 9th, 2013

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Iman; Ageless Supermodel, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire and Philanthropist

Iman; Ageless Supermodel, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire and Philanthropist

This pretty face has graced several billboards, magazines and countless products. Iman Mohammed Abdulmajid, the model par excellence is unarguably talented and graciously endowed. This supermodel has made an indelible mark in the fashion world and beyond. Born July 5th, 1955

Lovelyn Okafor

June 27th, 2013

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