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2Oct

Nike Oshinowo is more than an ex-beauty queen. An entrepreneur with interest in diverse businesses, and in 2012 she organised the United Nations World Tourism (UNWTO) for Africa Conference, held in Calabar, Cross Rivers State Nigeria.  In her own words, Oshinowo and why successful women must help raise future successful women. Let’s talk about Nike […]






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30Sep

On a continent where women are still routinely marginalised in corridors of political power and business, and where the fight for gender equilibrium is far from over, the inaugural Women of West Africa Entrepreneurship Conference (WOWe) aptly spotlighted young African women entrepreneurs. WoWe’s aim is to provide a high-level networking platform that brings together the […]






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23Sep

In the current edition of the New African Woman magazine, there is a special focus on African women in business, under the theme, “Women Mean Business.” It is a project I am proud of because I had the great opportunity to interview some amazing women and discover others in the process of my research, who […]






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12Aug

2012 was a formidable year for the African woman – the continent got its second female head of State in Joyce Banda, President of Malawi. The International Criminal Court (ICC) for the first time in its 10-year history got its first African and female Chief Prosecutor, the Gambia’s Fatou Bensouda, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South […]






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16Jun

Tiffany Amber is becoming one of Africa’s foremost fashion brands. The fashion house is headed by the formidable Folake Folarin-Coker, an award-winning and internationally acclaimed Nigerian designer, renowned for her eclectically contemporary designs. Beyond fashion, Folarin-Coker is an astute business woman, who understands the importance of marrying the art of fashion to the art of […]






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19Jul

Listed by the Powerlist 2011, as one of the most influential black people in Britain, Sandie Okoro is the Global General Counsel for Barings, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious financial institutions. The daughter of a Nigerian father and a Trinidadian mother,  and in her 40s, Okoro is one of a few women […]






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14Feb

I don’t know about you but I prefer good news to bad news. The news media may specialise in telling the world bad news about Africa but CNN with its programme, Inside Africa does a great job with its coverage of the continent. I was watching these two stories over the weekend and was really […]






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19Jan

The saying goes that ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ Well, in the words of Christine Karumba, country director of Women for Women International, DRC, “One woman can change anything but many women can change everything.” There is something about the economic empowerment of a woman which changes the dynamics of her destiny […]






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11Jan

Here are two more women I find very interesting and powerful in my series,  phenomenal woman. More than a pretty face, Adenike Ogunlesi, entrepreneur, trailblazer, intelligent, what’s not to admire? She has her own money too. A woman with her own money can achieve a lot and change a lot. It takes a strong willed […]






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31Dec

Africa is open for business not exploitation. Whenever I hear of an African country giving land away to China or any other nation to develop and then weigh it up against the returns, my mind fails to comprehend why we keep short-changing ourselves. The stark difference between the two CNN stories below is alarming one […]






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12Dec

An architect by profession, Dolapo James is no stranger to the world of designs. It started with her obsession of Ankara and other African fabrics. Though it was not a conscious decision to start a company, James is the proud owner of Urbanknit, a company she started over 6 years ago, which  specialises in handmade […]






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23Nov

Over the weekend, I heard these words spoken by Dr Pat Francis, a revered humanitarian based in Canada, “Poverty is systemic and it starts with the government. Where Africa is concerned, it started with slavery right up to colonialism.” If you will allow me, I would like to add, today, that systemic poverty is in […]






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22Jul

Mary Shittu is no stranger to the fashion world. A model since her teens, she is a fashion designer and owns Mary Shittu Couture and Ma’ Kushi Jeans. She is also the founder of M Management, a company which covers different grounds within the fashion industry. Shittu has been recognised for her talent and garnered […]






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14Feb

You know how we get so fussy about picking out cards for our loved ones on their birthdays or when they are celebrating grand occasions. You walk round and round in the shops, yet come out with nothing. That has been my experience on a few occasions. Giving anyone a card is a very personal […]






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