Today is international women’s day and we are showcasing some of the inspirational female entrepreneurs who are making Africa proud , changing the face of business in africa and getting the world to sit up and take notice of the innovative solutions they are creating and the business empires they are building. Each of these entrepreneurs, in their own unique way, is flying the heritage of Africa around the world.
Here are ten of them:
Temitope Balogun, Lead Consultant at Espact
Fondly called Temmy Balogun is currently the Lead Consultant of Espact
Espact was launched to increase visibility of brands and talents who are into impactful initiatives in the urban and rural areas of Africa but are hardly heard as they dont haven’t the much fund to pay media channel for their publicity.
Espact team searches for them , tell their stories from angles that their potential customers and investors can relate with easily. We have audience from over 125 countries across the globe.
Espact’s digital platform has empowered over 5000 talents and entrepreneurs since inception in 2015.
We make original news , feature and video content on talents, entrepreneurs, business, technology and innovations in Africa available to millions of people across over twenty countries such as Nigeria, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and more.
In October 2018, Espact was a finalist at Youth Connekt Africa’s Innovation Award in Rwanda organized by United Nations Development Programme ( UNDP) . We were selected for our economic impact in Africa.
Amal Hassan, Co founder of Outsource Global
Amal Hassan is a leading Nigerian technopreneur with diverse interests across different technology verticals. In 2003, Amal set up the first organised ICT training institute in Kano that provides IT training to young Nigerians especially women. Her passion to unlock Nigeria’s developmental potentials through technology-driven innovation and value addition led her to build, capitalise and restructure a series of technology-related businesses that succeed in developing talents and creating employment for young Nigerians.
In 2013, she founded the Outsource Global; a contact centre business process outsourcing that now has offices in Abuja, Lagos, and Kaduna. Under her leadership, Outsource Global has emerged as the leading Nigerian contact centre provider, servicing the international market, turning the company into a truly global BPO giant, creating over 700 jobs and putting Nigeria on the global map for contact centre business process outsourcing.
Regina Honu CEO of Soronko Academy in Ghana
Regina Honu is the CEO of Soronko Solutions. She just opened the first coding and human centered design school called Soronko Academy. She is an ambassador and mentor for thecamp, first European campus dedicated to emerging technology and social innovation. She is listed as one of BBC 100 most inspirational and innovative women for 2017. She was awarded the 2017 Northwestern University Buffet Institute for Emerging Global Leaders Award and awarded by Coca Cola in the Coca Cola young achievers award as one of the big six and a leader in technology. She won Startup Entrepreneur of the year and Soronko Solutions won Social Start-up of the year for 2016 at the Ghana Startup Awards. She was featured on CNN as one the 12 inspirational women who rock STEM. She was named as one of the six women making an impact in Tech in Africa
Adenike Ogunlesi, Co founder of Ruff n Tumble
Adenike Ogunlesi, Africa’s foremost fashion entrepreneur who is redefining and blazing the trail in the children’s fashion industry with over 35 years of experience in the Fashion and Retail Business, is the founder and Creative Director of Africa’s leading Premium children’s clothing brand- Ruff ‘n’ Tumble; sharing happiness to over a million children and families across the globe, because she dared to dream and pursue her vision fearlessly.
An entrepreneur passionate about quality, excellence and service; she started the Ruff ‘n’ Tumble brand from the boot of her car in 1998, with a man-power of less than 20 people.
Today she has built a reputable Pan-African brand, operating to international standards with over 300 employees, 17 retail outlets, an online presence and expansion plans across the African continent and the international community.
Tomilola Majekodunmi Ceo of Bankly
Tomilola Majekodunmi started Bankly in 2019 out of a conviction that providing digital identity to over 60 million Nigerians was the surest route to sustainable poverty alleviation.
Think of Bankly as a digital technology service for suburban thrift savings setups, where unbanked users trust an agent who visits at certain periods (sometimes weekly) to record deposits in a paper register. But because this can be vulnerable to theft and fraud, Bankly’s 15,000 agents enable those users to digitize their cash daily, and build formal accounts that can create access to products like microloans and insurance.
Bankly is one of many agent-based fintech companies in Nigeria, but Majekodunmi’s focus on thrift savings—a method typically used by women—attempts to solve a problem of exclusion that affects a significant portion of Nigeria’s population.
Uche Pedro founder of Bella Naija
Uche Pedro is the founder of BellaNaija, Africa’s leading lifestyle digital media company with a distinct focus covering a diverse range of areas including entertainment, cinema, fashion, culture, and advocacy.
BellaNaija has a digital footprint of over 200 Million impressions and 10 Million Followers across platforms.
In 2018, Uche was one of 10 emerging African leaders selected for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Gates Letter campaign. Uche was recognized at the Frown Awards by UNICEF/UNFPA for her efforts toward the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria.
She was listed in the second publication of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2020 by Avance Media.
Maya Horgan FamoduManaging Director, Ingressive Capital
Maya Horgan Famodu is a Nigerian-American entrepreneur, founder and partner at Ingressive, a firm that provides market entry, technology research and market operations services for firms and businesses expanding into Africa. She also founded Ingressive Capital, a venture capital fund investing in Africa-based technology companies.She co-founded the High Growth Africa Summit, a two-day conference on how to launch a high growth African business, and founded Tech Meets Entertainment Summit, a deal-focused event for African celebrities and tech companies to build revenue-generating partnerships.Maya (with her colleagues, Sean Burrowes and Blessing Abeng) later co-founded Ingressive for Good, a nonprofit providing scholarships, technical training and talent placement for African youth.
Mo Abudu, The co founder of Ebony life TV
Mo Abudu, an entrepreneur with a predilection for television, launched EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle network, in 2013. Her primary goal for the channel was to create a more positive narrative around Africa.
As CEO of EbonyLife Media, Abudu has made her mark through various endeavors in the corporate world, and Forbes described her as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman” while CNN said she was “Africa’s Queen of Media who conquered the continent.” Abudu oversees all five divisions of EbonyLife Media, which includes EbonyLife TV, EbonyLife Films, EbonyLife ON, EbonyLife Studios, and EbonyLife Productions Limited (UK). Opening summer 2019, EbonyLife Place, a luxury entertainment resort will feature a boutique hotel, gourmet restaurant and luxury 5-screen multiplex in the heart of Victoria Island in Lagos.
Berita KhumaloFounder, Women of Music Business
Gugulethu Khumalo best known by her stage name Berita, is a Zimbabwean-born singer, songwriter and music producer. Her music is a combination of soul music containing elements from Afro Jazz, contemporary pop influences as well as South African dance music. She is the owner of the independent record label Assali Music.She is also the founder of the Women of Music Business (WOMB), a pan african women empowerment organisation in the music industry.
Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija is a dynamic Nigerian businesswoman and philanthropist. She oversees several business endeavours such as: FAMFA Oil Limited, her family’s oil exploration and production business as the Vice Chairman, seeing to its strategic planning and day to day administration. She is the Vice Chairman of Dayspring Property Development Company Limited, a real estate company with investments in different parts of the world. She is also the Vice Chairman of Digitalreality Print Ltd, a world-class printing company. She has served her country Nigeria, as a member of several committees. She is an acclaimed public speaker and the first female to be appointed as Chancellor of a public university in Africa. She is a prolific writer and has authored several inspirational books, including her autobiography. She is a board member of the Commonwealth Business Forum. She is a recipient of many awards in various capacities both locally and internationally.