International Women’s Day – 8th of March is set aside as a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Today, we reached out to some of the top male Entrepreneurs of popular African companies that you know and here is their message to women on this Special day. Read more
The earliest event(National Women Day) was observed in the United State of America on the 28th of Feb 1909. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working condition. In 1975, the United Nations gave official sanction to March 8 as the “International Women’s Day Celebration” and began sponsoring it. The global celebration which aim to inspire women across the world and reflect on “progress made, a call for change and to celebrate Act of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played extraordinary role in the history of their communities and countries.”
YSWARA harnesses African ancient knowledge in collecting the World’s largest selection of fine African teas. Each blend is a creation by its Ivorian born founder/CEO Swaady Martin-Leke during her time as an MBA student and every detail of YSWARA is woven together to create an exceptional experience. The company started out as a gourmet tea company in 2012 and has slowly evolved to create products from Africa and transform them into the finer things of Life. YSWARA’s products are a symbol of the ingenuity and tradition cradled in the hearts of the African people. It enthuses creativity and craftsmanship and the distinctiveness hidden within our culture.
Do you have a global mind set? When you started your Business/Brand, what did you have in mind? Did you see your brand beyond the shores of Africa? Did you envision your product on international supermarket’s stalls/stands? To build a global brand, it starts from the planning stage and inception of your vision. You cannot have a local vision and mind-set for your brand and expect globalisation to happen. It just will not happen. However, if you start your vision with a global mind-set, everything you do would be on a global level. It all starts from your mind and your vision.
Horseman shoes, a Ghanaian based footwear manufacturing company, founded seven years ago has gone from strength to strength, thus showing that working one’s vision eventually leads to success. Tonyi Senayah, CEO, Horseman shoes graduated from the University of Ghana in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. At that time he had no ambitions to become an entrepreneur.
In Zenabwork, a small district on the south-western corner of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a woman works tirelessly – with a smile on her face – on a loom, weaving the finest quality Ethiopian fabric. She did the same for His Imperial Majesty Emperor Hailie Selassie I, the former emperor of Ethiopia, now she does it for herself. In a world of big business and crony capitalism, her small, local craft thrives. The same can be said for a hundred and more artisans and craftsmen that work to create beautiful and eco-sensitive footwear in the small district. These people, in their own little way, are changing the world, one step at a time, which is what Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, the founder of Sole Rebels had in mind when she came up with the idea to start a 100% Ethiopian footwear brand in 2004.