AFRICA FASHION WEEK RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES FOR FALL 2014

After a successful second season, Africa Fashion Week is returning to Los Angeles with a few new updates. As of January, we officially changed our company name from AFWLA, LLC. to Continent Creative, LLC. The name change is due to significant expansion of our business activities, which now include: PR, Fashion Show Production, Creative Direction, […]

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#KENYA’S LUPITA WINS FILM RIGHTS TO AMERICANAH

KENYAN star actress and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o has optioned and got the film rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest novel, Americanah. In an interview with Arise Entertainment two months ago, the Nigerian author hinted that she will be working with Lupita. She said that Lupita read the novel, loved it and “will be making […]

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#KENYAN DOCTOR SHARES 7 TIPS ON HOW TO SUCCEED AGAINST ALL ODDS

“Be professional in the way you do things. If it is a contractor you want to hire, go through the tendering system. Don’t just ask your brother or cousin who has no experience to do the job. You also can’t become the Jack of all trades. Yes, the vision is yours and you are the general, but you are not the foot soldier fighting on the ground. You need to set up departments and hire professionals who can be held accountable.”

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KENYA’S GIDEON MURIUKI NAMED AFRICA’S BANKING CEO OF THE YEAR

London-based magazine International Banker has named Gideon Muriuki, Chief executive of Co-operative Bank of Kenya (Co-op Bank) as Africa’s banking CEO of the year, with the bank named as Africa’s most innovative retail banker due to its financial products for savings and credit co-operative societies (Saccos) and also small and medium scale enterprises. Muriuki was […]

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2 KENYANS MAKE TIME’S LIST OF MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

Two Kenyans have been named by a top US magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world. Time magazine on Thursday named author Binyavanga Wainaina and former Google executive Ory Okolloh alongside wealthy and influential individuals from across the world in its annual “The 100 Most Influential People” list. Ms Okolloh, a former Google […]

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3 HABITS TO HELP YOU BECOME A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS OWNER

The world of business can feel like a war at times. Ups and downs, success then set backs. It is easy to feel like your business is not working and I won’t be the first one to tell you self-employment can be a lonely game. So what can you do to ensure you function as […]

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4 #KENYANS IN FORBES’ 10 FEMALE TECH FOUNDERS TO WATCH IN AFRICA

In Africa’s burgeoning, male-dominated tech scene, women remain largely underrepresented. Yet there is a tiny handful of incredible women who are launching and building successful, innovative tech companies that are upending industries, setting new standards and earning their place at the cool table. These women create and innovate, exploiting ideas, products and services to produce dynamic businesses. […]

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MEET DR. BETTY GIKONYO: FOUNDER AND C.E.O KAREN HOSPITAL

Dr Betty Gikonyo, co-founder and CEO, Karen Hospital (Kenya) Dr Betty Gikonyo is the co-founder and CEO of the Karen Hospital, a Nairobi based 102-bed specialty hospital. Established in 2006, the Karen Hospital today has five satellite centres in different parts of Kenya. Recent expansion also includes the establishment of the Karen Hospital School of […]

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#KENYA: TOP BANK OWNERS EARN BILLIONS IN DIVIDENDS

Top shareholders of commercial banks are set to earn billions of shillings in dividends following yet another year of double-digit profit growth for the industry. The Treasury, private equity group Helios and parent companies of multinational banks also stand to earn significant amounts of dividends going by payouts announced so far for the year ended […]

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“YOU HAVE TO RISK IT TO MAKE IT” – #KENYAN FASHION DESIGNER

Kenyan entrepreneur Wambui Mukenyi studied accounting to appease her parents, but her real passion has always been fashion. While in school she interned as an assistant for a designer for two years and got to see how the fashion business works. When she graduated, then aged 24, Mukenyi started her own business using her personal […]

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5 INVESTMENT MISTAKES EVEN SMART PEOPLE MAKE

 A lot of smart people ask themselves that question, especially as they struggle to keep up with the bills and worry about an inadequately funded retirement. In my work consulting with entrepreneurs, I commonly find that they spend so much time juggling the competing demands of their business that they take little time to analyze […]

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25 FAST GROWING #AFRICAN COMPANIES TO WATCH IN 2014

Check out this great list of high potential ventures across Africa you should follow: these fast growing companies are gaining traction and looking to make big progress in 2014. VENTURES AFRICA – The listed companies are in sectors as diverse as technology, mobile, food, sustainability, gaming, accounting, advertising, fashion, cosmetics, and more. The countries include […]

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MEET JOANNE MWANGI: HOW SHE STEPPED OFF THE CORPORATE LADDER TO VENTURE ON HER OWN

Joanne Mwangi is one of Kenya’s most respected entrepreneurs, and has won numerous awards for her efforts in building and transforming a small marketing agency into a leading regional group. Mwangi’s firm, Professional Marketing Services (PMS), offers a wide range of services including advertising, public relations, event management, trade and consumer promotions, trade merchandising and […]

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THE RWANDESE ENTREPRENEUR WHO QUIT HIS JOB TO SET UP ‘STARBUCKS OF AFRICA’

For years, Jean-Philippe Kayobotsi’s work meant business trips, investment plans and high-level meetings with powerful politicians and top corporate executives. Having worked at Deloitte, the African Development Bank and even as an adviser to the president of Rwanda, Kayobotsi’s illustrious career had taken him to Europe, Latin America and Africa. And then his hibernating entrepreneurial […]

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MEET SERAH KANYUA: CO-FOUNDER OF CLOSET 49, AN ONLINE SHOPPING MARKET PLACE

It’s grown from selling clothes to a handful of friends inside a small dorm room to a popular fashion website featuring more than 1,000 stylish items. Admittedly, it’s been quite a journey for Serah Kanyua, the co-founder of Closet49, an online marketplace that links buyers of clothes and accessories to sellers across Kenya. Launched just over […]

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