LUPITA NYONG’O IS A CINDERELLA FOR EVERYBODY

 “No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.” Dignified, inspiring words spoken by young woman who looked like a fairy princess on Hollywood’s most spectacular night. Lupita Nyong’o won the Academy Award for best supporting actress — and black, brown and “other” women and girls all around the world exhaled with relief and cheered […]

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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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#LUPITA NYONG’O UNVEILS HER LIFE JOURNEY

(CNN) — Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has become a new critics’ darling after her breakout role in last year’s hit movie “12 Years A Slave.” Since then, the award ceremonies and opportunities to dazzle photographers have been plentiful for Nyong’o, whose mesmerizing performance as Patsey earned her numerous accolades and recognition, including an Oscar nomination for […]

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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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MEET #NIGERIAN ENTREPRENEUR ZAINAB ASHADU: FOUNDER ZASHADU BAGS

Nigerian entrepreneur Zainab Ashadu has had an eye for fashion since she was a child. Growing up, she “fell in love with a beautiful Art Deco-style clutch bag” that belonged to her1other. Ashadu told How we made it in Africa that when she started working and making her own money she would visit vintage markets in London […]

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40 OF AFRICA’S WOMEN OF POWER

1. Honorable Omobola Johnson (Nigeria)  Honorable Omobola Johnson takes ‘person of the year’ because by the end of the year, she took action and used her very influential position to create programs and policies that will ensure that Nigerian girls become active participants in the ICT sector by launching the ‘SmartWomen Initiative’ and the ’1000 Girls in […]

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9 KENYANS IN FORBES LIST OF 30 MOST PROMISING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN AFRICA 2014

There has never been a more inspired generation of young Africans. These builders, innovators and risk takers are fervent in their resolve to transform the continent. They are solving critical socio-economic problems, exporting African culture to the world, creating job opportunities for Africans, re-telling Africa’s stories, and writing the future. I present to you Africa’s brightest […]

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MAKE YOUR TALENT YOUR BUSINESS – KANJI MBUGUA, C.E.O KIJIJI ENTERTAINMENT

“Thank God I made it, beautiful wife with a killer smile an S-Class Mercedes, when I look in the mirror it says I’m the greatest, I’m the boss they call me CEO….” sings out the mellow voice musician Kanji Mbugua in his Hit track Dream Again on my phone as I was on my way to his […]

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KAREN BLIXEN COOKING SCHOOL: TURNING MAASAI WARRIORS INTO MASTER CHEFS

While the Maasai delicacy of raw beef washed down with a bloody milk cocktail may not be to everyone’s taste, a new class of Maasai master chefs is cooking up something special. Deep in the Kenyan Serengeti, young apprentices from the warrior tribe are tackling haute cuisine from around the world as they strive to become […]

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FROM CHANG’AA BREWING TO CANADA: STUDENT SETS UP NGO

Emmanuela Alimlim successfully shook off the shackles of a tough childhood to set up her own NGO, Penda Dada. She tells us how. I was born in a small village called Loikas, in Maralal, Samburu County. My mother was barely 16 when she gave birth to me. I grew up in an environment I would […]

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MEET #KENYAN TONY KIBAGENDI: HOW HE BECAME A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR

By the time Tony Kibagendi graduated from university with a degree in education, he was sure employment was not an option for him. After all, Kibagendi was already running several successful businesses and making more money than the government would offer a high school teacher. Kenyan Kibagendi made his first million shillings while in university after […]

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MEET FORMER DIASPORAN JOHN GACHORA: A VILLAGE BOY’S METEORIC RISE TO THE TOP

John Gachora, Group MD, NIC Bank Age: 50s. Professional background: CEO, Absa Africa Managing Principal- Head of Africa, Absa Capital Managing Director – Group Head, Bank of America Investment Banking (Charlotte, North Carolina) Vice President- Structuring Head, Credit Suisse First Boston Academic Master’s in Business Administration, Wharton School, University of Pennyslvania Masters in Engineering from Massachusetts […]

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STRATHMORE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS FORM VALURAHA: A FINANCIAL LITERACY PLATFORM

You can be excused for thinking that Valuraha is a tweaked version of the words Value and Raha — which means happiness in Kiswahili — and that the three youths behind the web-based platform coined the phrase to reach out to their peers. Valuraha, however, has its origins in northern Europe; it is Estonian to […]

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