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Spotlight on Women in Business: Meet Aisha Shuaibu, Founder Waffle Stop

Aisha Shuaibu is a black girl magic!

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It’s Women’s History Month all around the world. Events are kicking off across companies, government bodies and organisations to celebrate women for their incredible achievements and most importantly for the journey so far.

We have decided to dedicate the month of March to African trailblazers, ordinary people doing extraordinary things and change makers in their field. In the past few years, a new archetype of what it means to be a modern businesswoman has emerged and we couldn’t be more pumped. In this digital age, where marketing ourselves is just a click away, more and more ladies are rising from the throes of dreamland and becoming mini moguls. This month’s spotlight embodies everything that inspired me to create this series…

Aisha Shuaibu, a 25 yrs old Nigerian media consultant and founder of Waffle Stop. She found an opportunity in the market to create a one-stop-shop for all things waffle. We got Aisha to share her inspiring journey of developing a business in a challenging economy and her oh-so-relatable thoughts on where we are with gender talks in Nigeria and Africa as whole.

Tell us about yourself, including what you do and how you got there?

My name is Aisha Shuaibu, I’m 25 years old. I am an entrepreneur and currently work as a media consultant as well. I own a confectionary foods business called Waffle Stop and we have just opened up 2 cafe branches after running the business from home for nearly a year. The idea for Waffle Stop came from my time in Istanbul when I was studying for my Masters Degree. I became aware of the opportunity back home to run a business focused on waffles alone, which wasn’t common in Abuja. I then presented the idea in my classroom as a project and received a lot of useful feedback from my professor. With the help of my business partner, we were able to turn the idea to reality and Waffle Stop kicked off on March 12th 2016.

How did you get started in business?

I have always had a zeal for the development of new business ideas. I guess I love being responsible for great things coming to shape but more than anything I love to see them executed properly and actually working. I also studied Business for both my Undergrad and Masters so it was a given that I settle into the field.

What is your favorite part about being an entrepreneur?

Having the freedom to take risks and it working in your favour. Nothing feels better than independently making the right call. I can’t say the reverse of that feels as good though but I take pride in learning from my mistakes.

What skills would you say have helped you sustain in business

Patience and endurance. I don’t believe I’ve experienced anything harder than running a small business (in Nigeria). Last year, I was still trying to figure a lot of things out and how to keep afloat in a crippling economy. There were days when simple issues like power or logistics made waking up and dealing with it all very very hard. But we kept going regardless. You can’t buy patience. You can only learn it…. and once you do, you must practice the art till you’re a pro.

Aisha, were you brought up to believe ambition was important?

I grew up in a political household that kept both parents quite busy. My father ruled 2 states, while my mother was involved in several humanitarian projects. Witnessing all that made me desire a busy life of positive impact and also grow up with the hunger to inspire those around me. I have always wanted to do what stood out with no restrictions. However, I am an ambitious realist.  I dream incredibly big with a very conscience mind-set to know how much I have to do to make them come true.

To what do you attribute your success in realising your ambition?

Its difficult to measure progress as you work but I’d like to believe the more results I see, the closer I get to my goals. When I’m content enough, I’ll let my business run itself and move on to another passion. Success is a relative term when every day above ground is a reason to be grateful.

To go back to the theme of the month – Women’s history month. What do you want everyone to know on International Women’s Day?

The world must always acknowledge the importance of a woman to every single community. A woman with heart is like a fast train en route; if you’re not with it then get out of its way. At the same time, a strong woman is a source of drive, compassion and love. International Women’s Day celebrates everything we love about ourselves and the impact a woman is capable of making in the world, no matter what she chooses to do. As women, we must believe in our greatness and empower each other frequently.

 How would you define women empowerment?

Societies are likely to collectively succeed if we all came together to build each other up. Women empowerment is about developing creative ways of encouraging, motivating and inspiring the women around us (ourselves included) to aim high and do better. Regardless of what a woman’s goal is in life, she must believe that she is capable before she is able to achieve. Empowering women is raising the voices of those who didn’t believe they could be heard, and use that of those loud enough to make positive impacts.

What is the most crucial issue to tackle in Nigeria and the world if you wish, in regards to gender?

Creating a balance between what women deserve to be permitted to do, in accordance to human rights and what is required for them to do. I don’t believe equality could ever be one of the solutions to world peace but women need to be given the opportunity to rise in government and other sectors. Nigerian cultures demean women and dismiss the idea of them having a voice and that must change for the issue to ease up. Generally, we have a mentality crisis that is deep-rooted and cannot disappear overnight.

As a young Nigerian woman, what’s your stance on gender barriers?

I don’t welcome the idea of being limited because of gender. The world is tainted in that sense because women continue to be critiqued and discriminated against for being ambitious and breaking out of the norm. As a teenager, I wanted nothing more than to be disassociated from individuals and gatherings that made me feel incapable or locked in a box. There is no greater feeling than rising above expectations because what’s normal anyway?

If you were to have dinner with 2 women you admire in the world, who would they be?

Amina J Mohammed and Angelina Jolie.

Let’s relax a bit – What do you do in your spare time?

Lately, all I’ve had time for is work because my business is at a very sensitive time. However, on some days, I force a social life and spend time with friends at private places with great music. I love to cook as well but I mostly do that when I travel and have nice comfortable kitchen to work in.

 What are the traits you value most in people?

A strong intellect and a good sense of humour. My favourite people in the world are some of the smartest I’ve ever known and being around them always adds value to my life, knowingly or not. People of strong faith are good company as well cause they’re fearless. I mean, if you can kneel before God you can stand by any man, right?

Name 2 great organisations you admire, why? and what do they do?

I have always admired the works of the United Nations and what they do for the world. Nothing is as important as putting humanity first. The Clinton Foundation is another for their ability to set up worldwide, create employment opportunities and establish initiatives that solve existing issues in developing nations.

In the end, when you want to look back at life, what are the main things you want to be remembered for?

For putting the interest of the youth first. When Nigeria starts to really invest in the ideas of young people, that is when true change will begin to take course. Our generation is underestimated but those in doubt are just as responsible for how we turn out as we are.

As you know The GlowingColours.com loves African change makers who make impact in the society, what advice would you give to other young entrepreneurs hoping to start their own business one day?

You know how successful people always say things like “nothing is impossible” and “keep your head up” in their books and interviews POST success? I always hated that. I would think, “easy for you to say, you’re worth millions” but trust me when I say, your mentality is your problem. Wake up and believe you are moving and you will move. Make small changes that lead to big ones that translate to huge impacts. One day you will just wake up and realise you are 110% responsible for every decision you make and that is when the real work starts.

Who would you like to see me interview for my next on The GlowingColours.com?

Samira Sanusi. She’s an author and a strong advocate for Sickle Cell Anemia. She is a warrior and personally inspires me to what to do more for the cause and the world in general. She has great things coming to her.

 

Got a question for Aisha Shuaibu? Drop them in the comment below

 

Start Reimagining your Business Model now – Brett Parker, SAP

Start reimagining your business model now, SAP warns. Brett Parker, a Managing Director at SAP Africa has written an informative piece on how businesses can begin reimagining their business model in the South of the world. Living in the new means that African businesses would have to start adapting digital as the new way of life.

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished,” said the wise Benjamin Franklin. But we don’t need to take his word for it: there are many inspired thoughts that punctuate the role of change in business. The more difficult question is when change should happen.  

This topic makes business leaders nervous. Change is good, but so is stability. The world does not comprise of only mavericks and trailblazers – and even those often reach their stature through steady determination, not constantly rocking the boat. Timing is important, as is a clear view of what lies ahead.  
If there was ever time worth anticipating tomorrow, it is now. As the world builds on the tectonic shift of technology that was the Internet 1.0 era, we move into Industry 4.0, also called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The radical impact which technologies such as the internet, email and business applications have landed, is now evolving to reach beyond our computer screens and into the world around us. Breakthroughs such as the Internet of Things, blockchain, artificial intelligence, connected cars, smart cities and personalised consumer experiences are not just shaking things up – they are rewriting the rules.  

Unfortunately this means nobody can, with certainty, predict what to expect. We can only determine how to be ready for it.  
Radically changing business models is not a new phenomenon. By 2027, three quarters of S&P 500 companies will be replaced. But over the last 60 years nearly 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies ceased to exist as independent entities. The last time business experienced such upheaval was in the late 1970s, when new technologies sparked a massive shakeup of incumbents which lead into the consolidation-crazy 1980s.   

Such change always arrives. Hasbro, a multinational toy giant, previously sold textiles. So did Berkshire Hathaway, now an investment titan. Western Union was once the leader of telegraph systems, today it is a leader in cash transfers. Fujifilm has shifted its vast skills in chemicals from photography to making high-end cosmetics.   

But the waves of change are bigger, stronger and more frequent. Aptly the theme of the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos was “mastering the fourth industrial revolution.” At SAP we define this event in three stages, aligned to the tropical depression, the tropical storm and the hurricane.  

Companies in the tropical depression may not quite recognise change yet, since they seem to be in quiet waters. But the roaring clouds are gathering on the horizon. New business models, cost-saving systems such as IoT technologies and perhaps a bit too much confidence in their sector’s resilience warn of big changes to come.   

Those finding themselves in a tropical storm are more acutely aware of these changes and even trying to make the most of it by applying those technologies. They believe they are seeing the peak of the sea-change.   

But that perspective is reserved for the companies in the hurricane: industries that are rapidly transforming, due to new business models, powered by modern technology. Nobody in the banking, retail, media or education landscape needs to be notified about change – they are seeing it first-hand.  

It is imperative that business leaders reimagine their business models. Fortunately, though we cannot see the future, we can look at what is working so far. There are six distinct business models that have shown their resilience and talent.  

First, but in no particular order, is the Outcome Based model. Instead of selling just products or services, a company’s revenue is determined by the outcomes their customers experience. Insurance companies favouring a usage-based model are good examples of this. The second model is Expansion into New Industries and Markets- the most popular example of disruption. Examples include banks moving into telecommunications and telecommunication moving into banking. Amazon – a major freight customer – is now expanding into that very business.  

Digitisation of Products and Services is the third model. Here companies use digitisation to improve the entire value chain and reduce costs. Think Apple’s music empire or the drive by banks for customers to swipe cards instead of exchanging cash. Companies that Compete as an Ecosystem embrace the fourth model, using complementary partners to build richer products. One could argue that car companies have been doing this for decades, but the connected car is reshaping even that stoic sector through new and radical partnerships.  

The fifth model needs little introduction. Shared Economy businesses thrive on exploiting under-utilised assets sourced from third parties. AirBnB owns no hotels. Facebook creates no content. Yet both grow on those elements, all coming from the outside. Finally, the Digital Platform is the sixth model: this could be an online marketplace such as New Zealand’s Powershop; a networking space like SAP Ariba or the business tools found in Microsoft’s Office 365. Digital Platforms not only offer more for less, but create new and exotic ways of monetisation.   

Even SAP has shifted its business models. The vast majority of our revenue comes from streams that didn’t even exist a decade ago. Your business may still be in calm seas or perhaps it already feels the waves smacking its hull. Those clouds of change are not going to blow over. It is time to sail the seas of change.

Fintech Startups! Apply to Barclays Africa and Techstars 13 Week Accelerator Programme South Africa

Loads of opportunities for fintech startups! What exactly is an accelerator programme in the context of startups and where can you find one? How can you apply? We haven’t got a full list of all the startup accelerator programmes out there but this is for sure something you should consider if you’ve got great ideas.

An accelerator in sum is a three month intensive programme which is believed to assist participating start-ups advance their businesses significantly. An accelerator is built on four points; seed investment, co-working space, mentoring and a demo day. The most popular programmes are by Savannah Fund, She Leads Africa, Merck Accelerator and Barclays Accelerator.

Barclays and Techstars have pulled forces to unveil the Barclays Accelerator programme, an initiative aimed at uncovering the next M-Pesa or Paypal by working with exceptional fintech entrepreneurs innovating Africa’s financial services industry.

Barclays Africa and Techstars will be looking out for 10 qualifying fintech startups, to take part in a 13-week programme beginning in May next year, based out of the Rise fintech innovation hub in Woodstock, Cape Town. South Africa is fast becoming a fintech hub but fintech in Kenya is not to be taken foregranted.

Yasaman Hadjibashi, business, data and technology executive at Barclay Africa explains what leading the innovation agenda for the bank means: “Africa has tremendous untapped potential to not only pioneer its own creative solutions for its unique contexts but to also create solutions that the rest of the world can adopt for their own contexts.”

According to the Disrupt Africa African Startups Funding Report 2015, 29% of investment in African tech startups goes to those focused on fintech, suggesting a substantial opportunity for innovative ventures in the sector.

What to expect: Selected startups will be given the opportunity to enter or expand their presence in the African marketplace via Barclays Africa Group’s customer, product, and technology teams. Leveraging the global footprint of Rise, the selected startups will also have the chance to scale globally through Rise sites in London, New York, Mumbai, Tel Aviv and Vilnius. The Accelerator offers companies an advantage over others by providing a proven curriculum, and lifelong access to the Techstars global network of mentors, investors and venture capitalists.

How to Apply: Click this link to apply https://www.f6s.com/barclaysaccelerator-africa

Deadline: February 5th, 2017 for this opportunity to take their venture to new heights.

For more information, please visit: http://www.barclaysaccelerator.com/#/cape-town/ or contact emily.skinstad@techstars.com

Image Credit: Techstars

Lookbook: Canada-based Brand Wannie Releases New Collection

Our community keeps expanding and feels uber cool! We;re happy to share this new collection by Wannie. Wannie is a Canada-based Nigerian womenswear design brand. This collection is titled Canvas. Check out some more details on the collection below:

This collection is inspired by a working lady going away on a vacation to see the love of her life. She finally gets a moment to reflect on her dreams and all her accomplished goals. She lets her hair down and enjoys the moment to be delicate, sweet and vulnerable. On this vacation, she is a canvas, who knows she is only made for beautiful artistic things.
We totally agree. The collection exudes femininity and elegant simplicity. Here’s what the head designer Yewande Oduwole says on the new collection: “Canvas is a blank slate from which art is made. Each piece of this collection is designed to tell the story of an individual and to reflect each individual’s personality. Each piece is the base from which you can mold anything you wish as long as it reflects you.”
 
We think this collection is wearable. We will contact the brand to know about the affordability.
Check out the collection below and let us know what you think:

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Brand: Wannie @houseofwannie
Designer: Yewande Oduwole
Photography: Kimberly Karmark @kimkarmark
Model: Esther Opaluwa @ess.ther
Makeup: Tinuke Aina @iamteekay
Style Director: Tobi Adebowale @tobiade_
Location: Porsche of London. London, Ontario

The Digital-Ready Bank: How Can African Banks Disrupt?

How many of you have visited your local banks in Nigerian to perform a transaction to find out that their ‘server is down’ as the bankers put it. Therefore, a transaction that should take you 10 minutes now turns into 30 minutes.

A 2015 KPMG report states that banking penetration is as low as 36% in some of the larger African economies. The solution proposed is that Digital Transformation can drive adoption of banking services by enabling banks to develop and deploy tailored, customer-focused products and solutions. In the age of disruption in almost all the sectors happening globally, digital cannot be excluded as a very important disruptive power.

For the banking sector, this has meant radical changes in how services are offered and how technology is used to enable rapid deployment of new customer-centric innovations. A recent SAP-sponsored study of 250 banks in the EMEA region by IDC offers key insights into how banks have adapted their business models and operations to reap the benefits of Digital Transformation, and what African banks can learn from their success – and how they can avoid some of the pitfalls.

Africa at a glance
According to the United Nations, Africa’s population is expected to surge to 2.4 billion by 2050. Due to Africa’s largely youthful population and the aging population in most developed countries, forecasters expect that much of the world’s labour will be supplied by the African continent. This increase in economic activity is expected to drastically increase the uptake in banking services among African workers. However, despite encouraging economic growth, most of Africa remains unbanked due to insufficient banking infrastructure, the perceived high cost of banking fees, and a disconnect between banking services and the needs of the customers they are meant to meet.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, bank branches are generally concentrated in high-population urban areas. Despite this, the European Investment Bank notes that these banks are typically high-cost operations that result in high service fees and a wide spread of interest rates. A 2014 World Bank paper showed that the average per-capita income in Sub-Saharan Africa is a mere $762. Banking products and services need to be carefully tailored to suit a diverse set of customer needs or risk losing traction in a market currently being disrupted by innovative start-ups.

Managing disruption
New fintech companies are bringing a much more customer-centric innovation at a pace never seen before disrupting the traditional and formal banking sector. While banks in Africa should focus on capitalising on their market share, they also need to consider using technology as a tool to create new opportunities across the entire value chain. This would allow them to emerge strong and fit for the future as new fintech companies emerge.

Despite the rapid change that we’re experiencing, most customers will still remain the same and will have the same needs over the next five or even 10 years. Saving for retirement, buying a house, paying for education, accessing medical services, tax and payroll – these needs are unlikely to change in any meaningful way. What is likely to change, however, is the role of the banking sector in providing such services, both for consumers as well as corporate clients.

A bank that sets out to be smart, forward-thinking banks will embrace Digital Transformation by adopting cloud technologies to reduce costs, analysing data to create more personalized services, and using customer-focused channels such as mobile and social to deploy services. Despite the threat posed by fintech start-ups, traditional banks have an enormous advantage: the vast amounts of customer data created by multiple customer touch-points.

Banks should use this data to customise products and services at an individual level to deliver a truly personalized experience. This cal happen if they can start mining this customer data, moving beyond pure banking into more of a ‘lifestyle partner’ role, something the insurance industry has achieved with tremendous success.

New opportunities
According to IDC, an enterprise approach to Digital Transformation is likely to become a better option for banks as it prepares them to change the way they currently use technology and allows them to build a technology platform that can meet present-day and as-yet unknown future business challenges.

But for that to be truly effective, leadership structures driving Digital Transformation need to focus on three key aspects:
1) A strong commitment at an executive level, encouraging collaboration;
2) A solid digital core to the business that includes in-depth analytics and enable agile technologies; and
3) Openness to partner and collaborate with other players in the financial and banking ecosystem, including fintech start-ups and other disruptors.

UK Star Skepta’s Mom Ify Adenuga to Receive ICON recognition at CA award

In a highly crime infested area of London, she and her husband has been able to raise 4 internationally successful Artists in the music and entertainment industry. Including Skepta who recently won the Mercury prize  Award 2016 for his latest album Konnichiwa. JME also a music artist, their sister Julie Adenuga who is the  Apple Beat 1 Radio London DJ and  their baby brother, a computer animator who takes care of all the company’s design work.  The  record label company –  Boy Better Know,  which is managed by  Mrs Adenuga.
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Mrs Adenuga’s  success in raising high achievers and maintaining a great family has been met with so much adulation and admiration from other women and the Nigerian diaspora community at large. She is seen as a perfect role model for the young and older mothers struggling with raising teenagers. It is her hard work and dedication that has earned her so much respect and hence this ICON recognition at CA award.
 Reacting to the notice of her recognition as an ICON at the C. Hub magazine creativity award, she said, “I’m honoured to be nominated for the CA Award and very appreciative.”

“I’ve spent the last two decades not just raising own family but also facilitating others in my profession to live independently within a safer and stronger communities both in UK and homeland. This has been my greatest life challenge and continues to be in the face of all the difficulties to safeguard young people from crimes that are claiming young lives especially the lives of young black people in the U.K.Over in Nigeria young people not only face  hunger and impoverishment but also lack the opportunities to access life chances.  I continue to join work with strategic partners home and abroad to explore, initiate and deliver guidance, support and services to tackle these barriers to people’s development and wellbeing. My overall objective remains to relate and share in our world comfortably confidently and inclusively for all.” She concluded.Mrs Adenuga was a service provider and a member of Haringey strategic partnership delivering Appropriate Adult training to adults who make welfare representation for young people and vulnerable adult in police custody across 2 boroughs that included Enfield. She did this for over a decade running up to the spending cut local government exercise in 2012.  To date a number of her trainees who were facilitated to further their education have since graduated and in their work careers.

Prior to all these she  worked on the New Deal programme with Reed’s employment where they moved over 1000 long term unemployed people of Haringey into sustainable employment of which she received the Best Newcomer and Best achiever awards in May & April of 2000.  Her work experience gained from the project enabled her to join work with her husband  to deliver a department of Work & Pension’s Approved ‘Back to Work’ programme to people of Hackney Borough from 2002-2004 leading to her Haringey AA training provision that began in 2005.

Mrs Adenuga is among the 10 highly acclaimed individuals set to receive the ICON recognition at this year’s C. Hub magazine prestigious award. The Creativity Award recognises excellence in creativity, leadership and enterprise within African-Caribbean community globally. The high profile event with be held at a lavish dinner on the 19th of November 2016 at Hilton Hotel Tower Bridge London.
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Also expected to attend the event and receiving a Legend recognition includes, Norwell Roberts QPM, Prof Dame Donna Kinnair, Cllr Detective David Michael, Lord Popat and many other dignitaries . The event will be hosted by British actor, Dr Winston George Ellis a 3 time world martial arts champion.  Tickets are now available to purchase here – http://www.chubmagazine.com/buy-your-tickets/

Calling All Content Creators to Join Amplify’s Africa’s First Paid Fellowship

aKoma Media, a content platform and storytelling company focused on Africa has launched the inaugural session of Amplify, a media and content creation program in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation.
Amplify wants to develop of young, dynamic multimedia content creators who will craft compelling stories about Africa. Successful new joiners will be immersed in a six-month holistic and individualised instruction program that starts to fill a much-needed media and storytelling talent pipeline in Africa, providing access to job opportunities. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend and digital hardware as part of their program benefits.

aKoma CEO and co-founder, Zain Verjee is spearheading Amplify which will launch in Kigali (Rwanda), Lagos (Nigeria), and Nairobi (Kenya) in September 2016. “Amplify is a great platform to find and nurture talented Africans who want to create amazing content, acquire and develop creation skills, and distribute their work globally.” The former CNN anchor adds that aKoma sees Amplify as an added weapon to “develop an exclusive network of multimedia storytellers who will be able to tell universal stories about Africa, and armed with the skills to work for major media outlets, freelance, or start their own storytelling shops.”

aKoma is seeking applications for their inaugural class. Written, photo and video content creators based in Nairobi, Lagos and Kigali are the targeted applicants for the programme. aKoma is looking for the most committed candidates who are up for a fun but challenging experience. The Fellowship selection process will be rigorous, and a total of only twenty-five Fellows will be chosen.

The programme is founded by CNN alumni Zain Verjee and Chidi Afulezi who have both enjoyed a prolific career iin media and technology, aKoma is an open source content platform and storytelling community where a combination of user generated and original content about Africa and its diaspora are created, published and shared with the world.

 Visit aKomanet.com for more information.

Check Out The Images From Gallery of African Art Style Fusion Art Exhibition

It was an absolute pleasure to visit Gallery of African Art in Mayfair London for their latest art exhibition. ÀSÌKÒ AND EVANS MBUGUA are the artists showcasing their pieces in the gallery. The Gallery’s first floor shows artistically shot images by Asiko juxtaposed with natural light coming from the gallery entrance. On the other hand, the gallery basement  sees the works of the Kenyan artist who now resides in Paris.

While the works of the two artists defer aesthetically, one thing we learnt through speaking with them was their love for humanity and most especially celebrating women. Women play a very central role in Asiko’s works, who credits this influence to her mother and relatives. During our Q & A with him he adds that he can’t seem to define women because women are uniquely made and finds it hard to define even though they are key subject in his work.

The pop of colour that radiates through Evans work made us really happy (‘glowing colours’). His works could remind you of a bit of

Chris Ofili as one of the visitors pointed out and some may assume there might be an influence of Andy Warhol in his work. The dots on the portraits may as well remind you of the legendary Yayoi Kusama but there is something about the pieces being showcased at Gallery of African Art. From the stories behind each character in Evans’ work to the process of producing each art piece using digital and traditional methods, we couldn’t imagine but be in awe of the brilliant works of the artist.

This exhibition as well as the opportunity to be in the artist talk hosted by the Gallery was an incredible experience. We definitely recommend visiting the gallery to check out the exhibition and subscribe to their mailing list to get updates on the next artist talk.

Check out some shots from the GAFRA’s art exhibition opening:

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Image Credit: GAFRA

 

Melanin Poppin! Mozambican Entrepreneur Celmira Amade Starts Skincare Line For Melanin-Rich Skin

What happens when a serial entrepreneur suffers blemishes, dryness and uneven tone due to change of environment? She creates something great! Yes you read it right! This is the story of Celmira Amade, an Entrepreneurship student at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. The Mozambican entrepreneur found herself with skin issues and instead of complaining, she found a solution.

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Celmira Amade

After spending time and energy searching across mainstream UK beauty stores and still not finding anything natural and designed specifically for melanin-rich skin, she eventually settled for make-up as a temporary solution. Despite being offered alternatives in skin bleaching products, Celmira didn’t give up but rather decided to start a company which would benefit other women across the world.

The beauty products are inspired by Tsaka, the ancient Mozambican beauty recipes given to her by her grandmother. Tsaka (pronounced SAKA with a silent T); means happiness in the Ronga dialect of Mozambique and this entrepreneurial journey has certainly led this young businesswoman to discover the true meaning of happiness.

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This highly effective wonder product is formulated with rare plant extracts from the Olacaceae family that are only found in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Madagascar – and it is the first beauty line in the UK to use this ingredient extensively. The mask has high anti-inflammatory and smoothing properties that minimise post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation, which is a serious issue in melanin-rich skin. It also deep cleans, detoxifies and smoothens the skin without clogging your pores. But the real wonder of the TSAKA facial lies on its preservative free formula, boasting a one-year period after opening shelf life.

As a vegan skincare company launching its first product for melanin-rich skin, TSAKA pays tribute to time tested traditional African beauty recipes – pushing the boundaries of possibilities in natural beauty.
It’s exciting to have more female African entrepreneurs following their passion and finding ways to launch new ventures.

Be sure to try out Tsaka new range of products.

Visit www.tsaka.co.uk | Instagram: @tsakabeauty

Zambian Blogger Peter Mwansa Shares Childhood Photos As He Celebrates His Birthday

Popular Zambian Blogger Peter Mwansa shares this message as he celebrates his birthday:

Today I celebrate ME! The birth of Me! The person I have grown to be! The person I will become! The brother, son, friend, boyfriend, employee; I am! and the Father I will be someday! I celebrate Me today!

I am grateful to God for the gift of life, I am void without him. Also thankful to my earthly parents for nurturing me into the graceful, lovely, and great man I am today.

Happy birthday to Me! I wish myself many more years of joy, love, laughter, health and prosperity. I wish myself strength and wisdom for days to come and success with everything I do today, and tomorrow!

He also took the chance to share some photos from his childhood. Peter is currently one of the most influential bloggers in Africa, specifically in his home country Zambia. Known for his style and jovial personality, he is one menstyle bloggers to look out for. We wish him a happy birthday.

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In case you missed, read our interview with Peter Mwansa on style in Zambia.