One must not attain a certain age or have all the experience in the world to excel or become successful, neither does gender determine the strengths of an individual. There has been a continuous rise in entrepreneurship sweeping across Africa not just by the youths in the continent but mainly by the female category. A growing number of young female Africans are no longer just content waiting around for a big career bump up the establishment ladder or relying on someone to fuel their ambitions. Their aspirations are much more fervent as they make the decision to streamline their destinies and create their own success stories. The female youths are driving remarkable enterprises that will transform Africa and reignite its economies. Here are some of the top leading women in business under the age of 35, who are making great strides across the globe:
- Olatorera Oniru (Nigeria); is an assiduous entrepreneur passionate about all things Africa. As CEO of Dressmeoutlet.com, Africa’s number one fashion retailer and Olatorera Consultancy, a new generation consulting firm, she is currently leading initiatives to realize a pinnacle in Africa’s history whereby we would rely less on importation and innovate more with natural resources and citizenry capabilities. She has been recognized by Commonwealth Africa Awards, Forbes Most Promising Africans, Africa.com’s Top 5 Youngest Entrepreneurs and African Achievers Awards. Her track record of success has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, CNN and several other leading publications.
- Brigitha Faustin (Tanzania); is the founder and Managing Director of OBRI Company, an Agro-Industrial company whose main businesses include edible oils manufacturing and fractionations under the OBRI brand. OBRI Company is modelled as a co-operative social enterprise. Under this model, OBRI has empowered more than 230 local Tanzanian farmers who are organized under farmers associations in Tanzania by providing sustainable market channels for their produce. OBRI’s cooking oils are sold in retail outlets across the country.
- Gloria Michelle Otieno Muka (Kenya); is the founder of Recours Four Kenya Consultants Limited (R4Kenya), a fast-growing professional HR services firm located in Nairobi, Kenya. She started the firm with $2,000 of her savings, and within a few years, she has grown the company into a $400,000 annual-revenues business with 19 employees. Recours Four Kenya offers professional HR services in consultancy, recruitment, training, psychometric testing and staff outsourcing. The company’s clients include the World Bank group, Kenya National ExaminationCouncil, USAID, GlaxoSmithKline and Sportpesa.
- Teta Isibo (Rwanda); is the founder of Inzuki Designs, a Rwandan brand specializing in Jewellery, accessories and Interior decor hand-made primarily from Local materials. Inzuki’s products typically use traditional craftsmanship and contemporary style to present a transcontinental finish. She works with numerous local artisans that use their skills to translate Inzuki’s authentic designs into vibrant quality pieces that are sold all across Rwanda.
- Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala (Uganda); Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala, 34, is the Founder and CEO of Bakulu Power, a Ugandan renewable energy company. Bakulu Power has developed about 3 solar mini-grids on islands off Lake Victoria and a clean cooking fuel (biomass) production plant on a refugee camp in Western Uganda.
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