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Facebook, She Leads Africa To Support Female African Entrepreneurs

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Facebook is collaborating and sponsoring She Leads Africa, an African enterprise and women’s business-focused movement, to help ensure female entrepreneurs and professionals across the world unlock their full potential. She Leads Africa’s hugely successful bootcamp programme, SheHive (SheLeadsAfrica.org/SheHive-London), was held in London recently.

The event took place at Facebook HQ in London and featured some of the cities leading African and diaspora entrepreneurs and business women, who shared insight and advice, as well as lead workshops on building business skills for the future. She Leads Africa has built a global community of more than 100,000 members across Africa and the diaspora in just two years.

“Facebook is where African consumers connect with African entrepreneurs, with millions of people across the continent using our platform to communicate with small businesses each month,” said Akua Gyekye, Public Policy Manager for Africa at Facebook. “Over 60 million businesses are using Facebook to help grow their business and connect with customers. While many of the owners and founders are African women, there should be more. That’s why we are delighted to support She Leads Africa as it enables young African women to connect, learn and share in a supportive and inspirational environment.”

Facebook is where African consumers connect with African entrepreneurs, with millions of people across the continent using our platform to communicate with small businesses

She Leads Africa Co-founder Afua Osei said: “Men dominate the business and corporate landscape in Africa, but we have the opportunity to change things now by nurturing female African entrepreneurs on the continent and in the diaspora. As a company that empowers entrepreneurs with tools to tell their brand stories and grow their businesses, Facebook is a perfect partner for us.”

“We are eager to help more African women turn their businesses into realities because we believe that this will help their families, communities and countries to prosper,” said Gyekye. “Female-owned businesses lift up other women, create jobs and inspire other girls and women to start businesses of their own. We want to work with female entrepreneurs to use our mobile tools to communicate with their customers in a relevant and personalised way.”

SheHive London, an open event, gave access to over 15 expert-led, training sessions covering the topics that young professional women need to know in order to succeed. This was also an opportunity for young women to re-engage with the continent and network with other young African women while building their professional skills.

Speakers included:

Nieros Oyegun, Principal and Head of Corporate and Financial Advisory at W8 ADVISORY

Imad Mesdoua, Political Analyst at Africa Matters and BBC, Al Jazeera, and France 24 Guest Analyst.

Yvonne Haizel, Lead African Investment Strategist, Mitsui & Co. Europe Plc.

Jessica Hope, Founder, Wimbart.

Afua Osei, SLA Co-Founder.

Charles Sekwalor, Founder, Move Me Back.

Zezee Oriaiakh-Sao, Founder of luxury cosmetics company Malee

SheHive will also be moving on to Johannesburg (SheLeadsAfrica.org/SheHive-Johburg) and Lagos (www.SheLeadsAfrica.org/SheHive-Lagos2) in 2016.

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