Entrepreneur: 'Anyone Can Play a Role' in African Innovation
6 April 2018
While working for a big consulting firm in Lagos, Nigeria, Afua Osei repeatedly encountered women who wanted to advance professionally but didn't know how. They needed guidance and mentoring.
So, Osei and her colleague Yasmin Belo-Osagie started She Leads Africa, a digital media company offering advice, information, training and networking opportunities to help "young African women achieve their professional dreams," according to the website.
Launched in 2014, it now has an online community of over 300,000 in at least 35 countries in Africa and throughout the diaspora.
"I didn't plan to be an entrepreneur," Osei said this month at South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual festival of music, film and tech innovation.
Anyone can be an innovator, Osei said in an interview, after co-hosting a meetup on starting and investing in African businesses. "You don't have to look a certain way. It's not just for one type of person. Anybody can play a role, and there is so much work to be done."