Bénédicte Mandy Ambassador of African mixology
More and more African women are venturing into entrepreneurship by embracing sectors that are wrongfully considered to be reserved for men. And that’s exactly what Bénédicte Mendy – a committed entrepreneur and explorer of aromas and flavours – decided to do.
The founder of Okana Bar Nomade, she specialises in making African spirits and liqueurs via her African Mixology approach: this is the art of creating high-quality artisanal cocktails & mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails) steeped in history, with a customised professional service, an inclusive social approach vis-à-vis her suppliers and staff and innovation thanks to modern techniques that are environmentally friendly.
Thanks to O'plerou Grebet, African Emojis are here to stay on whatsapp
The first time I met O’Plerou was at an audience with the then Ivorian Minister for the Digital Economy. We had been invited because O’Plerou, some other people and I were winners of the 2018 Adicom Awards, a ceremony rewarding the creative and influential web and digital industry in Africa. He had just won the Young Talent award for his Zouzoukwa project regarding Ivorian emoticons.
I hadn’t been expecting to meet a young man who is so shy and reserved, but quick-thinking…
Monique Ntumngia, the young woman who wants to increase the share of renewable energy in Cameroon
Buea, it is one o’clock when I meet with Monique Ntumngia in her favorite restaurant: IYA. The young entrepreneur, 26, is running Monafrik Energy, a company that builds solar and biogas installations in rural areas in Cameroon.
It all begins in September 2014, Monique Ntumngia works in Kana, the second most populated city in Nigeria. She oversees the question of gender in the Nigerian organization Human Rights and Education.
Manka Angwafo: The face of female agriculture
The first time I met Manka Angwafo was in the Bubble bar in Makepe, a location run by a friend, Eric. It’s the sort of place young Cameroonians meet up after work. A radiating Manka was there, and we had a brief chat. I must admit I was intrigued by her career path. She left a comfortable job as a consultant with the World Bank in Washington DC to move to a rural area and create Grassland Cameroon Ltd. Her business provides services to help improve food supply chains in Africa through affordable asset-based financing to smallholder farmers.
Douala Art Fair, second edition!
“The African art boom is of little interest if Africans themselves don’t buy it”. That’s what I said in 2018 in an interview with Le Monde newspaper. That’s the level at which our thought process began. We started from the simple observation that Africa had to create its own art market. For the last two decades, so-called African contemporary art has been resonating on the international contemporary art scene.
Alain Nteff: Co-founder of Gifted Mom (healthcare for all)
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Arielle Kitio Tsamo, Cameroon's Queen of Code
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Meryanne Loum-Martin: The only black woman to have a boutique hotel in Morocco
I went to Jnane Tamsna for the first time a fortnight ago. It was for AFreeCulture, the annual creativity event organised by three women: Meryanne Loum-Martin, Mashariki Williamson and Roberta Annan. It was held in Meryanne’s boutique hotel and I wanted to find out more about her background.
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