Celebrating 24 Entrepreneurial Women on International Women’s Day 2024, Inspiring Inclusion

March 8, 2024

International Women's Day 2024 provides a great opportunity to highlight the incredible achievements of twenty-four (24) female entrepreneurs in Africa. These trailblazing women stand at the forefront of innovation, resilience, and empowerment, challenging norms and driving progress in diverse industries. Their stories serve as a testament to the boundless potential of women in business, showcasing their remarkable contributions to economic growth and societal change. 

  1. Eunice Ajim

As the Founding Partner of Ajim Capital, Eunice Ajim has demonstrated exceptional leadership and expertise in the investment sector. Her keen insights and strategic vision have propelled Ajim Capital to become a prominent player in the African investment landscape, contributing to the development of the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem, and empowering businesses to thrive and succeed.

  1. Rebecca Enonchong

Rebecca, the CEO of AppsTech in Cameroon, is a trailblazer in the software development industry. Under her leadership, AppsTech has emerged as a leading provider of enterprise software solutions, serving clients across Africa and beyond, creating customized IT solutions, and empowering African businesses to leverage technology for enhanced efficiency and competitiveness in the global market.Rebecca's passion for technology and entrepreneurship has led her to become a prominent advocate for the advancement of women in STEM fields, inspiring countless women to pursue careers in technology and business. Through her work, she is not only shaping the future of African innovation but also paving the way for future generations of female leaders.

  1. Odunayo Eweniyi 

She is the co-founder of Piggyvest, and First Check Africa where she actively supports and invests in early-stage startups founded or co-founded by women, nurturing the next generation of African female entrepreneurs. Odun’s dedication to driving positive change and innovation has continually earned her widespread recognition and acclaim as a leading figure in African tech entrepreneurship. 

  1. Nelly Chatue-Diop 

Bridging the digital divide in Cameroon is the driving force behind Nelly Chatue-Diop's work. Through Ejara, the company she co-founded, she offers financial solutions to Africans,  granting unlimited access to various investment alternatives, such as cryptocurrencies, financial bonds, fractional shares, commodities, etc.Her visionary leadership and dedication to creating shared value serve as an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs across the continent.

  1. Yanmo Omorogbe

Yanmo Omorogbe is the Co-founder and COO of Bamboo, an investment platform revolutionizing the way Nigerians and Ghanaians invest and manage their finances, making wealth creation accessible to all. Yanmo's vision and leadership have propelled Bamboo to become one of Africa's fastest-growing fintech startups, garnering acclaim for its innovative approach to investment. Her dedication to financial inclusion and empowerment serves as a catalyst for economic growth and prosperity across the continent.

  1. Maya Horgan Famodu  

As the Founder and Managing Partner of Ingressive Capital, Maya Horgan Famodu is a driving force behind the growth of African startups, providing critical funding and support to entrepreneurs across the continent. Through Ingressive Capital, she has invested in some of Africa's most promising tech startups, helping them scale and succeed in the global market. Maya's passion for entrepreneurship and her deep understanding of the African startup ecosystem have made her a trusted advisor and mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs. 

  1. Dr. Ola Brown  

Driven by a passion for improving access to quality healthcare in Africa, Dr. Ola Brown established HealthCap Africa. As the founding partner, her investments in healthcare innovation are leading to advancements in medical care and treatment, fostering healthier and more vibrant communities. Through HealthCap Africa, she invests in innovative healthcare startups that address the unique challenges facing the continent's healthcare system. Her dedication to social impact serves as a beacon of hope for millions of people across the continent who need accessible and affordable healthcare solutions.

  1. Tebogo Mokwena

As the CEO of Akiba Digital, specializing in delivering financial intelligence solutions, Tebogo has harnessed the power of data to drive financial growth and innovation, providing intelligent solutions that empower small businesses and consumers to reach their financial goals. Tebogo's efforts to leverage technology for financial inclusion are creating new pathways for economic empowerment and prosperity across the continent.

  1. Juliet Ehimuan

Juliet Ehimuan is the former Director of Google in West Africa. She has been instrumental in driving digital transformation and innovation across the continent. Her passion for technology and commitment to empowering Africans through digital literacy have made her a respected leader in the tech industry. Juliet is an advocate for women in STEM, and has inspired countless young women to pursue careers in technology and become agents of change in their communities.

  1. Jessica Anuna

As the Founder and CEO of Klasha, Jessica Anuna is redefining payments and e-commerce experience in Africa, creating a seamless shopping experience for consumers across the continent. Through Klasha, she has built a platform that connects African consumers with global brands, offering a curated selection of fashion and lifestyle products, amongst other innovative services. Jessica's entrepreneurial spirit and innovative approach to entrepreneurship have earned her recognition as a rising star in the African tech scene. Over the years, she has served as a source of inspiration for aspiring female business owners.

  1. Ruth Iselema 

Ruth Iselema, CEO of Bitmama, is pioneering the adoption of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in Africa, unlocking new opportunities for financial inclusion and economic empowerment. Through Bitmama, she has created a platform that allows users to buy, sell, and trade cryptocurrencies securely and conveniently. Ruth's passion for fintech and her commitment to driving innovation has made her a trailblazer in the cryptocurrency space. Her efforts to educate and empower Africans about the benefits of blockchain technology are paving the way for a more inclusive and transparent financial system.

  1. Jihan Abass

As the CEO of Lami Insurance, Jihan Abass is leveraging technology to disrupt the insurance industry in Kenya, providing accessible and affordable insurance solutions to individuals and businesses alike. Through Lami Insurance, she has created a platform that allows users to purchase insurance services online, making it easier and more convenient for them to protect their assets and mitigate risks. Jihan's passion for technology and her commitment to financial inclusion have made her a trailblazer in the insurance space. 

  1. Ngozi Nwabueze 

Ngozi Nwabueze is the CEO of Pocket Lawyers, a company that is democratizing access to legal services in Africa. Through cost-effective, premium, and reliable legal services and solutions, they provide the legal structure for SMEs and startups to scale with peace of mind. Ngozi's passion for law and her commitment to social impact have made her a trusted advisor and advocate for justice. Her efforts to bridge the gap between legal professionals and those in need of their services are creating a more equitable and just society.

  1. Cynthia Wandia 

As the CEO of Kwara, Cynthia Wandia is empowering credit unions and cooperatives in Africa through innovative digital banking solutions. Through Kwara, she has created a platform that allows credit unions to offer a range of financial products and services to their members, including savings accounts, loans, and insurance. Cynthia's entrepreneurial vision and commitment to social impact have earned her recognition as a leader in the fintech industry. Her efforts to digitize and modernize credit unions are driving financial inclusion and prosperity for millions of Africans.

  1. Morgane Kablan 

As the Co-founder and CEO of Asilimia, Morgane Kablan is building a one-stop shop for businesses in Kenya, providing convenient and secure financial services to underserved business owners. Through Asilimia, she has created a platform that allows business owners to send and receive money using their mobile phones, making it easier for them to transact and manage their finances. Morgane's efforts to bridge the gap between traditional banking services and informal economies are creating new opportunities for economic empowerment and growth.

  1. Aisha Pandor

As the COO and Co-founder of SweepSouth, Aisha Pandor is transforming the domestic services industry in South Africa, providing job opportunities and empowering women through technology. Through SweepSouth, she has created a platform that connects homeowners with reliable and vetted cleaners, making it easier for them to book and manage cleaning services online. Aisha's efforts to create job opportunities and empower women in the informal sector are driving economic growth and social change across South Africa.

  1. Jessica Boonstra 

Jessica Boonstra is the COO of Yebo Fresh, a startup on a mission to provide township entrepreneurs and community organizations the ease of access to high-quality goods and services through smart technology. Through Yebo Fresh, she has created a platform that allows users to order groceries online and have them delivered to their doorstep, making it easier and more convenient for them to access healthy food options. Jessica's efforts to improve access to fresh food are promoting health and well-being for communities across South Africa.

  1. Megan McCormick

Megan is on a mission to supercharge businesses in Nigeria and Ghana with simple tools, smooth payments, affordable capital, and digital shops. Through Oze, micro and small-sized businesses can collate sales, expenses, payables, receivables, and customer data. Megan’s efforts to ease business processes for small business owners have helped improve business growth, revenue, and profit maximization.

  1. Miishe Addy

Leading operations as the Co-founder and COO of Jetstream Africa, Miishe has developed innovative technology, networks, and systems that streamline the process of sourcing and distributing goods across the continent. Miishe's efforts to improve efficiency, transparency, and access to finance are driving economic growth and prosperity for businesses across Africa.

  1. Lucia Wamala

As the CEO of Bakulu Power, Lucia Wamala is harnessing the potential of renewable energy to drive economic development and sustainability in Uganda. Through Bakulu Power, she has developed hydroelectric power projects that are powering homes, businesses, and communities across Uganda. Lucia's efforts to promote clean energy solutions are reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the effects of climate change while creating new opportunities for economic growth and development in Uganda.

  1. Jumoke Dada

Jumoke Dada, CEO of Taeillo, is a leading figure in Africa's interior/furniture design scene. Her company, Taeillo, is renowned for its state-of-the-art furniture, combining modern aesthetics with Afro-urban influences. Through Taeillo, she has created a platform that celebrates African artistry and showcases the beauty of traditional craftsmanship. Jumoke's vision is to make beautifully designed, high-quality furniture accessible to a wider audience, celebrating African culture within contemporary homes and businesses.

  1. Ire Aderinokun

As the former Chief Operating Officer of Helicarrier (formerly known as Buycoins), Ire Aderinokun contributed to building cryptocurrency infrastructure for Africa, facilitating financial connections for Africans worldwide. Helicarrier's mission is to provide easy access to cryptocurrencies across the continent through various products, including Buycoins, Sendcash, NGNT, and so on. Ire's efforts to bridge traditional financial systems with decentralized blockchain technology are paving the way for greater financial inclusion and empowerment in Africa and beyond.

  1.  Anu Adasolum

As the Co-founder and CEO of Sabi Africa, Anu Adasolum is transforming the distribution industry in Africa, providing enabling infrastructure to power the distribution of goods and services across the continent. Through Sabi Africa, she is empowering a wide ecosystem of users, including agents, merchants, exporters, aggregators, distributors, and manufacturers, to expand their capabilities, and grow their businesses, driving economic growth and prosperity across the continent.

  1. Seun Alley

Seun Alley, CEO of Fez Delivery, provides last-mile delivery services in Nigeria, connecting businesses and markets with efficient and reliable logistics solutions. Under her leadership, Fez Delivery has emerged as the leading last-mile delivery company in the country, committed to building trust through hassle-free business practices and corporate participation. Seun is transforming the way goods are transported and distributed, driving economic growth and prosperity across Africa.

These women exemplify the resilience, ingenuity, and tenacity that define African entrepreneurship. Their contributions are not only shaping the business landscape but also inspiring a new generation of female leaders. As we celebrate International Women's Day, as a company, we encourage everyone to continue to support and amplify the voices of women entrepreneurs, ensuring that their impact is felt far and wide across the continent and beyond.

Happy International Women’s Day 2024. 

From all of us at Itana Africa 💚


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