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Lola Ogunnaike, CNN présenter with participants

Lola Ogunnaike, CNN présenter with participants

Last weekend, She Leads Africa brought its innovative professional bootcamp to New York City. and for 4 days, NYC was sprinkled with a dose of #AfricanGirlMagic as 80 women of African descent came together to learn, network and boost their careers.

The bootcamp hosted speakers such as CNN presenter, Lola Ogunnaike, Editor in Chief of Essence Magazine, Vanessa K Deluca, head of US-Spain Chamber of Commerce, Bisila Bokoko, publicist and motivational speaker, Yetunde Shorters, founder of Plum Perfect, Asmau Ahmed, founder of Womeneur, Sharon Beason, producer of An African City, Maame Adjei and Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur Adiat Disu.

Speaking about the event, SLA co-founder Afua Osei said, “There are very few programs targeted to African women in the diaspora or more broadly, women from all cultures who are interested in Africa. SheHiveNYC was a unique opportunity for women who are interested in the continent, either because their families are from there or because they want to take advantage of the continent’s boom, to come together, network, learn new skills and have fun.”

Co-Founder, Afua and a participant

Co-Founder, Afua and a participant

True to SLA’s signature style, the bootcamp was educational yet informal – a safe space for women to learn critical skills in a casual and refreshing environment. At one point, participants were listening to prominent female business leaders; at another, they were taking part in a rap battle to explain why they were #MotherlandMoguls. One of the speakers, Abby Omoruyi, founder of Catherine Marion remarked “This is not the standard overly stiff and formal conference and I love it!.”

The event made a strong impression on social media with the #SheHiveNYC hashtag making nearly 1 million impressions over the weekend on Twitter and Instagram. Participants came from all over the world including Nigeria, Canada, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Guyana and even the British Virgin Islands to attend this event. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Damilola Faleti, a participant from Nigeria “You have no idea how much She Leads Africa and SheHive NYC have changed my life in the past 2 days. I feel like I can accomplish anything”. Also in attendance was the reigning Miss Nigeria USA, Lola Adeoye who remarked, ‘Definitely try to connect with SLA, they have resources that you would not imagine!”. 90% of participants gave the event a 5/5 in terms of usefulness with the remaining 10% giving the event a 4/5.

Participants taking part in a fun rap battle to explain why they are MotherlandMoguls

Participants taking part in a fun rap battle to explain why they are MotherlandMoguls

The event was proudly sponsored by ReelAfrican, Tech blog, Innov8tiv and District Co-work. Media and organisational partners included Afroelle, Women Werk, Applause Africa, OkayAfrica, Face2Face Africa, Womeneur, Africa.com and BellaNaija.

The 2016 SheHive tour has already taken She Leads Africa to Abuja and Accra. The next stop is Nairobi (June 30th – 3rd July) where speakers include the CEO of Safaricom, Kenyas leading Telco and the GM of IBM East Africa. After Nairobi, the tour will go on to London, Lagos and Johannesburg. Interested participants, partners and sponsors can learn more about the tour and sign up at sheleadsafrica.org or contact [email protected]

See Photos from the event here….

Bisila Bokoko

Partcipant with co-founder Afua

Partcipant with co-founder Afua

Sharon Beason, Founder Womeneur

Sharon Beason, Founder Womeneur

Asmau Ahmed with SLA Co-Founder Afua

Asmau Ahmed with SLA Co-Founder Afua

Adiat Disu, Director of Africa Fashion Week and Farai Simoyi, Fashion designer

Adiat Disu, Director of Africa Fashion Week and Farai Simoyi, Fashion designer

Cherae Robinson - Founder, Tastemakers Africa

Cherae Robinson – Founder, Tastemakers Africa

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Maame Adije with Co-Founder, Afua

Maame Adije with Co-Founder, Afua

Chioma Isiadinso, Former Harvard Admissions Board

Chioma Isiadinso, Former Harvard Admissions Board

Kanayo Ebi and SLA Co-Founder Afua

Kanayo Ebi and SLA Co-Founder Afua

Resource Nigeria co-founder Lola Coker speaking about moving back to Nigeria

Resource Nigeria co-founder Lola Coker speaking about moving back to Nigeria

Vanessa K Deluca and participants

Vanessa K Deluca and participants

Miss Nigeria USA won the SheHive Shoki Dance Off

Miss Nigeria USA won the SheHive Shoki Dance Off

Participants taking part in a fun rap battle to explain why they are MotherlandMoguls

Participants taking part in a fun rap battle to explain why they are MotherlandMoguls

Participants during Question time

Participants during Question time

SLA Sangria Time

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

The SheHive NYC Team

The SheHive NYC Team

Thelma Golden, Director and Chier Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem

SheHiveNYC participants

SheHiveNYC participants

Vanessa K Deluca

Vanessa K Deluca

Actress form popular Ghanaian series An African City, Maame Adjei

Actress from popular Ghanaian series An African City, Maame Adjei

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3 Comments

  1. ogeAdiro

    June 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    You are all beautiful.

  2. el patron

    June 13, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    They are taking over..
    open ur eyes my boys!

  3. Fabulous B

    June 13, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Beautiful! I hope to be part of the participants in Lagos #sheHive to refuel my go-getter spirit and be inspired to be the best of me

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