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She Leads Africa Launches SLAY Festival Focused on Innovation, Culture and Business – Fela & Tara Durotoye, Mary Remmy Njoku, Audu Maikori and more to Speak | Saturday, January 21st



Digital media company She Leads Africa has announced the launch of the SLAY Festival, an outdoor celebration of innovation, culture and technology with African women at the center. Set for January 21, 2017 from 10am – 8pm at the Railway Corporation in Ebute-Metta, Lagos, the festival will feature inspirational speakers, a virtual reality lab and exhibition, consultants corner for free business advice, a shopping marketplace, and much more.

Some of the speakers that will be sharing their insights at SLAY Festival include:

  • Fela Durotoye, CEO of Gemstone Group
  • Tara Durotoye, Founder of CEO of House of Tara
  • Mary Remmy Njoku, Film Producer and CEO of ROK Studios
  • MI. Abaga, Rapper and Entrepreneur
  • Toke Makinwa, Author and Media Personality
  • Kemi Adetiba, Film and Music Video Director
  • Bolanle Olukanni, TV Host and Producer of On the Carpet with Bolinto
  • Bukky Karibi-Whyte, Founder of Invicta Africa and The Bobby Taylor Company
  • Audu Maikori, Founder of Chocolate City Entertainment
  • Kabir Shagaya, CEO of Zippy Logistics
  • Zainab Balogun, Actress, Model and TV Presenter
  • Arese Ugwu, Founder of Smart Money Africa
  • Ehinomen Rose Umane, Business Development Lead, BellaNaija.

SLAY Festival will have fun activities all day long including:

  • Bella Naija Photobooth
  • Maggi Jollof Rice Bar
  • Cointreau Cool Out Lounge
  • SME Consultant Corner
  • TRACE Naija Lyrically Correct Music Game Show
  • House of Tara Makeup Studio
  • Art Exhibition curated by ALARA
  • My Extensionz NG Pop Up Salon
  • Virtual Reality Creation Lab hosted by Imisi 3D
  • Natural Styling Bar hosted by Kinky Apothecary
  • Live performances by Falana, Funbi and Tomi Owo

Tickets are only N3,000 if purchased in advance and are available at

Media partners for SLAY Festival are Bella Naija, TRACE Naija, Okay Africa, Beat FM, Guardian, and Kamdora. Event partners are Maggi Nigeria, Cointreau, Kinky Apothecary, House of Tara and My Extensionz NG

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She Leads Africa is a community that helps young women achieve their professional dreams. SLA has been featured in the Financial Times, BBC, CNN, Forbes, CNBC Africa, Fast Company, Black Enterprise and Huffington Post.

Individuals interested in learning more about these opportunities and joining the She Leads Africa community can join here_____________________________________________________________________
BellaNaija is a media partner for SheLeadsAfrica


  1. Madman

    January 17, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    The same ones insulting Nigerian and African women upandan with that ad they put out.
    What exactly do they do again apart from hosting rap parties and events ?


    • Madman

      January 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      What I find quite interesting is that this group labels anyone who gives them valuable feedback a hater.

      How do you help other startups when you yourself can’t take feedback. Sounds like a contradiction.

    • Habiba

      January 18, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Well a friend of mine went through their program and ended up raising $75,000 through investors they connected her to… so i guess their doing something right. I went to their SheHive in New York and the rap games were sooo fun. It made us all less tense and helped us get to know the other people in the room. You sound like you’ve never been to one of their events or actually done research on the work they do. Have you even been to their website? Their guides are amaaaaazing and free. the webinars on their youtube page are also fire

    • Tiwa

      January 18, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      please before you start insulting people learn

      Their workshops are amazing. I learnt SOOO much at SheHiveLagos. Their speakers were a hit back to back to back. From Mrs Lawson of Accion bank to Mr enang who was the CEO of L’Oreal West Africa, to the head of Sales from Pulse to Mrs Adepeju used to be CEO of Mouka Foam, La Farge. All these people came to shower us with bullets of knowledge and wisdom. It was so practical and useful. Abeg you really need to actually go to an SLA event before you just start bad mouthing them. mmmm Nigerian men – always tryna hold women down.

  2. Madman

    January 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    “If you know you don’t have any sense, attend our event.” Pathetic bunch.

    • Grace

      January 17, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      It was sarcasm. They tried to make a joke. It didn’t work. It’s okay to move on. They do alot of business training programs for different women and have given away grant money for people to grow their businesses. It can’t you throw away alot of good work after one social media post

    • Jeni

      January 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Wait @madman, it’s clear that you haven’t done much research about the organization or just a mad man, get it? probably not since you decided to zero in on their rap battle competitions which is a simple icebreaker to ease the intensity of their actual programs. I’d be curious to know how much you have done for african women or the community, probably nothing. You are completely right that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, however yours wasn’t an opinion, you were just spewing negativity with no constructive criticism – which is why you’ve been called a hater. I wonder how many individuals or communities you’ve raised money for?

      Your comment about who else do you help if you can’t take feedback is actually just silly, once again – do,your.research. before you start trolling. But FYI – I actually am a part of the SheHive community and from attending their events, having access to their guides, particularly ‘How to Monetize Your Online Community’- my company has grown over 60% in sales…that’s one of many examples of how they’re able to help out other start-ups as you ignorantly questioned.

      Also, just because you weren’t socialized properly to understand sarcasm or jokes, “If you know you don’t have any sense, attend our event.” — do you LITERALLY think they mean it means you don’t have any sense…like pause and think before you actually display the fact that you don’t have any sense.

      She Leads Africa, keep up the excellent work, you are role models for the community and doing things that people just sit around and say that want to do without any execution…hence why you can expect to be judged so harshly, not everyone has the sense to go and do research before they contribute their opinions. As well all know, opinions are like a**holes and are usually full of shit., KEEP SLAYING – i don’t see any of these commenters ringing the bell at the NYSE – that’s New York Stock Exchange, you can’t bamboozle your way into that type of recognition. @madman…

    • madman

      January 19, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      With my father’s name I’m sure I CAN.

  3. Confuzzled

    January 17, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    They started out very well but honestly they’re sort of a gimmick at this point. IMHO lack of vision is starting to show. I think at some point they posted that SLA was just their hustle project to get into HBS. Talk about a faux pas. Anyways, slay ladies!! Ride that train till the wheels come off!

    • Tolu

      January 17, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      My friend was in their accelerator program last year and really liked it. They met experts and had business training for 6 months. They advertise their programs but it’s like people only have something to say when it’s controversy. Who else is giving out free money to entrepreneurs and not taking anything out of it?

    • Maryam

      January 18, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      I saw that post going round on twitter. To me shaaaaa it looked like a joke after all if they started SLA to enter HBS why would they still be continuing after they’ve finished? People always be reaching and starting drama for no reason. I’ve met the co-founders and they both seemed nice. And me i know im not doing any thing to help women in africa *hides face* so the fact the they’re trying is a good thing. just my 2 cents or 2 kobo as the case may be lololol

    • HTA

      January 18, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      It’s very clear your hustle project is hateration because you took the time out to come and post some unfounded negativity to bring down women who are being innovative and thinking outside the box in their quest to empower other women. Would be curious to hear about your vision for them given that you’ve put a lot of thought to THEIR project or better yet, just give us some idea about what you are doing to solve the problem they’re trying to solve…or even better provide us with ANY information about what you’re doing, period (besides jumping on a blog to sprinkle some hate this fine day in 2017). Additionally, it’d be great if you could get a sense of humor or a job or a hobby. Thanks in advance.

  4. Linda

    January 17, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I got my ticket!!!!!! I’m excited to be there

  5. Naija Girl

    January 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Attended #SheHiveLagos…worth every penny. Got my SLAYYYY ticket today!! Can’t wait.

  6. Weezy

    January 17, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    These guys are too cutesy and it’s kind of disappointing. What kind of name is Slay Festival. In the US and UK you think top business women will be organizing “slay”. Its like they don’t know who their audience is.

    • Madman

      January 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      Well said and thats because the event is not for real entrepreneurs, it is for those mama sent them out to look for girlfriends. This is based on their ad too.

    • Funke

      January 18, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      lololol @Madman who from the SLA team stole your man??????? *dead and gone*** girl bye – people from their pitch competition have been featured in forbes, cnn, they’ve raised hundreds of thousands of $$S (dollars not naira oooo) please tell me whats pathetic about that???
      Whats really pathetic is you insulting them under a false name when you clearly have taken zero time to actually find out about the work they do. Thats the very definiition of a hater – zero constructive feedback just insults. Who poured salt in your garri today? abeg commot from here.

    • Dumebi

      January 17, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      But what’s disappointing is why you think that business women cannot be well rounded. It’s like you must give up everything in order to be considered “serious”. As if business men don’t take golf trips and hang out and are still capable of discussing business. Like seriously. I like the fact that it’s more general and accessible to people at different levels so even if you are just starting out, you won’t be excluded.

    • Ify

      January 17, 2017 at 11:24 pm

      Their audience is specifically young millennials. It obviously wouldn’t make sense for more advanced entrepreneurs but if you’re trying to capture the youth, why not use their language? Also why are the US and UK always our standard for how to do things? Do you think entrepreneurs there are worried about how we here are doing things?

    • Weezy

      January 18, 2017 at 12:59 am

      Fair enough, if their market is young Nigerians in their early twenties living in Nigeria.

    • Ifeoma

      January 18, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      habaaaa But they specifically say on their website that they’re targetting 18-35 year old women. The whole point was to make an org that was young and funky. And whats wrong with being cutesy??? This is the type of BS that holds women back. Judge women by the content of their work, the calibre of their character and the genuineness of their intentions. And abeg the US and UK yaaawwwnnn – kill your colonial mentality why must we care what they do.

    • Jeni

      January 18, 2017 at 3:34 pm


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