In SCHICK Magazine’s debut edition, the ‘Power Issue’, the publication celebrates some of our leading African female entrepreneurs in the fashion and beauty industry who are making an impact and changing our narrative.
Leading female entrepreneurs Reni Folawiyo, Adenike Ogunlesi, Folake Coker, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Deola Sagoe, Oke Maduewesi, Tara Fela-Durotoye and Iona McCreath discuss female empowerment and the driving forces behind their successes.
Check out excerpts below!
What Makes you Feel Powerful in your own Role on a Day-To-Day Basis?
I would say I feel empowered by the sheer enormity of untapped potential in the industry, that’s so glaring to me. I am so passionate about bringing these potentials to life with, using the talents that Almighty God has bestowed upon me.
What did it take to be where you are today?
Being driven, having the passion for succeeding and believing in my capabilities. Also, having a great team! It didn’t take just me, it took everyone else for us to get this far. Understanding your market, being customer driven and aligning with their needs is the key to success. Everything I have said and done so far would not have been possible without grace from God. My faith has played a major role in what I have become today. For that, I am grateful. I am also thankful for my family as their support contributed to where I am today.
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu
What is the Spirit of African Women in Business?
The spirit of African Woman is multifacet. I believe African women bring a dynamic combination that encompasses creativity, entrepreneurialism, authenticity and a depth of skill sets to business that is unique and vibrant. That’s why we see very interesting companies and brands being driven by women., emerging from across the continent. In the fashion category, it is being deeply felt. The global customer today is hyper-aware; They want authentic products from authentic brands with real stories and a unique point of view. In the fashion space, African women understand this and are delivering on these need in the most incredible and inspiring ways.