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ETHEL D. COFIE

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Ethel Cofie’s entrepreneurial successes have shown that African businessswomen are “not new to this, they are true to this” as the popular slang phrase goes. She has created a global platform, “Women in Tech Africa," which is a week-long event showcasing over 10,000 women’s contributions in technology. In addition to spearheading “Women in Tech Africa,” she is the CEO and Founder of Edel Technology which is an internationally renowned IT Consulting firm.


Cofie is a Ghanaian born, Yale graduate who is vocal about the originality and authenticity of creating an IT culture unique to Africa’s customs and resources, as opposed to simply imitating what  famous technological hubs in the West. She is cited as saying, “In the attempt to ‘copy and paste’ a Silicon Valley, we ignore what our inherent advantages are in Africa for creating entrepreneurial ecosystems and that’s why we are most likely to fail at it.”

Failing doesn’t seem like it’s in Cofie’s immediate future. She was named one of the top 5 women impacting IT in Africa and her company, EDEL Technology Consulting Company, was recently named IT Consulting Firm of the year by the Telecoms and IT Industry. —MB

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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