Events

She Leads Africa To Host #SheHiveNYC For Business-Savvy African Women Next Month

She Leads Africa heads to New York for their 4-day boot camp for young, African entrepreneurs and professionals from June 2-5. 2016.

She Leads Africa is a social enterprise that supports young African women and their journey towards professional success. Okayafrica is excited to be a media partner for the New York stop of their SheHive Tour, SheHive NYC, from June 2-5, 2016.


The four-day boot camp will bring together young female professionals and entrepreneurs to learn new business skills, network with their peers and connect directly with potential mentors and investors.

From looking further into starting a business or launching a career in Africa, SheHive NYC aims to reconnect participants with the continent by providing a space for them to meet and network with fellow young, ambitious African women living in the US.

SheHive host committee member, Adama Indimi, Lola Ojetola of Blinxx Lashes and MTV Base presenter, Stephanie Coker at SheHive Abuja. Photo courtesy of She Leads Africa.

“In the US and UK, men dominate the business and corporate landscape but with so many new industries being created in Africa and for communities in the diaspora, we have the opportunity to change things now,” She Leads Africa co-founder, Afua Osei, says in a statement. “Young women should be encouraged to take leadership roles in startups and corporate organizations and supported along their journey towards professional success. It doesn't matter if you're first generation, a recent expat or African American, we all have a shared history and opportunity to make things better.”

Confirmed speakers include:

Vanessa De Luca, editor-in-chief, Essence Magazine

Lola Ogunnaike, features and entertainment journalist

Thelma Golden, director, Studio Museum Harlem

Ngozi Opara, founder, Heat Free Hair

Asmau Ahmed, founder, PlumPerfect

Adiat Disu, director, African Fashion Week New York

Lola Coker, co-founder, Resource Nigeria

Sharon Beason, founder, Womeneur

Topics to be covered include:

  • Building a multicultural brand
  • Marketing, especially social media marketing
  • Capitalising on the black beauty industry
  • Pitching to investors
  • Rising up the corporate ladder
  • Building a cosmopolitan and international career
  • Business development
  • Networking
  • Goal setting
  • Moving back
  • Getting into a top MBA school

SheHive NYC is in conjunction with a seven-city tour for 2016, which included Accra in January and Abuja in May. Click here for more information, and to purchase tickets, head here.

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

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Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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