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She Leads Africa to Host #SheHiveNairobi for African Women Innovators

She Leads Africa heads Nairobi, Kenya for their four-day boot camp for young, African entrepreneurs and professionals from June 30 to July 3.

Continuing its international tour, which stopped in NYC earlier this month, She Leads Africa brings its four-day boot camp to Nairobi, Kenya from June 30 to July 3.


#SheHiveNYC was a stellar success, even Miss Nigeria USA Lola Adeoye attended, remarking, "SLA, [has] resources that you would not imagine!"

As a media partner, Okayafrica is excited that She Leads Africa is continuing its outreach, this time, to young, smart, ambitious African women in the great lakes region. The bootcamp will help Kenya's go-getters grow their businesses, and advance their careers by providing an opportunity for them to learn business skills, network with their peers and connect directly with potential mentors and investors.

“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.”

Lola Ogunnaike, CNN présenter with participants CNN presenter, Lola Ogunnaike, with participants at #SheHiveNYC. Photo courtesy of She Leads Africa.

Confirmed speakers for #SheHiveNairobi include:

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Hilda Moraa, Founder and former CEO of Weza Tele Ltd.

Nik Nesbitt, GM, IBM East Africa

Wanjira Longauer, Radio Host (Capital FM Kenya) and Television Host (EbonyLife TV's Moments Kenya)

Shamim Ehsani, Marketing Director, Tribe Hotel

Andreata Muforo, Investment Director, TLcom Capital Partners

Topics to be covered are:

  • 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

#SheHiveNairobi is part of the SheHive Tour which will take the bootcamp to seven cities in 2016. Check out @sheleadsafrica or www.sheleadsafrica.org for more details. And visit here to purchase your ticket for #SheHiveNairobi. 

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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