#Okay100Women

YASMIN BELO-OSAGIE

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

Yasmin Belo Osagie is the She Leads Africa co-founder who has made a name for herself with the popular platform, which seeks to advise and inspire African women on entrepreneurship and opportunities. The community is comprised of women on the African continent and in the diaspora, who connect online or congregate at the #SheHive events all over the world.


The Princeton University alum teamed up with Afua Osei to create a place where smart, ambitious women could learn from each other and grow. Since She Leads Africa came into existence, Microsoft tapped Osagie to star in an ad, in which she explains how technology helps SLA serve women all over the continent.

Osagie is a high-achieving entrepreneur who is studying for a Law degree at Harvard University, which she will complete in 2020. The U.S born leader is empowering African women to think big with their businesses, and support each other on the way to the top.

Read more about She Leads Africa here.

—JO

Interview

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The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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