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The Top 5 Young and Rich Women Entrepreneurs in Africa

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Writer Isaac Thuku
Category Personal Article

1. Khanyi Dhlomo – Founder of Ndalo Media, South Africa

Khanyi Dhlomo
She started her career in Media works with South African Broadcast media, SABC 1 at the age of 20. In 2007, she founded Ndalo Media in collaboration with Media 24 and through this media house she publishes two magazines, Destiny magazine and Destiny Man. In 2011, Forbes Magazine noted her as one of Africa’s most successful women. She has received awards for Magazine Editor of the year and the most influential woman in South Africa Media.

2. Affiong Williams – Founder of ReelFruit, Nigeria

Affiong Williams
Founded in March 2012, this company is focused on packaging, branding and processing of local, and quality fruit products. The product is a range of dried fruit snacks and nuts. These products are currently stocked in over 80 stores in Nigeria. ReelFruit has won both the International Women in Business Competition in Netherlands, and SME Exhibition in Lagos, Nigeria.

3. Lynette Magasa – founder of Boniswa Corporate Solutions, Swaziland

Lynette Magasa
Lynette started her career as a receptionist for a top defense technology corporation. With funding from the National Empowerment Fund, she founded her telecoms company Boniswa Corporate Solutions in 2004. The business is now operational in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique, and Zambia. Boniswa Corporate Solutions has won awards including the BBQ 2013 Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal New and Innovative Business award. Lynette won the 2013 Business Women of the Year.

4. Joanne Mwangi – Founder and CEO of PMS Group, Kenya

Joanne Mwangi
The Professional Marketing Services (PMS) has grown over the years from a small agency to a leading marketing firm that provides agency services, including trade promotions, advertising, public relations, event management, consumer promotions, marketing strategy development, and trade merchandising. Its clients include Reckitt Benckiser, Airbus, Prigat, and East African Breweries (EABL). In 2010, Joanne won the Lady Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was voted #1 in the Top 100 SME competition in Kenya. She was named the winner of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) Woman of the Year award.

5. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu – Founder of soleRebels, Ethiopia

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu
Founded in 2004, soleRebel makes handcrafted shoes. Due to her passion and dedication, soleRebels is the only achiever of WFTO Fair Trade Certified Footwear Company title worldwide. Following her success, Alemu was invited by Bill Clinton to be a speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative’s panel. In 2011, World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo awarded her the distinct honor, making her the first African woman entrepreneur to get the invitation ever.
Young, Rich, Women entrepreneurs, Africa
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