Nominate Your Favourite Entrepreneur



Today marks the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week and Entrepreneurship Month on Afri-love continues. A reader, Tolu, recently got in touch sharing that his brother had started a publishing company (Akasha Publishing) and written his first book. A lot of the discoveries I make and the content I post here, is thanks to readers writing in to share something or someone that they think will be of interest to me and others. Tolu inspired a thought (thanks Tolu!) – what if were to ask you all to nominate your favourite entrepreneurs? So, here we go:


Nominate your favourite entrepreneur

  • Shortlisted entries will be featured in a blog post at the end of November.
  • There will then be a public vote (online), and the winner will be featured in a dedicated interview post, before the end of the year.
  • You can nominate yourself!



  • Entrepreneurs must identify with being of African descent OR their work must directly serve people/communities in Africa or the Diaspora
  • Entries must be submitted via the comments section at the bottom of this post
  • Entries must include the entrepreneur's name
  • Entries must include a short description of what they're doing 
  • Entries must include a link to find out more information about what they're doing (this could be a website, Facebook page, Etsy shop etc. If they don't already have some kind of online presence – they can create one in minutes, for free, using Black White Simple)
  • Entries must include a way for me to contact them directly (whether via email, Twitter etc.)
  • Entrants must be willing to be featured in an interview on this blog, if they are successful in the public vote
  • Each person can nominate up to 3 entrepreneurs

Failure to meet all of this criteria is grounds for disqualification, simply because it will turn my work of managing the entries into another full-time job. 


DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: Monday 25th November at midnight GMT Extended to Sunday 1st December, midnight GMT.


I look forward to your entries and to being introduced to a whole new bunch of exciting people and their stories.

Are you interested in helping me shortlist? Let me know by emailing afrilovemail [at] gmail [dot] com with "Entrepreneur Shortlisting" in the subject.


As always, I reserve the right to decide what I post on this blog.




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5 thoughts on “Nominate Your Favourite Entrepreneur”

  1. I’d like to nominate myself. My name is Kelechi Anyadiegwu and I’m a the Founder of Diades. Diades is an online marketplace, launching Spring 2014, for trendy and modern African inspired fashion. What makes us different then other fashion design companies is that we are interested in using the spirit of fashion to transform perceptions of Africa. We are interested in using fashion to showcase the creativity of Africa. We also have a social mission to educate people about the story behind African Fabrics and one day use this influence to uplift the textile industry in Africa. I can be reached via twitter at @kelechiujuu or email kelechi at shopdiades dot com
    The website for diades is

  2. Atiti Sosimi (Nigeria) – Founder of The Eyato Fashion Label, Inventor of the Shhh or Tell it Board game
    “Potential excites me, difference humbles me and life expects me to live it to the fullest using EVERY God given gift and talent I’ve been blessed with!’
    The Award-winning Atiti Sosimi will be the first to tell you she is distinctly different; she always says she doesn’t “think outside the box, because for her there is no box in the first place!” She says, “when you operate from this position your possibilities are endless.” Her response to life’s challenges, limiting situations or circumstance is to deploy creative innovation in practice!
    Atiti successfully manages to juggle family life, being a mother, running a business, writing books, inventing/producing/selling a board game described as a ‘diamond’ (see the Shhh or Tell it website), lecturing in HE part time, mentoring business owners to become award winners and young people to believe and achieve! In January of this year Atiti launched the Eyato luxury clothing line.

  3. Hazel Chawapiwa was born in the UK in the mid-70s but originates from Zimbabwe. She is a passionate business woman who started her first business in 1999 whilst studying at University. Hazel often says the financial strains of being a young single mother and a student was the motivation for her to start her own business. A redundancy and the need to raise a deposit to get on the property ladder led to her becoming involved in a number of business ventures one of them being an events company which she started with an old time friend. It was a successful venture and it was during this period that she realised that working full-time was suppressing her entrepreneurial spirit.
    The 2inspire network was launched in May of 2012, “Empowering individuals and helping them to realise their potential is something that I am passionate about. I believe that women should work together and support each other on their journeys, this belief is the foundation of the network, an organisation that provides forums and platforms that help to empower, promote and inspire women” says Founder Hazel Chawapiwa. In 2013 Hazel also launched the social enterprise The 2Inspire Academy; a personal development and life-skills programme for young people aged 16-21. The 2Inspire academy has been established to help young people focus on what’s important for them now and in the future, to learn the mindset and life-skills for success, and to help them set and achieve personal targets.

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