Wouldn’t you rather learn how to fish from someone who has mastered the hook and the line and is swimming in the abundance of fishes? Who else can teach how to become a successful businesswoman than powerful business magnates who have broken barriers and risen to the top of the ladder?
These powerful women entrepreneurs have lessons to teach every African Business Woman.
1. FOLORUNSHO ALAKIJA, MD, ‘Rose of Sharon Group’, Forbes’ 2nd richest black woman in Africa, NIGERIA.
“Do not accept “No” for an answer!” Many doors will be shut in your face, keep going back until they open up”
Folorunsho Alakija, the Group MD of The Rose of Sharon Group and Forbes’ second richest black woman in Africa and who has also been recently inaugurated as the Chancellor of Osun State University has something to say to African Women in Business.
“Do not accept “No” for an answer – Many doors were shut in my face but I refused to give up and kept going back and it paid off; see where I am today.”
2. DINAH BINAH, Florist, TANZANIA
“You have to think fast in business. If someone asks – Are you selling your blouse? Sell it!
You can always buy another one.”
The first day I opened my shop, I only had five bunches of roses.
My first customer didn’t see the flowers I had – all he saw was water. So he asked me: Are you selling water? I told him – Yes! That 20 cents he gave me was my first income. You have to be brave. You have to be aggressive. Don’t be embarrassed.”