What comes to mind when the names Afua Osei or Yasmin Belo-Osagie comes to mind? For me it is squad goals. We tend to miss out on the fact that two women being co-founders is the hottest squad goals ever. And the fact that they are delivering on a mission that is centered around ‘squad goals’ too is even hotter.
Let me put it this way. If you have a challenge, or a question, that is not about the next clearance sales, or asoebi (not to say you shouldn’t wear asoebi), or that celebrity you are stalking on Instagram, but about real life-changing decisions like job opportunities, career and business decisions. The duo has created a life hack for a ‘smart bestie’. A needed voice if you ever find yourself looking for answers from a dependable friend. This life-line is called sheleadsafrica.
At a time in Africa, many women were not very ambitious. What I mean is they did want great things, but not great enough. For instance, in sub-Saharan Africa, many women would only take-on micro-businesses. Who else can relate to that side-hustle mummy has just to get by? Totally not a bad idea, only that women can, and should want more.
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Afua Osei and Yasmin Belo-Osagie came to turn things around. “Why can’t the next Facebook come from a young woman in Africa. I think that we don’t have anything against micro-finance businesses, but there isn’t just one African experience…” Yasmin told BBC.
This Duo has inspired young African women to dream big, by creating a hub. A hub, that’s what this is about.
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Teaching women what real squad goals should be about
According to Miss Belo-Osagie, they help young women build a network of other young women. “We sort of found that when young women were coming together, it was around entertainment and fashion, and not around many opportunities to really talk about ambition, and not be ashamed about saying I wanna build a million-dollar company, and have people that are around in line with that and also want to support what you are doing”.
Help African Women access the right Mentors and Connects for Business and Professional Growth
These two women attest to working hard to reach the right mentors that will benefit young African Women. “It is very difficult. For every big name that you see, we have 3 others that rejected us!” they told the Guardian. But surely it has been a success as they have continued to identify experts from different fields for young women. It is true that Aliko Dangote has earmarked $1m in low-cost loans for start-ups under the SLA umbrella. Through their accelerators, and shehive boot camps, young women gain first hand access to investors, partners, and experts to foster business relationships.
Ignite a new Trend
Young people like to flock around trends, and these have done great at igniting one. They know that young people like to be part of a squad, who have their own code. ‘Motherland Moguls’ as they refer to young women, are a tribe of cool, smart and ambitious young women created by Afua Osei and Yasmin Belo-Osagie.
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