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This week Forbes released a list of ten female entrepreneurs on the continent to watch.

In June this year, the Nigerian-based social enterprise She Leads Africa, which aims to help female entrepreneurs grow their businesses, launched a business pitch competition. These are the top ten female emerging entrepreneurs, chosen from the competition, who made Forbes’ watch list.


Winifred Selby from Ghana is the founder of AfroCentric Bamboo Limited, a company which produces and sells affordable bicycles made out of bamboo. Selby is also a finalist in the 2014 Cartier Women’s Initiative Award.

Textile designer Banke Kuku from Nigeria is the founder of Banke Kuku Textiles, a company which produces luxurious, detailed fabrics for both the interior and fashion industries.

Oyindamola Honey Ogudeyi from Nigeria is the founder of an e-commerce site called, which sells international brands to the local market.

Nour Drissi’s from Morocco is the founder of Loue 1 Voiture, the first web platform in Morocco that enables people to reserve cars from online car hire companies.

Elizabeth Kprerrun is the Nigerian founder of Lizzies Creations. Her company develops web and mobile applications that are aimed at fostering development and education for women and children in Africa.

Anike Lawal, also from Nigeria, is the founder of Mamalette – a website and information platform dedicated to the needs of Nigerian parents and parents to be.

Kega Florence Mukhwevho, a South Africa local, is behind MKP Foods. Her company creates youth employment by operating a low cost mobile kitchen for the expanding chicken brand Galitos.

Jade Man is the creator of the Night Bus, South Africa’s first late night bus service network that runs specifically through nightclub districts and universities.

Cherae Robinson is the American founder of Rare Customs. Her company is a tourism consulting and marketing firm that specializes in market development and travel in Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

Taffi Woolward from Nigeria is behind the brand Thando’s, a platform that supports aspiring African artists, enabling them to design affordable, fashionable women’s footwear.

These top ten emerging entrepreneurs will be pitching their business ideas to potential investors at the Entrepreneur Showcase in Lagos, Nigeria this week.

Do you think there is enough support for female entrepreneurs on the continent? Leave a comment below.

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