Entrepreneur of the Month: Chayet Chiénin, Founder & Editor-in-chief of Nothing But The Wax

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Chayet Chiénin, Founder & Editor-in-chief of Nothing But The Wax

Nothing But the Wax is the French new media website that celebrates and tells the untold stories of a connected afrodescendant youth: the black millennials.Like a precious digital backdrop, Nothing But the Wax deciphers the creative and intellectual effervescence running through the veins of that very diverse generation. Their space intends to be a relay mast for afropop culture.

Launched in 2010 by Chayet Chiénin, a French woman of Central African origins, Nothing But The Wax was initially the first French specialised blog for African fashion. Over the years, the blog has managed to build an international audience that could relate to its tone, its authenticity and its vision of the black world. Listed by trends forecasting agencies, published in the press (Forbes Afrique, Courrier International, Madame Figaro, etc), involved in the most significant talks and events: NBW is now a worldwide reference.

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Entrepreneur of the month: Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka, Founder of The Afro Hair & Skin Co.

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Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka, Founder of The Afro Hair & Skin Co.

The Afro Hair & Skin Co. is an independent afro beauty and wellness business located along the beautiful English coast. They are dedicated to creating truly organic and natural products carefully crafted by hand, using fresh natural, and locally sourced ingredients that will feed the skin and hair with all the goodness necessary to blossom and be truly healthy.

Born in Manchester and raised in a Nigerian and predominantly vegeterian household, Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka has a degree in English Literature and Media Studies and has always had an interest in health and wellness. During her career, she managed to get a 3-months internship at a small publishing company based in Stockholm and ended up staying for 4 years in Sweden. Being there gave her a renewed sense of purpose, reconnected her to her identity as an African woman and ignited the desire for her to create a space for black wellness. Very influenced by her mother’s stories about making her own skin-care, she developed her range slowly and carefully over 5 years through a process of research-based learning, testing and a lot of trial and error. Her facial oil Flow was recently featured on Vogue.com as one of the best skincare products for people of colour.

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Entrepreneur of the Month: Vivian Ngwodo, Founder of Chopstreet

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Vivian Ngwodo, Founder of Chopstreets

Chopstreets is an exciting new social app, the first of its kind in the UK dedicated to Afro-Caribbean food that finds and curates the best African and Caribbean restaurants, takeaways, pop-ups and supper clubs. With the social networking feature, users can eat their way around the African continent and taste the delicacies of The Caribbean. Now people can instantly see African and Caribbean food recommended by their friends and contacts and even share their own dining experiences.Born and raised in Nigeria, Vivian Ngwodo has always been a solutions provider, a problem solver and lover of food. In 2010, Vivian resigned from her Foreign Operations job in one of Nigeria’s major banks and embarked on a journey to Scotland to pursue a Master’s Degree and began her career journey in the U.K financial industry. She relocated to London in 2012 to start a new job and was excited at the fact that being in London also meant having more access to her beloved Nigerian food. However, Vivian soon discovered how difficult and frustrating it was to find Nigerian or other African restaurants in London. She was inspired to launch a restaurant blog and a super directory where she reviewed and listed African and Caribbean restaurants and food business from across London in 2014. Whilst undertaking an internship with a digital media company, Vivian began developing a Location based app that would make it easier for people from all ethnicities to find & review African and Caribbean restaurants.

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Is Mo Ibrahim African diaspora biggest success story?

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Sudanese born British businessman Mo Ibrahim speaks during a press conference to announce former Cabo Verde President Pedro Pires as the winner of the “Mo Ibrahim Prize” for achievement in African Leadership’ in central London on October 10, 2011. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images).

The mobile telephone titan has made great strides in his life, from being an engineer for a telephone company – he has done an awesome amount of work to establish himself as a leading voice for the continent. Apart from creating thousands of jobs, and becoming a billionaire when he sold his company. He has also spent the past decade sounding the call for improved governance on the continent.

Entrepreneur of the Month: Bayo Adelaja

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Bayo Adelaja is the founder and CEO of Do It Now Now (DiNN) which focuses on providing safe spaces for African and diaspora founders to “connect, collaborate and grow”.
Do it Now Now is a crowdfunding platform that has the social development of Africa at its core.
This platform is intended as a virtual meeting place for all the people who want to do something great in/for Africa. For all get to come together to inspire and support each other.
The Do it Now Now team are passionate about helping crowdfunders plan and facilitate incredible start-ups and initiatives.More here

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