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Women who Inspire Us- Coming to Africa

Sat, Jul 18. 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Girls Education Initiative of Ghana, Kumasi
past 9 months
Women who Inspire Us- Coming to Africa

Join our panel of Black Women expats and repats for an interactive, frank and informative session on how to live, work and thrive in Africa.
About this Event
If you have been thinking about relocating or traveling to Africa, but were not sure where to start, then you will not want to miss this interactive and engaging workshop!

During this session, you will hear from inspiring Black women expats and repats who successfully made the move to different regions of Africa as an adult. Our hosts and speakers will address key topics such as:

The personal benefits and challenges of relocating to and living in Africa
Determining which region / country is the best fit for your lifestyle and professional goals
How to find career and investment opportunities throughout the continent
Setting an actionable strategy to make your move
And more!
Each participant will have an opportunity to get their burning questions answered by our team of regional experts and insiders. Participants will also receive a post-event guide and cheat sheet to help them map out their relocation strategy. Event replay options will be available for all registrants.

About the Hosts and Speakers:
Shirley Okereke is an experienced tech consultant and investor whose professional experience spans across three continents and seven countries. Shirley made her move to Africa as an adult in 2015, when she served as a Marketing Executive for Jumia Technologies based in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2019, Jumia became the first African-based tech company to publicly trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Shirley is passionate about the African technological scene and currently works with growing startups and organizations throughout West Africa and The United States to quickly develop strategies to help them achieve revenue targets and grow their customer base.

Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana, GEIG. GEIG’s mission is to provide academic and financial support for girls, including applicants with special needs, so they may gain access to secondary, higher education, and professional opportunities. Elizabeth is also the founder of EANP Consults, a consultancy which aims to support individuals, non profit organizations, and small businesses with strategic planning and the development and implementation of effective communications plans.

Elizabeth served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community- Kumasi Hub from 2014-2015, and served as the 2015 Vlisco Brand Ambassador for Ghana.

Bolanile Olatunji is a Nigerian-American entrepreneur based in Lagos, Nigeria. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Bolanile relocated to Nigeria in 2011 after spending time living in New York and working for companies such as Sean John and The Integer Group. Her professional experience ranges from work in the Nigerian tech industry (Google Nigeria, Uber) to her current work in the West African health and wellness space (THRIVE Alkaline. Vegan in Nigeria).

Divine Muragijimana is Chief of Brand for Cellulant, the leading multinational payments platform in Africa, and is responsible for Cellulant’s brand image, experience, and promise. Before joining Cellulant, Divine ran a marketing and branding consulting firm in New York City for 7 years, specializing in working with growth-oriented businesses for Africa. She served as an editor for several publications including Editor-in-Chief of "Applause Africa," a prime African Magazine for the Diaspora, headquartered in New York. Divine has also served as a PR Communication and brand advisor to universities such as MIT, Harvard, Columbia and NYU on their Africa-based and Africa-centric programs.

Saidah Nash Carter is a digital business native with a passion for value creation and the use of technology to create new opportunity for business and for humanity. She began her career with Reuters NewMedia during a period of profound digital transformation and went on to build and launch some of the first online news services for early internet sensations like Yahoo! and AOL.

As SVP- Africa Innovation, she launched Thomson Reuters data science and innovation lab in Cape Town, one of seven innovation Labs globally and the only one in an emerging market. She is particularly proud of her team’s work delivering Thomson Reuters successful Africa Startup Challenge, Africa's first Intrapreneurship Conference, and her flagship initiative to bring financial inclusion to Africa’s small scale farmers - Bankable Farmer.

Today she leads Bright Insights Global (BIG), a boutique consultancy and expert network committed to helping companies do better business in Africa. BIG’s network expertise spans financial services, media, private equity, law, talent management, digital product and business development.

Most Recent Awards & Recognition: 2017 Inspiring 50 Women in Tech, United Nations 2018 Voices of African Mothers Innovation Award, League of Intrapreneurs Global Fellow – 2019.

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