PAST SPEAKERS

PAST SPEAKERS

Issa Rae

American based actress, writer, producer, and web series creator.

She first attracted attention for her work on the YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl. She gained further recognition for creating, writing & starring in the HBO television series Insecure.

She received 2 Golden Globe Award Nominations for Best Actress.

Issa stands for women and women working together. She celebrates the connectivity of the black girl society. She is clear on her truth and continues to break boundaries.

“I have no relationship with failure. I see a failed attempt. I don’t give up. I don’t stop. I look at failure as an obstacle, it’s not final. I’m a realist but I’m also an optimist.”

Issa Rae

Dr Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Music veteran and humanitarian
Affectionately known as The Princess of Africa across the world, Chaka Chaka is a champion for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the United Nations MDG Envoy for Africa, and the Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.

Chaka Chaka has also established her own charity, the Princess of Africa Foundation, using the name first given to her in Uganda. The Princess of Africa Foundation is a partner of the ACTION global health advocacy partnership. In 2012, she was the first African woman to receive the WEF’s Crystal Award.

I’m more than just a sensation. I’m building vibrations that are bringing peace to the nation. I bring life to this earth so recognize my worth, ngoba mina ngili QHAWE!

Dr Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Nomzamo Mbatha

Award winning actress, philanthropist, humanitarian and an advocate for women working together and supporting each other. Nomzamo became South Africa’s sweetheart through her role in the TV series Isibaya and has since starred in many movies & television shows.

She has hosted many local shows and has equally made a name for herself on the international stage. She has carved her way to success by not competing with other women but rather creating her own lane and running her own race. She has a heart of gold and is a firm supporter of women working together.

We have been taught to fake it till we make it so we want to fake ourselves into saying we know. It’s ok to say I don’t know and take your time to figure it out. I’ve taken my time, it’s been 5 years and I’m still taking my time. I focus on self-investment and truly believe that people treat you the way you treat yourself.

Nomzamo Mbatha

Akosua Acheaw

Born in Ghana and moved to South Africa at the age of 10. She is the Founder of a successful Skip Fashion Exchange programme which she later sold. She has always invested in her image and has a love for fashion.

She started her program in 2018 and used her own savings to bring her idea to life. She strongly believes that you need to invest in your own concept before you ask someone else to do so.

“Trust your instincts even when you are afraid. Trust God’s plan. Open yourself up to new experiences and trust yourself when it’s time to leave something that no longer serves you”

Akosua Acheaw

Amanda Black

South African singer-songwriter and recording artist who achieved recognition in 2016 following the release of her hit single “Amazulu”.

She is an award winning and platinum selling artists.

“It takes a very long time to be an overnight success. You have to work hard and be persistent with your dream. There are no shortcuts”

Amanda Black

Vika Shipalana

Born in Mount Coke in the Eastern Cape and grew up in Bhisho. She is a luxury connoisseur. She is the Founder & CEO of VBSLuxury. She also has a heart of gold and is an ambassador for Unicef.

There is a strong need for women to work together, no need to compete with one another. It’s not a pie, it’s a flowing river. There is enough for all of us. Stay true to who you are, no matter how tough things get and always lift as you rise”

Vika Shipalana