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

Enhle Mbali Maphumulo

Enhle Mbali Maphumulo burst onto the South African silver screen as a force of nature, endearing herself to the public as a sweetheart to the nation. Her talent and captivating personality has led to several renowned onscreen roles, including lead characters in many of South Africa’s popular TV series including Tshisa, Broken Vows and Rockville.

Enhle’s career has connected her to huge audiences through hit TV series such as iNkaba, My Family, 7nde Laan, Rhythm City, Moferefere Lenyalong, Soul City, and Those Who Cant Teach. Her charisma and infinite drive has firmly positioned Enhle as one of South Africa’s most popular and reputable actresses. Her talent as a Director and TV Presenter has seen her host Channel-O’s award winning Young, Gifted and Black as well as ANN7’s weekly entertainment show Star Biz.

The fashion world has also seen the meteoric rise of Enhle Mbali Maphumulo with two sell-out fashion collections. New York welcomed her maternity-focused fashion label SE Preggoz, while she continues to expand her fashion footprint with collaborative lines for men and women.

SABC 1’s African mystery series Mtunzini saw Enhle’s rise to stardom at the age of seventeen, where she has continued to captivate great audiences as a multi-faceted talent.

“Why don’t we change, wathinta umfazi wathinta imbokodo to wathinta umfazi wathinta imbali? We need to teach our men to treat us with respect and protect us instead of the abuse that women face on a daily basis these days.”

Enhle Mbali Maphumulo

TT Mba

Armed with a Chartered Marketer South Africa CM(SA) qualification endorsed by the Marketing Association of South Africa MA(SA), TT Mbha is a passionate Real Estate Marketer with a 17 years award winning professional career track record.

Mr Mbha is the CEO of Black Real Estate which offers a full service real estate sales, management, and consulting agency will be part of the Property Management segment.

Spanning over a period of 17 years, Mr Mbha has gained extensive experience in the field of Branding and Marketing having worked on various global and local brands including Sasol, Total SA, Edcon and Brandhouse.

“As a progressive and empowered man, it is my duty to empower other people especially women”

TT Mba

Xoliswa Daku

Xoliswa Daku is the CEO of DCI Holdings and Daku Group of Companies, focusing on property development, construction and facilities management, boasting a portfolio worth over R600 million.

This lawyer-turned-property developer is building her empire, one skyscraper at a time. She is well respected in the industry, as being a finalist in the Property Sector of 2012’s “Most Influential Women in Business Awards”, identified by CEO magazine attest. She continues to actively influence and transform the property industry in South Africa.

In 2013 she received the “BBQ Outstanding Women in Business Award” for her outstanding work as a business woman. Last year she was bestowed with another three major awards: the Standard Bank Top Woman in Property Award, the WPN Business Woman of the Year Award, as well as the 2017 Top Performing Entrepreneur National Business Award.

“you are always under estimating your potential in most cases as you’ve grown to known as being not able or capable. You need to shake this off. Working on any company is not an easy task but it’s definitely rewarding ”

Xoliswa Daku

Mzamo Masito

Mzamo Masito, Chief Marketing Officer, Google Africa Mzamo’s role entails bringing to life Google’s mission to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and be useful so that Google’s users and partners can grow in Africa.

He has an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). He lectures at the AAA School of Advertising and serves on the GIBS advisory board. He previously held senior positions at Vodacom, Unilever and Nike. Masito founded and runs an NGO called African Men Care, which funds underprivileged children to further their studies.

He is passionate about learning and what the power of education can do for the African people. He’s an advocate for diversity and building the African continent.

“We must be deliberate, intentional and proactive. The problem with gender transformation is men. The one who holds the power is the one who needs to change faster”

Mzamo Masito