In the male-dominated world of startups and entrepreneurship, where men still can't seem to stop speaking over women, Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei decided to do their part to change things with She Leads Africa (SLA).
SLA is a platform that creates online content and offline programs to help millennial African women achieve their professional and entrepreneurial dreams – yeah, a platform for women by women!
In 2016, SLA successfully (and impressively) ran a 6-month accelerator program that helped fund female entrepreneurs – and they will be bringing it back this year with a membership club to help young women build the skills and networks needed to achieve professional success.
SLA came to SLAY
Konbini is really proud to be a media partner of SLA's first-ever SLAY festival – an outdoor celebration of innovation, culture, business, technology, and the African woman – with guests like Tara Durotoye, Toke Makinwa and Kemi Adetiba.
The SLAY festival will hold on January 21 at the Railway Corporation in Ebute-Metta, Lagos.
The first 'green' festival in Africa
SLA also intends for the SLAY festival to be the first environmentally-friendly festival in Africa. The festival will be powered using solar power instead of diesel-burning generators.
The gift bags will include reusable water bottles and there will be water fountains around, to reduce plastic waste. SLA has also partnered with Recycle Points – a waste management company that gives cash payouts to people who recycle – to ensure eco-friendly waste removal.