In Her Shoes: Dorothy Ghettuba

I was utterly inspired after reading about Dorothy Ghettuba, a daring African entrepreneur who left her job at a venture capital firm in Canada , packed up and moved to Kenya to follow her dreams and  work toward the creation of a major African entertainment company, called Spielworks Media. Dorothy Ghettuba believed that there was a great need for local media, talent and stories that represent the people in African entertainment derived from racial pride and cultural heritage. Ghettuba provides an uplifting tale of her journey and urges African youth to continue to dream and remained empowered.

 In her interview with “How We Made it in Africa” Ghetttuba describes the challenges  and lessons she experienced during her journey to success as a “baptism in fire” but enriching her with lessons she will forever remember. One of the lessons Dorothy Ghettuba learned was:”Giving up cannot be an option. If you fall down, because we do, you get up and go again.” After almost having her dream destroyed before ever coming off the ground due to lack of financial resources, Ghettuba looked to her inner-circle for support. Her message is :”people don’t buy into an idea, they buy into people.” She believes that no matter how impossible her dream seemed, people that believed and cared for her were willing to support her.  I encourage everyone to read about her amazing story and how this amazing African entrepreneur is building her brand and empire in the continent.

Check out the full article: How We Made It in Africa

photo taken from: Dorothy Ghettuba Twitter

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Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa 2012 List

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As Africa continues to rise, so do African women. With the upward economic, social and political trajectory of the continent, a new breed of African women continues to emerge. So much so, that the African Union christened the years 2010 to 2020 as the “African Women’s Decade”.

For the first time in history, the African Union voted an African woman to its helm. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa‘s Minister of Home Affairs and a medical doctor, will lead and usher the 54-nation organization into a new era of possibilities for the continent. In her keynote address honoring her as the first female chair of the African Union, Dlamini-Zuma said: “African women make up over fifty percent of the continent, and let’s not forget that they produce the other fifty percent–men.”

Additionally, this year Africa welcomed its second female head of State and Malawi‘s first female president, Her Excellency President Joyce Banda. In August, Forbes published its 2012 annual list of theWorld’s 100 Most Powerful Women and of the 100 women selected, 11 were Black, of whom 3 were Africans: Presidents Joyce Banda and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Nigerian Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. To solidify the African Union’s “African Women’s Decade” theme, Nigerian oil tycoon, fashion designer and philanthropist Folorunsho Alakija became the first woman on Forbes’ annual ranking of the 40 richest Africans, with a net worth estimated at $600 million.

Last year Forbes readers were introduced to a remarkable group of the 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa, heralding a new wave of African women taking control of their economic, social and political destinies. Here are the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa for 2012, all under age 45, shaping the narrative of the continent’s rising.

Find the complete list at Forbes.