About us

Research indicates that  entrepreneurship is key to eradicating poverty and underdevelopment and for generating value. It is also vital for promoting socioeconomic cohesion, inclusion and integration. Female Afrikan entrepreneurs can also contribute in more significant ways to nation-building through business leadership, both in the diaspora and on the continent.

Sadly, Afrikan women, in spite of their ingenuity, resilience, astuteness and resourcefulness, are yet to find their collective voices in business and entrepreneurial leadership both within and outside the continent.  Research indicates that even in developed nations, they face a plethora of barriers, challenges and limitations.

HerGenuityAfrika! is a membership organisation, which supports, promotes and inspires entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial thinking and business leadership among females of Afrikan descent. Also, to help our women overcome the “Triple Disadvantage” identified by research, we seek to promote a positive self-concept and provide the right tools, information and support for females of all ages to start, grow and expand their businesses and professional capabilities.

We aim to create the required platform and panel of expertise for ideation, business advice, innovative thinking, marketing support, mentorship opportunities, compliance with regulations, etc, which can help in the growth of businesses owned by females of Afrikan descent.

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Our Goals

To build a community in Ireland, on the continent and globally of females of Afrikan descent, who are committed to changing the narrative of the Afrikan woman through personal transformation, business leadership and nation-building.

Vision Statement

Afrikan women globally repositioned, recognised and rebranded as business leaders, nation builders and agents of positive global transformation.

Our Core Values

Positive self-concept.
Lifelong learning.
Mutual respect and support.
A community and serving spirit.
Collaborations/ partnerships.

Meet The Team

(Chief Executive Officer)

(Directors)

(Advisory Board)

Dr. David Nyaluke (Member Advisory Board)

Dr David Nyaluke is the UCD-Proudly Made in Africa Fellow in Business and Development. He researches and teaches on Doing Business in and with Africa and Sustainable Development across UCD and 15 business schools and departments of business in universities, colleges and institutes of technology in Ireland. Before joining Proudly Made in Africa and University College Dublin, David completed a PhD from Dublin City University (DCU). His doctoral thesis investigated trajectories of political and economic development transformation of African states from independence into the 21st Century. With a research focus on development in African states, he has presented at several conferences, including a 2014 special symposium to mark 20 years of South Africa’s end of apartheid and return to democracy. David is also published in many journals and contributes regular reviews on African political, business and sustainable development issues. His most recent Routledge co-publication is the 2019- Challenging Perceptions of Africa in Schools: Critical Approaches to Global Justice Education. David is currently the vice-chairperson of the African Scholars Association of Ireland, (AfSAI), Convenor of the Business and Development Study Group at Development Studies Association of Ireland and Co-Coordinator of African Students Association of Ireland(ASAI) and Concern Worldwide- Mandela Global Development Inter-varsity Debate Competition and is the co-chair of Steering Committee for United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024 (UNIDPAD) in Ireland.

Evans Adetokunbo Emmanuel (Member, Advisory Board)

Evans is a trainer in various fields of human resource development, a leadership consultant, a mentor, a business management consultant, a facilitator, a teacher of Christian principles, a counselor in various fields of life's endeavors and a public speaker. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a sought-after trainer in human resource, office management for maximum productivity and performance for profitability. He was a member of the research advisory group for Voices for Change Nigeria, v4c-nig.com, a DFID funded research-based gender equality intervention in Nigeria, now ended; he also served as one of the key influencer and a board member of the research advisory board that worked for the said organisation in Nigeria.

Eya Lawani (Member Advisory Board)

Eya Lawani is a Special Needs Assistant and has worked in the educational sector for 12 years first in Youth Justice with young offenders , and then with special needs children. Eya is passionate about education and justice and is presently studying for a postgraduate degree in Equality studies from the school of social policy and law of UCD. As a first generation Irish migrant Eya has lived in ireland for 20 years and is raising a young family, she is inspired and motivated by her desire to help build a fairer, more welcoming and inclusive Ireland .

(Team Leads)

Guy Pascal Mpiana

(Events Management Lead)

Dr Alexis Amaye (Research Development Lead)

Dr. Alexis Amaye brings over 15 years of management experience working across the public and private sectors in Europe and the United States. With professional and consultative leadership roles in crisis management, strategic development, and programme management, she has lead cross-functional teams across a number of industries.

Mc Shakara (Brand Communications Lead)

Gladys Otono Atsenokhai best known as M.C Shakara is an award winning events host and comedienne extraordinaire. Her amiable character, quirky humour, and ability to connect with audiences has made her a much sought-after compere in Ireland with a fast-growing global brand.

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