Sunday Reads Jan 21, #KajsaHASundayReads

sundayreadsThis week I read:

Video I watched: I got a little addicted to the entertaining Crash Course series on YouTube where John Green and his brother teaches you all kinds of stuff!

 

Tell me below what you are reading!

 This post is part of my #KajsaHASundayReads series. Inspired by personal role models, Ory Okolloh Mwangi and Chris Blattman,  I want to share articles I read with my followers on a somehow regular basis. 

Sunday Reads Sep 17, #KajsaHASundayReads

sundayreadsThis week I read:

      1. Female entrepreneurship rates in Sub-Saharan Africa are the highest in the world, according to a new report that says women’s entrepreneurial activity is increasing globally. 
      2. Africa doesn’t need white tech entrepreneurs – it needs a level playing field by Eliza Anyangwe.
      3. Over Certified & Under Educated a harsh but well-argued piece about Ghana’s higher education sector by Esther Armah.
      4. Young people and their plants by Lavanya Ramanathan
      5. A bit of context to the protests in Togo by Benjamin N. Lawrance.

Video I watched: No video! It was the first week of the fall semester for my daughters and myself! I just survived!

 

Tell me below what you are reading!

 This post is part of my #KajsaHASundayReads series. Inspired by personal role models, Ory Okolloh Mwangi and Chris Blattman,  I want to share articles I read with my followers on a somehow regular basis. 

My 10 Favorite Ghanaian Brands (Part 1/2)

In no particular order  here is  the first part of my list of 10 favorite Ghanaian brands in 2013!

1. Blue Skies

Ghana’s best juice in my opinion.

Favorite product: Pineapple and Ginger, but their blog talks about MOB which sounds fab!

From blueskies.com

 

2. Kiki Clothing

My favorite dress-maker.

Favorite product: The Kimono Dress

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3. Trashy Bags

Ghana’s most innovative business idea to add value to trash!

Favorite product: Toiletry bags (called cosmetic bags in the web shop)  from sachet water bags.

trashy bags

4. Global Mamas

Feel good fair trade shopping for gifts for everybody (including myself).

Favorite product: The Eli Dress (wearing one just now)

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5. All Pure Nature

Lifting up the amazing products that are Ghanaian traditional skin care.

Favorite product: Women’s Gold Shea Oil (!)

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Watch this space for the next five Ghanaian brands I adore!

 

 

25 Questions on Entrepreneurship

Screen Shot 2013-05-24 at 10.55.17 PMMy blogging friend Kobbie has started a project asking people in Ghana tech / entrepreneurial / life questions such as What does the internet mean to you? (Q2),  What’s the biggest thing you struggle with as an entrepreneur? (Q 11) and What does seeing the world mean to you? (Q 15).

You can read my 25 answers here, however here is a preview:

12.  What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done as an entrepreneur?  Bought 200 bananas.”

Edward, Ato and Rodney are other participants.

>Ghanaian Entrepreneurship: Maksi Clothing Starts with a Boom!

> Today, I am proud of fellow blogger Nana Darkoa who, together with her sister Abena, has creted a clothing line: Maksi. Right now the she is featured on Tv3 saying

“fashion is part of life”

and

“tonight, amazing models will be walking a catwalk specially built over a swimming pool.”

Indeed, 7PM tonight a fashion show is taking off at the classy African Regent Hotel. I’ve seen a sneak peak of some of the clothes on Facebook and they look young and fun with a local flare.

I think this initiative is part of something bigger, something inherently Ghanaian – entrepreneurship. Most Ghanaians I know (!) has a company on the side of their regular job. Many of them dream about one day doing it full time, but understand you have to start small. Many of them are excellent sales people who cater to the needs of their country. It is very inspiring and exciting!

Maksi Clothing might be an especially professional venture with a big launch with hired models, good photography and copy writing, but it is definitely part of a much wider trend of Ghanaian entrepreneurship.