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Akunna Nwala-Akano: The Hair Giant Taking Nigeria’s Beauty Industry to a New Level
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Akunna Nwala-Akano: The Hair Giant Taking Nigeria’s Beauty Industry to a New Level

In person, Akunna Nwala-Akano, the driving force behind one of today’s fastest-growing beauty brands in West Africa, Kukus Group, radiates steely self-assurance. Not that this reporter has expected anything different from a woman who is one of the main players of the booming beauty industry in Africa. On a visual interaction at the brand’s headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, she looks as striking as seen on the front cover of this issue. The abundant curls of black hair frame her flawless face, complete with immaculate makeup, and she is dressed for not just any but exactly the type of success she wants in a sequined power suit. During the interview session, she wants to broach the topic I least expect on human empowerment when she said: “When you hit a certain level of success, you realize th...
How Former Benue’s First Lady Yemisi Suswam Is Raising The Standard in the World of Architecture
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How Former Benue’s First Lady Yemisi Suswam Is Raising The Standard in the World of Architecture

For women in Africa, especially in Nigeria, setting up your own business comes with a unique set of challenges. However, as more take the plunge, the rewards are starting to be reaped. For the few who rise to nationwide or global prominence, the trail they blaze opens up a door for many to follow through in their paths. They become reference points to the small and the great, and their achievements change the narrative of folk tales that once told us “a woman can’t do that”. Women in Nigeria now have a favourable circumstance to set their dream projects in motion and fully own the sense of personal and professional satisfaction that comes with it. Life does give you more than a few opportunities, why waste any that come your way? Women are increasingly gaining influence in the corpo...
Former Benue State’s First Lady Yemisi Suswam and Nigerian Hair Entrepreneur Akunna Nwala-Akano Covers Pleasures Magazine July/August 2020 Issue
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Former Benue State’s First Lady Yemisi Suswam and Nigerian Hair Entrepreneur Akunna Nwala-Akano Covers Pleasures Magazine July/August 2020 Issue

ABUJA,NIGERIA JULY 4, 2020 –It is time once again to unearth the July/August 2020 edition of your favourite Pan-African Entrepreneurial magazine PLEASURES Magazine. This edition presents an exclusive story on how Female entrepreneurs are shaping Nigeria’s economic future, across a variety of industries, as they are creating successful businesses and contributing towards the economy and leaving their mark in the most impressive way as emerging leaders.  It features a special highlight on the former First Lady of Benue state, Arch Yemisi Suswam, an Architect by profession and CEO of All Purpose Shelters Limited. And a cursory look into Africa’s booming business of cosmetologists and beauty products especially hair products, an industry that is experiencing a significant boom, valued at ...
Meet Akunna Nwana-Akano , Africa’s leading hair entrepreneur
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Meet Akunna Nwana-Akano , Africa’s leading hair entrepreneur

Nigeria has moved up the rank in entrepreneurship, thanks to entrepreneurs such as Akunna Nwana-Akano, who believes it is time home-grown successful entrepreneurs began to invest their knowledge, expertise and experience in helping young businesses. From the humblest of beginnings, Akunna has built her hair business, Kuku’s hair into one of the continent’s fastest growing African hair brand to emerge from a developing nation. She has created job opportunities, and empowered her community and country, whilst presenting a galvanized, dynamic face of African creativity to the global market. The lawyer turned business leader is a Nigerian-born leading hair and beauty entrepreneur. She started her business, Kuku’s hair in 2009 from the trunk of the car and today, she has gone on to launch...
Meet Hassan Al Najjar, an Emirati cancer survivor who became a successful entrepreneur in UAE
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Meet Hassan Al Najjar, an Emirati cancer survivor who became a successful entrepreneur in UAE

He started his own venture as employer gave him cold shoulder upon return from treatment. When Emirati national Hassan Al Najjar beat intestine cancer back in 2016 he expected a warm welcome when he returned to his office — a bank at which he was a top-performing employee — but instead of being congratulated on his recovery he was asked to produce his medical documents to prove that he was indeed sick. That cold welcome made Al Najjar think twice about his career path, and after having just defeated cancer, Al Najjar decided to embark on a new venture, one that would see him go on to create his own successful business. “The fact remains that today in most companies employees are numbers only. When I arrived back home in the UAE after my cancer treatment I went to the office smiling ...
A Strong Voice in Women Leadership in Africa: Meet Ghanaian Young Politician Gifty Oware-Aboagye
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A Strong Voice in Women Leadership in Africa: Meet Ghanaian Young Politician Gifty Oware-Aboagye

In a male-dominated society, brave women are taking a stand against popular stereotypes and are becoming role models in today’s world. Since the dawn of man, women’s social status has relied on their ability to take care of the kids, do house chores, and make dinner for the family. However, amid the cultural expectancy came anger and intolerance, with obstacles to women’s suffrage, unequal pay of women in the workforce, and the lack of female politicians provoking change in a woman’s role in society. As these women take a stand, the impact of their actions becomes more evident in changing times. One of such women is Gifty Oware-Aboagye, a true definition of a model global citizen, Ghanaian-born educationist and transformational speaker, the Deputy Executive Director of Ghana’s Nation...
How Nigerian Chef Fatima Is Continuosly Raising The Bar
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How Nigerian Chef Fatima Is Continuosly Raising The Bar

From daughter of a medical practitioner and restaurant owner to a world renowned chef, the story of Chef Fatima the CEO of Chef Fatima Nigeria Limited, is one that continues to inspire many in Nigeria and across the world. This tale which began with a passion for all things food, and dissatisfaction with the status quo in catering, has culminated into outstanding success that all can see. Showing many the possibilities that abound irrespective of the challenges facing women in business globally, Chef Fatima is a success story that the world will continue to tell. Chef Fatima is a grounded entrepreneur who started her tertiary education at the Bayero University Kano, where she acquired a Diploma in Accounting and Audit, an Advanced Diploma in Educational Management, an Advanced Diploma i...
Time to Aim High: As Nigerian Born Former Vice President Of Bank Of America Remi Duyile Covers Pleasures Magazine May/June 2020 Issue
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Time to Aim High: As Nigerian Born Former Vice President Of Bank Of America Remi Duyile Covers Pleasures Magazine May/June 2020 Issue

It would have been considered an obscene thought that one day, one of the most influential figures in the world of international finance, would be a woman. More accurately, a Nigerian-born, that started her education at Comfort nursery school in Ondo town, south west Nigeria. Remi Duyile is a former Vice President of Bank of America, a serving commissioner in the great state of Maryland and CEO Image Consulting Group, an international consulting firm focused on Human Capital Development, Business Development, Trade and Investment and Access to Capital. She has over the years become a reference point for women’s positive outlook in a society where male dominance thrives. But for her, the head and tail of her journey to success is best described as that of faith, perseverance with a di...
Olubunmi Mary Crown Gbadewole: Trailblazer Turning Ideas into Reality and Opportunity into Success
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Olubunmi Mary Crown Gbadewole: Trailblazer Turning Ideas into Reality and Opportunity into Success

Born to the family of Dr and Mrs Olufemi Adeyemi, Olubunmi Mary Crown Gbadewole is the Founder/CEO of Crownbee Global Services Limited, a leading multi-niche company which deals in customised merchandise such as corporate gifts, promotional items and event souvenirs in Nigeria. Gbadewole, a graduate of Igbinedion University, Okada started her business only about a year ago with N1000. Conceptualising Crownbee Global Services Limited according to her started ‘’when my mother visited and noticed that we were having regular power supply and then, she said there was relatively uninterrupted power supply and potable water, so why not start doing something? And that opened my eyes immediately to the opportunities available to me. So, I quickly sent for polymer worth of about N1000 and I fill...
The ‘Paradigm Shift’, As Aircraft Engineer Isaac Balami Covers Pleasures Magazine’s March/April 2020 Issue
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The ‘Paradigm Shift’, As Aircraft Engineer Isaac Balami Covers Pleasures Magazine’s March/April 2020 Issue

The commercial aviation industry is a highly complex space, where a large number of entities are involved in the delivery of travel products and services, which is sometimes manifested in a single product from a customer perspective. These actors are often collaborating and partnering to be able to co-deliver value and meet the expectation of customers. According to International Air Transport Association (IATA) statistics, from the moment passengers search online for an air ticket to the time they arrive at their destination, the airline is just one of around 26 business partners involved in the aviation chain. Would you board a plane if you know it had very poor maintenance record? Would you put your life in the hands of an airline that uses defective parts for its aircraft? If you an...