I4GFemTech Series: Afua Osei

Once I finished my studies, I found a full-time job as a consultant in Lagos. In 2014, I founded She Leads Africa together with Yasmin Belo-Osagie. The idea came to me during my internship. I saw that many talented people, especially young women, don’t have access to the same information that I had at Chicago University. I decided to build a platform to give women equal access to this information and more.

And if I would have sat and said, “Wow okay, you’re not gonna make a salary for two years, you’re gonna have to sell your car, downgrade where you live, not go out to eat with your friends.” If I would have sat and gone through all of those things and really let the weight of those decisions affect me, I probably wouldn’t have taken the leap.

It was a challenge to build our business from scratch. We had to reassess many times, but after a lot of work, it eventually took off! Since then, we’ve built a global community of over 700,000 women who are committed to getting to the next level in their careers and businesses.

She Leads Africa gives women the community, information and inspiration they need to live the lives of their dreams. So, let’s be smart and let’s be strategic, but let’s also have faith in ourselves, in our skills and what got us here, that it’ll continue to propel us into more fantastic and wonderful opportunities. 

“Let’s have faith in ourselves, in our skills and what got us here, that it’ll continue to propel us into more wonderful opportunities.”