As part of the Women Empowering Africa (WEA) initiative, at the Africa 2018 Forum which took place in Sharm el Sheikh (Egyp) last December,  invited 57 African women designers showcased bespoke designs and products to an international audience which included business and financial sectors as well as lovers of African fashion and design. We look back to the amazing two-day showcase.


She Designs shines a spotlight on the potential of the design and creative industries in Africa and reaffirms the immense opportunity and ability of African women in contributing to the the continent’s economy and growth .

“A lot of people want to open up business and trade, and I enjoyed speaking to other designers on how we can grow the platform for Africa,” Vanessa Agyemang – Founder of Copper Dust, (a design company which merges African and English aesthetics), said about the She Designs exhibition.

The designers represented more than 30 African countries ranging from Egypt to South Africa, Mali to Rwanda. The selection and quality of products was outstanding and varied from cosmetics, bags, clothing, lights, jewels, shoes and home decor all made in Africa by Africans.

The exhibition celebrated African women designers and creative entrepreneurs, and to showcase the immense potential of African brands. The exhibition was a platform for designers to meet and connect with business leaders, investors and potential buyers who are on the forefront of shaping Africa’s business policy and agenda.

Below is a glimpse:







reGina Jane

reGina Jane Jere is a Zambian-born London-based journalist and founding Editor of the New African Woman magazine the sister-publication of the New African magazine of which she was the Deputy Editor for over a decade. The mother of two juggles a wide-range of editorial and managerial duties, but she has particular passion on women’s health, education, rights and empowerment. She is also a former Zambian correspondent for Agence France Presse, and a former Africa Researcher at Index on Censorship. She writes extensively on a wide range of issues, from politics to women’s rights, media and free speech to beauty and fashion

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