As South Africa settles into its heritage month, it also welcomes a new development into its cultural fold with Social Media Week Johannesburg debuting from 22nd -26th September 2014. One of the stimulating facets of this fast spreading conference; is its spotlight on the advances of women who work tirelessly to build businesses, industries, families and nations. Some of the finest inside and outside South Africa will participate in Social Media Week Johannesburg.
Here are just nine of the ladies by whom we can’t wait to be inspired come 22nd September.
Lola Pedro @lolapedro | trendwatching.com
Lagos-based Lola, describes her work as focusing on innovation, technology, sustainability, art, entrepreneurship, culture and music with inebriate passion. She oversees sub-saharan Africa’s content for trendwatching.com and coordinates industry specific research and analysis for the independent consumer trends and insight firm. Her career path diversely includes experience in magazine publishing, events production, virtual reality advertising, corporate film and theatre production.
Gabriella Razzano: @Jablet | www.code4sa.org
Gabriella is the head of policy and strategy for the Code for South Africa, a non-profit, which promotes the availability of data, in order to build active citizenry. Gabriella participated in the drafting of the African Union’s Model Law on access to information, which was later adopted by the African commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. She is currently drafting a Media Freedom index for the Pan African Parliament.
Bushera Bashir | www.umuziphotoclubnews.blogspot.com
Global citizen and Kashmir-born Bushera currently head up Umuzi Academy, the development unit ofUmuzi Photo Club, a South African Youth development social enterprise. She also empowers women from Kashmir through her socially conscious fashion scarves, Trebene, which enable the women to invest up to 20% of profits to educating their children.
Dr Sindi @sindivanzyl | http://qooh.me/DoctorSindi
Self-professed patients’ activist Sindi van Zyl knew she wanted to be a doctor from the days that she would walk her granny to a clinic in Harare. She works with non-profit organisation Anova, travelling the country teaching and communicating broadly on how the HIV/AIDS can be prevented and treated. Her use of social media and her blog to inform and educate a broader audience has seen her gain critical acclaim.
Jepchumba @digitalafrican | www.africandigitalart.com
African digital artist and digital enthusiast, Jepchumba has been listed in the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa Forbes’ list. She is the Creative Director and Founder of African Digital Art, which allows digital artists, professionals and enthusiast to seek inspiration, showcase their artistry and connect with emerging artists. She has also spoken on popular platforms such as South by Southwest (SXSW) in Texas. She will be curating the world acclaimed Design Indaba Expo in 2015.
Amanda Sevasti @AmandaSevasti | www.amandasevasti.com
Amanda is a feminist and humanist who loves ‘living in the future’. She is head of social media strategy at NATIVE SA and regularly contributes her thoughts and insights on SA’s digital landscape. Prior to this, she established Social@Ogilvy within Ogilvy PR Johannesburg. Her work has been published by Memeburn,BizCommunity and the Mail & Guardian Online. She’s been involved in activations, events and digital campaigns for brands such as Momentum, Santam, Old Mutual, Savanna and Volkswagen.
Britni Danielle @BritniDWrites | www.britnidanielle.com
Britni has always loved telling a good story. Based in Los Angeles, she dedicates her time packaging her words as a writer, editor and novelist – she is the editor of the online magazine Clutch, founder of The Write Pitch, and author of a few novels. She also commits her time to helping others share their individual voices both on and offline. Her work has also featured in Essence, Ebony.com, Jet, Vibe Vixen, The Grio, The Root and TakePart.
Bassey Ikpi @Basseyworld | basseyworld.tumblr.com
Bassey’s words fill the spaces of basseyworld.tumlr.com and @basseyworld with palpable energy and honest inspiration. She wears the hats of poet, writer, presenter, creative and activist. Her activism is in dedicating her time and energy to mental health advocacy. She is a tall person in a short body who has recently shared a platforms with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Luvvie @Luvvie | www.awesomelyluvvie.com
Humor writer, wordsmith, blogger and digital strategist and professional troublemaker are few titles that are fittingly appropriate to Luvvie. She has been blogging for 11 years, dating back to a time when MySpace was still a thing. She is a word alchemist as is evident in her glossary of terms. She is also the brain behind DumbestTweets.com, a blog dedicated to exposing infinite stupidity that occurs on Twitter.
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