Taking the lead: The architect

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Meet Nina Ndichu, the principal architect at Mimari Ltd in Kenya. With 11 years of experience in architecture, she tells us of how she came into her role and her take of the architectural landscape for women in the construction industry. Continue reading

Africa: Reintroduced

To define Africa as a whole makes it necessary to look at it from the outside. But constantly doing so results in tropes that undermine the perspectives of those that live on the continent.” – Nancy Kacungira, Winner of BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for Africa – Why I cannot tell ‘the African Story’.

Talking about Africa has become increasingly popular these days where Africa is normally referenced as a single homogeneous entity. Continue reading

When Architecture meets Business

charity_wanjikuCharity Wanjiku is the Chief Operations Officer and co-founder of Strauss Energy, a startup dealing in renewable energy solutions. Their flagship product is a 2 in 1 roofing tile with integrated solar cells. Did this architect ever imagine she would be an entrepreneur, providing a solution to a global problem? She gives us a peek into her journey. Continue reading

New year, New resolutions, Same person

Everyone has targets. In life, in their careers, in their hobbies. Quick example, when we talk about being successful, isn’t that a target? Or watching one episode of Grey’s Anatomy after work, isn’t this a goal? Most of our goals are bobbing around in our heads, easily thrown out when another seemingly more important item comes to mind. It is, no wonder, that the last three months of the year elicit a frenzied rush to achieve all those targets that we haven’t even thought about for the most part of the year. Continue reading

The life of a wildlife biologist

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Did you know that Botswana and Namibia have over half of the world’s population of cheetahs? Ms. Rebecca Klein is one of the custodians of this endangered species in Botswana. She is the Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Botswana, a charity organization whose mandate is to preserve this threatened species. She is also an experienced wildlife biologist with 19 years of experience. Continue reading

What does it take to be a tech-preneur in Zimbabwe?

Are engineers meant to be entrepreneurs? There are still very few female entrepreneurs, with the numbers more dismal for STEM! Most studies blame this on women shying away from entrepreneurial opportunities. Our interview with two tech-preneurs, Eng. Mercy Manyuchi and Eng. Joy Makumbe take us through their journey, successes and challenges and why you should be a tech-preneur. Continue reading

6 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance

A Kenyan daily recently published a list of top 40 women under the age of 40 working in business, technology, science and social ventures. 74% of these women cited work-life balance as the major challenge that they experienced, followed closely by working in a male dominated field. Randi Zuckerberg, an entrepreneur, summarizes work life balance as a dilemma containing five things: building a great career; spending time with family; maintaining friendships; staying fit and getting sleep. Of the five, she states, pick three. This is a harsh statement of reality. Quick self-assessment will reveal the truth of these statements.

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