Monica Musonda: Founder & CEO Java Foods – Building and Scaling a Household Food Brand
Monica Musonda is CEO & Founder of Java Foods, a Zambian based food processing company. Java Foods first product was “eeZee Instant Noodles”, which has become Zambia’s leading instant noodle brand. Java Foods also manufactures and distributes eeZee Supa Cereal (a fortified instant cereal/porridge).
Her experience working with one of Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs gave her the impetus to start her own business and in 2012, she moved back to Zambia and set up Java Foods. In a country where the landscape is dominated by foreign multinationals, Java Foods is a Zambian business run by a Zambian woman. Monica is one of a few Zambian women involved in manufacturing/agro-processing at a scalable level.
Monica currently serves as non-executive director on several boards including Airtel Networks Zambia Plc & Zambia Breweries (where she is chair) She also serves as a judge for the Cartier Women’s Initiative. The Cartier Women’s Initiative runs an annual international entrepreneurship programme that aims to drive change by empowering women impact entrepreneurs. Founded in 2006, the programme is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and/or environmental impact. To learn more and apply for the programme visit www.cartierwomensinitiative.com/about-us
Monica’s African Business Story is dedicated to building national pride and supporting other female entrepreneurs. By creating good food at affordable prices using local produce, she has built a brand that Zambian are proud of and which is also enjoyed across Southern Africa. She is a champion for nutrition and an advocate for female entrepreneurs across Africa.
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Monica Musonda: Founder & CEO Java Foods
Aisha Ayensu: Founder & CEO Christie Brown – Retelling The African Story Through Fashion.
Aisha Ayensu is the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Christie Brown a fashion house based out of Accra, Ghana. An award winning fashion designer, Aisha started Christie Brown in 2008, in her final year of university, naming the company after her grand mother who was a seamstress and her inspiration. Christie Brown has grown to become an internationally recognized fashion brand manufacturing women’s apparel and accessories primarily inspired by African art and culture.
Barkue Tubman-Zawolo: Founder & CEO, MBL Intl. Group – Liberia’s Boss Lady, A Serial Entrepreneurs Journey To Impact and Results.
Barkue is the Founder and CEO of MBL International Group – a boutique International consulting and creative agency. The grand-daughter of the late President Williams V.S Tubman Liberia’s longest serving President, she left Liberia for the United States following a coup. Between 1997 and 2007, Barkue, working in a male dominated industry, set up and ran one of the few female led artist management companies – Miss Boss Lady Entertainment – she managed and worked on the management team of some of the most successful international artists at the time.
Nokwazi Mzobe: Founder & CEO Matoyana – Supporting Survivalist Entrepreneurs, From Consulting to Content Creation.
Nokwazi Mzobe is the founder and lead consultant at Matoyana, an entrepreneurship & sustainability focused consulting firm in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also an author, coach and adjunct lecturer. Her first book, The Small Business Handbook, is a guide created for start-up and early stage businesses. It is available in English and isiZulu. She also creates content for her business blog, as well as other platforms.