This weekend, we’ll be hosting the third edition of ‘How I got started’ with our amazing co-hosts; Damilola Odufuwa and Amira Rasool. We themed this edition “Voices for Change” and our co-hosts will be in conversation about dedicating their voices to social influence, their major milestones, pain points and opportunities.
In particular, they’ll be sharing how they are using their platforms to speak up and push for change around the Black Lives Matter Movement and sexual abuse, as well as how creatives all over Africa can do the same intentionally and consistently.
The purpose of the event is to inspire and empower entrepreneurs in the creative industry with insights into the process of exceptional brand owners in starting up and running successful brands, as well as in using their platforms and influence to motivate change.
Meet the Anchors
Damilola is the Head of PR for Africa at Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange.
She began her media career working at MTV Viacom on MTV Shuga – a 360 campaign fusing TV, digital media and mobile elements to educate young people on HIV, sexual violence etc. Since then Damilola has worked as an editor-in-chief and producer for local and global media publications such as CNN, Konbini, Zikoko etc.
Damilola is also the co-founder of Wine & Whine, a women’s community and social enterprise tackling issues ranging from sexual violence to financial literacy through women-only events, fundraising & social media.
Through her work, Damilola is at the intersection of media/comms, women’s rights and fintech – and is passionate about achieving gender equality.
In recognition of her work, Damilola was listed as one of the ‘100 Most Inspiring Women In Nigeria in 2018’ by Leading Ladies Africa and is a 2019 honouree of OkayAfrica’s ‘Okay 100 Women’. She was also included in The Gates Foundation ‘Goalkeepers 2019’ event in NYC in September 2019 for her work around Global Goal 5: Gender Equality.
Damilola has a BSc in Financial Economics and an MSc in International Finance and Economic Development from the University of Kent, Canterbury.
Amira Rasool is an entrepreneur and freelance writer based between New York City and Cape Town. Amira currently serves as the Founder and CEO of The Folklore, an NYC-based multi-brand e-commerce site and wholesale agency that delivers high-end contemporary African designer fashion and lifestyle products to customers around the world. The Folklore’s primary mission is to streamline the process of delivering Africa’s most in-demand brands to global customers through the use of new sales technology and production channels.
As a writer and stylist, Amira has worked with several notable publications including TIME, Vogue, Teen Vogue, i-D Magazine, PAPER Magazine, Glamour, V Magazine, and WWD. Her choice of content focuses primarily on Black culture in relation to fashion, travel, music, visual arts and social justice.
As a frequent traveler who has visited over 16 countries, Amira maintains a personal blog and Youtube page where she documents her travels under the hashtag #AmiraStayTrippin.
Amira is also a passionate historical scholar. For her undergraduate education, she attended Rutgers University, where she received a B.A. in African American and African Studies. She recently earned a Master of Philosophy in African Studies from the University of Cape Town.
Who is this event for?
Creatives and entrepreneurs interested in taking daily steps to effect social change
Entrepreneurs eager to use their platforms to speak up for social change and interested to know how.
What to Expect
Gist and ideas that can transform your business and motivate you to join the voices pushing for change in our society.
Platform: INSTAGRAM LIVE
Date: Friday 26th June, 2020
Time: 6pm WAT | 7pm CAT | 1pm EST