Beauty & Lifestyle

Here are some of the most interesting business ideas in Africa’s vast Beauty & Lifestyle market

White on Black – How The Business of Skin Bleaching is Evolving in Africa

photo credit: Shutterstock In Nigeria, they’re called ‘oyibo’. Although it’s a slang originally used to refer to white-skinned foreigners, it is now commonly used to describe fellow countrymen and women with light skin shades. In many parts of Africa, there’s a widely-held sub-conscious perception that light-skinned people, especially women, are more beautiful, desirable and enjoy high [...]

By | December 5th, 2016|Beauty & Lifestyle, Business ideas, Get Inspired!|

4 Quick and Insightful Tips For Starting Your Own Clothing Line or Fashion Business

The clothing business is one of the most interesting and biggest emerging markets in Africa. With a population of over 1 billion people, and is expected to reach 2.2 billion by 2050, the growth of Africa's clothing and fashion industry will be a joy to watch over the coming years. Right now, a chunk of [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Beauty & Lifestyle, Get Inspired!, Videos|

Shea Butter in Mali: A Lucrative Business Opportunity for Women Entrepreneurs

African shea butter is an incredibly amazing and versatile product. In Africa, shea butter is mainly used by women as a moisturizer for the skin, and is used in cooking too. It protects the skin against cold weather, UV-radiation, skin diseases and burns. In fact, a growing number of cosmetics companies in the USA and Europe now [...]

By | March 31st, 2016|Beauty & Lifestyle, Get Inspired!, Videos|

Human Hair: How This Business Makes Millions of Dollars in Africa, and the Tricks You Didn’t Know

If I asked you to make a list of ten highly lucrative industries in Africa, I’m sure human hair would never cross your mind. And that’s what makes this article quite revealing. According to estimates, Africa’s dry hair market — that is, the market for weaves, wigs and hair extensions — is currently worth over [...]

By | February 1st, 2016|Beauty & Lifestyle, Business ideas|

The Amazing Business of African Art: How Artists, Entrepreneurs and Investors Are Making Money from African Art

Photo credit: Fine Art by artist Frank Morrison How much do you think African art is worth these days? Can you hazard a quick guess? I’ll give you some perspective. In November 2014, a collection of antique African art from Mali, Gabon, Congo and Liberia was sold in New York at Sotheby’s for a record-breaking price [...]

By | January 25th, 2016|Beauty & Lifestyle, Business ideas|

From Rags to Riches: How This Ugandan couple built a successful business from African bead jewelry

In 2005, David and Julia Matovi were living off just $2 a day, in Uganda. Today, their African bead jewelry business trains and employs over 300 local people and sells up to $400,000 worth of bead jewelry pieces to clients in the United States and Europe. Want to know how they pulled off this amazing [...]

By | October 16th, 2015|Beauty & Lifestyle, Get Inspired!, Videos|

10 Made-in-Africa Footwear Brands That Are Making Africa Proud (And The Amazing Entrepreneurs Behind Them!)

Everybody needs shoes. We don’t just buy them to protect our feet; shoes are a popular way to express our style and fashion sense. With a population of over one billion people, Africa remains a virgin market for the footwear industry. It’s not just the size of Africa’s market that’s attractive to the footwear industry. [...]

By | May 31st, 2015|Beauty & Lifestyle, Business ideas, Get Inspired!|

Soaps – How To Build A Successful Business From Your Own Homemade Soap Brand. These Two Did It And It Worked!

How to start a successful soap business in Africa? You're about to find out everything you need to know. Can you imagine a day in your life without soap? You’re right, it’s unimaginable! Soap plays such basic roles that are hard to ignore in our everyday lives. Everybody uses soap; both rich and poor people. [...]

By | June 15th, 2014|Beauty & Lifestyle, Business ideas|

Skirts & Shirts – Everything you need to know about starting your own clothing business in Africa

Want to know how to start a clothing business in Africa? You've found the right article. “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society” is one of my favourite Mark Twain quotes. It’s no surprise that ten out of ten people you know will choose to stay hungry rather than [...]

By | September 2nd, 2013|Beauty & Lifestyle, Business ideas|

Cosmetics – How to profit from the huge demand for beauty and personal care products in Africa

Did you know that cosmetics, beauty and personal care products in Africa are a multi-billion dollar business opportunity? If my guess is right, you very likely used soap in the shower this morning and applied some hair and body lotion afterwards? Maybe you didn’t stop there. You probably put some deodorant under your arms and [...]

By | August 15th, 2013|Beauty & Lifestyle, Business ideas|