This week on CNN African Voices Changemakers, viewers will be treated to the amazing stories of two creative entrepreneurs who have their roots in Africa- Togolese-American Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Ivorian, Axel-Emmanuel Gbaou.
Olowo-n’djo Tchala is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alaffia Beauty Company, with an estimated turnover of $50 million. As a social entrepreneur, her organization promotes the economic empowerment of women in Africa and Togo in particular.
Alaffia uses local shea butter, coconut oil, and other local beauty ingredients to make personal care brands. The company and its owner received an Award for Corporate Excellence from the US State Secretary, under the “Women’s economic empowerment” category in 2018, and joined the consultative committee on African trade the same year.
Axel-Emmanuel Gbaou, on the other hand, is a chocolatier operating in Côte d’Ivoire. He is very passionate about the handling and processing of cocoa beans into delicacies and chocolates. Though he holds a Master’s degree in Public Law and Political Science and another in Taxation, he became an apprentice with an Abidjan-based Ivorian chocolatier after which he gained vast knowledge on the possibility of turning cocoa into a variety of delicacies.
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He subsequently quit his secure job as a banker to become a professional chocolate maker and, from his mother’s kitchen, Gbaou became Champion of Côte d’Ivoire, Vice-Champion of Africa, and Super Laureate of the Alassane Ouattara Prize for Young Entrepreneurs.