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Meet Uche Eze – the Nigerian Lady who Founded Bella Naija to Uncover Africa Fashion, Lifestyle & Entertainment on the Internet

19 Jul Picture of Uche Eze, Founder of Bella Naija

Uche Eze of Bella Naija is one of those rare species of Nigerians that have added color to being a Nigerian.

Born Uchenna Jennifer Eze, she is fondly referred to as Bella Naija.

Uche Eze is the founder of BellaNaija.com, a leading website for entertainment, lifestyle and fashion in Africa and CEO/MD of Bainstone Limited, a new media company.

The Story of Uche Eze of BellaNaija

Uche Eze is only 28 years old this year (2011) and has achieved a lot of success.

She was rated #22 of the Top 100 people, places, events and things that shaped 2008 by PUNCH.

Uche Eze was a 2010 Future Awards nominee for “Best Use of Technology”

She was also given Outstanding Contribution to Fashion Communication Award at the 2010 Africa Fashion Week held by Africa Fashion International (AFI) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

She was featured on Oprah Winfrey show, Beauty Around the World, in February 2010 along with stars like Jessica Simpson, Lisa Ling who also talked about beauty trends in their localities. Continue reading

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Video and Transcript of the Interview of the Founder (Uche Uze) of Bella Naija with Isha Sesay for CNN i-list

18 Jul A picture from the Interview

This video was done in September 2010, but it’s about the only video I could locate online that talks about the entrepreneurship story of Uche Eze, founder and managing director of Bella Naija.

Enjoy …

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Meet the Founder and CEO of Groupon.com, Andrew Mason, who Declined $6 Billion offer from Google

20 Jun Picture of Andrew Mason

Groupon.com went from ‘0’ to $500 million in sales in just 18 months.

Little wonder the CEO and founder of Groupon.com, Andrew Mason, refused to sell his social commerce site, Groupon.com, to Google for $6 billion last December shortly after his company was valued at just over $1 billion.

Groupon.com (group coupon) is a group-buying site or rather an Internet discount site meant to be a side project of The Point (a group action site), but it quickly became a honey-spot. While The Point floundered, Groupon.com Continue reading

Meet the Lady Millionaire, Ali Brown, Who Started Out Without a Coach or Mentor

15 Jun

Ali Brown is one of those women who defied gender discrimination and went on to build their own giant companies. Since then, she has been helping more and more women achieve their dreams of starting their own businesses.

Ali Brown was born in Stamford, Connecticut on the 3rd of August, 1971 and named Alexandria Brown.

She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ali International LLC which was ranked #263 of the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the nation in 2010. Ali Brown has earned several other accolades Continue reading

Lessons from the Controversial Female President and CEO of Yahoo!, Carol Bartz

26 May Picture of Carol_Bartz

Despite the bucketload of controversies surrounding the personality of the incumbent Yahoo! president and CEO, Carol Bartz , her past successes and words are a testimony of her business acumen.

Carol Bartz’s full name is Carol Ann Bartz. Since her inception as Yahoo! CEO, she has implemented cost-cutting measures that have helped Yahoo double its operating income to $748 million which is greater than the goal of $630 million set by Yahoo’s board Continue reading

What Founding CEO & Cofounder of Skype, Niklas Zennström, Says About Business

24 May Picture of Skype cofounder

Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis founded Skype in 2003.

The Background of Skype Cofounder, Niklas Zennström

Born on 16th February, 1966, Niklas Zennström (from Sweden) is well known for his phenomenal achievements on the Internet including Skype and KaZaA.

Possibly, his business acumen in the technology industry can be traced to his dual degrees: B. Sc Business Administration & M Sc Engineering Physics from Uppsala University, Sweden. He did his finals at Continue reading

Lessons from the Lady Blogger, Natalie Sisson of womanzworld.com

23 May Picture of Natalie Sisson

Natalie Sisson is the founder of WomanzWorld and a cofounder of ConnectionPoint Systems.

WomanzWorld helps other women CEOs to connect and learn, while ConnectionPoint Systems is a technology company that created FundRazr, a Social Commerce application on Facebook.

Natalie Sisson’s Background

Natalie Sisson grew up with her sister in New Zealand, from where she moved to London in 2006 and later to Canada. She worked in brand marketing, product management and new business development for about 10 years before she made up her mind to step out of the comfort zone. Continue reading

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