This issue features professional and business Women of Colour from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. It also includes a mini-mag (type4girl) dedicated to natural hair. Our cover girl is Mansa Richardson, a Ghanaian content creator and multi-passionate entrepreneur. She founded skincare company Bareskinn and 3 other businesses. Natural hair content creator, graduate and entrepreneur Ogunmakin Adedoyin, @stylehairven, covers type4girl.

Director Woman Magazine Launch Issue (01) published 13 April 2021.

Editor’s Note

Director Woman Magazine

Although it wasn’t always Director Woman, this magazine has been a passionate concept since before type4girl was launched. The journey to this issue has been truly rewarding. To have met and had the honour of engaging with the smart women who have made it a reality feels like finding the proverbial pot of gold at the end of a highly pigmented rainbow in the dead of winter. Myself and type4girl the media would like to thank all the amazing Director Women who graced this issue with their stories – you ladies are so special! And to you, our treasured reader, I hope you remember always, that you can achieve the spectacular views of the life you deserve and are building. Thank you so much for taking in what we’ve spent months putting together and perfecting.

This issue and every other that will come after it, is reaffirmation that girls of colour are just as smart, just as capable and just as powerful. Here we’re introducing you to tomorrow’s executive leaders and decision makers, to women who will sit in places where important conversations are held, to policy makers and social disruptors. Women who will occupy leadership, power and wealth. This is officially Director Woman Digital Magazine – Tomorrow’s women, today.

WIN with Director Woman

Did you really read DW? There is a spelling error in one of the main feature stories in the flip version of the magazine (above.) We’re giving away a free 2-page ad spread in the October edition of the magazine to one lucky reader who can find it! TO ENTER, email Director Woman the wrong and correct spelling of the word, page number containing the error, a short description of your business and your contact number. The winner will be contacted by our Editor during working hours (09h00 to 15h00) by 15 September 2021. Competition closes 1 September 2021.

To be eligible for the prize, you must be following @directorwoman4 on Instagram or Twitter and the company must be wholly or co-owned (minimum 50% by a black or coloured woman). All the best!

Main Features

  • Beth & Tracey, co-curators of Curlaholics Box
    Sisters Beth and Tracey October are the founders of Different Flowers, a company that curates the Curlaholics Box. Although unexpected, working together was a natural progression for their relationship. The pair joined many people across the globe who found an opportunity to work from home and generate an income during that awkward period when we …
  • Charlon Muntsoane, CEO of Divine Emporium
    Charlon Muntsoane is a 26-year old qualified Chemical Engineer and entrepreneur. The young creative founded her businesses, Divine Emporium – a hair salon and Divine Events in 2018. Divine Emporium was especially fuelled and driven by Charlon’s “passion for creativity.” For any start-up business that relies on word of mouth as the main marketing strategy …
  • Christine Amongin, CEO of Kris Amo Africa Fashion
    Christine Martha Amongin know just as Kris by many is a fast rising young African entrepreneur. The 21-year old is the founder and director of Kris Amo African Fashion a clothing brand focused on African Print designs (Ankara). She also serves as the Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at The NextBigIdea256. Christine, who you might …
  • Guide to your Value Proposition
    An ebook by Vivre Consulting on finding your Value Proposition If you’ve had any interest in owning a company or organisation, then you must’ve heard about what’s commonly referred to as a USP. So what is a USP or Unique Value Proposition? Guide To Your Value Proposition explains this perfectly. “More than being the Unique …
  • Lerato Matebesi, Legal Advisor
    Lerato Matebesi is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. The 29-year old served her articles at one of the top law firms in the country. “I’ve had quite an exciting start to my career and it keeps getting better.” She currently works as a Legal Advisor in the Property division of …
  • Lerato Morapela, CEO of Rato Pela
    Lerato Morapela (20) is the founder of luxury leather handbag company Rato Pela (Pty) Ltd based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Lerato has known since she was just 7 years old that fashion was her passion. Although the starlet spent a lot of time ruining her clothes as a child and crying ‘design’, the vision …
  • Lethukuthula Mathebula
    Lethukuthula Mathebula (26) who hails from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga is an Assistant Audit Manager for Deloitte UK. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I’m doing my work remotely from South Africa. It sucks because I can’t travel and explore at the moment however the experience I am gaining is truly invaluable.”  After 2 degrees, 2 board …
  • Mansa Richardson, CEO of Bareskinn
    Her smile can light up a room. Her multi-Instagram feeds? Carefully manicured, clearly a smart woman. It was the bio that gave it away. You’ll likely whisper “she’s brilliant” to yourself if you encountered her. The woman runs 4 business brands and makes it look like a dream. There’s something very gentle about Mansa (25) …
  • Mpumi Lusu
    Mpumi Lusu is a model, entrepreneur and student currently studying towards becoming a professional chef. type4girl: Describe yourself in 3 words. Mpumi: Authentic, bold and driven. type4girl: How long have you been growing your hair? Mpumi: I went bald in September 2018 (accidentally – story for another day *LOL*) type4girl: If you could only use …
  • Ogunmakin the Stylehairven
    Ogunmakin Adedoyin, better known by her Instagram handle, @Stylehairven, is a natural hair digital content creator. She creates educational natural hair care content and shows women how to style their hair in different fabulous ways. She also creates multi-media video content for brands. “My earliest experience of natural hair was when I was 16. I …
  • Roeleen Adams on satin for natural hair care
    Many things can be said about the natural hair community, but one important detail about them? They will share information. One of the most shared tips for natural hair and even skin care is the use of satin. Roeleen Adams, the founder of natural hair care brand Kinks Unlocked, shared a few tips with type4girl …
  • Siyavuya Bandezi, CEO of Liyana Beauty
    Siyavuya Bandezi (16), affectionately referred to as just Siya, is the founder and CEO of Liyana Beauty, a company specialising in ethnic plant-based hair and skin care products. director W had the pleasure of interviewing the teenpreneur. director W: Running a business at just 16, seems like no easy feat. What is the hardest part about …
  • Sne Vilakazi, CEO – Vukawanele
    Between now and 10, 15 years ago, would you be surprised at where you are today? For Sne, it’s a definite yes. “I thought that my life would just be linear.” When she was in University, like most people there, she thought she would finish her Marketing and Communications degree, top it off with a postgraduate qualification in …
  • The Natalis Foundation
    Zinhle Mbatha (37) is a preacher and a nurse by profession. She is also one of the big hearts that founded The Natalis Foundation. Zinhle co-founded the organisation with the aim of contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of those less fortunate than she is. “Having been through times of severe lack …