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Lasi Mashaba

Oh, Hail! The United States of Africa

“Hail! United States of Africa-free! Hail! Motherland most bright, divinely fair! State in perfect sisterhood united, Born of truth; mighty thou shalt ever be”… In light of Africa month this May, I have shared the opening sequence of a poem by the great Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican political leader,...

Woman Misguided – Plagued by our PHDs

It’s the 21st century and yet women still find themselves in minority roles, especially in the board room. Moreover, there is still an attitude of competitiveness and marked territory with the few women that have managed to work their way into the boardroom. Is it...

WeLead Conference: “When Women Connect, the World Changes”

16 February, 2017, Johannesburg- Recognising that half of Africa’s population is made up of women who must contribute to the leadership fabric of the continent for effective transformation, QualityLife Company will host the 12th Annual WeLead Women’s Conference from 8-9 March 2017 in Johannesburg, South...

We Will Lead Africa

Moving From Changing the African Narrative to Owning It

Growing up in a family that travelled constantly and having to adapt from a very young age to different cultures at a moment’s notice is the kind of story that is often met with mixed reviews. “Sounds so glamorous and adventurous!”; “I would have loved...

5 Female Role Models Every Young Ambitious Girl Should Look Up To

5 Female Role Models Every Girl Should Look Up To

On a recent flight from Johannesburg to Dakar, I ventured upon the movie “Suffragettes” as part of the movie selection on the plane. The film is directed by Sarah Gavron, and stars Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep. The movie depicted...

The Stories We Tell

Stories shape who we are as individuals and as a society. The shape the world is in has been influenced by the stories we have told ourselves about ourselves and about each other. Yet, it seems we don’t often give stories due consideration. We take...