On January 3, 2021, Black Girl Fest and Stories of YOUNG hosted Women Rise — an event connecting African women entrepreneurs held at Sun City Apartments in Ghana.

With the 2020 Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs ranking Ghana as having the third-highest rate of women-owned businesses in the world, Nicole Crentsil (CEO of Black Girl Fest) and Ashlee Janelle Danso (Founder of Stories of YOUNG) both found a grounded purpose to celebrate and appreciate Ghanaian women.

The intimate event, filled with African women entrepreneurs based in Ghana and the wider Diaspora, highlighted subject matters such as innovation, individuality and…


#BGFCommunity is our spotlight series featuring brands and businesses led by Black women and non-binary people.

This month we meet Amira Rasool founder of The Folklore an innovative online retail concept based in New York City.

Amira shares more about the idea behind The Folklore and some of the challenges she’s faced in the early stages of the business.

Amira Rasool Founder of The Folklore

Can you tell us about The Folklore?

The Folklore is a direct-to-consumer multi-brand eCommerce platform that sells luxury and emerging designers from Africa and the Diaspora to global customers. The Folklore launched in 2017 after taking a trip to South Africa…


#BGFCommunity is our spotlight series featuring brands and businesses led by Black women and non-binary people.

This month we meet Abena Boamah, creative entrepreneur, mental health advocate + founder of Hanahana Beauty a consciously clean beauty + wellness brand that empowers Black women globally.

Abena shares more about how she maintains balance, the importance of her community and her future plans for Hanahana Beauty.

Abena Boamah founder and CEO of Hanahana Beauty

Can you tell us about Hanahana Beauty?

Hanahana Beauty is conscious clean skincare, beauty and wellness brand. Overall what we do is look at how we can create sustainable paths from the producers that we source…


A Letter from Nicole Crentsil, co-founder & CEO

2020 was a weird year for all of us. I spent a large part of it feeling super anxious but trying to remain positive and hopeful.

I remember feeling despondent and generally low amidst the global lockdown, BLM and #ENDSARS protests. However, one thing I appreciated was the space to think about Black Girl Fest. Although we had announced a break at the start of the year (which in hindsight was so lucky) I still had no idea if we could ever run large scale events anytime soon. …


Black Girl Fest Academy is a seven-month community-focused creative programme, created by Black Girl Festival, in association with Today at Apple and The Mayor of London.

Over the past few months, we’ve supported 30 Black women aged 17–25, equipping them with the tools to create events for their local communities. We’re excited to introduce our Academy Alumni sharing more about their event ideas.

Meet Bola Akanni, founder of Kwanzaa—A series of events to educate the African diaspora in London about African political history.

Tell us more about your event, How did you come up with it? What impact do you hope it makes for your community?

Studying African Politics at SOAS, I noticed a lack of Black British students studying at the institution…


Black Girl Fest Academy is a seven-month community-focused creative programme, created by Black Girl Festival, in association with Today at Apple and The Mayor of London.

Over the past few months, we’ve supported 30 Black women aged 17–25, equipping them with the tools to create events for their local communities. We’re excited to introduce our Academy Alumni sharing more about their event ideas.

Meet Leona Awoyele, founder of The Netball Switch — A summer netball tournament for women based in East London who would like to give netball a go, try something new and meet some new, like-minded pals!

Leona Awoyele

Tell us more about your event, How did you come up with it? What impact do you hope it makes for your community?

So…


#BGFCommunity is our new spotlight series featuring brands and businesses led by Black women and non-binary people.

This month, we meet Sade and Steph, founders of — Everyday Froday a casual streetwear brand that aims to push the culture forwards by using slogans that wink at the Black experience.

Sade and Steph share more about their experience starting a business, becoming a vendor at Black Girl Festival and their plans for growing their business.

Why did you want to be a part of Black Girl Festival?

We love what Black Girl Fest stands for, as we share the same sentiments of uplifting our community and culture through the lens of the British…


#BGFCommunity is our new spotlight series featuring brands and businesses led by Black women and non-binary people.

This month, we meet artist and illustrator Asha Teru. Asha shares more about her experience starting a business, becoming a vendor at Black Girl Festival and her plans for growing her business.

Asha Teru

How would you describe your brand/ business?

I am an Artist/Illustrator who uses my work as an outlet for my feelings.

I had been following Black Girl Fest for a while and saw that you were doing a lot of great work bringing together and supporting black womxn and their businesses. I thought I would like to get…


#BGFCommunity is our new spotlight series featuring brands and businesses led by Black women and non-binary people.

This month, we meet Jameela, founder of Beautifultrooth Apothecary — a skincare brand that understands the impact sensitive skin has on your life.

Jameela shares more about her experience starting a business, becoming a vendor at Black Girl Festival and her plans for growing her business.

Photography by Zash Chinhara

How would you describe your brand/ business?

We formulate natural skincare products using deliciously potent plant oils and butter in their purest form. Our highly effective formulations have been created to soothe, nourish and restore skin to its optimum state.

We understand the effects…


#BGFCommunity is our new spotlight series featuring brands and businesses led by Black women and non-binary people.

This month, we meet Bami, founder of B A M I — the story-telling brand with personality, creating limited edition hand-stitched leather accessories in London.

Bami shares more about her experience starting a business, becoming a vendor at Black Girl Festival and her plans for growing her business.

Why did you want to be a part of Black Girl Festival?

I knew that I would find my girls at Black Girl Fest and I knew that I would belong :)

How was being a vendor at the festival?

Exhilarating! I was overwhelmed with the love, positivity, good vibes and energy at the festival…

Black Girl Fest

Black Girl Fest is a platform dedicated to Black women, girls and non-binary.

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