Isabel Dos Santos On Women Empowerment In Africa
Isabel dos Santos is the eldest daughter of Angola’s former president, José Eduardo dos Santos. At a young age, she learned to take a leadership title. Born to Russian and Angolan parents, Isabel dos Santos picked the art of business. At the age of 24 years, she showed much interest in commercial operations. In 1997, Dos Santos started her first investment, a restaurant in Luanda Island. Sixteen years later, she became Africa’s first woman billionaire, according to Forbes. Within 20 years, she diversified her investments to media, finance, energy among others. She is the company’s strategist hence resulting in an increased portfolio.
She has exceeded the expectations of many men and women. Nonetheless, she believes that her journey still goes to and that is to empower women in Africa. In one of her interviews, she confesses to victimization for being a woman. It is such encounters that she resolved to make her story count and help inspire women. Isabel dos Santos negotiated with the most feared businessmen and investors in Europe and Africa. She handled the bid worth $1.5 billion to take over Portuguese telecom unit Portuguese Telecom (PT).
She spent most of her early life studying in London. But soon after, decided to return to Angola to focus on business in her home country. Isabel dos Santos invested her money, time and energy into women empowerment projects. One of the projects includes a strawberry plantation that supports women in Huila. She believes that Africa can experience transformation with appropriate gender reforms. All this is part of the vision, that is to increase Africa’s wealth creation capacity.
Her goal is to redefine the conventional back-seat roles for women. To show women across the world that they can take action at any level. The small individual accomplishments add up to the larger community contributions. As a result, Africa transforms into a better continent.She also gives her opinions on other crucial matters that affect women and Africa in general. Such as technology, education, and entrepreneurship among others.
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