From humble beginnings in Addis Ababa, Bethlehem Alemu has built Sole Rebels into an international brand and concept, weaving traditional craft, a history of re-cycling, a drive to provide dignified incomes for Ethiopians and entrepreneurial courage and vision.
I still remember my surprise and deep pleasure laughing with Mama Aisha, the matriarch of the family hosting me, sitting on stools in her courtyard in Banjul more than 30 years ago. Laughter was the one language we shared.
Africa is a huge continent. People, history, culture and commerce have forged connections across the continent. Yet, from one country to another, one region to another, Africa’s diversity is stunning.
How many African countries can you find on this map?