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SLAY Festival 2020 Post Event Release – March 2020

On Saturday, March 7th, more than 1200 entrepreneurs and professionals attended SLAY Festival Johannesburg, a one-day learning and networking experience for young professional women in Africa.

Co-organised by She Leads Africa and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), attendees enjoyed mainstage panel discussions, networking sessions, masterclasses, mogul talk sessions, shopping from local vendors and loads of fun. 

Attendees had direct access to some of Africa‚Äôs biggest and brightest innovators including celebrity chef and entrepreneur Mogau Seshoene, youth activist Zulaikha Patel, TV presenter and model Kim Jayde, Africa Director for Global Citizen Chebet Chikumbu, doctor and mental health advocate Dr. Khanya Khanyile, Managing Director for TRACE Southern Africa Valentine Gaudin, actress Ayanda Thebethe, author and personal finance coach Mapalo Makhu, Head of Marketing for Google South Africa Asha Patel, Swiitch Beauty CEO Rabia Ghoor and many more. 

Keynote Speaker Bonang Matheba electrified a packed crowd as she shared her lessons on growing her brand and making money moves in 2020. Bonang encouraged young African women to pursue their goals with intention and purpose and ensure that they build their financial management skills to prepare them for the future. 

The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) held an insightful training session on Building a Pan-African business led by Senior Programme Officer, Unami Mpofu who spoke with young entrepreneurs on how to grow a sustainable business and access funding for their business. 

Women Will, a Grow with Google program hosted private mentorship sessions and masterclasses focused on career growth for millennial women in the workplace and tips on how women can use digital skills to grow your business.

Official hair care partner, Dark and Lovely treated guests to a full glam station where they were able to get brand new styles from professional stylists, try new products and learn the latest styling techniques during a special masterclass. 

Glade brought a one-of-a-kind sensorium garden experience that was just the breath of fresh air guests needed, while hosting an engaging discussion on how women make Africa bloom with Poppy Ntshongwana, Monalisa Molefe, Nkgabi Motau and Martha Moyo and Christine Jawichre.

TRACE brought in the entertainment and cool vibes with their interactive photo booth and green screen.

SLAY Festival Johannesburg was proudly supported by the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), alongside partners Glade, Dark and Lovely, TRACE and Women Will, a Grow with Google program. The event was hosted at Fox Junction Event Venue and produced by She Leads Africa. 

For more information about opportunities to participate in SLAY Festival, please visit Join the SLAY Festival community on Instagram @SLAYFestival and on Facebook


She Leads Africa (SLA) is a global media brand that helps young women achieve their professional dreams by providing expert advice and opportunities for networking. SLA reaches more than 650,000 women across 35+ countries and 5 continents. The brand has been featured in the Financial Times and CNBC Africa and in December 2016, SLA was the first African startup to ring the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.