“If I want to bring all the talent embedded in Africa to the forefront, I cannot do that alone,” Soyinka says. “I’ve created a platform that allows me to bring forward the work, creativity and energy of people from across the continent.”
Currently based in Vancouver, Soyinka, who graduated in May, will be visiting many of her existing vendors and potential new ones throughout Africa this winter. She envisions Africa Blooms growing into a chain of international stores selling everything from housewares to clothing, all made in Africa.
“Things are growing quickly and our ability to scale up is completely dependent on what I took away from the MBA,” she says. “At the end of the day, the business is going to create jobs in Africa and make a real difference in people’s lives.”