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What's up Techie Squad?

As we step into the final months of 2020, it's proven to be a special month and a special time to be a woman in Africa.

Lets be honest, women have been winning a lot lately!

However, not everyone has been riding on this high wave. There is a lot more untapped potential, uncharted waters and unfulfilled dreams because of the elephant in the room: Imposter Syndrome.

Imposter syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success.

Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o recently addressed a crowd of over 10,000 women in Boston, recounting the emotional ups and downs of her career leading up to her 2013 feature debut in 12 Years a Slave. 

She admitted to battling with fear of failure on set, despite being an exemplary actress, "without the possibility of being bad at something, you will never be extraordinary," Lupita said.

Just like Lupita, your dreams may be so improbable but don't let Imposter Syndrome hold you back hun!

You are 100% that queen, go get 'em. 
In The Headlines:
Ruth Zaipuna appointed CEO of Tanzania’s NMB Bank

NMB Bank Tanzania appointed Ruth Zaipuna as its Chief Executive Officer. She has been serving the bank as the acting CEO since October 2019. Her appointment was announced by Bank’s board chairman Dr Edwin Mhede.

Ms Zaipuna has made significant contributions in strategy, governance, cost efficiency and overall leadership of the bank. She has been instrumental during the transition period and a key player in the growth realization of NMB. >>READ MORE

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The Entrepreneur In Fashion Who Learned From Google

How does someone go from being an IT engineer to becoming a modeling agent and entrepreneur with a suit collection?

Lydia Mbayo, 39, who is all of that, says it simply: “I will never let anything stand in my way, if it’s the right time for me to do something, then it’s the right time. I will follow my dreams.”

After a stint as a modeling agent that saw her in-house talent grace global campaigns, Mbayo, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and now based in South Africa, has launched a collection of ladies’ suits and jackets called La Jaqueta. >>READ MORE

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Get Your Inspo:
Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter: 'I do this because we deserve to live'

Maybe Opal Tometi is not the image of a great US civil rights leader that lives in your head.

For a start, she is not an austere man in a dark suit, but a 36-year-old woman in pilates gear, who laughs often and generously.

She doesn’t need the sonorous tones of a Southern Baptist preacher to make her point, she has social media. As one of the three founders of Black Lives Matter, Opal Tometi has helped to reignite the civil rights movement. >>READ MORE
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Sis, do better, be better:

The Highs and Lows of Being a Woman in Tech

Technology is an especially fast-paced career. Not only will you find the domain changing quickly, but career growth also demands being proficient in each new role. 

Here are shared experiences from women in leadership roles from why they chose a career in tech, to perks/challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated industry, to advice for young women considering tech as a career. >>READ MORE

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Bookworm, but make it fashion:
Yaa Gyasi's stunning Transcendent Kingdom is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.

Gifty is a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction.

As she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood religion and faith. She grapples with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. >>WATCH MORE
Cash Strapped ? Get savvy with your savings.
The truth is this pandemic has left me cash strapped. In the past couple of months, I've been trying my best to live on less $$$. 

I finally think I've gotten the hang of it by reducing grocery bills, cutting take-outs or cancelling subscription services, and generally embracing a wide range of money saving tactics. 

 The financial uncertainty caused by the pandemic has caused most of us to think more carefully about money and our spending habits. We could all do with a little help right now, so here are some tried and tested money-saving tips to help you get savvy with the savings. >>READ MORE
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