Isabel dos Santos is known for being a successful businesswoman hailing from Angola and is the daughter of Angola’s former President, Jose Eduardo dos Santos. dos Santos already encountered a lot of challenges in the male-dominated economy of Africa. However, these obstacles only made her more determined to strive in and empower her fellow African businesswomen.
During the early days of her career, Isabel dos Santos experienced discrimination and sexism that exists in the African corporate world. She also noted that one of the challenges she faced was her opinion being second-guessed even though it was perfectly sound and has solid arguments. She also noted that investors put more confidence in the projects which are handled by men.
However, discrimination and other challenges that Isabel dos Santos faced strengthen her and made her stronger. She believes that by endurance, talent, and grit, aspiring African businesswomen can also achieve that success that she has. She encourages African women to think about their skills and fashions and follow them. It is also a good idea to tap on assets that are never utilized as much such as tourism, minerals, manufacturing, and agriculture.
Perhaps, Isabel dos Santos got her aspirations from her upbringing. HIs father never treated her differently and was always treated the same as her brothers. In addition, her father has been supportive of her every endeavor. One of her advice to parents who like to raise strong women is to support them and their individual strengths. Do not just raise your daughters to wait for a man to marry and support them. Raise them so they can support themselves.
As per the people who want to get started in a business venture, Isabel dos Santos advice is to leverage talents and knowledge. She also emphasized the importance of passion and ambition in every dream. Value time as an investment and is an important asset to your success. Education is also important in order to bridge the gap between men and women in Africa. She believes that supporting other people such as small businesses can help entrepreneurs in bringing success to her country.
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