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Yasmin Belo-Osagie

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Yasmin Belo-Osagie
Born1990 (age 33–34)
Years active2014 - present
Known forco-founding She Leads Africa

Yasmin Belo-Osagie is co-founder of She Leads Africa, which she co-founded with Afua Osei.[1][2] She is the daughter of Nigerian billionaire Hakeem Belo-Osagie and lawyer Myma Belo-Osagie.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Belo-Osagie was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Nigeria. She was a boarder in England before proceeding to Princeton where she graduated cum laude in History (major) and Finance (minor) in 2011. She attended Le Cordon Bleu (a hospitality education institution) in Paris and London.[4][5]

She studied at Harvard Law School and at Stanford Graduate School of Business, graduating with a JD/MBA in 2019.[6]


After she graduated from Princeton, Belo-Osagie worked with McKinsey & Company as a business analyst till 2013.[7] While at McKinsey & Company, she met Afua Osei with whom she co-founded She Leads Africa.[8][9]
She also had a short working career at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong after her culinary education in Le Cordon Bleu.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

She is the daughter of Hakeem Belo-Osagie and Myma Belo-Osagie[citation needed]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2017, Belo-Osagie was listed among the Quartz Africa Innovators.[10] She was also listed on the Religious and Humanitarian category of the 2017 Most Influential People of African Descent.[11][12][13] She was listed among The 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa by Forbes in 2014.[14]

In December 2016, She Leads Africa was invited to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange[15] as the first African start-up to do so and Belo-Osagie rang the closing bell to join other Africans like Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan and Nkosazana Zuma as those to have rung the closing bell of the NYSE.[16]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Green, Matthew (2016-11-27). "African start-up helps and inspires young female entrepreneurs". The Financial Times. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  2. ^ Prisco, Jacopo (21 August 2015). "The power duo making your startup dreams come true". CNN. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  3. ^ Foo, Megan (30 January 2015). "Inspirational Woman Interview: Yasmin Belo-Osagie". Inspirational Woman. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b Forbes Woman Africa (1 February 2015). "Who Are The Women To look Up To?". Forbes Africa. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b CNBC Africa (9 March 2015). "African women are creating Africa's next billionaires". CNBC Africa. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  6. ^ Bakare, Tonye (12 March 2016). "Yasmin and Afua: Empowering young women in Africa". The Guardian (online). Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  7. ^ TechHerNG (2016-12-14). "Yasmin Belo-Osagie; Co-founder at She Leads Africa". TECHHER. Retrieved 2021-05-18.
  8. ^ Johnson, Kandia (21 January 2015). "How One Question Fostered Business Opportunities for Budding Female Entrepreneurs in Africa". Black Enterprise. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  9. ^ Alanah, Joseph (20 June 2016). "She Leads Africa: Co-Founder Yasmin Belo-Osagie on Black Female Entrepreneurship". Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  10. ^ Quartz Staff (5 May 2017). "ENABLING AFRICA'S PROMISE: Quartz Africa Innovators 2017". Quartz Africa. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  11. ^ BN (3 May 2017). "Making a Change by Empowering Women! Yasmin Belo-Osagie is our #BellaNaijaWCW this Week". Bellanaija.com. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  12. ^ Anonymous (18 April 2017). "Most Influential Persons of African Descent" 2017 List Released". Say Nigeria. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  13. ^ Anonymous (25 March 2017). "Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) unveils 2017 Global List". mipad.org. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  14. ^ Nsehe, Mfonobong (4 December 2014). "The 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa 2014". Forbes. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Live Feed - from She Leads Africa Rings the NYSE Closing Bell". Livestream. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  16. ^ "She Leads Africa to ring closing bell at New York Stock Exchange". Guardian Nigeria (online). 13 December 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2018.