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Kadiatu Kamara, Freetown, Sierra Leone
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Fashion designer Kadiatu Kamara with a necklace designed by herself.
Kadiatu Kamara is a young twenty-something from Sierra-Leone who is currently making waves in the African fashion scene. Her bold look, self-assuredness and yet humble spirit are uncompromising. The former Miss West Africa U.K infuses her experiences from her travels around Europe and Africa into her new collection, UPSCALE. The collection is sensual, feminine, enigmatic and deeply inspired by her African roots. Born into humble beginnings, Kadiatu’s childhood was anything but comfortable. From selling on the streets of Freetown, to living through and then escaping war torn Sierra-Leone. Despite the odds, Kadiatu succeeded in establishing a successful modeling career in Europe and North America, however, her heart remained in her home country of Sierra-Leone. Upon her return, Kadiatu took her love for her country and fashion to the next level by emerging as a designer and entrepreneur. Already a proud owner of VIVID EMPORIUM, a high end boutique located in the heart of Freetown’s social scene, Kadiatu offers her cliental custom made designs and one of a kind selections with the intension that everyone holds a piece of Sierra-Leone.
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Spence Wilson at the Society of Entrepreneurs, Oct. 21, 2009
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For Spence Wilson, there are two basic building blocks for successful entrepreneurship: passion and perception.
To prove his point, he need look no further than his father, Kemmons Wilson, who founded the Holiday Inn chain and enjoyed a long and successful career.
"My dad was a great example of someone who got up every day and loved what he did and devoted his life to it," Wilson said during a roundtable forum on Tuesday sponsored by the Society of Entrepreneurs. "I encourage entrepreneurs to make sure they love what they do and develop a keen sense of awareness about their business. Otherwise, they might as well forget it."
Wilson, president of Kemmons Wilson Inc., was keynote speaker at the SOE forum held at the Crescent Club. He discussed expanding the family business and brand, which has resulted in investments in more than 400 different businesses.
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