New African Magazine names Bethelehm Tilahun Alemu Most Influential African of 2014


The manufacturing trendsetter

The 34-year-old entrepreneur and self-declared lover of leather may not seem like much of a rebel,

but the way in which her local company soleRebels has become Africa’s fastest-growing shoe brand

and first global footwear brand is certainly out of the ordinary. Alemu, who is soon launching the

Republic of Leather that will produce other goods, believes Ethiopia contains huge potential for

manufacturing, and as the likes of H&M and other international investors eye up the country, it

seems she is not the only one.

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