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Laudium’s Rabia Ghoor and Sumayya Vally receive international accolades from Forbes and Time

Two young women from Laudium have won high-profile international accolades for their exemplary skills and entrepreneurship this week. They are Rabia Ghoor and Sumayya Vally.

Beauty products businesswoman, Rabia Ghoor, received the Forbes Woman Africa ‘Young Achievers’ Award for 2021, while architect Sumayya Vally, was pne of those featured in the 2021 Times100 list that acknowledges leaders who are shaping the future. Rabia Ghoor is a 21-year-old entrepreneur and Sumayya Vally 30-year-old architect respectively.

Swiitch Beauty – Rabia Ghoor

Ghoor’s award was announced during a virtual Forbes summit to celebrate African women leaders. Especially those who are committed to economic and social transformation on the continent. Ghoor started ‘Swiitch Beauty’, her make-up and skincare online beauty store at just 14. She dropped out of school two years later to concentrate full-time on the business. She was inspired after she identified a gap for the African market.

American, European or Asian brands that are unavailable in South Africa were constantly innovating and evolving, especially in the digital space, while South African brands lagged behind or just straight up didn’t exist. “I began researching product sourcing, formulation, e-commerce, packaging, manufacturing, design with the end goal in mind being to create a beauty brand. Firstly [that] didn’t break the bank and secondly – made things that people would actually use in real life – things that did what they said they were going to do,” Ghoor said.

“After being announced as the winner, I received tons of emails for collaborations. That is exposure for my brand and myself. I think winning opened networking opportunities,” she added.

International Woman’s Day 2021

Counterspace – Sumayya Vally

Vally became the youngest ever architect to make in the Times100 list for her role in the design of the pavilion for London’s Serpentine Galleries. She joins such internationally celebrated architects as Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid.

Sumayya Vally - TIME100
Sumayya Vally

Vally established the company Counterspace in Johannesburg five years ago. This while in partnership with a group of friends while still lecturing at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. The company was formed with the aim of developing a design language that acknowledges and celebrates Africa.

“It is an absolute privilege to be on a list with so many artists, innovators and leaders who I look up to. It has deepened the sense of responsibility to our histories, our hybrid identities and our futures that I strive to embody in my work. And the sense of responsibility that I have to my communities,” Vally told the website Laudium Today in her hometown.

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Original reporting The Indian Express

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