Retail & E-commerce
Kelechi Anyadiegwu @KelechiUjuu
The Nigerian-American entrepreneur, who has a masters in human-computer interaction from Carnege Mellon, became frustrated after being unable to find fashionable African-inspired clothing and accessories, so she created an e-commerce destination for merchants from across the diaspora to sell their wares.
Anjelica Nwandu @theshaderoominc
Founder, The Shade Room
Nwandu has revolutionized celebrity gossip with The Shade Room, which the New York Times recently dubbed “the TMZ of Instagram.” The site, which was initially published anonymously only on Instagram, currently boasts 2.5 million followers and pulls in an additional 100,000 followers every 10 days.
Zim Ugochukwu @zimism
Founder, Travel Noire
Ugochukwu launched TravelNoire.com in 2013 after struggling to find images of young black travelers like herself on Instagram. The site now boasts a highly engaged social media presence with more than 180,000 Instagram followers, tools and tips to make traveling easier and a weekly online travel show, Travel Noire TV. Ugochukwu is at the forefront of what is being called the Black Travel Movement.
Constance Iloh @ConstanceIloh
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine School of Education
Iloh, an incoming assistant professor at U.C. Irvine, offered a preview of her work at this year’s Black Excellence in Higher Education summit sponsored by the White House. She’s now a post-doctoral fellow exploring “narratives of the most underserved students and understudied sectors of postsecondary education,” including for-profit and community colleges.