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Juliet Asante
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Juliet Asante is an Executive with over 13 years of experience as a successful Entrepreneur in both the private and nonprofit sector on multiple continents with extensive experience in Management, Product design and development, sales, consumer, client relationship and fundraising. Her honors include: The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Next Generation Awards’ (2009); The ‘World of A Difference 100 Most Impactful Women’ by the Alliance for Women (TIAW) (2009); Ghana’s Assoc. of Women Entrepreneur leaders (2009); Best Actress Award of Ghana (2009).

She is a Harvard Kennedy School graduate and an Aspen fellow. Her time is spent mainly as a Media Entrepreneur and in Women empowering and mentoring around Africa. She is the President of Assegai, the holding company of Eagle Productions ltd with operation in the USA, Ghana and South Africa. She is also the founder of Save Our Women International, the Eagle Women Empowerment Club and the Voice Off Africa Forum. As a think-tank member of the Africa business Women’s Network, the network impacts over 23,000 women in Six African Countries. She has given talks on the importance of using media to close gender gaps and spread knowledge in developing countries. As a film director, she has written, produced and directed some of the longest running and successful shows on Ghana television.

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Creativity vs. Commonsense: The Entrepreneur's Challenge and the Filmmaker's Nightmare

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 10:25 AM

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The past few weeks have taken me on a roller coaster ride that has been intriguing, exciting and the most terrifying. I promised in my last article to keep you in the loop as I shot my movie Silver Rain, with the lessons...

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How Does a Film Industry in Nigeria Still Break All the Rules?

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 2:21 PM

I am a gal torn between two worlds! Literally! Last week, I was at the Sundance gala in NYC that honored Glenn Close. The theme of the gala was 'Here comes the sun!' I stood inches from her as she posed for her pictures and got the opportunity to take...

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The United States Should Be Very Afraid of Ghana

(4) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 7:25 PM

There are many things that make me proud to be a Ghanaian; don't get me started! And don't get me wrong; there are many things I wish I could kick the behind of my country to do better and I continue to hope we will eventually catch on, but one...

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Is Creating Economic Opportunity for Women a Lie? Why This Egg Is Going Bad Fast!

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 9:56 AM

The phrase, 'economic opportunity for women' keeps coming up, to the point where it is beginning to sound cliché. I actually know a few who mentally roll their eyes when the phrase comes up! I can't say that I blame them, when the phrase is thrown here and there only...

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The One Thing You Must Do Before You Die: Be an Entrepreneur

(3) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 5:59 AM

There is a line in one of Ludacris' song that I really like: "What is a life worth living if it's not on the edge? Why go through life only to arrive at death safely?"

If you share this feeling, come along with me! Why? Because one of the craziest...

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Lessons From an Entrepreneur

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 12:12 PM

Key developments in my life lately have given me pause to explore some important lessons I have picked up along the way and to reflect on my ability to learn! I ask myself often how come I keep repeating the same mistakes! I am not unique in this deficiency though...

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Stepping Out Gracefully, Without Stepping in It -- How About Mandela?

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 1:04 PM

Stepping out gracefully, without stepping in was one of the themes at the Aspen gathering this year. I remember sitting in the room and taking it all in. I was transported to my own life and struggles. Personally, I worry about the things I have managed to start and how...

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What Does It Mean to Be a 'Girly' Feminist? Can a Woman Be Macho and Feminine?

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 3:35 PM

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In a recent feature on BBC radio, opinions were sought on Natalie Portman's recent comments in a magazine feature, in which she challenges the image of the MACHO FEMINIST and makes a differentiation between being macho and being a feminist. This immediately...

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Why You Need Grit, and Then Some: The One Thing Standing in the Way of Your Success

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 1:00 AM

I spent my week with How Children Succeed, by Paul Tough. I do think every parent should read this book. It was recommended to me by the principal of my daughter's school. I am definitely glad HE read it.

A concept in the book sticks with me. In identifying and...

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If Walls Could Talk: Tears From Birmingham Jail

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 2:29 AM

Martin Luther King trembles with tears in his eyes, heart heavy and pounding, blood rushing through veins that stand out on his forehead, lips go dry as the river of sadness flows deep into the well of disappointment... this is the moment when a person feels most alone. When you...

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3 Important Steps to Mastering the African Terrain as an Entrepreneur

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 10:27 PM

This article is a continuation of a previous article. In that article, I focused on the languages of Africa, the profile of the population, and the trade agreements that may be helpful to an entrepreneur. In this piece we will focus on some softer elements. As an entrepreneur...

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4 Important Tips for Navigating Africa as an Entrepreneur

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 1:00 PM

I am not a Jill of all trades. I am a mistress of one; Entrepreneurship. Through this lens, I form my vision of the world. A world that is informed firstly my Africa... and then the rest.

I often times question the folly of my decision to remain an...

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Lessons From Lincoln the Man...

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 2:54 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting Sally Field, just when she had come off the shoot of Lincoln. Then I started to hear about Daniel Day Lewis' magnificent portrayal of the man. Of his achievement of voice similarity, posture etc. Sadly, I missed it at the theaters'. I consequently filed...

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House of Cards and the African Union

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2013 | 7:21 AM

I have never really paid any attention to the African Union (AU) meetings. I have always thought of a group of African leaders meeting to make each other feel good, maybe display their wealth and make promises no one ever bothers to track or hold anyone accountable for. Guessing from...

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A Shooting Star... Ghana Delves in

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2013 | 7:49 AM

It is no longer very interesting to say Ghana is a shinning star in Africa. Ghana led the way in sub Saharan Africa towards independence. The first president of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was very instrumental in the independence struggle of a number of African countries and was recently honored...

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'Let the Iron Lady Roar': A Message to President Sirleaf Johnson

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 12:05 PM

The granddaughter to the late President Tubman of Liberia, Barkue Tubman, tells her president, "stand firm madam Sirleaf Johnson; clean house if you must and let the Iron Lady roar. Make harsh decisions for the development of Liberia." Barkue represents the many Africans around the world screaming to be heard....

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Braving the Odds... Tales From Africans Traversing the World - Part 1

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 8:26 PM

100 million Africans live out of Africa... What keeps the pulse beating? Surviving the cold, different languages, cultures, food; sometimes hostilities... in the next months, I talk to some intriguing Africans to watch out for... Starting with Sangu Delle. Sangu brings the North and South of Africa together in a...

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Talk, Talk, Talking...

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 5:17 PM

Generally I'm very interested in the political process. I remember being invited to sit in on the "Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer at CNN's New York studio and keenly following the conversation in the 2008 elections. My predictions at the time, both in the U.S. and in my home country...

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Money, Media and Power -- In the Hands of Women!

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 11:37 AM

The subject of women and power, closing the gender gap etcetera, is one that we can expect to go on for a long time, at least until we begin to make real progress. The recent hullabaloo around the pregnancy of Marisa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, certainly points to the...

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My Sweet, Sweet Strawberry...

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 1:39 PM

What do you do when life throws so many things at you at once? This is a difficult question... In my otherwise short life and limited experience, I have learnt a few valuable things. First, that life is temperamental. She is also unpredictable and she likes to be in control....

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