Part 3: The 30 Most Notable Africans of 2013
03 Feb 2014
What: When you think of the consummate globe-trotting, fashion-savvy, businesswoman, the name Bisila Bokoko should come to mind. Born in Spain of parents from Equatorial Guinea, this accomplished global brand maven knows all about doing well while also doing good. Bisila’s dream has always been to be a catalyst for change, working with global leaders to foster cooperation among countries focused on a unified goal of peace and mutual respect. Using her skills in and cultivating relationships with foreign Heads of State, and International business leaders, the former Executive Director of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce is to creating pathways and opportunities for people in disadvantaged communities to participate in the global economy.
Why I’m Inspired: Bisila’s commitment to Africa is apparent in her recent pursuits. In 2010, she founded The Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project (BBALP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote literacy among Africans. Bokoko has focused her efforts on organizing people and resources to build modern libraries in Africa. The aim of BBALP is to bring together people from all over the world to share and embrace the motto: “with a book, you are never alone.” She is an active participant in fostering entrepreneurship capabilities among women in Latin America and Africa. As the Global Ambassador for Pikolinos, a Spanish footwear brand, she is promoting the Maasai Project, a line of shoes and bags designed in Kenya by more than 1000 women from the Masai Tribe. Now that’s how you use your influence to leave a lasting legacy.