Not only do they curate travel experiences that empower, but they are building an ecosystem of local and expatriate women who can host or guide female travellers exploring their locales. “Traveling alone as a woman anywhere in the world comes with its challenges and dangers. Africa is no exception. We want to help female travellers explore Africa on their own terms, and in exchange, leverage their expertise to impact the next generation of female leaders across the continent,” says founder Eyitemi Popo.
The first Girls Trip Tour will take participants on an unforgettable adventure through Ghana, West Africa where they will explore Ghana’s tech hubs, patronize local women-owned businesses and, of course, take in all the awesome sites that Accra and the Cape Coast have to offer! An essential highlight of the experience will be the time spent mentoring young female coders from the Soronko Academy in Accra: West Africa’s first human-centred design school.
This project is led by Ayiba Magazine’s Eyitemi Popo, who has been featured in She Leads Africa, named a leading woman by BusinessDay, and is also a Danone Paris EVE Programme Influencer because of her work amplifying the African female voice in media. Eyitemi, together with her advisors - Candace Nkoth-Bisseck, who was #1 on Forbes 30 under 30 changemakers, Regina Honu, one of BBC's 100 Women in 2017, and Tania Habimana, a serial entrepreneur who recently launched a Standard Bank-backed fashion accelerator in South Africa - want to leverage their networks to advance the African female agenda through travel, entrepreneurship, and mentorship.
While the first trip is focused on tech, ambitious women from all fields are welcome. All those looking to travel to the continent in a meaningful, yet adventure-filled way should send add their email to the mailing list. You can also follow Girls Trips Tours on Instagram for more details.
To help ensure the longevity of the Girls Trip Tours' impact, Ayiba Magazine is launching a crowdfunding campaign. Funds raised will go toward a mentorship and advancement program for high potential girls across Africa - just like the ones they will be mentoring at the coding academy in Ghana. You can invest in the next generation of African female leaders by supporting the campaign. Help them meet their goal by March 8th, International Women’s Day!