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What's your name?

Alae Ismail

Who do YOU say you are?

A woman on a journey to make a positive difference to the world

Where are you from?

East Africa

Where do you live?

London, United Kingdom

Three words that describe the city where you live

Vibrant, Diverse and Colourful

What is your favorite place in your city and why?

Brixton, the people are full of life and has an amazing sense of energy about them. Brixton is also rooted with historical and cultural reference points such as the Black British Archives that was designed to celebrate the history of people of African descent in Britain.

What are you most passionate about?

African creativity, female empowerment and job creation

What do you do for a living?

Co-Founder of Styled By Africa

What do you love about your field of work?

I get to work with talented and inspirational people who are passionate about Africa's development and preservation of cultural heritage.

What motivates you and makes you get out of bed in the morning?

The idea that anything is possible.

What are your greatest fears?

Not living life to the full.

What is your favorite city you've visited in Africa and why?

All the African cities I've travelled to have been special in their own right; Addis Ababa for the people and landscape, Lagos for the hustle, Accra for the nightlife - just to name a few.

What city in Africa would you love to visit in the future?

Senegal; the music, food and creative scene looks amazing

Tell us your 5 "must have" items when you travel?

Phone, passport, money, red lipstick and hand cream

What is one quote that you live by?

Optimist. Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it's more like a cha-cha.

Who do you think a "Girl Going Places" is?

Someone who is prepared to take risks to discover the unknown

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