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By Nyiko Mlambo | 2017-06-19 13:07:03.0

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By all accounts, the African Odyssey was a successful gathering of glamorous, powerful and influential women. It was a balanced mix of inspirational talks and frivolous fun.

A brain child of business tycoon and media mogul Carol Bouwer, the inaugural women's empowerment summit and fashion extravaganza was headlined by US celebrity stylist June Ambrose. 

It was the highlight of the long weekend for those who filled the Cape Town City Hall.

After a refreshing business breakfast session featuring Ambrose and Bouwer and a panel discussion, the guests such as first lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma, executive mayor of Cape Town Particia de Lille, businesswomen Khanyi Dhlomo, Anina Malherbe-Lan and Vika Shipalana rubbed shoulders. The buzz words were "inspiring" and "motivating".

The gala dinner was over booked and left a few guests without seats, they were accommodated in the over flow lounge area.

The glittering affair was in the ilk of the famous New York Met Gala and hosted by television star Bonnie Mbuli.

Businesswoman, Basetsana Kumalo swept the floor in an ocean green dramatic cape enveloping her black lace Gavin Rajah dress.
Ambrose captured the audience's imagination when she shared her success story, misfirings and what keeps her going.

“Be the CEO of your own life” was her main message as well as “opportunities attach themselves to who you are”, before she shared her beauty secrets in make up and style.

A fashion show featuring the likes of NN Vintage, Oscar & Rose and Rich Factory.

To cap the eventful night, Nhlanhla Nciza of Mafikizolo fame took to the dance floor with her hits Mas'thokoze, Kucheza and Happiness that got Ambrose on her feet.