Women in Africa have faced a diversity of struggles in their efforts toward sustainable development. This is largely because globalisation has brought more burdens upon them without improving their status, resulting in many increasingly being the breadwinners and heads of households. As an Open AIR Queen Elizabeth Scholar – Advanced Scholar, I am currently conducting research into the various skills involved in indigenous entrepreneurship and innovation in rural Kenya and Nigeria. While this research has only just begun, even now patterns are beginning to emerge and differences abound. This is only part one of what I hope will be several blog posts on both my research, and my personal experiences as an Open AIR QES Fellow.