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I Am Afripreneur – Business Podcast
40 minutes | Dec 18, 2017
Ep 043: Ginika Okafor is Queen of colour and Founder of Yili Footwear.
Ginika Okafor is a young Nigerian woman, whose creativity is adding lots of colour and style to women and men’s collection of footwear. She is the founder of Yili Footwear, an affordable footwear brand manufactured in Lagos, Nigeria. Her footwear are inspired first and foremost by colors, textures and culture. She creates every design with a story behind it and puts a lot of effort in ensuring her product connects with her customers. Ginika is a lawyer by profession but decided to follow her heart when she ventured into the unknown and dicey world of entrepreneurship. She is a strong believer of working hard consistently to make a dream come through. It was an honour speaking to her and an even greater honour sharing her story with you. Thanks for all the support throughout this year. Stay tuned for 2018. Be sure to tune in and listen to the interview to the end! Catch up with Ginika on her on Facebook and Instagram. I Am Afripreneur Podcast is brought to you by LaRoar Design. LaRoaar Design is a Branding and Website Design Company for Entrepreneurs looking to create a magnetic online presence. ENTREPRENEURS, COACHES, CONSULTANT, EDUCATIONS AND BUSINESS OWNERS, LISTEN UP! If you want a stunning website for your business and you want it done in only 3 weeks. Find out more >>
38 minutes | Nov 5, 2017
Ep 042: BUNMI ARINBOLA is Building Her Empire on Beans
Bunmi was having a difficult time with her boss and decided to quit her job. She figured it will only be a matter of time before she gets a new one. Wrong! Weeks passed and months strolled by and yet there was nothing for her in the job market. Bunmi knew she had to step up and make a way for herself. She never thought of herself as an Entrepreneur and always believed she would remain an employee while helping others to build their dreams and empires but life had something different in store for her. In only a week and with push from a mentor, she had a business idea, acted on the idea made her first couple of sales and ELEWA FOODS was born. A service to bring pureed beans to her clients doorsteps and make it possible to cook up a beans storm in the kitchen without any hassle. A few years later, Elewa continues to thrive. Listen to the interview to hear her story in details. Be sure to tune in and listen to the interview to the end! Catch up with Bunmi on her on Facebook, and Instagram. I Am Afripreneur Podcast is brought to you by LaRoar Design. LaRoaar Design is a Branding and Website Design Company for Entrepreneurs looking to create a magnetic online presence. ENTREPRENEURS, COACHES, CONSULTANT, EDUCATIONS AND BUSINESS OWNERS, LISTEN UP! If you want a stunning website for your business and you want it done in only 3 weeks. Find out more >>
31 minutes | Oct 27, 2017
Ep 041: MEET EDIKAN UDIONG, one of Forbes 2017 “Under 30 Brightest And Most Successful”
Edi is the founder of Oleander Health Shop and Flat Tummy Teatox. She is a go-getter, a nature loving animal lover and a self-proclaimed “simple girl”. She is also a health and wellness entrepreneur, helping people who are ready to improve their overall wellness. Edi actually studied Engineering in the university but knew right from the beginning that she wasn’t a 9-to-5er. Shortly after University, she saw a gap in the wellness market when her sister lost some weight intentionally and people were interested in the products she used and wanted some but could get them easily. Edi jumped in without hesitation to fill in the gap and meet those needs by sourcing those products and making them easily available online. A few years later, she started her own brand and the rest pretty much started to fall into place but not without challenges. Listen to find out more. Be sure to tune in and listen to the interview to the end! Catch up with Edi on her Website, on Facebook, and Instagram. I Am Afripreneur Podcast is brought to you by La Roar Design. LaoRar Design is a Branding and Website Design Company for Entrepreneurs looking to create a magnetic online presence. ENTREPRENEURS, COACHES, CONSULTANT, EDUCATIONS AND BUSINESS OWNERS, LISTEN UP! If you want a stunning website for your business and you want it done in only 3 weeks. Find out more >>
44 minutes | Oct 5, 2017
Ep 040: Juliana Kasumu on creating art that is breaking boundaries.
Juliana is a young South Londoner of Nigerian heritage. She graduated from Birmingham University where she studied Media and Communications and is currently working full-time as a freelance photographer. Her journey into photography was not necessary easy because coming from a Nigerian household, she was expected to become an engineer, doctor, lawyer or a more academic career but instead, she had gone with Photography. She’s since then won several awards but it's only the beginning for her. Listen to the full interview to find out more! Be sure to tune in and listen to the interview to the end! Catch up with Juliana on her Website, on Twitter, and Instagram. I Am Afripreneur Podcast is brought to you by Laroar Design. Laroar Design is a brand company for Entrepreneurs looking to create a stunning presence online. ENTREPRENEURS, COACHES, CONSULTANT, EDUCATIONS AND BUSINESS OWNERS, LISTEN UP! If you want a stunning Website in days ... not months, check out this tutorial. Available for a limited time only. OFFER ENDS SOON!
37 minutes | Sep 21, 2017
Ep 039: Kaliné is making waves with her own authentic and alternative sound.
Kaliné is a Nigerian-born singer/songwriter and pianist spreading her wings across a landscape of jazz, R‘n’B, and Afrobeat to create an authentic, alternative sound. She is a graduate of Berklee College of music and in 2014, she released her first single and video ‘Ololufemi’ which gained a lot of attention in Africa. Several of her songs have been licensed for TV and film including ‘Falling For You’ licensed for the internationally acclaimed Nollywood movie ‘Flower Girl’ and TV series B430. Among several performances, she has opened for Bob James & Fourplay, Chaka Khan, Angélique Kidjo, Keziah Jones, Bez, Somi and Victor Olaiya. Be sure to tune in and listen to the interview to the end! Catch up with Kaliné on her Website, Blog, on Facebook, and Instagram. I Am Afripreneur Podcast is brought to you by Laroar Design. Laroar Design is a brand company for Entrepreneurs looking to create a stunning presence online. If you want a stunning Website in days ... not months, check out this tutorial. Available for a limited time only. OFFER ENDS SOON!
28 minutes | Sep 13, 2017
Ep 038: April Laugh is helping others go from flab to fit and laugh too!
April Laugh helps her clients discover their fabulous selves and go from flat to fit and helping them change their lifestyles through healthy meals, accountability, exercise and unlimited motivation. She is bright, energetic and fresh and you can hear it all in her voice. You don't have to even meet her to get started, her business is online and she is helping her clients everyday across different countries. What You Will Learn Why she is called April Laugh How and why she started a business focused on helping people who are looking to lose weight in a healthy way. April believes in client accountability to ensure sustainability. She shares how she ensures clients remain accountable to set goals. She believes that the Internet has made her business life easy and even possible because with technology, one is no longer limited by location but has the ability to exist in different continents! She talks about how she leverages on technology to get clients and her best digital resource. April also shares a low point and how she pulled herself back up from a breakdown to growing her business. You would want to hear her motivations and what inspires her to keep going! Be sure to tune in and listen to the interview to the end!Catch up with April on her website, on Facebook, and Instagram. This weekly podcast is brought to you by LaRoarDesign. If you've got an idea that you would like to turn into a business online and you are wondering how to get started, visit www.laroardesign.com for tools, resources and courses to get you started without the usual hassle. Until next time, continue to roar!
40 minutes | Sep 6, 2017
Ep 037: Aisha Addo is striving to make the world a better place for women
Aisha Addo has a passion for empowering woman and she is dedicated to ensuring girls around the world are provided with the guidance and resources that will help them identify their true purpose and calling to reach their full potential. She is the founder of Power To Girls Foundation which is a non-profit organisation, offering young girls mentorship and guidiance She wants to make sure that young girls have the right role models that will enable them to excel and blossom into strong, independent and confident women. Aisha talks about empowering oneself by sharing own story; telling your story yourself and gaining strength through it. She is the recipient of the Young Black and Gifted Award for Community Service and was also named a Black Diversity Group Role Model, One of 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada and one of the 150 Black Women making history in Toronto. Her latest initiative is called DriveHER, which is a ride-sharing service for women by women! What You Will Learn Her mission and why it is so dear to her heart to make a difference by empowering young girls Why she started a non-profit organisation and why her efforts are on women in Canada and Ghana Aisha believes in being authentic and being her true self. Find out how she does this, her challenges and wins along the way. Her motivations and what inspires her to continue to be in such a 'giving' business. What keeps her going and a crucial advise that she till today, continues to fall back on to encourage her to be her authentic self. How she endeavours to stand out through acquiring the right training to ensure that people associate her brand with great quality baking. Tips and value bombs that you wouldn’t want to miss. Be sure to listen to the end! Catch up with Aisha on her website, on facebook, youtube, twitter and Instagram
40 minutes | Aug 30, 2017
Ep 036: Angela Nnamani is Beignet Baker
Beignet Baker has been baking for only 5 years and she is already a known name in the Baking industry. She believes that you can never stop learning and growing as a Baker and as an Entrepreneur. When Angela started she realised very early on that in order to get to the level she wanted to get, she needed to invest in herself and so she did. Initial criticism, struggles and discouragement only fuelled her hunger to become the baker she knew she could be. She started because she was frustrated with the low pay her job offered even though she was spending all her time at work and putting her best in. She was also fed up with not being the boss of her time. Now, she not only bakes and trains clients across Nigeria, but clients pay for her to travel out just to bake their wedding cakes! What You Will Learn Her secret to satisfying and retaining clients. Why she started a baking business Her motivations and what inspires her to continue to be unique and excel in a competitive industry. The challenges she faced initially and how she continues to overcome them by being open minded, and focusing on her brand to achieve what her clients want. How she endeavours to stand out through acquiring the right training to ensure that people associate her brand with great quality baking. Angela believes that whatever opportunity you get, don’t miss out on it. Don’t underestimate any opportunity. Tips and value bombs that you wouldn’t want to miss. Be sure to listen to the end! Catch up with Angela on Facebook, and Instagram
29 minutes | Jul 22, 2017
Ep 035: Tokunbo Koiki is the Accidental Entrepreneur cooking up a storm!
Tokunbo Koiki is the founder of ‘Tokunbo's Kitchen’, a pop-up Nigerian Street Food Venture with an aim to bring Nigerian food to a more global audience. Tokunbo's Kitchen does festivals, cookery classes, events, personalised intimate private dining experiences as well as parties and celebrations. Tokunbo was born in London to Nigerian parents. She did not necessarily enjoy cooking although she learnt to cook at a young age but she knew food was a great way of connecting and socialising with people because that was exactly what she did when she was living in Washington DC. After she left DC, Tokunbo moved back to London working in Social Services but soon found it emotionally draining, so she quit. With encouragement from her then mentor and an unpleasant experience during a festival in July, 2015 during which she noted a clear gap in the food business, she started Tokunbo's Kitchen and hasn't looked back ever since. What You Will Learn The motivation behind ‘Tokunbo's Kitchen' Why she started a food business How simple errands in her teenage years led her to gain transferable business skills that enabled her to launch a business in only 4-5 weeks. The challenges she faced initially and how she continues to overcome them by being open minded, and proactively seeking advise from experts in her field. How she endeavours to stand out through acquiring the right training to ensure that people associate her brand with great quality food. Most importantly Tokunbo's brand aims to sell 'Nigerian culture' to a diverse audience. She puts a lot of effort and strategy around educating people about Nigeria as part of the food experience. Find out how. The need to leverage the resources around us especially family when you need help because no man is an island and no-one can do it alone. Tips and value bombs that you wouldn’t want to miss. Be sure to listen to the end! Catch up with Tokunbo on Email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Resource mentioned: Tokunbo's Kitchen Share Your Thoughts, Leave a comment below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Share on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest Let’s collaborate and thrive together.
40 minutes | Jul 3, 2017
Ep 034: Lola Daniyan is unraveling Nigeria one state at a time.
Lola Daniyan is the founder of 'Unravelling Nigeria', a growing tourism company based in Lagos, Nigeria. Lola decided to invest her time into offering this 'so needed' service after she experienced first hand, the need to explore Nigeria and all it's beautiful resources and the lack of options available to make this happen. Unravelling Nigeria to me is a movement to stop taking our continent for granted and to appreciate all that it has to offer, which is a lot! Their numerous adventures across Nigeria achieved so far goes to show that, thought followed by action can explode quite easily into a dream come true. The best way to get in touch with "Unravelling Nigeria" is through social media with links highlighted below. What You Will Learn The motivation behind 'Unravelling Nigeria' How it works now and what the future holds The challenges she faced initially whilst starting her company from scratch, her downs and what she did to overcome them. Her current challenges and how she manages to keep going even on days numbers are lower than expected. The power behind 'just starting' and leveraging on surrounding resources (especially family) to get started, stay motivated and get growing. Tips and value bombs that you wouldn't want to miss. Be sure to listen to the end! Catch up with Lola on Email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Resource mentioned: Unravelling Nigeria's official Blog Share Your Thoughts, Leave a comment below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Share on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest Let’s collaborate and thrive together.
32 minutes | Jun 20, 2017
Ep 033: Maxima Nsimenta on being brave and living your dream!
Maxima Nsimenta is the owner of LIVARA; a cosmetic company based in Uganda. She was initially living in Congo working for an Oil and Gas company and for two years she travelled and delivered high paying and high impacting projects. A year into the job, Maxima started to miss home. She knew she wanted to start a business at home and she decided to go into the cosmetics industry and confided in her grand mother who encouraged her to research and build up her idea. When she realised that Shea butter was a two billion dollar industry and the biggest manufacturer of Shea butter was Uganda, she knew she had struck gold. Maxima set out to build a company from scratch, set standards through her organic products and the rest ...you have to hear for yourself. (NOTE: I introduced Maxima's home as Ghana in the introduction but Maxima is from Uganda and this is where LIVARA is based). What You Will Learn Why she decided to focus her business on organic products using locally manufactured ingredients. How she built her business from the ground up in Ghana. The different types of Shea Butter, how it is extracted and method used to turn it into products. How she found the courage to quit her job that was paying her thousands of dollars a month to venture out knowing she will not be making the same amount of money at least in the beginning. The challenges she faced initially whilst starting her company from scratch, her downs and what she did to overcome them. Her motivations and how she manages to keep going even on days her sales are lower than expected. How being a Christian has helped her on a daily basis as a Business Owners and continues to feed her hunger to stay focused and achieve her life's purpose. Tips and value bombs that you wouldn't want to miss. Be sure to listen to the end! Catch up with Maxima on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram Resource mentioned: Maxima’s Official Website Share Your Thoughts, Leave a comment below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Share on Twitter, Facebookand Pinterest Let’s collaborate and thrive together.
34 minutes | Jun 12, 2017
Ep 032: Edwina Kulego on taking the leap!
Born and raised in Sweden by Ghanaian parents, Edwina Kulego manages International Business Development at UBM Fashion Group. UBM Americas is the largest event’s organiser in the United States and among the top three in Brazil and Mexico with more than 200 events annually. She’s been featured on girl power platforms like SheLeadsAfrica, Women of Power X, Guardian Woman Cover Story and has collaborated on other ones such as BB Knows Best, a seminar series with the renowned Business woman and philanthropist Bisila Bokoko. Edwina is a strong believer in pro-actively going for what you want and building genuine connections and meaningful networks. She is also the founder of EdwinaKulego.com. What You Will Learn How she got into the world of Fashion through Retail, connecting with Fashion emotionally and deciding to study fashion in school. Moving to New York at 19 years old and ending up studying International Business. Interning with big brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Essence Magazine and Project Trade Show, the company she is still in today, all whilst studying at the same time. Why she believed that interning while in school allowed her to grow as a person and build her confidence which enabled her to land her first job even before she even finished school. The best way to network with people and leverage on the community around you to ensure that there are people available to vouch for you when the time comes. The importance of mentors and networks. The importance of treating your career like a business and taking up opportunities as they present themselves. About creating a top role in a leading corporate environment for yourself and getting others to believe in you enough to make it happen. Speaking 5 languages, love for travel, cultures and connecting with diverse range of people Being intentionally focused, thinking about your specific projects with a focus for the longer term. Be sure to listen to the end. Catch up with Edwina on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram Resource mentioned: Edwina's Official Website Share Your Thoughts, Leave a comment below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Share on Twitter, Facebookand Pinterest Let’s collaborate and thrive together.
50 minutes | Jun 5, 2017
Ep 031: The importance of being confident and “just starting” with Barbara Njau and Kudakwashe Kamupira
Barbara Njau and Kudakwashe Kamupira are the two UK based ladies of African decent, giving African Literature a millennial voice through their company, Bahati Books. Bahati which means “lucky” in Swahili is a digital publishing house that aims to publish and promote well- written stories by Africans in Africa or the diaspora who have unique and inspiring narratives that are fresh and authentic. Prior to starting Bahati Books in 2015, Barbara worked as a Senior Reporter and Editor at The Financial Times while Kudakwashe who studied Law, worked in the legal sector as well as in the Voluntary Services Organisation (VSO) on projects that helped to empower women and girls who had faced violence and abuse. Bahati Books was the winner of the Culture & Creative Entrepreneurship Award (as part of the 2015 Lion's Den Challenge) and has grown significantly in just a few years. What You Will Learn The reason they decided to quit their well paying jobs to venture into unknown territory as entrepreneurs. How they got from idea to concept and what allowed them to stay focused through the journey. African Technology Business Network and the impact it had on helping them to focus They importance of networking, getting a mentor and gathering momentum by investing your time with the right community. The importance of having a structure right from the foundation stage and how to create this required structure How they raised the necessary investment that allowed them to expand into a serious and competitive business with employees at an office in a top location in the city of London. What motivates them to keep going everyday no matter the challenges they may come across. Why it is important to leverage on available resources and why it is necessary to have mentors. Their lows including being over excited and venturing into new territory without sufficient research and lessons learned. Their highs, including a special invitation to The Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace! The secret ingredient required for anyone in a Business of representing people. Why they are so passionate about African literature and why it is necessary to promote talented African writers. Tips on getting published for any budding writers out there. Events featuring Bahati books, which you wouldn't want to miss!! Be sure to listen to the end. Catch up with Barbara and Kudakwashe on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Resource mentioned: Bahati Books Official Website Share Your Thoughts, Leave a comment below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Share on Twitter, Facebookand Pinterest Let’s collaborate and thrive together.
46 minutes | May 22, 2017
Ep 030: Why You Should Keep Going and Never Give Up with DJ Sobanjo
DJ Sobanjo is the founder and CEO of Profit from Coaching, a company birthed out of a passion to help coaches, speakers and trainers, build brand awareness, acquire more customers, and monetize their gifts. With over 10 years experience in this field, DJ has helped hundreds of people to learn how best to position themselves properly with their target market in order to attract serious money paying clients. What You Will Learn His motivations and how he ventured out into Entrepreneurship. His initial pains, trying to make it work as an entrepreneur in direct marketing. What his vision was when he first started and how he followed up on that vision despite several limitations. What motivates him to keep helping others build their dream Lessons every person starting out must know before starting out especially coaches, trainer and speakers. The benefits of having a mentor How to build a unique brand awareness so you can create a profit pulling pipeline How to monetize your gifts and build your list with ideal clients. How to acquire and convert your more paying customers to your high ticket programs Free offer for those who listen to the end of the interview Listen to the full interview to get details of the free offer towards the end. Catch up with DJ on Facebook, Twitter Resource mentioned: Profit From Coaching, DJ Sobanjo's Official Website Share Your Thoughts, Leave a comment below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Share on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest Let’s collaborate and thrive together. Subscribe To The Show Remember to rate the show on iTune and Stitcher, Subscribe and review on iTune Subscribe and review on Stitcher What’s Budding Here? I will be starting a Facebook Group for my fiction book soon. If you want to be notified when the group is ready, fill the form below. Until next time …. continue to roar!
7 minutes | May 14, 2017
Ep 029: How to unravel that big idea with a simple but powerful tool: The Mind Map
The mind map is such a simple and yet powerful tool that can be applied to every aspect of life for improved learning and clearer thinking. It enables one to navigate complex ideas by allowing you to break a big idea into actionable steps required to make that idea a reality. Tony Buzan the inventor of Mind Maps describes a Mind Map as a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain. Tony Buzan believes that the reason a mind map is so powerful is that in a unique way, it harnesses the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour and spatial awareness, giving one the freedom to roam the infinite expanses of the brain. Listen to the podcast or watch the video to see an example of how a mind map can be used. Thanks! Resource Mentioned Tony Buzan's website Click below to subscribe to I Am Afripreneur On Stitcher On iTune I Am Afripreneur will be starting a Facebook Group. Fill the form below to be informed when he group starts.
8 minutes | May 7, 2017
Ep 028: What is the worst that can happen?
There are so many projects, so many dreams, so many changes that are left undone and what is holding us back? The fear of the unknown, the excuses we make, the genuine efforts we must make to meet life’s daily needs, the relationships we build that changes our priorities, the focus we lose, the priorities we make, the responsibilities we undertake, love, grief, pain, joy, and so much more. But when there is work unfinished, dreams unachieved and goals not accomplished, we must unplug, dig deep down and find a way to fulfill our purpose on earth. No one said anyone has to become a super hero and do it all. We are humans and we can break. Depression and suicide are real and that is why we have to become smart and selective about where, how and when we invest our efforts. Who is an AFRIPRENEUR? A person who invests time, effort or money into creating a positive impact on our beloved continent … Africa, either full time, as a hobby, a side hustle, it does not matter. Either by being a business owner, an investor, a charity, a social enterprise, a change agent, an expressionist, a coach, a teacher, it does not matter. As long as you have Africa in your heart and you are taking daily strides to change its story, you are an Afripreneur. You do not need to be successful or to be an expert to make a difference in someone's life. Aim to inspire others and you will inspire yourself in the process. Develop a heightened awareness of what you know and what you can share with others. Look around you, there is always an opportunity around you. Don’t be just goal oriented, be growth oriented You have to fall in love with the process because that’s what makes us who we become. Take action despite the fear. Have the ability to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people. Views from one of Africa’s greatest on overcoming and reaching your optimum potential. Nelson Mandela’s Quotes 1. I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. 2 And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. 3 I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lies defeat and death. After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Resources: http://www.allgreatquotes.com/nelson_mandela_quotes.shtml [↩] http://newsone.com/1397375/nelson-mandela-quotes-93rd-birthday/ [↩] https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/n/nelsonmand178789.html Click below to subscribe to I Am Afripreneur On Stitcher On iTune "I Am Afripreneur" will be starting a Facebook Group. Fill the form below to be informed when the group starts.
40 minutes | Apr 26, 2017
Ep 027: How to re-invent yourself and embrace your awesomeness by telling the Naked Truth with Alex Okoroji.
Alex Okoroji is an actress, a Writer, Talk Radio Host, Speaker, Author, a self proclaimed Re-inventor Rockstar, a Thought Leader, a Creative Entrepreneur, an EXPRESSIONIST and founder of THE NAKED MOVEMENT. She is a multi-talented Artiste who has completely re-invented herself in the past few years. As a writer, she has made significant impact as an international Contributor to The Huffington Post and has published over 380 Articles on "My Self Help Blog". She has written award winning Screenplays for Film, Television and Documentaries. She is also the Author of the widely acclaimed self help book - THE NAKED TRUTH. What You Will Learn How her career as an actress kicked off by a chance application to the first ever Nigerian reality TV show set up to seek and find next generation set of actors and actresses. The ups's and down's of being an actress. The tragic period in her life when her family lost everything in a fire. Being bored and wanted more out of her life. All about having Richard Mofe-Damijo, the legendary actor, popularly known as RMD as a mentor. How and why she started her popular radio show, "Naked Talk". The challenges actresses face after childbirth and trying to get back to work. Keeping a straight face and lying over and over again to cover up a marriage in trouble. Being worried about what people would say and letting down her family. Depression and overcoming it by journaling about her pain of being abandoned and all her other feelings. The birth of The Naked Talk, the Naked Movement, the Naked Philosophy. The continuous battle to find the courage to stay true to the Naked truth. The joy of making a difference everyday in people's life Her Achievements and the truth behind finding the inner strength to be your awesome self. Her ambitions, advise to younger self and dancing with aliens! Listen to the full interview to get all the gist… Catch up with Alex on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter Resource mentioned: Alex's Official Site, Alex's book, The Naked Truth Share Your Thoughts, Leave a comment below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Share on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest Let’s collaborate and thrive together. Subscribe To The Show Remember to rate the show on iTune and Stitcher, Subscribe and review on iTune Subscribe and review on Stitcher What’s Budding Here? I will be starting a Facebook Group for my fiction book soon. If you want to be notified when the group is ready, fill the form below. Until next time …. continue to roar!
12 minutes | Apr 22, 2017
Ep 026: 5 Lessons from the movie “Concussion”, about Dr. Bennet Omalu.
This episode is all about Perseverance. There are so many examples of international personalities who have shown that people who have managed to identify their purpose and true mission and focus solely on it are able to preserve during hard times. The most important thing is to ensure that we are dancing in tune with our hearts and focus on one thing that summarises who we are and that which we are hoping to achieve. I have talked to some amazing individuals who describe themselves in the most simple but unique way that simply sums up what they believe their mission truly is. So, that should be our goal, right? To discover our mission on earth and focus our energy on accomplishing it by taking small daily actionable steps. The story of Dr. Benneth Omalu is one that fascinates me in different ways. So for those who don’t know, he is a Nigerian-American physician, forensic pathologist, and neuropathologist who was the first to discover and publish findings of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players. There was a lot of criticism and questions were asked about the validity of the disease. In fact, in the annual American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), they are still debating on whether CTE exists or not. When Dr. Omalu first published the facts he found out about CTE in a paper, he hoped that the National Football League (NFL) would be pleased with the finding and would work with him to find a cure, but instead, NFL doctors requested a retraction of the publication and characterized Dr. Omalu’s description of CTE as "completely wrong". The even called the paper "a failure. As Dr. Omalu stood by his truth and tried to persuade the NFL to accept and tell the truth, it became a battle. If you know it simply became a repeat of “David and Goliath”. Dr. Omalu didn’t have just the NFL to deal with but football fans too. He got death threats and people around him were targeted and threatened in different ways. The NFL for years continued to discredit his findings and did not publicly acknowledge the link between concussions sustained in football and CTE until December 2009, which was seven years after Dr. Omalu's discovery. 5 Lessons I took from Dr. Benneth Omalu’s story. 1. A little naivety protects us from the paralysis of fear. If Dr. Omalu was a born American and understood how massive the NFL really was and how obsessed Americans are with American Football, would chase the research on CTE the way he did? Probably but also maybe he would have been such a fan of football that he too would be blinded by the weird nature of a game that insists on sane men bumping heads with each other over and over again a thousand times. Today, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy has become a generally accepted disease and principle, if not common knowledge, in the medical literature. It has become a broadly diagnosed disease by clinicians and pathologists and in fact, some people have described the Mike Webster autopsy as one of the most significant single events in the history of sports because of the discovery and diagnosis of CTE. 2. You’ve got to stand by your belief. When push comes to shove, it will always be you and your conscience left standing. The worst decisions are the ones that go against your conscience and my experience is, don’t do it. Dr. Omalu believed in his truth and stood by it. One of his famous quotes is,“No matter who you are, no matter the color of your skin, there’s only one truth,”. A lot of people did not like what he was saying about CTE but a lot of people like mothers spouses, close friends and children of past, current and future American football players mostly appreciate it. He continues to search for the cure for CTE but at least now, people know. 3. Don’t leave any work undone while you are still breathing. Dr. Omalu’s full last name is Onyemalukwube which translates to “if you know, come forth and speak.
41 minutes | Apr 12, 2017
Ep 025: How To Grow Your Business From Bottom to Stardom with Bosun Tijani.
Bosun Tijani is a Knowledge Communication Organiser and Change Agent with a passion for the development of Africa and Businesses through knowledge application. He is the CEO & Co-founder of Co-Creation HUB (CcHUB), one of the top Technology Innovation Centres in Africa located in Lagos, Nigeria. There is also an Innovation Centre in Abuja, Nigeria and they have just opened up an office in London UK. Bosun is a big believer that we can turn the realities and situations of Africa around by encouraging and supporting talented individuals to leverage on their expertise to push the continent forward. What You Will Learn How he started CcHub with his partner Femi Longe. How they grew the business from scratch with no funds to securing big investors. What their vision was when they first started and how they followed up on that vision despite several limitations. How CcHub has supported over sixty start-ups to date and what they are doing to help more start-ups. Why Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of FACEBOOK visited CcHub in Nigeria. In fact, it was Mark 's very first stop during his first ever visit to Nigeria. How Mark Zuckerberg's visit skyrocketed CcHub and its Founders to stardom and what doors and opportunities have opened up since then. What the future holds for CcHub including a new initiative for African Entrepreneurs in UK called Diaspora Challenge. An opportunity you wouldn't want to miss. Listen to the full interview to get all the gist... Catch up with Bosun on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter Resource mentioned: Diaspora Challenge, CcHub Official Website, Truppr Share Your Thoughts, Leave a comment below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Share on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest Let’s collaborate and thrive together. Subscribe To The Show Remember to rate the show on iTune and Stitcher, Subscribe and review on iTune Subscribe and review on Stitcher What’s Budding Here? I will be starting a Facebook Group for my fiction book soon. If you want to be notified when the group is ready, fill the form below. Until next time …. continue to roar!
11 minutes | Apr 6, 2017
Ep 024: How To Hustle and How Not To Hustle
Call it Hustling, Grit, Perseverance, Faith or just simply “Never Giving Up”. A lot of startups mention it when they talk about their journey. What Hustling DOESN'T mean Doing the same thing over and over again. A popular quote by Henry Ford, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” So if’s not working out, be creative and think about what you could do to change it up. It doesn’t mean suffering and being in a place of defeat. When you are in a depressed state, your creativity suffers. No matter the circumstance you find yourself in, it is crucial to seek happiness. Be out and about and keep doing things that make you happy. If you are an outdoor person, stay outdoor, If you are a people person, keep people around you. Surround yourself with positivity and people who are doing things you are aspiring towards. Pray and pray hard. Join groups and stay occupied with a community that resonates with your vision. Jim Rohn, a popular American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker who is known for going from rags to riches has a popular quote that sums it up nicely, “You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.” When it’s not going right is the most important time to surround yourself with the right people It doesn’t mean starving. I am not a big fan of take a big and deadly leap without any idea of what you are leaping into. I believe in “Look before you Leap.” There are so many available stories now of people who took a big leap, quit their jobs and started to travel around the world. As much as this is brilliant and sounds like freedom, it may not work for you. Check the facts properly. Everyone’s situation is different and people don’t tend to tell you everything. Venture out into entrepreneurship early on when you have little responsibility and your family is still supporting you. Venture out when you have a plan and know that you can sustain yourself for a significant period. Venture out knowing you have a good support network that could support you financially, emotionally and spiritually. Venture out believing in your mission but haven done your homework to ensure that you can still meet your responsibilities. How to Hustle Find a Big Brother I talk a lot about having a community and support. A big brother is having a mentor, a coach and a support system. A big brother could also provide you with a Community. One of my favourite Big Brothers for people who live in Nigeria is Co-Creation Hub, commonly referred to as Cc-HUB or the HUB. It is a technology-oriented centre located Lagos, Nigeria. The Hub was founded in 2010 by Bosun Tijani and Femi Longe as Nigeria's first open living lab and pre-incubation space and provides a community for technology-oriented people to share ideas to solving social problems in Nigeria. It is a great place for entrepreneurs where they are supported through advice, mentorship and funding through the pre-incubation and research unit. It is the home to over 50 Nigerian startups, such as BudgIT, Wecyclers, Truppr, Genii Games, Lifebank, GoMyWay, Vacantboards, Traclist, Autobox, Stutern, Grit Systems and Mamalette. The Hub is now extending their services to Entrepreneurs in Diaspora starting with the UK and planning a big lunch next month, May 6th. To get involved, check it out. Find Your Story. Share Your Story Story-telling has become an essential part of entrepreneurship. Prospective clients want to be able to relate to you in order to relate to your product. Social is helping business owners bring their story-telling to a whole new level. By voicing your expression, you capture the attention of prospective clients and make them followers. By creating and delivering a vision inline with your story, you turn prospective clients into actual clients. Love what you do. This is one I say a lot but that's because it is very important.
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