Howdy everybody! I’m back. Well almost. I hope you all have had a great summer like me. I’ve missed blogging and I want to believe you all missed reading my posts (at least some of you have reached out to let me know…it always makes me smile when people reach out about the blog.) I set out this summer to figure things out for myself especially in reference to my future and where I would like to end up. During this process, I’ve learned a lot about myself and I would have to say the most important thing I’ve learned are my boundaries. I won’t get into too much detail just yet but I will say this much, in the quest for success, it is super important to know who you are and know what you stand for. People will throw things your way things that seem too good to be true because they usually are; things that make it seem like what you’re aiming for can’t be achieved unless you do certain things the truth is with God first, a clean heart/mind, a purpose, a plan, drive and ambition, you can achieve anything you set your mind to (all these things are free). Will it be easy… HELL NAW! Can it be done? ABSOLUTELY!!!!
My point is know yourself, know your worth (Drake voice…LOL) know your boundaries and no matter how useless you think you are or how undeserving you want to convince yourself you are, God loves you that way and all he wants is for you to put him first. So show up and let him SHOW OUT!
So back to blog matters 🙂 while on my trip, I have had the privilege of interviewing some amazing women doing amazing things. You know the women who put in the work but you may not hear about them because their struggle/journey to success doesn’t always fit the glamour people want to believe success is. I believe I’ve said it before but just in case I haven’t, I’ll say it again SUCCESS IS NOT GLAMOUROUS!!!
The women I spoke to include:
- Adeola Shasanya – Co-founder Afro Tech Girls
- Dr Ola Orekurin – Founder & CEO Flying Doctors Nigeria
- Bidemi Zakariyau – CEO LSFPR
- Adenrele Sonariwo – CEO/Founder RELE Art gallery
- Uju Rapu – CEO Belfiore
- Kene Rapu – CEO Kene Rapu Nigeria
- Jokotola Edu – CEO Joko Edu Lagos
What makes the stories of these seven women exceptional as well as other women forging their own path in Nigeria is that Nigeria is a male dominated society. Women who thrive in life here are expected to pay their dues in ways men aren’t asked to but against all odds, these women have chosen to stay the course and trust the process. I will be working through these interviews for your reading pleasure and I hope you enjoy them. As always, please feel free to nominate women you believe should have their stories told by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t wait for you to read my posts. Have a great week ahead and God bless you! 🙂