How to thrive during this unusual season!

I don’t know about you, but the combination of the sad news all over the airwaves, loss of a good friend to the COVID-19 pandemic, crashing stock market, oil price collapse, forced house arrest for the past 45 days, and teaching my university courses online was about to send me to rehab until the month of Ramadan started on Friday!
Now, after 3 days of fasting, I feel like I can finally write to my dear tribe members and share some tips that have brought peace and hope into my heart.
So, here we go, I hope these help!

  1. Don’t allow anyone bully you into discovering that magical purpose during this time you are home! Run your own race!
  2. Give yourself some grace period – there will be days all you want to do is eat ice cream and watch TV the entire day. Those are called mental health days! And yes, they may occur for 7 days in a row during this crisis period. Take them!
  3. Don’t sweat about your potential job loss or feel overly confident that your job will survive this global downturn. There is a middle road here – take it!
  4. Live well, but live lean! This is not the time to “live only once.” Don’t be reckless. But don’t hoard, and don’t be miserly. However, understand, that there are many other ways to help people other than doling out cash!
  5. Write – journal! Write down your dreams, fears, hopes, whatever, just write! There is power in written words, and in 5 years time, you will learn so much more about yourself from yourself.
  6. Hope – Have high hopes and expectations that you and your loved ones will survive this crisis, and allow yourself to dream about a meaningful life after it! Think about how you can “live more” when this is over! 
  7. Pray, pray and pray. Connect with the FORCE that is far bigger than you and I. And have high expectations of that FORCE.

I hope these words heal your heart and help you begin this new week on a brighter note.

Hope to see you soon, by the grace of God.


11 Things Yves Saint Laurent Taught Me

Sunday, June 30, 2019
Virgin Atlantic Flight 21K

IMG_8440Yesterday was a special day. After an amazing “destiny helping” 2-day summit in Marrakech, a few of us got to spend some quality time together. We toured the Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Museum, Majorelle Garden and wrapped up the day with lunch at the most breath-taking residence! By the time we finished at the YSL museum, the writer in me could no longer stay focused. So, while other members of our small party toured the garden, I found a nice shaded spot to “insure” my reflections by writing them down.

IMG_8437Now, as the aircraft soars many thousand feet above the Atlantic, I thought to read and reflect on my notes, enrich them with my current thoughts, and also share them with you. I hope they stir up something in your soul as well. So, here are the lessons I learnt:

  1. You were born with your dreams, and they will show up as you journey through life, but you have got to pay attention, or else you will miss the signs. YSL began dreaming of “couture” at the young age of 13. However, if he didn’t tend to and nurture that dream, he would never have created a timeless empire.
  2. A dream will remain an unrealistic fantasy if you don’t make a deliberate and conscious decision to nurture it. YSL joined Christian Dior at the age of 18 (in 1954.) No, he didn’t defer his dream to study engineering, accounting or medicine for his parents first. But beyond being an apprentice with Dior. Nurturing a dream also requires following the clues and leads life gives us even when we don’t have all the answers yet. It requires sowing and tilling with hope and faith, otherwise there can be no bountiful harvest.
  3. You have got to step away from the market place. Perhaps YSL f51c1630-635e-4fa6-ad0c-7b04292322f0wouldn’t have been so creative and successful if he didn’t move from France to Morocco, just as I had to step away from the tour of the garden to journal my thoughts. Could I have done it later at night? Perhaps, but it wouldn’t have been as effective and potent. It may be hard, but you have to learn to step away from the “action” to properly protect, visualize and actualize your dreams.
  4. Don’t be afraid to shine your light. That’s the only way your destiny helper will find you. Dior passed away suddenly just 2 years after YSL joined him, but he (Dior) named YSL as the one to continue the artistic direction of the House of Dior. Had YSL been afraid to shine his light, Dior wouldn’t have recognized the “successor” he had in his team.
  5. Don’t be afraid to “move along.” Especially when you are having a good time and living a “comfortable” successful life. I doubt if YSL would have been as successful if he had stayed trapped in the familiarity of France or House of Dior.
  6. Yves Saint Laurent said: “Style is important, not fashion. Fashion with its madness fades, but style remains.” This quote hit me like a ton of bricks! And I “heard” them in every piece on display as we toured the room where some of his amazing designs were showcased. I mean, those amazing pieces he created years and decades ago would still stop shows today.
  7. Don’t be afraid to be the first. From being the first to launch a ready to wear label in 1966 to unveiling his Chinese collection in 1977, YSL was never afraid to be the first even if the move was greeted by criticisms. He led with boldness and conviction.
  8. b8525e57-5239-4a99-950e-ad36dfc50afaHonor your “tribe.” In one of his speeches, he thanked all the women who had worn his clothes, specifically thanking both the ones who were famous and those who weren’t. He recognized the fact that regardless of how much fame they had, any woman who wore something he created was a member of his tribe that was worthy of the same respect. It was this particular lesson that gave me the strength to leave the private luncheon I had felt so honored to be invited to, barely an hour into it yesterday. I mean, I was having important conversations with everyone I had wanted to speak with one-on-one during the conference, and my flight wasn’t until 10 p.m. at night, so why the hurry? I mean, the fact that Hafsat was happily recounting the stories I had told her about SD a couple of months ago, that a country’s serving ambassador was telling me she wanted me to meet her daughter, or that I was having an amazing conversation with one of the democratic women I have admired for a long time, were enough reasons to stay. But I didn’t. I had promised a young member of my tribe serving in the Peace Corp in Morocco that we would meet, and was more important than any conversation I was having.
  1. Comfort is the enemy of success. But even the best of us get distracted and complacent. Had YSL not been fired from the House of Dior at 30, he may never have created his empire. While waiting to board this flight at Heathrow, I called my older sister whose advice means a lot to me. I told her that I intend to quit one of my “constant” revenue streams to put more time into expanding She-EO. Her response, as expected, a fear laced “why?” sent shivers down my spine for a brief moment. But thankfully I “met” YSL yesterday, and his life reinforced my belief that “I can’t taste mind blowing success unless I am ready to fail woefully.”
  2. Beware of the endless applauses and the boos. Just when I thought I was in my zone writing my thoughts, a strange man walked up to hold my hand blurting out something in native Moroccan language. I am not sure what he said, but he was certainly applauding something I was doing or wearing. His compliments and adoration got lost in the language barrier between us, and then made me lose my train of thoughts. The brief distraction reminded me about “real life.” How often does this happen in our lives? We step away to work on something important, but somehow the noise finds us and derails us. It blocks our signal and connection with our GPS, so we end up getting lost. However, it isn’t just the applauses that can distract, the endless criticisms from the “well-meaning critics” will slow you down faster than the stationary -trucks on “Lagos bridges.”
  3. Yes, leave it all on the field, but don’t wait until the “fat lady sings” before exiting the stage. YSL quit the fashion stage when the ovation was still so loud in 2002. You also have to know when the music has stopped playing or when the tune changes to slow jams, so you can change your steps.

I hope you found at least one of these 11 lessons as useful as I did.

IMG_8447A big thank you to the Founder of Women in Africa – Aude, and her husband who both opened up their home and hearts to us, President Hafsat Abiola (I think MKO would have been super proud of you this week as always,) to JC, who not only led our delegation but took it upon himself to make sure we were deriving maximum benefit from the conference, my roommates – Lydia and Funlayo, Ngozi, who introduced me to Women in Africa, and to every woman and man who transformed lives at the summit this week. Thank you all for staying true to your “why.” May the impact you continue to make never be erased for generations and in eternity.

How to Make That Conference Count

No photo description available.A number of people have reached out to me about the #WIASummit, and that makes me feel really glad. Be sure that I will inform you when registration begins for next year’s #WIASummit #BGG. You can also join their mailing list at Having said that, I thought to share a few things that were “re-installed” in my brain this past week. Things that I have learnt and continue to practice when I attend events like this.

1. Be intentional about where you go, and who you meet. There is nothing to gain from being seen seen with famous people or popular events if they can’t help your destiny.
2. Ladies…. Dress to impress for sure, but if “slaying” is your goal, pause to imagine what you can buy or the empire you can build with a million “you look fabulous compliments.”
3. Photos are great, and I love them because i use them to store contacts in my phone so that I remember people after the event. Business cards are even greater. However, the only thing that works better than these, sticks more are the “powerful conversations” you have in the brief moments you share with people. I am sure I am not the only one that finds it hard remember people I meet at event, but what I do remember are remarkable stories and conversations.
4. Be ready! Imagine getting to meet an important destiny helper, and not having your “elevator pitch” linking what you do to their life’s work? What a waste! If you don’t wear your mission on your sleeves, you end up trying to own everyone else’s, and you come across as fake.
5. Use the space well. Don’t attend a conference to meet famous people. Attend to meet your destiny helpers. Enough said…
6. Get a YES. The only response you get when you don’t ask is NO. This one is for my fellow Africans in particular. Go beyond the agenda, don’t wait for planned activities that help break the ice. Speak to strangers, find common interests. And don’t judge a person by its cover.
7. Finally, it’s not the highs of the event that will move you to the next level, it’s how you use what you got and who you met afterwards that count. So what if you got a thousand cards and tons of photos? Sometimes it’s one piece of information you paid attention to, or one connection with the most unlikely person that transforms your life. The real work starts after the applauses end, and the lights go out, so be intentional and always roll up your sleeves.
– Love, @TFAJ17

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Chigul, Maisie Dunbar, Jubril Saba speak on Widowhood, Mental Health, Women Rising at She-EO 4.0

IMG_0644_previewThe fourth edition of She-EO, a safe space created by House of Ganiyah, for women of African descent to hold conversations that matter, was held at the Nigerian Law School in Victoria Island Lagos on Saturday, January 12th, 2019. The event kicked off with “Tea talk with Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah”, who was interviewed by Channels TV anchor, Shola Soyele. Chigul shared details of her journey into, and rise in Nollywood, as well as lessons learned from challenging previous personal relationships. She-EO’s founder, Tope Fajingbesi Balogun in the next segment, shared inspiring tips on failing and failure. Her session identified the importance of letting go and choosing to walk through life on your own terms.

Read More and view photos in Bella Naija.

4 Reasons You Deserve to Attend She-EO 4

Got a burning question or issue related to your mental health, career, business or life in general? A question you are uncomfortable asking someone in person? You can submit it here, and we will ask our experts and battle tested women on the She-EO stage. You do not have to include your name or other identifiers, but you will need to attend She-EO 4.0 to get your answer. More details here.

She-EO is Heading Back to Lagos!

Hello Lagos! Bawo ni?

In July, we hosted:

  • The Mayor of the City of Baltimore,
  • 2 Fortune 500 Senior VPs,
  • Successful Entrepreneurs featured in Forces and Fortune Magazines,
  • and 100 Amazing She-EOs!

Now, we are moving the train to Lagos to host you! Yeah, You!

…. because you are worth more!

She-EO is coming back to town. Get all the details about #SheEO4 right here! Don’t forget that only 100 special ladies will get seats in the room, so grab yours today!



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Tope Fajingbesi Balogun,

She-EO 3.0 Line Up

We are thrilled to reveal the line up of hosts and speakers (hot seat guests) who will join Tope Fajingbesi Balogun to light up the stage at She-EO 3.0: Be More Edition at the University of Baltimore on Saturday July 28th.  We are especially honored to announce that Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, the Mayor of Baltimore will be our special guest of honor at the occasion.

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If our guests’ profiles inspire you, then be sure to get your tickets today.

Mayor Pugh She-EO

Hot Seat Guests

Headshot Douglas EzeDouglas A. C. Eze established Largo Financial Services Inc. in 2000 with a vision to provide individuals and small business owners with the education and guidance needed to achieve financial freedom. As a wealth strategist, award-winning financial advisor and author, Douglas believes in helping his clients find money in places they may be throwing it away unknowingly and unnecessarily. He also equips individuals with the information and knowledge to make sound financial decisions. With over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry, Douglas has continually studied and trained to stay current on the principles and trends of personal finance and wealth accumulation. His “common sense”, pragmatic approach when considering financial alternatives stands out among others. Douglas is a distinguished member of the exclusive Million Dollar Roundtable, an organization of notable financial representatives. As a leading business figure, Douglas has also been featured in Profile Magazine and Power Broker Magazine as one of the Top 25 Top Wealth Builders and Financial Professionals in the Tampa Bay Area. Douglas will be answering the toughest questions about getting debt and wealth creation/retention. So if you want to do better in this area, you should reserve your seat at She-EO today.

Head Shot - Kathy HankinsKathy Hankins is the owner of KatTur LLC, for health and wellness, as well as patient advocacy. She received her Registered Yoga Teacher certification in 2014, but has been a practicing yogi since 1973. She currently teaches mixed level classes of various types of yoga and meditation at the Western Presbyterian Church in the Foggy Bottom area of Washington, D.C. She occasionally teaches at the Women’s Center in Rockville, Maryland. Kathy is also a “People Walker,” which is a practice of yoga and walking for fitness and wellbeing.

Head Shot NajwaNajwa Awad is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-C) that has provided mental health services to individuals and families in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area for over 10 years. She obtained a Bachelors degree in Psychology at George Mason University and a Masters in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University specializing in the clinical treatment of individuals and families. Najwa also has post graduate education in the treatment of complex psychiatric trauma and online counseling. Her experience in the field is diverse and includes providing services at group homes, schools and in the foster care system. Most recently Najwa has been working and supervising in outpatient mental health settings providing therapy to women, children and families. Commonly treated issues include trauma, mood disorders, behavioral disorders and anxiety. Najwa gives regular mental health workshops in the community and is also Fellow at the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research.

Head Shot Abi AkinolaAbi (Bisoye) Akinola is a serial entrepreneur. She is the owner and CEO of Siobhan Foods -a franchisee of a top Quick Service Restaurant brand (Chicken Republic) in Nigeria- and the founder of Tea For Two, a catering company which serviced a couple of Primary schools in Ikoyi and Lekki, Lagos. She graduated with a B.Sc Estate Management and an MBA from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She was the Pastor of Oakwood, a parish of the RCCG in Lekki Lagos from March 2015 to October 2016 when she moved to Paris with her family. She’s a speaker who also loves to write in her spare time. Abi currently lives in a suburb of Paris, France.

Head Shot - CordeliaCordelia Gaffar is an international best-selling published author, speaker, Certified in Sports Nutrition, a former corporate accountant and mom of 6. She helps women to heal by building a system of self-nurturing nourishing with wholesome food, energizing with movement and reframing her perspective with sweet talk ultimately eliminating the cause of her health conditions and detox her body. After the birth of her second child, she sought medical attention for postpartum depression and extreme weight gain which led to her studies in nutrition, exercise, and mindset. In less than a year, she lost over 60 pounds and regained clarity and joy. With that transformation, it became her mission to hone that superpower and help women to do the same. She is the hostess of  the Replenish Me show on the Progressive Radio Network and featured on international  Radio 786 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Head Shot - Funlayo AlabiFunlayo Alabi (CEO, Shea Radiance) and her husband Shola Alabi co-founded Shea Radiance, a natural beauty brand based in Maryland that manufactures hair and body care products using shea butter as a key ingredient. Their business was born out of a need to find a natural solution for their children’s eczema and dry skin problems. An integral part of Shea Radiance mission is to empower 16 million African women who processing shea nuts and butter, and connect them with women around the world who benefit from their artisan craftsmanship. Shea Radiance products can be found in Natural Specialty stores across the US including Whole Foods Markets in the Mid Atlantic region. Funlayo serves as the Chair of the Global Shea Alliance Sustainability Working Group where she is responsible for leading change to ensure the next generation of business values the input of the women whose labor is so instrumental to the industry.  Funlayo holds a B.A. in International Business from Howard University and an M.B.A. from Regent University.

Head Shot Funmi 2Funmi Williamson, Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Risk Officer, leads the risk management function for Constellation and Exelon Generation. As a member of the Constellation Leadership Committee, Williamson is responsible for the identification, assessment, and monitoring of Strategic, Financial and Operational risks, and the communication of those risks to the Finance and Risk Committee of the Board of Directors. Previously, Williamson was vice president, Commercial Risk Management. In that role, she was responsible for ensuring that all commercial activities were aligned with Exelon’s risk appetite while providing the opportunity for growth. Prior to joining Constellation, she was a member of the Assurance and Business Advisory team at Arthur Andersen. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Seun ObajoluSeun Obajolu is an internationally acclaimed Motivational Speaker, Relationship Coach, and Social Media Influencer with a focus on Life coaching, Relationships and Marriages. She is the Founder/CEO of Inspyred Hope – an Umbrella Nonprofit organization registered in the United States and Nigeria, which empowers women and families through outreach programs, advocacy and literacy, and support groups. She is very passionate about issues affecting women and families, and she is an avid change agent in reversing the status quo of women marginalization in modern societies. She holds a Bachelor’s of science degree in Nursing from Grand Canyon University, Arizona, USA. She is married with 4 Girls. Seun will be tackling tough questions about sex and intimacy at She-EO 3.0: Be More Edition.

Head Shot Deola 2Dr. Adeola Oke, a Nurse, Public Health Professional and experienced Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, helps people enjoy a healthy and wholesome life through a holistic approach to health-care. She is three allied health professionals in one! She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Public Health and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from University of Maryland. She is also a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She experienced the benefit of quality natural supplements when she woke up one day unable to walk.  After getting no relief from acetaminophen or ibuprofen, she turned to a natural pain supplement. An hour after taking the supplement, she was able to walk again without pain! She currently works with veterans to optimize their health. Her medical knowledge, personal experiences and passion for public health inspired her upcoming book titled: “Heal Thy Joints: Pharmacist Reveals Insider Secrets To Pain Relief Safely & Naturally.”

16832148_10154713925055589_84084019453050776_nADEOLA ARIYO is an inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and an aspiring author. She’s very passionate about inspiring people to live a fulfilled life and driven by women and children empowerment. Although trained as a Software Engineer, she’s always been involved in mentoring and tutoring the youth since her early years. She believes strongly in the importance of having a mentor to help guide, nurture and develop one’s gifts. This passion of hers led to the birth of THE GEMZ, Inc., a mentoring and leadership program in the Washington DC metropolitan area, for girls and young ladies between the ages of 11 and 18. In 2016, the organization added a new initiative to provide a platform and host networking and training events for women between the ages of 35 and 50 to inspire them to network, dream again, launch businesses and impact the younger generation. Adeola’s initiatives have been featured on the Washington post, 104.1 and recently interviewed on Good morning Washington, ABC7 news. Adeola is passionate about living a life of legacy by making an impact in the lives of others. Her motto is to live and not merely exist. She is married with 3 adorable sons and currently resides in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Head ShotTausi-2Tausi Suedi is a multilingual global public health policy professional whose passion and work primarily focuses on maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health in marginalized communities mainly in low- and middle-income countries. With a public track record reflecting more than twelve years of international work experience, understanding of cultural complexities and the vast global health landscape, Suedi brings a unique and amplified voice to address the health access challenges women, children, and youth in underserved urban and rural areas are facing. Fueled by her own maternal health experiences, Childbirth Survival International (CSI) was birthed. At CSI, a global nonprofit she cofounded in 2013, her role is centered on effective grassroots interventions in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent/youth health; shaping health policies to reach the unreached with quality health services and information; strengthening capacity of frontline health workers and health facilities especially in underserved communities to provide basic health services; being strategic in rallying support from the community especially men and local/religious leaders to champion issues for women and girls; drive economic empowerment opportunities for women and adolescents/youth forced to drop out of school; plus engaging with government leaders, partners, donors and various stakeholders to maximize outreach and impact. Under her leadership, CSI currently spans across five countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Ghana, and Nigeria; including locally in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. In May 2003, Suedi graduated from Towson University in Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health with a minor in Geography and Environmental Planning. Driven and eager to serve humanity, she earned a Master of Public Health track Global Health Policy from the George Washington University, District of Columbia in May 2005.

RitaDr. Rita Bailey-Roland, CPA is a graduate of George Washington University (GWU) with a degree in Accountancy.  She is a Chartered Federal Employee Benefits Consultant (ChFEBC(sm) and the Founder and President of Affordable Benefits Solutions, Inc. She started her successful career at CSO as an Agent. Years later she moved on to become President of EU Financial, Inc. a million dollar insurance agency.  In 2004, Rita aided in the development of the government division of Financial Assurance Corporation and was appointed Vice President. Rita has been assisting clients for the last 26 years accumulating over 2,600 clients. She has educated taught several workshops for Blacks in Government, Federally Employed Women, IRS, EPA, APWU, VA, Dept of Justice, NTEU and many more agencies and associations. Dedicating her insurance/ financial career to changing people’s lives one at a time came from her life experiences and a result of her mother’s death when she was 11 years old. Rita realized then and teaches now, that understanding your employee benefits are crucial to planning for the financial future for you and your family. Rita is an advocate for helping people to align their values and dreams with their actions. She is known for helping her clients strategize their financial plans.  She’s committed to her business through her hard work, dedication and expanding her client base by providing a full range of products and services.

Head Shot - KumbaKumba is a mother, wife, business owner in Africa, humanitarian and advocate for women issues. She is the proprietor and creative director of “Tresor, the Closet and Beyond” , a leading high end fashion store in The Gambia, which opened in 2010. Tresor was awarded the fashion store of the year in The Gambia in 2012, after just only two years in business. Kumba runs her business by spending significant amounts of time in both the USA and Africa, effectively leverages technology to efficiently manage her business. Kumba is also founder of the “Yes, We Can Read” program which focuses on young kids in The Gambia. This was started and privately funded by her family in 2009. Sponsorship has expanded to include other Gambians and non-Gambians in the diaspora as well as 10% of sales proceeds from Tresor, the Closet and Beyond. Kumba is the founder of the Night of Excellence in The Gambia, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of Gambian women both in The Gambia and the diaspora. The event is also a fundraiser for the “Yes, We Can Read” program. Kumba has substantial experience both in managerial roles and as a high grossing sales executive in the US. Kumba holds a degree in international business and finance from the Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She was born in The Gambia and came to the USA after high school to attend university. She is a dual citizen of the USA and The Gambia.

Verizon_Magda_Yrizarry_thumbnailMs. Magda N. Yrizarry serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Talent & Diversity Officer at Verizon Communications Inc. Ms. Yrizarry is responsible for designing strategies related to diversity, ethics, company culture, safety and environment. Ms. Yrizarry served as Vice President of Workplace Culture, Diversity & Compliance at Verizon Communications Inc. and served as its Vice president of Workplace Culture and Compliance since August 2004. In her previous position, Ms. Yrizarry developed strategic alliances with national multicultural organizations, and represented Verizon on issues of public policy and corporate responsibility. She began her Verizon career at New York Telephone in 1990 and served in various assignments in community relations, market development and governmental affairs and Verizon Foundation. Ms. Yrizarry is a Founding Member of 100 Hispanic Women, Chairperson of ASPIRA of New York and a Member of the ASPIRA Association’s executive board. She is the recipient of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation’s highest honor, the President’s Award, for her commitment to Latino youth and the Hispanic community. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Regional Planning from Cornell University and completed the executive training program at Harvard University.


Headshot - BunmiMistress of Ceremonies – Bunmi Emenanjo

An attorney with a biotechnology background, Bunmi  has a career that spans 16 years moving fluidly between the legal and biotechnology world. While her current profession is as an ethics attorney, she continues to pursue her various passions. A strong believer in nourishing your creative spirit, she enjoys writing, cooking, baking, and refurbishing used furniture; hiking the great outdoors is her self-care of choice. A mother to three Nigerian-American children, she created the children’s book club, Atlas Kids Book Club, as part of her efforts to ensure that her children remain connected with their African heritage and continue to develop a global awareness through literature. A student of authenticity and vulnerability, Bunmi studies the teachings of experts such as Brene Brown and Pema Chodron, incorporating these lessons into daily life. An avid reader and culture seeker, she believes that a curious mind, a yearning for constant learning, a fearless pursuit of your purpose, and an active practice of giving and gratitude are key to living your best life.

Headshot RashidatGuest Host – Rashidat Fawehinmi Raji

Her name is Rashidat Fawehinmi Raji and she is HER GiST. HER GiST is about a Nigerian American woman; who is reaching for her purpose, yet rooted in her culture. She is passionate about her purpose to serve others, her tribe who she affectionately calls “my Gistas.”  She serves them as a stock broker, who trades in an essential commodity, Laughter. With humor, she helps her Gistas be comfortable in their skin and ‘stand out’ rather than ‘blend in’ in whatever western situation they may find themselves. That’s why her goal is “making you laugh seriously.”

Head Shot - LoladeLolade Olayokun is the second to last of five children in her family. As fate would have it, the pressure for her to become a doctor or lawyer had faded away by the time her parents were ready to raise her. Shortly after her reign as Miss.Nigeria Independence 2011-12, she kicked off her career in entertainment and Journalism. The name MC Lolahstic has allowed Lolade to speak at Columbia University, host events in London, Toke Makinwa book signing event in Lagos Nigeria, and host on and off the red carpet. In the spring and Fall semesters, Lolade curates the MC Lolahstic College Tour, where she hosts various African Student Organization shows around the country. When Lolade is passionate about something, she goes the extra mile to make sure everyone in her network knows about it. Through these milestones, Lolade became the first producer and Media Correspondent for in the United States.  These milestones have provided unlimited spaces for her to be a creative, humor news driven, and a entertainment junkie that will not stop until she has fulfilled her level of self-success and self-fulfillment.


Join Us For Half Time Report!


Half-Time Reportby GaniyahI am definitely not the only one recording less productivity these days thanks to the ongoing #FIFA world cup. Apart from being a huge source of entertainment for us all, I think there is a ton of lesson notes we can take away from each game. For instance, the way some teams come out more focused, and therefore achieve a lot more after the half time magic in their locker rooms. If you watched Nigeria vs. Iceland yesterday (June 22,) you will understand what I mean by the effects of half time magic.

So its time to do same in our lives as we approach the half-time of 2018! Whether the first half of 2018 was lackluster for you and you need to up your game in the second half, or the first half was blazing hot and you need to maintain momentum, you should certainly join me for this highly interactive session with a few of my friends and experts that I consult personally.

So what is half-time report all about? Its a FREE online event where you review the challenges and successes of the first half of the year, and more importantly get proven tools that will unlock greater successes for you in the second half of the year. We will be focusing on finance& money management, career and emotional strength. Honestly, you do not want to miss this one!

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