Tope Fajingbesi Balogun is a Nigerian-American social entrepreneur, independent financial management consultant, inspirational speaker, purpose driven life teacher and the author of the amazon.com best selling novel, Love in Cancun. She created and hosts Impact Africa, a radio program that inspires listeners to participate actively in African development through entrepreneurship and job creation particularly for Africa’s growing youth population. She also invests considerable time and energy into creating a better world for children from low-income families through the education, healthcare and social welfare initiatives of United for Kids Foundation, an organization she co-founded in 2002 and which she continues to serve as its Executive Director/Coordinating Trustee (Pro-Bono). Even though managed by volunteers, United for Kids Foundation’s revenue, which is generated mainly from individual donors increased from $39,000 in 2009 to >$400,000 in 2016. The number of children covered under the organization’s programs also increased from less than 2,000 in 2009 to over 50,000 in 2016. Tope’s efforts earned her an award at the Nigeria Centenary USA Awards ceremony in New York City on September 27th 2014. Tope’s main life mission is inspiring and empowering her tribe to find, fund and fully unleash their purpose driven lives so they can be the change makers they were created to be. She merges her hobbies (traveling and writing) with a deep love for, and commitment to her faith and home country, Nigeria by visiting regularly, speaking to various audiences and blogging about living on purpose at www.ganiyah.com.
Prior to embracing her calling to be an inspirational speaker and teacher, Tope was an accountant and financial coach. She is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Nigerian Chartered Accountant (1999 ICAN prizewinner). She joined the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in 2009, and rose to the rank of Assistant Director of Financial Services at AFT’s Washington DC headquarters. She also invented “money color”, a revolutionary system that helps individuals understand and improve their relationship with money. The money color phenomenon evolved into a whole book titled – “What Color Is Your Money?” Tope acquired more than 17 years’ accounting and financial management experience working with Big Four public accounting firms (Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers), Fortune 500 corporations, and nonprofit organizations across the USA and Nigeria between 1998 and 2015. She was ranked as one of America’s Top 11 financial coaches by www.badcredit.org in 2014.
She obtained a Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where she was the best graduating student in the College of Business Administration. She also obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Tope is a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar Session 530 – “Value(s) for Money? Philanthropy as a Catalyst for Social and Financial Transformation.” She also attended the University of Oxford’s Women Transforming Leadership in October 2014. Tope was one of 30 African leaders invited to the U.S. White House in preparation for the 2014 U.S.-Africa leaders summit in May 2014, and President Obama’s Eid reception for Muslim Americans in July 2016. In addition to working on Secretary Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as an organizer in Michigan, Tope had the honor of giving the field pitch at Mrs. Clinton’s final presidential campaign rally in Grand Rapids Michigan on November 7, 2016. She was also the keynote speaker at the prestigious Grand Rapids City High School 2017 graduation ceremony on June 6, 2017.
Tope has been featured on Channels TV, WFM 91.7FM, Voice of America TV and major print media publications such as Sun News. Tope strongly believes that the best teacher is one who is him/herself a student, therefore she seeks coaching and learning opportunities from home and abroad. She regularly attends Lisa Nichols’ Motivating the Masses conferences for speakers and coaches, and joined the organization’s 14K club, a program that coaches high performing speakers to serve their tribe at the highest levels in 2015. Tope also attended the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen in May 2016.
What are event organizers saying about Tope?
“Dear Temitope, I would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to you for spending time with us in Bonny and Port Harcourt (virtually in Abuja and Lagos). Everybody I have spoken to wants me to express their appreciation for your very inspiring presentation. We were honored by your presence and truly grateful. We know as we progress on our life journey, taking from the nuggets you shared, we are assured that ‘Every fiber of my being, Make me - Pieces of Greatness.’ Thank you. - Yejide (For: NWiN Executive Committee)
“My team had a great time with you – I work with an amazing team & we are transforming the Nigerian Media Industry. Thank you for being a part of our journey. Please stop by on your next trip.” – Africa Magic/MultiChoice, Nigeria
“Mrs. Tope Fajingbesi-Balogun is the most phenomenal woman I have ever met. Her insightful lecture topics, warped in the fundamentals of faith and masked with her personal stories are definitely a tearjerker, as well as a boost in confidence! Sister Tope has enumerated many accounts of the keys to success and always leaves you with an inspiring and thought-provoking charge! I would call Sis Tope, the next Oprah but she’s better! Book her for your next event, before someone else does :)” - Young Adult Summer Retreat, Virginia USA
“I pray this message greets you in good spirits. On behalf on the Women’s Conference Committee we want to say thank you and may Allah continue to bless you and grant you wisdom and guidance. Your talk was very beneficial and our participants felt it was a breath of fresh air in connecting business with Allah’s commandments. They also expressed they want you back next year and your books in our surveys! Have a blessed day. “ - Women’s Conference 2016, Philadelphia USA
“Sis Ganiyah, your video was aired yesterday at MAJALIS and you left the audience wanting more, jazakillah khair may Allah (swt) reward immensely and take care of you affairs for you, the gift Allah has bestowed on you in great I pray he continues to use you in this huge goodness you are doing, may He be with you and enrich you with all goodness l respect and l love you for the sake of Allah.” - FOMWA Ireland“Greatest Akokities! After listening and connecting with Akokities that came to the convention. The powerful message from Tope has propelled me to write this little message. The power of one definitely has to be a game changer for all Akokities. We need to start making changes where ever we are.What are you contributing to the community you live in right Now?Which Akokities or Nigerians in need are you helping with all the wealth of knowledge you have acquired so far?What has been your contributions to the University of Lagos?What has been your contributions to your family and the people around you?What is stopping you from contributing your time and money if possible to the suffering communities in Nigeria and Africa.I am challenging Akokities to come together from all works of life to start making a difference. You can start today yourself and if you need a mentor, I am sure there are lots of Akokities out there to help you including our own Tope.Together we are stronger. I pray this message empowers you to start making a difference wherever you are.”Greatest Akokities.David AsekomheUniversity of Lagos North American Convention (July 2017)