Launch a Happy New You in 2016 on January 24, 2016

IMG_8216Are you ready to unleash a Happy New You in 2016?
Do you know that the world is waiting for your purpose?
Are you ready to let go of the crippling fear that is blocking your success?
Are you tired of the of the frustration you feel at work and at home?
Do you long for a strong and an assuring relationship with your maker?
Are you ready to speak and breathe life into your miracles?
Do you want to learn how to attract and retain the love that you deserve?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, we invite you to join us at House of Ganiyah’s first tribal meeting/webinar – Happy New You.
Join Bravepreneur Bolaji Oyejide, breast cancer survivor and advocate Jelilat Oyetunji, Psychotherapist and Coach, Summayyah Sadiq-Ojibara, Family Life Coach ‘Yinka Ogunfemi, Balanced Living Coach and Physician Dr. Shola Shade Ezeokoli and your host, House of Ganiyah Founder, Author and your Purpose Driven Life Enabler, Tope Fajingbesi.
Simply join our tribe and mark your calendar (Sunday January 24th 2016 at 2PM ET) to attend the event.

How Will My Family/Friends Take It?

Do it For His Sake

He will Create a Way

He Knows Your Breaking Point

Join the #GratitudeChallengeWithTFAJ

As we count down to the final moments of 2015, how about we do things differently this year? Instead of allowing the devil to throw you into despair by reminding of the things you didn’t “achieve” yet, let’s turn it around, shall we? I am challenging myself first and foremost, and then you to start a private ‪#‎GratitudeJournal‬, and every day from November 24th till January 2nd 2016, please enter one thing you are extremely thankful for. ‪#‎CountYourBlessings‬ #‎SecretToGettingMore‬ 

Are you in? Use #‎GratitudeChallengeWithTFAJ‬ and follow us on Facebook or Twitter so we can keep one another accountable. Remember, this is a private journal, so no need to post your notes publicly, just make sure you make entries in your #GratitudeJournal. You may however leave comments here to inspire others as well! Lets Go! 

Letting Go: Part 2

This video is dedicated to my friend, brother, and the dear husband of my UKF sister. Your shocking transition to Allah was what Allah used to push me to make this video, to remind myself and others about letting go so we can live each moment on purpose. 
My brother Kabiru, may Allah forgive and have mercy on you, amin.
To those who will watch this, I pray that God uses the words to nudge you towards your purpose in life, and that God uses it to remind you and I that life is short.
Ma-asalam

Letting Go: Part 1

My inbox, whatsapp and cell phone have been on overtime duties since I made and shared this video, which has gathered almost 6,000 views in 3 days. I am truly humbled by the trust of friends and complete strangers who have since shared their all too familiar struggles with me. I have barely posted anything on my Facebook page since Sunday (which is unlike me,) because I have been reflecting on all the conversations I have had with you, and it is your overwhelming response that has made me wake up this blog again today, Alhamdulillah. Over the next couple of weeks insha Allah, I will share my thoughts and the lessons I have learned about “letting go and letting God” through texts and videos. May God help you “hear” me better than the words I use, and may He make this a reminder for me as well because I always need it. So here we go with Part 1.

  1. You are not alone in this struggle to find your happy place. The human desire to pursue happiness is a life long struggle, which only ends when we die, but I am learning each day that happiness and wholeness only comes from within.
  2. Speak your truth.  When I made the video, I asked people to share it, but I never in my wildest dreams imagined that it will have almost 6,000 views in less than 72 hours. (PS: If I had known, I would have worn some make up and “glammed” up very well, laughs!) We must learn to ask for big things, speak boldly, write and dream great things about ourselves without showing off or belittling others.
  3. But Tope, I have been speaking my greatness about having a child, a job I like, a spouse that loves me, money to live better etc, but the mountain is not moving.” Yes, the human reaction is to give up, in fact some “religious” people will say you should let it go because maybe God hasn’t destined it to happen. Please don’t go there with them! Did they write your destiny? If you have been praying and speaking that truth forever, but it looks like nothing is happening, it is time to transition from being religious to being spiritual. Keep speaking your truth with firm belief that it will manifest, but take notes on your journey because it is part of your testimony. How will you help someone going through unemployment heal if you haven’t been there before? How will you “speak” about the loneliness of being single and the sadness of heartbreak and betrayal if you haven’t walked these roads? How will you sing “come and see what the Lord has done for me” like my Nigerian Christian friends if the journey is a walk in the park? Your current pain is not meant to break you, it is your internship for your successful Purpose Driven Life.

“But what if I hear from Him but refuse to obey?” No worries, If God favors you, He will push you. Case study – I was unemployed twice in 8 months in the thick of the 2009 recession. Yes, God pushed me twice and instead of being hurt, I was thrown into celebration. This and more coming up in Part 2  Insha Allah…

Please share with people you love, you never know who needs to hear this message now. May God bless you and make this journey easier for you and for me, Amin.

Ma-asalam!

You Are Invited: U.S. State Department

The Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, met with Diaspora Leaders at the State Department on Tuesday, June 30 2015.  About 30 Diaspora leaders, including Yours Truly were invited to the beautiful State Department building to discuss and brainstorm on ideas for strengthening the impact of Diaspora in the implementation of US – Africa policy and programs.  Those invited to attend represented a wide cross-section of stakeholders representing NGOs and Advocacy groups, private sector, faith-based organizations, and others.  Melvin Foote, the President of the Constituency for Africa (CFA), served as the moderator.  Mr. Foote was quite pleased with the meeting.  Said Foote, “It is great that the Diaspora can have such an intimate discussion with the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs inside the State Department.  Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield truly understands the potential of the Diaspora in impacting in Africa, and wants to bring that talent to bear.  We are already talking about follow-up discussions aimed at  strengthening and deepening Diaspora engagement with Africa”!
Here is the message I sent to the amazing Ms. Nicole Peacock who organized the meeting:
First of all, I will like to say a very big thank you for organizing the African/African Diaspora working group meeting with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. I truly hope we can have this interaction with her and among ourselves at least once every quarter or at the very least twice a year. I think this type of group is what will ensure that the US-Africa policy is alive, that African change makers work together and most importantly that we can break this African immigrants vs. African-American divide that keeps holding us back.  Since many of us feel the pulse of our communities back home, we are in good positions to informally advice the U.S. government through this interaction on policies that will truly benefit our communities. I can honestly go on and on about how much I gained in less than 2 hours especially the partnerships that I am now forming, but I am sure you get the point already.”
Some Photos from the event….