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Love in Cancun & Release Euro Tour

Hello Tribe Members,

When I made the tough decision to suspend my Love in Cancun tour to lend my hands and heart to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign  in August 2016, a part of me feared that I may never get back on the tour bus again. I thought interrupting the flow and momentum at the time was a risky venture that may not pay off. But I knew that working on the campaign was a unique opportunity that I could not pass off, so I decided to fly with my fear. And even though she didn’t win the presidency, I learnt so much and met so many amazing people whose stories I will carry with me for the rest of my life, in short the experience was worth its weight in gold. And just when I thought it couldn’t get better, I was given the unique opportunity to deliver the field pitch at her second to the last rally a day before the election. What an unforgettable experience! You can watch my speech here.

But guess what? Not only am I excited to be back on the tour bus, I am so blessed that its going to be bigger and even better than I could have dreamed about last year. So my people, in addition to interesting Love in Cancun gists and stories, I am also coming to Europe with the full RELEASE formula by the special grace of God, to inspire and empower you (and myself too!) to find, fund and fully unleash our purpose driven lives! If you thought the photos and videos from Maryland, Lagos and Abuja were nice, well get ready because we are kicking things up a million notches in Europe!  If you are as ready as I am, please take action to reserve your seats now because capacity is limited. Here are the stops the tour bus will be making:

Tour Stop #1 – The Hague, Netherlands
Date: Saturday, February 18th, 2017
Admission: This is a private event hosted by the Nigerian Shell Community in Holland, and attendance is by invitation. Please send an email to tope@ganiyah.com for more information.
Agenda: Lecture, Love in Cancun sales and signing.

Tour Stop #2 - London, England
londonDate:  Sunday, February 19th, 2017
Time: 3 pm - 6 pm
Venue: Discover, 387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ
Agenda: Release 1.0 Mini Course – GPS & Stakeholder modules, Love in Cancun book Discussion, Behind the scenes gists, sales and signing.
Admission: £10. Limited capacity, please reserve on Eventbrite.

Tour Stop #3 – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Date:  Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Time: 7pm
Venue: Culturando, 15 Avenue de la Faiencerie, 1511 Luxembourg
Agenda: Love in Cancun book discussion, sales and signing.
Admission: Free

Tour Stop #4 - Brussels, Belgium
Date:  
Friday, February 24th, 2017
Time:
10am – 12
pm
Venue: 
American Women’s Club of Belgium. Avenue des Erables, 1
1640 Rhode St Genese
Agenda:
Love in Cancun book discussion, sales and signing.
Admission: 
Free

Tour Stop #5 – Dublin, Ireland
DublinDate:  Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Time: 10 am
VenueIslamic Cultural Center of Ireland, 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Ireland
Agenda: Love in Cancun book discussion, sales and signing.
Admission20 (Single) 25 (Mother & Daughter)
Each ticket covers admission and 1 copy of Love in Cancun
Ticket Contact:  0892231037

Here are 3 reasons to attend at least one of the events:

  • All events will be amazing opportunities to learn and be inspired to unleash your purpose driven life,
  • You will meet and network with awesome people like you,
  • It took me a whole day to create this post and the flyer, so seeing you will make it worth it, laughs!

See you soon by the grace of God!

Michigan Women Vote: Tope, four times a minority

See the original publication on Medium.com.
medium-hrc-photoWhen I quit my full time job as a CPA in August 2015 to give more time to the United for Kids Foundation, an organization I co-founded in 2002 and that I manage pro bono, I knew 2016 was going to be a busy year. However, no crystal ball could have predicted I would take time off that and my exciting book tour to take up a hectic job as an organizer with the Hillary Clinton campaign in Michigan, almost 700 miles away from home. I have been with the most amazing organizing team in Grand Rapids since September 3, and most of the time I still cannot believe how quickly and easily I made the decision to be here.

Although I had been dreaming about “President Hillary Clinton” even before she officially got into the 2016 race, I really didn’t plan to do more than I did for President Obama in Ohio in 2012: volunteer my time for a couple of days before the election. However, my plans changed on July 21 when I attended President Obama’s Eid ul Fitr celebration at the White House. I still can’t find the words to describe the joy and honor I felt when I shook the President’s hands that day, but let’s just say I was very happy. As I drove to my home in Columbia, Maryland, after the party, I got quite anxious. I could feel the sweat in my palms on my steering wheel as my four times minority status being a Black, Muslim, Immigrant Woman began to dawn on me. If I wanted to continue feeling at home in the United States of America, if I wanted me or anyone who looks like me to feel like they deserve this type of honor in the future, I had to get in the in the ring.

I knew that simply volunteering to help get out the votes a couple of days before the election wasn’t going to be sufficient. I knew it was time to suspend the book tour, pack up, and go join the fight wherever it was. I got home, switched on my computer, and submitted my application to be a campaign organizer. I was clear in my application — I wanted to organize Muslims, Africans (both immigrants and U.S. born), and women. I wanted to organize people like me; I wanted to tell them what we had to lose if we refuse to show up for the fight.

I have now spent three hectic and exhausting weeks in Grand Rapids, and I am glad I am in the ring with Secretary Clinton because I know that when she gets to the White House, she will fight for me everyday.

Tope Ganiyah Fajingbesi is the author of Love in Cancun, an amazon.com best seller. She is a Muslim Nigerian-American woman passionate about building social and economic bridges between the United States of America and African nations. In addition to managing United for Kids Foundation, Tope hosts the Impact Africa podcast.

Act Like The Sun!

When you don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning,
Act like the sun when it shows up for its life’s work everyday no matter what.

When you feel unappreciated and ignored,
Act like the sun when it comes out and works full time, even on the coldest winter days when no one notices.

When the waves and storms of life threaten to drown out your efforts,
Act like the sun when it struggles and successfully overtakes even the darkest clouds every morning.

When the devil tries to sow the seed of pride and arrogance in your heart, telling you such and such are beneath you,
Act like the sun, which ignores class and wealth, and shines it’s light equally on all.

When you know it’s time to walk away but the cheers and fears keep holding you back,
Act like the sun when it sets every day no matter whose watching.

May God help you to act like the sun, to release your purpose and show up for your life’s work no matter what!

-Tope Fajingbesi-Balogun
July 31, 2016

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Video: Tope Fajingbesi Featured on Channels TV Book Club

 

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For more details about the “Love in Cancun” mission, including a growing list of outlets where Love in Cancun can be bought in Nigeria, please visit the Love in Cancun Page.
Please visit the photos section of the House of Ganiyah Facebook page for beautiful photos of the #LoveInCancunNG tour.

Met President Obama At Last

Love In cancun Now in Nigeria!

My Amazon.com best seller – Love in Cancun is now on sale in Nigeria, the USA and beyond! Kindly see a list of places where the book can be purchased at the retail price of N1,500 below. More outlets will be announced here, so please bookmark this post!

Within Lagos

  • Patabah Book Store, Shop B18, Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall, Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere, Lagos
  • Baytuzzeenah outlets in TBS, Ikeja and Lekki - Suite 19, East Pavilion, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) Complex, Opposite The High Court. OR  A2, 2nd Floor, Alausa Shopping Mall by (LSPC), Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja. Opposite Zenith Bank on Oregun Junction/Obafemi Awolowo Way, Radio Bus stop, Ikeja. OR 7A Wole Ariyo Street, Off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase I.

 

Outside Lagos:

  • Abuja: Achisco Arcade, Suite B6, Sharrif plaza (ground floor) 
    Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2
  • Port HarcourtBookville World, Port Harcourt: 2 Ezimgbu Link Road, Off Stadium Road
  • Order Online: Amab Book Store, Suite C4, Shamaras Plaza, Minna, Niger State (Email: amabbooks@gmail.com. Tel:+2348129333031)
  • Download an electronic copy of the book at Be Better Books

Outside Nigeria, especially in countries with amazon international sites: you may buy Love in Cancun on amazon.

What is so special about Love in cancun? Why should you buy/read it? In addition to the 5-star reviews on amazon.com, Here are some of the reasons the book is so refreshing and appealing:

  • It is a clear and empowering proof that dreams come true, self love is possible and a catalyst for success and a chance for you to go on holiday right there in the comfort of your room!
  • One third of the gross profits from each book will be donated to United for Kids Foundation and other genuine causes set up to alleviate the pain and suffering of children from low income families and displaced children in Nigeria and beyond.

Visit the Love in Cancun Page for reviews updates and news about the next chapter! I truly hope this book inspires you to love yourself, find moments of stillness to connect with and hear from your maker, dream big, ask boldly and understand life’s pauses.

 

 

You Are Invited – Love In Cancun Book Launch

Launch FlyerRSVP for the April 17 Launch Event

About Love In Cancun
How does one deal with the passing of the most important person in their life, and then deal with the loss of a six-figure job? Nurah hit the pause button on her hectic life and went to Cancun, Mexico, leaving everything she owned behind outside of a change of clothes, to reconnect with herself on a spiritual journey with unknowns around every corner helping guide her back on the path she was meant to be on from the start. Love in Cancun, a heartfelt documentation from a middle aged, single woman’s perspective reveals the challenges of having to face the constant emotional struggles that one who feels as if life had passed her by had felt. She deals with them in a way that few outside of her shoes could understand, and finds herself in an entirely new setting than she had expected.

CancunAbout the Author
Ganiyah Tope Fajingbesi is the host of Impact Africa and Coordinating Trustee of United for Kids Foundation. She is the noted author of What Color Is Your Money? Your Personalized Road Map to Business Success, which was published in April 2013. Love in Cancun is loosely based on her six-day holiday in Cancun, Mexico in August 2015

Why Should You Attend The Launch?

  • You will get the real scoop behind my Cancun love story,
  • You will be inspired to ask big and speak boldly for your success,
  • You will be making a big dent in the fight to end illiteracy and poverty in children from low income families. One third of the proceeds from this book will be donated directly to organizations such as United for Kids Foundation.
  • I am ready to be inspired and to change the world in the process too. Will you join me? RSVP for the April 17 Launch Event.

     

     

     

    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.

    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….