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Highlights from Pitman Training – Tokunbo Fasoro

Wednesday was a great day at Pitman Training Lagos with Mrs. Abimbola Soluade and her team. I was invited to come in and share my story with the participants. I spoke on how I struggled through my childhood and the many obstacles I faced trying to get an education. I told them that the only reason I was able to meander those dark moments was through GHARP. Lol!… I am sure you are wondering what ‘GHARP’ means. God Factor- Never ignore the power of prayers, it kept me going. Hardwork- I kept putting my best into everything I did. Association- I surrounded myself with people who supported me and helped me grow. Great mentors. Resilience- I was persistent and determined to succeed so I kept on pushing. Never give up. Positivity- I had to get rid of negative thoughts and negative people around me. Some day, I would share my story on this platform… Watchout!!! The participants were also excited to have Opeyemi Omotosho and Titi Olono, who are my friends and classmates from secondary school share from their wealth of experiences as well. It was a fulfilling experience. Enjoy viewing other pictures from the training… Tokunbo Fasoro Biempowerment.com #EmpoweringPeople ...

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12 Challenges New Entrepreneurs Face And Ways To Conquer Them Pt1 – Tokunbo Fasoro

The economy is not smiling in a lot of countries in the world right now, especially countries that were totally dependent on oil as income. A country like Nigeria has been one of the greatest ones hit since the fall in oil prices and this has led to a lot of pay cuts, job losses and a hard time for employers to even pay salaries. This situation has forced a lot of people to seriously begin considering entrepreneurship like never before. I would like to discuss a few challenges you may face as a new entrepreneur and ways to conquer them. 1. Doing anything that generates income, not specifically something you believe in and are passionate about: If you do something you believe in, you can get other people to believe in it. 2. Picking the right business: Make sure your business is providing a solution; it must be the answer to a problem, a response to a need. Ensure you deliver what you have promised. 3. Finding your clients: If you have a good product or service, people will come to you. This way you may not need to spend money on adverts, referrals from past clients will almost ...

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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Osunde Eseosa

Osunde Eseosa is the CEO of LooksbyEMO, a makeup company which she started during her undergraduate study. She is presently a Corp member serving her country in the NYSC scheme. Eseosa is from Edo state and studied project Management in the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo state. Eseosa learnt the art of makeup in her 300level during one of the ASUU strikes, while her colleagues went home; she stayed back in school and learnt the skill from a professional makeup artist. She started makeup because of her love for colors and the desire to create a name for herself. After the training period elapsed, she went back home and started making up her friends and family for free using the little cheap products she could afford at that time as getting a Professional makeup kit was very expensive. She made business cards and gave them out to anyone she met. She kept getting better over time and never gave up and then finally someone called her for a job. “That day was the happiest day of my life” she said, as it was the beginning of her career as a makeup artist but she didn’t have a professional makeup ...

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All It Takes Is Some Care, Some Dedication And A Little Discipline – Tokunbo Fasoro

One morning, while on holiday, I decided to take a walk around the environment. After walking a few meters, I couldn’t but notice how neat and properly maintained all the lawns around looked. I mean ‘ALL’ the lawns! They looked so perfect, it was like I was looking at a picture. Then I noticed something- I saw that 4 different houses had people mowing their lawns, and I saw a woman tendering the flowers in front of her house. I was so amazed that these people paid so much attention to their environment. I saw dedication. I saw discipline. I just kept looking on in admiration. Then I began to think, if only we paid such attention to our lives; in the same way that made this environment look so perfect in areas such as our careers and goals, it could probably become perfect one day . If we could just take sometime to think, “How can I become perfect on this job? What do I need to do to get to the peak of my career? What do I need to do to take this business to the next level? How can I stop this addiction?” And so on… ...

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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Temitayo Balogun

Temitayo Balogun is the Founder and Creative Director of May Couture, a customer-focused accessories & design brand in Nigeria. Born in the quiet city of Akure, Ondo State, she grew up in Ibadan, Oyo State and went back to Ondo State to study Industrial Chemistry at the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba. She’s right now completing her Master’s in Analytical Chemistry at the Federal University of Technology, Akure. While at the University, she began this journey into creativity and craftsmanship, having had a deep interest in her formative years. By 2014, the brand had become full-fledged and orders were received from different parts of the country as testimony to the uniqueness and quality of her handmade products. Of her beginnings, she says: I think I’ve always loved to do things with my hands, and make people look good. Looking good is good business, you know? Way back, immediately after secondary school, I learnt beadmaking. I’d seen a lady use bead and said to myself, “I can do this,” and I’d gone ahead to buy beadmaking materials: beads, fishing line, hook…the whole nine yards; everything I need to make my dream of making beads come alive. But I needed the “know ...

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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Raychelle Chinyere Otiocha

Raychelle Chinyere Otiocha is a 22 year old Pastry Chef; she was born in Warri, Delta, Nigeria where her mother had a small cake business which continued as they moved to Oman, back to Nigeria and then settled finally in Houston, Texas. Growing up, Raychelle had always had fun helping her mother with her orders but had her mind on drawing and painting; she realized she had a particular interest in baking and cake decorating when she was about 17 years old. The interest grew into a passion but convincing her parents about this was a difficult task. After about a year of asking God to help her convince her parents, she went off to culinary school with the support of her parents. After finishing culinary school, she realized she wanted to go to a university to pursue a degree in business for she someday hopes to own her own. She then enrolled in classes, and is still in the pursuit of a bachelor degree in business. Through this whole journey, Raychelle has come to understand that everyone’s story is different and that it is okay. “As an African it is common to compare progress with my mates, but I ...

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3 Resolute Personalities that inspire me – Oladimeji Oluwaga

Hello guys, it’s another beautiful Tuesday today and we have decided to share with you three Resolute Personalities that have inspired one of our BIE reader, Oladimeji Oluwaga. Read and be inspired… Faith Abiodun After coming across his Public Speaking School in University of Ibadan-The Speech Academy- where I started to nurture my skills in public speaking, I sort out to find the person whose force was strong enough to put together my super tutors in persons of Goodness Kolawole, Adebayo Damilola and Banke and also The F.A.I.T.H Initiative that is filled with brilliant minds inside and outside the walls of the premier University. The answers were not far-fetched as he as a topic and reference still graced the discussions of agent of revolutions like himself, though he had graduated few years earlier from the institution with a degree in Geography after being found worthy in character and learning. Crowned champion of the most competitive public speaking competition in his alma mater University of Ibadan-Super Bowl where he inspired me with his wits and logic, most especially his build up and delivery when giving a speech. He is a very practical and hands on person, though I have had no ...

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Networking Series (2) : “Creating Relationships” – Tokunbo Fasoro

The most important professional/business activity we engage in is networking. One sunny afternoon, I decided to go to the construction site to oversee how the renovations were going on an office space we just acquired. We had been cracking our heads on how we were going to partition it. This had become a big problem to us. As I parked my car, I saw a young woman just coming in too. I smiled at her and asked if she was a tenant as well. She said “Yes” and we got talking. We talked about her business then proceeded to talk about mine. I told her what I was passionate about and took her to the space we just acquired in the building. I went on to tell her how we would like to have a graduate school, and about how we intend to rent seminar rooms for that purpose. She immediately asked me, “Why don’t you not save your self some money and partition a training room out of this space?”. BOOM! That was it. I immediately changed all the designs. That decision saved us millions of naira. I am glad I smiled and spoke with her that day. Networking ...

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Inspiration For Business. The Story Of The CEO of No Left Overs, Mrs Ayodeji Megbope

Ayodeji Oluyemi Megbope is the C.E.O of No left over’s Nigeria Limited- A full scale catering outfit which started with a take-off capital of just One Thousand Naira (N1,000.00), but today has an annual turnover that runs into millions of naira. She was fortunate to be among the women to benefit from a worldwide initiative to set up 10,000 women and empower them with business skills and education. Ayodeji Megbope started her journey into entrepreneurship after nine years of her career in Corona School, Ikoyi as a Confidential Secretary. She left Corona with the intention to start up a school because she had passion for kids. To actualize her passion, she enrolled in a six months Montessori program. But at the end of the period she felt no excitement for the school anymore because setting up a school was so capital intensive. She saw that her passion for kids alone was not enough to see her through. She discussed the matter with her husband who encouraged her to drop the idea for a better one. On a certain day her sister in law visited their home, and Ayo served her moin moin (bean cake) she had made. When she finished eating, she ...

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Toyin Subair: HiTV 101

The HiTV story is one which will be etched in the Nigerian business history books. After a long hiatus, Founder of HiTV Oluwatoyin Subair has opened up and shared his no-holds-barred view on what happened. The article was originally published on his Linkedin Page. *** My great mentor asked me one day, a few years ago, why after the appointment of a Receiver/Manager by GTB over the assets of HiTV I gave up fighting and just rolled into a semi coma. He said this because, he knew how hard we fought to save it. I responded with the story of King David crying to GOD over his sick child but then quickly wiped his face off, ate and started drinking, when the child was pronounced dead. You really just must know when to move on so that you can see and take the future opportunities that will come your way. Thereafter, Solomon, the wisest and richest ruler of Israel was born to David because he looked and lived forward. People who care, ask me what happened to HiTV and others in their supreme wisdom profess their own reasons. I have kept my peace and quietly moved on in life, until ...

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