– Olu Ade­tutu

My Pas­sion Is To Serve, Im­pact And Make A Dif­fer­ence

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ES­THER IJEWERE

Olu­fun­mi­layo (Olu) Ade­tutu is an en­tre­pre­neur, pow­er­ful life coach, men­tor, speaker and teacher. The first thing you no­tice when you meet her is her downto- earth per­son­al­ity and an un­re­lent­ing pas­sion for help­ing women reignite their dreams by of­fer­ing re­fresh­ing per­cep­tions and prac­ti­cal wis­dom that in­spires, ed­u­cates and chal­lenges in­di­vid­u­als to move be­yond their as­sump­tions and cre­ate the il­lu­mi­nated ful­filled lives that they love.

OLU­FUN­MI­LAYO who once worked for com­pa­nies such as; Hewlett

Packard, IBM, Quest, where she was con­sis­tently known for de­liv­er­ing ex­cel­lent re­sults ven­tured into the de­vel­op­ment sec­tor prior to re­turn­ing to Nige­ria to es­tab­lish ‘Greater To­mor­rows’ ini­tia­tive, a plat­form she has been us­ing to help move many lives for­ward. She suc­cess­fully hosted a weekly tele­con­fer­ence pro­gram with in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pa­tion with a fo­cus on young adults on re­la­tion­ship, ca­reer and spir­i­tu­al­ity which was pre­sented to a wide va­ri­ety of sec­u­lar and sa­cred au­di­ences world­wide. A woman of sea­soned busi­ness acu­men, she is the CEO of ICE-IT, Ltd, the lead­ing ed­i­ble ice man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany in Nige­ria and Pro­pri­etor of Lib­erty-life Med­i­cal

Ser­vices, a com­mu­nity health care ser­vices that is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing qual­ity af­ford­able care to the com­mu­nity. With her un­re­lent­ing pas­sion for help­ing peo- ple, she con­tin­ues coach­ing a di­verse clien­tele, in­ter­na­tion­ally and lo­cally with a goal of cre­at­ing a global plat­form that will help trans­form a larger group of lives. Olu ade­tutu is mar­ried with four chil­dren. Here is my ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with this highly in­tel­li­gent and ex­cep­tional woman of ru­bies.

Child­hood In­flu­ence

Cer­tainly, my fa­ther, Sa­muel Ade­wale So­larin aka Pa Sho was a ma­jor in­flu­ence in my life. His op­ti­mism about life, be­lief in the po­ten­tial of peo­ple was in­spi­ra­tional. He was a great in­flu­encer, ad­viser and men­tor to many. I loved watch­ing how peo­ple’s lives where trans­formed and hope re­stored so I al­ways knew that my source of per­sonal ful­fill­ment would come from in­spir­ing peo­ple in one form or the other. I was raised to be­lieve that I could be and do any­thing I set my mind to and that mes­sage has helped me through some chal­leng­ing times and good times.

Greater To­mor­rows Ini­tia­tive

Greater To­mor­rows was a plat­form with which I men­tored, trained, coached young adults in per­sonal de­vel­op­ment in their pro­fes­sional and per­sonal lives. It in­volved speak­ing en­gage­ments, sem­i­nars, re­treat, work­shops and tele­con­fer­ences that gave a safe place for young peo­ple to ex­am­ine their be­liefs and chal­lenge the lim­it­ing thoughts they had. It was very ful­fill­ing work. Great time. In­spi­ra­tion be­hind es­tab­lish­ing the big­gest Ice Block Fac­tory in Nige­ria

The idea was my hus­band Abidemi Ade­tutu’s. On a trip to Nige­ria he came up with the idea of ice man­u­fac­tur­ing. We had been look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­vest and give back to our com­mu­nity, so ice in a hot cli­mate as Nige­ria sounded like a great idea. Our mis­sion is to make ice af­ford­able, ac­ces­si­ble and avail­able. We are con­stantly look­ing for ways to serve our cus­tomers bet­ter, grow and adapt to the trends in the in­dus­try. It’s a good feel­ing know­ing it’s one of its kind in Nige­ria.

De­ci­sion to give back via the com­mu­nity health cen­ter

I be­lieve that there should be a way to have af­ford­able qual­ity care for the masses given the pop­u­la­tion of our com­mu­ni­ties. Hence the birth of Lib­erty-life Med­i­cal Ser­vices, a health ser­vices provider that in­cludes a hos­pi­tal, Lib­er­tyLife Hos­pi­tal, which has im­pacted the com­mu­nity greatly. The hos­pi­tal has part­nered with NGOS, SMES and other or­ga­ni­za­tions in bring­ing qual­ity care to the reach of peo­ple. We have had sev­eral sub­si­dized and some free out­reaches that have been suc­cess­ful. Re­cently, our team con­cluded a two weeks free surg­eries drive that tar­geted peo­ple with lipo­mas, her­nia and hy­dro­cele. We have a great team and look for­ward to bring­ing other qual­ity ser­vices to the com­mu­nity. Chal­lenges of run­ning my or­ga­ni­za­tions Power sup­ply, lo­gis­tics, the work cul­ture in Nige­ria, the qual­ity of work­ers.

Who and What in­spire me to be bet­ter My pas­sion to serve, im­pact and make a dif­fer­ence; my fam­ily; and a zeal to over­come chal­lenges. In ad­di­tion, I also en­joy read­ing about other suc­cess­ful peo­ple, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, art and med­i­tat­ing on God’s word.

Man­ag­ing it all as a Mother, Wife, En­tre­pre­neur, Sea­soned Coach, Men­tor and Teacher

With the many roles, ex­pec­ta­tions and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties life can be over­whelm­ing at times. How­ever, I seek bal­ance and crave times. I bal­ance as of­ten as I can. Other project and ac­tiv­i­ties

My team and I are work­ing on sev­eral projects which in­cludes an on­line master­mind course that will be launched in Oc­to­ber, 2017. The pro­gram is tar­geted to­wards women who want to push through lim­it­ing thoughts and be­liefs and take bold ac­tion to­wards what they re­ally want.

Great­est re­ward

Great­est re­ward has been see­ing a life that saw lit­tle hope com­ing to the full­ness of their light and be­com­ing more ac­com­plished, coura­geous and show­ing up boldly in their own lives. That’s price­less.

Do you think Nige­ri­ans ap­pre­ci­ate phil­an­thropic work enough?

I be­lieve many peo­ple do but there are those who over time have adopted a sense of en­ti­tle­ment.

What makes you a Woman of Ru­bies? Wak­ing up in grat­i­tude to God and show­ing up and do­ing the best I can and help­ing peo­ple ben­e­fit from our ser­vices. Fi­nally, the strength of sup­port from my fam­ily, friends and God.

Fi­nal word for women out there, es­pe­cially those who don’t ap­pre­ci­ate and value them­selves enough.

Find out who you are and what you re­ally want. Be con­fi­dent to go af­ter your heart’s call and don’t shrink your dreams. The be­gin­ning of a won­der­ful, ac­com­plished, ful­filled life is un­der­stand­ing and ac­cept­ing who you are as early as pos­si­ble in life. Know that you are unique, won­der­fully made for a spe­cific pur­pose and that you are light. No one else can shine your light. Chal­lenges, neg­a­tive voices and thoughts will come that want to limit you, chal­lenge them with the truth. You have are a gift and no one else can give the gift of you to the world. Do you to the fullest and bright­est.

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