I Was Abused in My Pre­vi­ous Re­la­tion­ship

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I’ve al­ways loved the en­ter­tain­ment space

As an un­der­grad­u­ate at the La­gos State Univer­sity (LASU), all I had back then was my Face­book page to share in­for­ma­tion and sto­ries. A friend later in­tro­duced me to blogging and told me where to sign up and from then, blogging took off. The rest is history.

How I keep the blog up and run­ning

I read books and browse nuggets from my favourite au­thors on­line. I’ll be hon­est to say, some­times, it feels lonely in­side but I al­low the alone mo­ments go and I get back up.

My ideal man is a man who loves gen­uinely

Some­one who sup­ports me, re­spects me and will be ready to build with me and trust the process. Some­one who can do all these for me and whom I can do all these for.

Grow­ing up, fam­ily, ed­u­ca­tion, child­hood dream and men­tors

I was born into a fam­ily of eight. I have five sib­lings and I’m the first. I had my sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion in La­gos State Model Col­lege, Ig­bokuta and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion at both La­gos State Univer­sity and Pan At­lantic Univer­sity. My men­tors are Tara Fela Duro­toye and Ayeni Adekunle while my role model is Mo Abudu. They have in­spired me greatly in busi­ness. They have shown strength and courage even in the face of a new (me­dia) gen­er­a­tion which proves the im­por­tance of vi­sion, mis­sion and goal set­ting for a busi­ness. I as­pire to grow my busi­ness and these peo­ple in­spire me a lot to keep at it.

I un­wind by watch­ing movies Favourite colour is Pur­ple and I un­wind by watch­ing movies. I love watch­ing TV gen­er­ally. My kind of mu­sic is soul­ful, Jazz, R’n’B, and soul. I choose what I lis­ten to de­pend­ing on my mood.

I am hum­ble and low-key That is who I am 24/7. I don’t live my life to fit in. I am sort of a non­con­formist which is why I’m iden­ti­fied as a mis­fit. I live my life to stand out from the crowd.

My thoughts on hap­pen­ings in Nige­ria

Hon­estly, I am as af­fected as the next per­son. We can’t keep ‘pray­ing for Nige­ria’ if we don’t fix Nige­ria our­selves. I have been to sev­eral coun­tries in Africa and they are do­ing well de­spite the chal­lenges each coun­try is fac­ing. Nige­ria is seen as the gi­ant of Africa, yet peo­ple in other coun­tries mock us be­cause we don’t live up to the hype. Pub­lic of­fice hold­ers and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials travel the world and they see how things are done but repli­cat­ing the things they see in this coun­try seems like an im­pos­si­bil­ity. That re­ally breaks my heart. What I can do on my part is to use my plat­form to dis­sem­i­nate both pos­i­tive in­for­ma­tion to the pub­lic and the re­al­i­ties as well.

How I bal­ance work and fam­ily needs

I do my best. I un­der­stand the im­por­tance of fam­ily and re­ally hold my fam­ily as my rock. I don’t joke with them.

How I came about Mis­fit to Hero My book is about my jour­ney from be­ing an in­tro­vert to get­ting into the most peo­ple-fac­ing in­dus­try the world over. I was never pre­pared for the spot­light. I grew up in a strict en­vi­ron­ment un­der the pro­tec­tion of my par­ents and there were rules which were not meant to be bro­ken. As the first child, it was and per­haps still is a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity for me to keep up so I don’t dis­ap­point my sib­lings. The book details some of my strug­gles as a young busi­ness owner and my life as a reg­u­lar girl to a so­cial me­dia maven. I fol­low my pas­sion, de­spite the dis­trac­tions, chal­lenges, per­sonal strug­gles, with a never-say­die spirit. The book talks about my en­tre­pre­neur jour­ney, abuse from my pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship, so­cial me­dia tips and the cre­ation of the an­nual event, New Me­dia Con­fer­ence. It has only nine chap­ters but is packed with lessons. It is a book ev­ery­one should get.

How my new book will help young blog­gers in the in­dus­try

A lot of young peo­ple delve into blogging and so­cial me­dia be­cause of the hype or the at­trac­tion that comes with it, but they for­get it’s a lot of work and ded­i­ca­tion. They miss the im­por­tant les­son of main­tain­ing the brand to stay rel­e­vant. This book helps cor­rect their per­ceived no­tions of the in­dus­try and also guides them to turn their pas­sion into profit. I want to be re­mem­bered as that girl who was thought a mis­fit but ended up a hero.

How I man­age fric­tions and jeal­ousy in the in­dus­try

Un­be­liev­able as it might sound, I cry and re­main calm about it. It will pass even­tu­ally.

I stay on­line most of the time And that’s ex­cept when I am in tran­sit or in a city with zero to bad WIFI. I have a team of peo­ple who work re­lent­lessly to make sure work is done. Since I started the brand years ago, I have been able to put a struc­ture in place where work goes on even when I am not around.

Ajibade

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