#CreatePreneurAfrica Nigeria’s “Lady E”- Voice of the airwaves Igniting Minds, Awakening Consciousness

Ejiro Umukoro AKA 'Lady E', Nigeria's powerful voice of the airwaves, leads pathways of synchronising her multiple roles in diverse fields of broadcasting, journalism, social entreprenuership, publishing, and personal development. Writer, media trainer and key mentor in career development (ICIR-MACARTHUR Foundation Training for Journalists), Lady E  is also an Ambassador for Youth and a Women's Advocate. 

 

She is the author of ‘Distortion’ ,a compelling mental health crime fiction

Currently the General Manager and Head of Station, Mega 89.1 FM, Warri, she has been at the helm of leading radio stations in Nigeria as a leading content creator, pioneer voice and manager.

https://www.thecobuilders.com/publicprofile/f511949bbf98dea8228afc5fd49b3e5b

  • Voice of Nigeria
  • Radio Nigeria
  • CTL TV, NTA
  • Rhythm 93.7
  • HOT FM
  • Trend FM
  • She was nominated for the ICFJ Knights Award
  • Awardee and Fellow of the Wole Soyinka Centre of Investigative Journalism: Reporters Leadership Programme (FRLP in association with Free Press Unlimited, Amsterdam)
  • Code for Africa’s WanaData Champion South/South (MVP 2018) for undercover investigations delving into the  Rise of  Female Secondary Schools students into cult-gangs.

 

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At a recent Cobuilders, MediaGig Lady E succinctly laid out the state of the media in Nigeria

 

 

Mentoring over 3000 youth, her  passion for developing creative talent has harnessed notable names including Timi Dakolo, who too lead as the first West Africa Idol’s winner and comedian, Mark Angel.

Meet  #CreatepreneurAfrica – the voice of Nigeria @LadyEumukoro

 

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

I think I found my passion, since when I was very little… I recall, when I was five years old, my father had a knack for buying me books. They knew I loved to read, I liked to talk, I liked having a great conversation and I enjoyed dancing and being in the arts. I listened to the radio a lot.

By the time I was in my adolescence my mum used to make fun of me because of the way I’ll sit close to the radio. We had this big radio back then, she would be surprised and just tease me and say ‘what are you doing with the radio’… I used to sleep with the radio more or less, and by the time we got transistor radios, I was sleeping with the radio.

I listened to broadcasters and they just inspired me. I liked how they talked, the way they created content, the music they play and how they tell the news, and news that was breaking.

It was fascinating growing up like that.

And ever since my curiosity has always taken the better part of me. When I was thirteen I self-published my first novel; like a mini-book….mini novella. I  published it on my own and I put it together …….unfortunately when we relocated it got lost in transit! How that happened, we don’t even know.

So writing, speaking, curiosity for research, these have always been things that fascinate me, and they drive why I  pursue what I pursue. I’ve always been in touch with my five capacities, so I’ll always talk about training programmes and helping people tap into the best of who they are, into the core of their essence. I tell them to remember their five capacities – and all of us have it. The thing is: can you identify yours and can you develop them further than just being gifts in themselves or just curiosity or interest and take them to become crafts and make them more professional so that they earn for you. So for all my five capacities tap into them and they really take care of me more or less. I earn through them and keep honing my skills and capacities: each one of them

When I say this, people keep wondering what are their five capacities? It’s your talent: your natural gifts. It’s your interests: things that you are curious about or fascinates you; your hobbies: things you find fun to do and just enjoy doing them while your skills are your craft and expertise. That’s what skills are when you really you look at it. Some persons have natural skills but when honed they become like you have natural expertise. But these skills often are learnt if you go for apprenticeship, for example, if you are naturally talented in singing, if you go for skills training in how to be a better singer, you just hit the notch further beyond the natural gift itself!

So skills are very important in life. You also need to have passion, your mission in life. For me, my mission in life is to impact people and inspire people to become their most authentic, truest, honest and best expression of themselves.  That’s what my mission really is and it fuels everything I do. You’ll see my passion reflected in all my other four capacities. So once you know your five capacities in life, it’s easy to run with them!

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

First I am a self-driven person, what drives me is the desire to make impact, to uplift people, to inspire and ignite the minds of people, to attain to the truest highest, expression of who they are and I’ve always believed we can be what we want, we can create the world we live in, in the way it ought to be so we can also thrive.

So for me, the core of what drives me is a constant, insatiable belief that things can be better, should be better and we can make it better, as long as we are committed to ensuring that we don’t give up on humanity.

I’ve always believed that goodness exists everywhere and we have to talk about them and help goodness triumph more than the way we promote evil always drives me. And that’s why when I take up a story as an investigative report, or as a broadcast journalist, the goal often is: what I say, does it inspire somebody to become extraordinary doing ordinary things? And when you think about it, we inspire each other to aspire to be the best of one another, we mirror off each other in a very positive ways. So these are the things that really, really drive me!

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

 The part of my passion that appeals to me most is how I love to mentor. I always believed that the reason why there are gaps, even in professional courses, in professional careers, in personal development, is because people aren’t mentored. So one of my greatest passions is mentoring.

Wherever I am, I am mentoring people, I don’t mind the time it consumes, I don’t mind the resources it takes out of me to get them, I don’t mind the commitment it requires for me to do it, it just comes easily and it’s driven.

And because I love to mentor, I have seen how doing that has impacted thousands of persons, and when  I see that kind of level of impact, it drives me more and tells me, you know what, this is something you gotta do and I apply it in every facet of my life, in everything I do.

I always mentor people in any of my five capacities wherever I find them, so even if you in a different field from the field that  I am…. what I do is ignite your mind,  it’s the only thing I do. I ignite your mind!

In the area of civic intelligence, in the area of broadcast journalism, writing, speaking, I just ignite your mind! In the area of how I interact with people, in terms of interacting in the neighbourhood where I am when I see children and notice that they don’t seem to be performing very well, I reach out to them, I talk to them, I sit down with them, even though they may not be related to me, but  I don’t care. Same thing when I see people in my field,  even not in my field and I see them struggling in their career, I like to have a sit-down talk with them. When I see people struggling with personal development, I love to have a sit down with them, because when I talk with them and solve their problem, I inadvertently also solve mine. So this give and take thing……I love to do it … because giving actually makes you better.

The moment you give more of yourself, the more you add to more of you ..because you search for more to add to what you have so that you can give more to people. So you see how it works? The more give the more you get, cause you’ll always go out to get more so that you can fill up all you are given out. So my goal is to empty myself totally of everything I have, while I am still alive.

 

What drove you to make money from your passions?

So we live in a society, where to survive you have to transact, so for example, if you want to buy foodstuffs, if you want to maintain a certain lifestyle the exchange of value is money.

And the reason we all are here is one, we make contributions to the world, and because we make contributions to the world it means that our services will be engaged one way or the other. So when you give value for value, you get also value, you get something in return and the reward of hard work is payment of some sort.

So yes its important one actually makes money from their passion and sometimes it may not be in direct cash, it could also be in kind. So I am one who’s an advocate of making your passion take care of you. We shouldn’t be beggars, while we have so much to do, we don’t get value for giving that we give. There are times when goodwill is not enough to sort out your needs, there are times when you think about it deeply, you really do need the exchange of currency of some sort that is in use at the moment.

And it’s just proper that one gets value for value, for services rendered, for commitment given, for time expanded, for resources provided, and yes when you can give value for value in terms of services and solve a problem, then you are a solution provider! Wow… and then you get paid for it… So I understood that concept very strongly from early on and I tapped into it and I said what is it that people are looking for in having as a solution to something they need that I can provide and get paid for it? Once I understood that concept, I ran with all my passion and …..that’s how I survived and continue to survive in my own little way…

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

The first time I was paid, it was for my passion for speaking. I was 14 years old! I was asked to be the person to MC, the compere for a wedding event. There were over 300 people who attended the wedding ceremony. So it came to me because I’ve always been a speaker within the religious circles where I was more or less brought up in and, they always knew me as somebody who spoke, was outgoing, was a refreshing person to engage with, and I had a way with words. People used to say, I was witty, and I could actually engage and converse with people for very long hours.

I’m a talker (laughs)…and that was the first time I got paid for my work, for my passion for speaking for inspiring and making people feel good just listening and get them in a space of having a convo as it were. That was the first time I really got paid, I would say. It was quite a lot of money back then, so I would say that was really, really the first time I was paid …. like really paid for my passion for speaking.

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 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

The only thing that stopped me from giving up is just knowing that I felt I had not attained, or made my contribution the way I  had told myself I wanted it to express itself…. So while I have mentored thousands of young persons, I realised that it wasn’t enough in the sense that I had a bigger picture of it, and I just felt that the reason for my existence is actually to make a contribution before I leave, so it wasn’t as if there were no moments of depression,  there were no moments of sadness, of pain, of disappointment, of rejection, all of that was part of being alive….. if you understand it.

Whenever I felt so low like that, I tell myself you know what, while I was even growing up, because of the path I was taking following my passion, I was told I would not succeed, yes I was told by people who were supposed to show me more love and support in the community, that I would not succeed because the passion I was pursuing, the desire to be a broadcaster, to be a  journalist, was something they didn’t consider it as favourable because of the religious setup at the time. It was quite a big deal…In fact, I was told that if I wanted to be a broadcaster or journalist or wanted to go into the media, that means that  I am a prostitute!

In other words, there was this perception that women who went into the media were actually prostitutes … and the only question I could ask was: if women in the media were called prostitutes then what would you call the men… therefore the men too are prostitutes. For me there was no other you are going to want to defend that kind of conversation because we had wonderful women so good at their jobs, and you tell me the only label you could see was just that? Meanwhile, when these women finished with the newscast and then the discussion about the news comes up, the female broadcasters would be quoted!

I saw that inconsistency and a bit of what I considered hypocrisy… I felt that how can we say we are not part of the world, yet we are in the world and so much of it is right there in front of us and we are impacted by it, whether we get involved or not. Yet it can be reduced if we get involved and make sure that our silence doesn’t stop us from thriving and surviving intact. So when you look at that background it was tough. I told myself: you know what, you’ve got to get yourself to that point where you have envisioned and right now I am at that place where I have done what I intended to do that I am just content that I have gotten there in a sense ….so that, it’s so easy to look back and say you know what…you are on the right path, this is your track, keep at it.

So, no matter what’s thrown in my way, I am just going to enjoy it, go with it, and say this is part of existence, part of living; let’s empty ourselves until we are done. That’s what inspired me to write my forthcoming book, a mental health crime fiction novel titled “Distortion”, hitting the shelves in October.  It will also be available as e-publications and all of that. It will give an insight such that many persons will see how I evolved into becoming an investigative journalist…Now that is a big one.

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

 

Every day when I wake up, I  just want to fire people’s imagination. I want to ignite peoples minds, that’s the only thing that drives me. That’s why I decided to set up my own media organisation called LightRayMedia.

Through LightRay Media, my goal really, is to see how I can ignite peoples minds. I want to ignite the masses’ mind, so we can work like a hive mind, especially my country Nigeria, where there is so much lack of civic engagement to hold government accountable.

It needs to get to a point where people are armed with information. And you know that ignorance breeds unwillingness to engage, it breeds a kind of dysfunctional apathy, it disconnects from reality, a place where you are put to the point of subservience and continue to be pressed on the neck, while you keep shouting, “Í can’t breathe”.

This is the political sphere and environment we are living in,  in Nigeria, and my goal is to see that we change many of this narrative. We must begin to engage each other, we need to call each other up, in terms of accountability, we want to account to one another, because if we don’t do that, what’s going to happen is that we are going to live in a world of chaos, we are going to live in a world where even your own value, even your five capacities, will not even give you money or goodwill in return. And we cannot live in that state.

A state where politics has subdued us so much so that we can’t even succeed, we can’t thrive, bad roads, lack of industries, moribund industries in Delta State,  imagine we have over 22 moribund industries gone and nothing is being done to revive or create more industries to that effect. Politicians leave politics, money stolen, at the end of the day, it’s our commonwealth and we do not get to benefit from that commonwealth, in an oil-rich state,  for example, like Delta state, you know…  that is just shocking, not one city, not one town in the whole of Delta can boast having the best kind of health care system, best roads, best food distribution network, extraordinary transport system… Not in the whole of Nigeria, not one city, not one town can boast of a complete social set up, that drives the social economy, that you can say all infrastructures are in place and say this is a model city, or model town that people can reference, we don’t have that in Nigeria.

And this is because there is not enough civic engagement. We need civic intelligence and that’s what I am promoting. The moment we are all civic intelligent,  remember, knowledge is power when put to good use. Knowledge is power when put to good use, I keep telling people. It is not enough to have the knowledge, but it becomes more powerful when you put it to good use. But we are not doing enough of that other part. While we have knowledge which should give us power, we are not putting it to good use and that’s where the engagement is lacking. I think this is the next passion in my life that I want to pursue, consistently and aggressively in a positive way until we see something good comes out.

I’ve always believed that in mentoring, children are the people we should mentor because, at the end of the day, they become the adult that’ll take care of our environment, they will be in positions of power and responsibilities and if we don’t handle them now in a beautiful sense, in the way we manage and train them better to become far better than we are, we’re all going to be in trouble.

Because when we become older in our age we are not going to see a better Nigeria! That’s why we just have to take the bull by the horn, and get everybody civic engaged, upgrade our civic intelligence and let’s get to engage with one another and hold each other accountable, not only the government..

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

 To all those that said I would not make it,  who were so religiously driven to tell me to my face that the path I am taking would lead me nowhere and that I would not be blessed by God, and God will be angry with me for choosing the path I’ve chosen, I really don’t have to say anything to them because I’m here, I’m standing!

And when I see people who tell me every day: ‘Lady E, thank you for what you do for me, thank you for inspiring me’, I’ve done my job.

That’s what I set out to do, I”m doing it, I continue doing it. And that’s all that truly matters, really….

 What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?

To every aspiring creative, I will say this to you: be true to who you are. Know who you are. Accept all your five capacities.

Identify how you can make money through them through skills development or craft expertise and see who you can find that is notable in the field of gifts, of talents, of skills and all these passion that you have that’s similar to yours that can inspire you positively. Look at what they have done, read about them, you may even go out of your way and tell them ‘look I want to interview you’….. because you can learn a lot from an interview.

If you have specific questions you want to ask them, go ahead and ask them those questions, reach out to them, and be polite, be respectful and tell them this is why this is important to you, and for example if anyone wants to reach me, you are all free to. I am a mentor for life, I ignite people’s minds. Someone used to tell me that when I speak I raise up the dead, and that’s exactly what I do. And I want to keep doing that, speaking into people, igniting their minds, and waking up the best inside them so they can fly as the super trooper and super rocket that they are.

So go out of your way, put it down in writing, you must always have a journal where you write all your thoughts, and you work with affirmation, every single day of your life and you do not breathe life into negativity, you choose your network, expand your network, get your social network currency at its top, be very specific, deliberate and intentional about who you interact with and who you put in your inner circle of influence.

It’s very important if you want to be higher up there,  by your own standard, not anybody else’s standard, by your own standard…

I’ve lived all my life based on my own standard, my goals, my vision, my mission, where I’m headed to, and how I envision them. So you have to have a vision board, a beautiful board,  where you look at yourself and say this is the picture  I see, and this is where I am at, and go reach for it and do everything you have to do to make it happen. For example, I spend so much money buying books, I spend a lot of money for trainings even flying out of the country, or within Nigeria for trainings because I felt I needed the extra skill.

The point is, you must invest in your personal development. Invest in your professional development. It is non-negotiable!

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CreatepeneurAfrica’s Nigerias Tush Bee ventures into the Erotic, the Sensual and the Sensitive in her new pathway “Let’s Talk about Sex”!

 

Since our last encounter with Nigeria's radio personality, #CreatepreneurAfrica's TUSH BEE ,the seasoned broadcaster, has taken a unique sensually, erotically and sensitively appealing pathway in her career.

TUSH BEE has taken a big bold presentation step meeting the social and sexual vents and desires of her audience. The program sets to discuss sex in totality adding a professional solution pathways ahead for relationships and marraiges in sexual debates, tensions and uproars....

She tickles the misunderstood dimension of sexuality and it helps audiences determine there real inner selves. 

#CreatepreneurAfrica -Nigeria’s broadcaster,Tushbee the Tori Goddess……

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Those out  there who understand who they are , know  what they want and how they want it   _ TUSH BEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She initiated her radio presenter, broadcaster career with Radio Nigeria in Port Harcourt, and then moved to Lagos in 2015.

Her career launched into further pathways ahead when she launched a slot with the official radio of Lagos state Eko Fm.

She is currently with Happenings Media. By regular interaction with different people every day on sex-related matters, made her see a reason to make herself become a center where everyone can feel free and discuss their sexual problems without feeling guilty or feeling mocked or laughed at.

 

Let’s talk about sex comes every Monday at 6 pm on happening radio. To listen to her shows. Download the happening radio application on Google play store.

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  • Wednesdays :  2 pm to 4 pm Tori4town
  • Mondays:  6 pm Let’s Talk About Sex.

Let’s get down with TUSH BEE and  “Let’s talk about Sex”

 

This is a new perspective, culture norms, society and religions silence open talk or reference to sex...what made you take on this bold step?
Yes, it’s a new perspective for me on the radio. However, at this stage of my life and career, cultural norms, societal and religious set back. Or what the society thinks. It’s not like I am doing what is wrong. Everyone gets involved with sexual activities regardless. The bold step is to help some people who are suffering sexually both married and singles.
Challenging societal norms is quite a task at hand, how do you deal with public perception of you?
Unfortunately, Tushbee walks as she lives alone on earth when it comes to matters like this. I know whom I am. So,  I am not worried about what you think about me. If my good deeds are not enough for anyone to emulate, then, excuse, I can’t apologise to society. If my behind the scene conversations with some of my audience has been solved, then I care less about people who are not real with themselves.
Who is TUSH BEE...what is her life like back.home, beyond the radio mics?
Tushbee is a seasoned broadcaster. She’s the founder Tushbee and the widows. Life back home was great. Had a snail farm, was babysitting by then with my late Mother, had a beauty parlor. But all along, broadcasting has been a better half.
How do you foresee the role of women in society, how will.open sex talk change current life systems around you?
Women as I will describe us, we are God. Without women, there will be no society. Women play a very big role in society. There is nothing hidden under the sun and with the help of new media, nothing is new. I took up a journey of celibacy in 2016 to enable me to understand what some women go through. With this, I came across some women, who had sex almost on a daily basis and wish they can hold back sometimes. Talking about sex openly has connected me with different people with different sexual problems. Some don’t even know why they are having sex, some don’t understand why they don’t enjoy Intercourse, it will beat your imagination to know that even marriage is not the solution to sexual issues. Sex can’t necessarily change life if the government is not doing anything to change the system. I am only helping people stay emotionally stable.
What inspired you and for how long have you been.open about sex?
Lol. I love everything about sex. So, I don’t have any problem talking about sex openly to my audience. I have been talking about sex for a while. Moreso, I realized that people enjoy talking about sex too. Everyone enjoys sex .
What is your view on same sex relationships. Do you have these audiences responding?

Hmm…  Sex same is an individual decision. So, I have no problem with anyone’s choice of sexuality. My view is neutral. And yes, I have an audience who have a different sexuality other than being lesbians or gays..

Sex has become a commercial entity, there are many westernnmusic tracks ...magazines commercials...women are objects...I wish I.could think.of exact tracks...I featured in my documentary but forgotten...but sex.is beyond that commercial world and words? Your perception?
If religion is selling big time, sex should sell biggest. being the oldest trade in the world. As for women being the object, women are sexy, beautiful, sensual and sensitive.

#CreateprenuerAfrica Chimezie Ihekuna- Nigeria’s “MR BEN IS REAL”

A traveller, a socialite and book lover, Chimezie Ihekuna is fondly known as "Mr.Ben" in literary circles. The essayist, published poet, speaker and voice-over artist from Lagos Nigeria, visualizes his work as tools of emancipation in an inspirational light of "facelifting" humanity.

The calling has arrived, he envisions his storytelling mastery to be adapted into the latest film releases......All film and television producers,Keep an ear out for "Mr Ben!"
“Mr Ben : the acrostic ”G.A.N.G.S.T.A.R” writer (Generally Appreciating Notable Genres by Stating Their Applicable Relevance)”
 
He is currently working on his Christian play, ”What Are We Leaving Behind?”. His other works
  • The Poured Out Thoughts—The Revised (poetry collection)
  • Winds of Change

Meet #CreatePrenuerAfrica – Mr.Ben in the castle of  Nigeria’s Literary Circles

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

My personal experiences and what happens around me.

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 How did you find your passion and how old were you?

I was twenty-two years of age when I found my drive…writing. I picked up this passion because all I thought I would be (an aerospace engineer) was dashed and there was no single person to support my dream. Writing filled up the void created.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
Fiction and non-fiction writings
 What drove you to make money from your passions?
To pay my bills, have to give to those in need and build a fortune for myself and family
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

Interestingly, 2017!
 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

The ”Never-give-up” spirit
  What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

  The need to give back to the society what it has invested in me

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica – Nigeria’s Mr Ben

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
Discouragement, in the form of doubt, is all a part of a success
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

Expect rejections. Keep improving on your craft. Write more…Realize there is what is called the writer’s block. Never give up!

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#CreatepreneurAfrica- Nigeria’s Lieutenenant Alexander Emmanuel Ochogwu

 

Welcome to the world of an academic, teacher, lover of arts and author, Alexander Emmanuel Ochogwu, ready to embrace a world of peace!

 

 

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Air Force Flight Lieutenant
Strategist
Poet and Writer
Expert in Peace, Security and Conflict Studies

 

His debut  “Diary of a Boy Soldier”, a historical fiction, is a first-hand literary revelation that chronicles everyday realms in the dynamic life and times of being a student at the Nigerian Military school

The unique storytelling journeys through adventures, thrills, and suffering encapsulated in the diaspora of life experiences at a military school in West Africa.

 

 

 “Omo” made the list of Daily Trust Newspaper ‘Most Anticipated Book of 2018’, amongst other pre-published recognitions. 

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I like music, musing, surfing, traveling, solitude and locked up in God’s Presence.I am focused, with an eye for excellence. I believe in me.I can CHANGE the WORLD  : Alexander Emmanual Ochogwu

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica,Alexander Emmanual Ochogwu Air Force Flight Lieutenant

Tell us what drives you?

The realisation that life is ephemeral and the value we add along our journey through this path is what matters.

What is your true passion in life?

To invest my personality by way of mentorship and artistic expressions, on others as much as I can so as to make the world around me better than I met it.

How did you find you passion and how old were you?

Finding my passion was accidental. I was barely twelve when I realised I had elements of creative writing skill. My classmates back at Nigerian Military School Zaria (A military secondary school in Nigeria) had rewarded me with gifts whenever I wrote love letters or constructed persuasive letters on their behalf, to their parents.

Knowing I was sought after gave me the validation that I had this skill inside me. Subsequently, I became intentional about it  – did more studies about the art and began building my vocabulary library, as we used to call it back then.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

The understanding that through writing and mentorship I can impart lives.

What drove you to make money from your passion?

Money is good, yeah. However, for me, money comes second place after my passion, which is to add value to my world. With my understanding that when one meets a need, reward follows, meeting a need is my drive. Money naturally comes as the reward.

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When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

As an amateur writer in secondary school, I had received gifts and cash tokens as appreciation for the work I did.

But since I took up writing professionally, I started getting paid for my work in 2005 when I wrote my debut novella, The Diary of a Boy Soldier.

What kept you going when you were about giving up?

The biggest challenge I had was that of external validation until I discovered that I had my own unique voice and had to stick with it. So I resolved within myself that I have a special skill that requires no further validation for me to operate within the space of my belief. This decision got me over the waves of discouragement and discontentment.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The realization that knowledge is inexhaustible and as such, the need to continually improve myself through learning from others so that I can give back to my downlines.

What do you have to say to all those who doubted you?

For all those who doubted me, I am grateful to them for making me excel above their doubts. They made me work harder and redefined myself to what I have become today, the very thing they had wanted to prevent me from becoming. They were a catalyst to this success story.

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

As a creative, you must be ruthless with your passion. You must be open to learning and abreast of trends in your area of interest. The world is not friendly enough to accept you with ease. So you must be up-to-date, proficient and competitive in the marketplace.

Strive to break through, create your own unique voice, and shout until you are heard. Additionally, you must identify what your true motivation is, and when you find it, nothing can deter you from achieving it.

Your true motivation should not be money. Otherwise, you may give up when money fails to show up as planned.

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#CreatePreneurAfrica – Oluwabukola Michael Nelson, Making Nigerian dreams a reality!

Welcome to the world of Oluwabukola Michael Nelson, serial entrepreneur,  public speaker, business analyst and founder of the Africa democratic dreams project.

Oluwabukola Michael Nelson, a gospel instrumentalist and gospel praise leader sought to steer a pathway for Nigerians and Africans to realize their inner dreams through education, diplomacy, and peace.

From the age of ten, Oluwabukola Michael Nelson was a keen writer. He has featured in local and international media and lectured at churches and communities all over the world.

 Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Oluwabukola Michael Nelson –  Reaching out for the rise of Nigeria

 

Tell us what drives you?

Change. I am very much in tune with the natural order of renewal, and so I see the opportunity to contribute to my general environment in partnership with others to bring growth, progress, and development.

What is your true passion in life?

My true passion in life is building businesses that produce both profits and socio-developmental progress. In essence, making money and improving lives of peoples and communities across the globe.

 How did you find your passion and how old were you?

I realized that I had a call to serve when I was a young skinny kid. I was raised by parents whose lives are committed to service to others.

My father served in the Nigerian armed forces and my mother raised me and my six siblings as a single mother through tough times and she never gave up on us. These experiences have shaped my perspective on life and have come to form my vision, mission, and goals in life.

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 What about your passion appeals to you the most?

I am pleased at the fact that there are others like me – MLK, Obama, Mandela, Maya Angelou, Winnifred (Mandela), etc. I am comforted and inspired by the tracks these people leave behind. So even though my path is not the easiest, I can relate to the struggles and triumphs and final victories of these heroes.

What drove you to make money from your passions?
Being passionate about change without having the means to bring about that change is as useless as trying to clap with one hand. I realized this truth early in life and looking at the strategies adopted by philanthropists such as Bill Gates, James LeBron, Rihanna, and Warren Buffet validates that fact.
 When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
Payment in monetary terms has always come through hard work. I have successfully launched businesses since the age of 18 and have staff members working for me and earning a salary.
I sponsored myself through college creating profit-making ventures. In terms of abstract rewards, when I look at how the things I have done have impacted the lives of individuals and communities, I get so much fulfillment than money can buy.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
I could say that the challenges of life can be daunting and living a life of purpose is not for the faint of heart. Once you understand the principles of sacrifice and the principle of delayed gratification, you can surmount any obstacles. So for me having these principles imbibed and reading about the inevitable hurdles just like those before me gives me the confidence I need to keep going.
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7. What motivates you every day to be even more successful
The belief that I CAN. The belief that nothing is impossible. The belief that I can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives me daily strength. The belief that I am living according to purpose. The belief that the world benefits from what I do daily. These are my daily motivators.
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 What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
It’s okay to doubt, but don’t get left behind. I am pressing on, you can too.
 What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
Believe in God and believe in yourself. Get up every day and do the things you love. Be happy. Live, Love and Learn.

#CreatePreneurAfrica-Meet Africa’s Fastest Rising Scientist : Emmanuel Obayagbona

Africa’s fastest rising scientist has his findings widely published in over one hundred and twenty countries, as well as the “Chicago Carbon Capture” report.Featured in leading Nigeria media platforms, he is the CEO of Spirate Engineering and the founder of Spirate Tech, ready to launch a new generation of aspiring youngsters into electrical dimensions for the future of Africa.
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Welcome to the world of CreatepreneurAfrica – our Scientist Emma!

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

What drove me into my inventing is passion and determination. I have the passion for inventing something new into the world. I  am fulfilled when I solve people’s problem with my inventions. That is why all must follow passions in life.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

 I found my passion right from a tender age. That was when I was in primary school called DSC model nursery, and a primary school in Orhuwhorun, Warri Delta state.

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I initially found myself producing dusters that my teacher used in cleaning the chalkboard that was used for many years… and a torchlight….  lol….memories of yesterday.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

Well,  the passion that appeals to me the most is the act of producing electrical and electronic gadgets. I have this love for electronics design as far back as when I was in secondary school, called Challenge Academy Secondary School , DSC, Ovwian Aladja.

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I used to produce handset charger with torchlight, and I was into the production of producing inverters and battery chargers far back….That was SO many years ago.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

 Actually what drove me in making money from my passion was that sometimes I went financially down and I noticed that it cost money to purchase materials.  That made me start producing some product like the torchlight battery, lanterns and so on.  I sold them and use the money I actualize to produce new products and also solve my financial problems.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

Smiles….That was so many years ago that was during my secondary school days then I improved on the version of torchlight I usually produced.

Then, in my primary school and sold it to one man known as Chika’s father. He bought it at N500 Naira ( Nigeria currency) so it motivated me to produce more and I continued selling them as demand increased.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

What kept me going when I thought of giving up was the encouragements so many people were giving to me. Some usually tell me that I have a brighter future and that I will go far in life if I don’t give up.

Sometimes when there is no money to buy materials to produce something, I will feel like giving up. Because of the passion for electronics design, I continue encouraging myself till I scale through it.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Actually what motivates me to be more successful is that whenever I produced something and it worked, it motivates me to do more. Nothing motivates a man other than whatsoever he produces works.

For instance, Deutsche Welle (DW) Germany via eco@Africa rated me the fourth position in the world amongst the top five solar energy inventions from Africa in 2017.

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What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

 Well, what I have to say to all those who doubted me is that they should cultivate the habit of encouraging fellow inventors like me and stop doubting them!

A lot of people who doubted me now see that I’m one of the fastest rising  scientists on our Motherland of Africa, and they  wonder why my findings were widely published in journals of over 120 Countries through the carbon capture report Chicago, USA and in some Nigerian Newspapers such as:

  • African leadership magazine
  • IT- Tech Africa Magazine
  • The Ambassador Magazine
  • Model Path Magazine
  • Efric Entrepreneur magazine
  • Herald magazine
  • Voice of Nigeria Script
  • The Guardian Newspaper – April 1st, 2017
  • The Nation Newspaper – May 2nd, 2012
  • The Sun Newspaper – October 14th, 2015 and 26th January 2016
  • The Oracle Newspaper – November 29th, 2017
  • The Champion Newspaper – February 4th, 2012
  • The Pointer Newspaper – September 23rd, 2013
  • The Truth Newspaper – October 10th 2012 and November 28th, 2014
  • The Advocate Newspaper – September 10th 2013,
  • Vintage Newspaper – November 8th, 2014,  among others.
  • BBC World Service – March21st2014
  • DwtvGermany – December16th2017
  • DwtvEspañol Spanish – December15th2017
  • DwtvAfrica – December15th2017
  • Channels Tv Uk In Eco @ Africa – December15th2017
  • NTA International Ntai (Weekend Deal) – March 2016
  • AIT International on Digivision – September 2017
  • AIT international on O&M TV Show, June 2016
  • Core TV International – September 2016
  • Rave Tv International – November 2017
  • Voice of Nigeria (VON) West Africa – December23rd201
  • Delta Rainbow Television Warri – September 2013
  • NTA Ado-Ekiti – November 2016
  • Dream FM 92.8 Enugu State Nigeria with Uncle  Jude Thomas Dawam
  • Solid FM 100.6 Enugu State Nigeria WithDrChristian Enebe
  • Radio Delta with Greg Amona, Mudiaga Asaba

My International Television program

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They also have seen that I have been featured in almost all the top leading National and International media such as:

BBC World Service – March  21st, 2014
DwtvGermany – December 16th, 2017
DwtvEspañol Spanish – December 15th, 2017
DwtvAfrica – December 15th, 2017
Channels Tv Uk In Eco @ Africa – December 15th, 2017
NTA International Ntai (Weekend Deal) – March 2016
AIT International on Digivision – September 2017
AIT international on O&M TV Show, June 2016
Core TV International – September 2016
Rave Tv International – November 2017
Voice of Nigeria (VON) West Africa – December 23rd, 2013
Delta Rainbow Television Warri – September 2013
NTA Ado-Ekiti – November 2016
Dream FM 92.8 Enugu State Nigeria with Uncle  Jude Thomas Dawam
Solid FM 100.6 Enugu State Nigeria WithDrChristian Enebe
Radio Delta with Greg Amona, Mudiaga Asab

Currently, I’m the C.E.O of Spirate Engineering and also the founder of Spirate Tech Foundation committed to imparting teenagers with technical skills.

I have equally engaged in efforts geared towards empowering the youth to be self-reliant towards in the area of Technology

  • Fourth position worldwide among Top five solar energy inventions from Africa in 2017 – DW Germany.
  • Holder of the prestigious award of model personality
  • Award of one of the 50 most influential young people in Enugu state
  • Afrihub Award on Ca-talk IMT Chapter Enugu state NigeriWestst Africa
  • Spe Oil & Gas section 103 Rivers state award.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?

The only advise I have to give to aspiring creative minds that look up to me is:

No matter the challenges you are going through or facing at the moment please don’t ever give up. Remember: “Winners don’t quit and Quitters don’t win” 

~ Scientist Emmanuel Obayagbona