Oluwaseyitan Awojobi is the founder of Developing Afrika. Developing Afrika is an initiative set up to empower young people with skills needed to become an entrepreneur at little or no fee, thrive as entrepreneurs and establish a sustainable business.
Using social media she has raised an army of goal-oriented youth a and has succeeded in helping so many others reach their goal through free training.
What was your motivation in creating Developing Afrika?
In an environment where there are lots of unemployed yet talented youths, the crime rate has surged. There is also a decrease in proper jobs. Skill empowerment has become the best way to thrive as an individual whether male or female.
I came up with this idea in 2013 as a fresh graduate with the aim to target young secondary school students. However, due to limited resources and knowledge, I decided to put it on hold.
What has helped you to carry on so far?
Starting the journey now has been the most fulfilling thing I believe I have done. I am motivated seeing people grow, seeing people achieve their dreams. It hurts to hear that people who want to achieve certain things are unable to due to financial restraints or finding the right mentors. Being able to create that solution makes the difference to me.
When I tell people what I do, the first reaction I get is, “What’s in it for you, what’s your financial gain?” When I say nothing they go, “There has to be something you are gaining. What kind of business model is that.” I have learned to look beyond the snide comments and focus on the goal which is to reduce unemployment and help people achieve their dreams. I believe we can make Africa a continent to be reckoned with in the world.It hurts to hear that people who want to achieve certain things are unable to due to financial restraints Click To Tweet
How did your growing up shape who you are today?
I wasn’t born with a silver spoon, neither was I born poor. I didn’t have all I wanted, I still do not. However, I learnt to see opportunities in every situation.
I have had disappointments just like everyone else but I have also learned to rise above them and see the beauty in life. Life is beautiful to everyone who chooses to see it so.
What are your thoughts on women-owned enterprises?
I believe very much in women in enterprise. I support women working for themselves, being independent, and supporting people around them.
Also, I believe that irrespective of the girl power, all women must respect their husbands or partners as it has been commanded by God. Women can only learn this by learning to support themselves in their actions first not just by words.
What does your average day look like?
On an average day, when I’m not on the move, I’m in my shorts and top, exchanging emails and closing deals.
I also spend time running my business and praising God. I try to watch interesting movies too when time permits.
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