Everyone wants to be successful, and for good reason. Personal and professional success is undoubtedly the cherry on top of a beautiful life and most of us are working towards achieving it in our unique capacities.
Those who have “arrived” can boldly attest to the fact that handling success while still remaining sane and humble is not as easy as it sounds. Certain structures have to be put in place and rules applied.
This month, the spotlight is on Bolanle Williams-Olley. Round the clock, she is a wife, mother to TheTWOs, and the Chief Financial Officer of Mancini Duffy, an Architectural and Interior Design firm in New York. She is also the Chief Cause Curator at REACH Nigeria, a go-to hub for all volunteer and community service opportunities across Nigeria and Founder, BKCares, a nonprofit organization that focuses on fundraising to provide sustainable improvements in education for low-income schools and children in Nigeria. Learn more about her life, along with nuggets to learn, in this insightful interview:
You’re a career woman, a wife, a mum, with three initiatives under your belt – REACHNigeria, BeauBelle Africa and BolaKrafts. What’s the secret? How have you succeeded in achieving all these at a young age?
Grace plus sheer determination to reach my full potential and fulfil my God-given purpose. I firmly believe in trying out ideas that keep you up at night, they help hone what you are good at or not. I prefer not to live in a “what if” world. Even though this doesn’t come easy to all, there is a liberation that comes the moment we remove the fear of failure (internal and public) from our minds and just do it whatever your “it” is.
If you haven’t heard of The Delphinator, where have you been? She is possibly one of the hottest personalities on Youtube right now, with a growing vlog following that spans in the hundreds of thousands. Fans tune in weekly to watch Delphine’s funny commentaries on the latest in movies and entertainment, with interviews with hot individuals here and there. You might have caught her chat with popular Big Brother Naija personalities already.
We recently got the opportunity to interview Delphine and learn more about her rise to success. Keep reading for some nuggets on how to build your brand especially if you are in the media space.
Hi Delphine! Please introduce yourself with a little background info. We’d love to know how the “Delphinator” nickname came about too.
You know those sort of people who are interested in many things and not sure exactly what to focus on? Yea, I was one of those people for the longest time but now I have some of it figured out. I’m a multilayered media mogul: content creator, YouTuber and red carpet host among other things. Before all of this, I trained as an architect, practised for 3years before I left architecture for media full time.
Everyone thinks TheDelphinator moniker comes from “The Terminator” in reference to my love for movies. Hehe. Although it helps the narrative, it has nothing to do with that. However, I was good at Physics in Secondary School and the “Motors and Generators” topic came pretty easily to me. So the nickname came from a mashup of my first name “Delphine” and “generator”.
In April, we are happy to showcase the life and work of a phenomenal woman named Toyin. She is the Creative Director and Founder of Augustsecrets Nigeria, a company established out of the pure passion to make creative and healthy meals suitable for the Nigerian child.
Her work has received rave reviews from a growing community of customers. Accolades have been knocking too, with a recent nomination from The Future Awards and Her Network’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
It was a pleasure interviewing this rising star. Read on for the interview:
What inspired you to start August Secrets? And what’s the story behind the unique name?
I had my son abroad and bought all sorts of meals for him to eat at weaning stage. Unfortunately, he refused to take any of the meals, and I had to resort to finding healthier local alternatives. I started documenting my recipes and my cooking tips and later went ahead to study on Infant and Young Child Nutrition, while I fed my son with my unique recipes. Sharing this gift with other mothers as they demanded for it was the beginning of the company; Augustsecrets.
Congratulations are in order for Nigerian track athlete, Blessing Okagbare, and one of a kind Lady Boss. According to Punch News, the trailblazer broke a 22-year-old record, with an impressive 22.04secs in her 200m race at the Wes Kittley Invitational Track and Field Meet, Abilene Christian University. Mary Onyali set the previous record of 22.07 seconds at a Meet in Switzerland in 1996.
Born in 1988, the young athlete started participating in sports after her teachers noticed her impressive physique. She would go on to win several awards at international track-and-field competitions including the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (100m race) and the 2015 All-African Games in Brazzaville (4x100m relay).
She is set to compete at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. We’ll be watching!
We’ve all had moments in life when our self-confidence decided to bail on us. Understand that self-confidence is not a personality trait that people are born with. It comes with the habit of trusting your own skills, abilities and traits. What’s important is discovering why you lost it (tracing patterns) and how you can regain it.
Different life events and issues cause us to lose our self-esteem. These lead to negative self-talk, incorrect interpretation of events, and limiting beliefs about one’s self and incorrect thinking patterns.
Let’s look at each closely and how to regain what has been lost:
Nigerian women empowering others… that’s what we stand for at One Woman NG. #PressForProgressNG was the tip of the iceberg, and we have more plans in store as an initiative. We’re set to inspire you with stories of Nigerian women making the move for women empowerment a reality in their chosen space all year long. We will share their learnings, failures and advice with you in mind.
The first of many featured women is Ask Damz, a leading certified nutrition expert and coach in Nigeria. She’s also the founder of a popular fitness program that’s helping thousands of Nigerian women become the healthiest version of themselves. It all started with her amazing 2013 body transformation, where she lost approximately 35kg and built a network and business empire shortly after.
At One Woman, we support the notion of women empowering women, encouraging the creation of opportunities and growth in the workplace and business landscape. That’s why we consider the process of mentorship as highly important, amongst other things.
In anticipation of #PressForProgress this International Women’s Day 2018, we asked members of our One Woman Community what’s the best piece of advice from a mentor they have ever received. Here’s what they had to say:
There is a difference between DISCOURAGEMENT, INAPPRECIATION AND HONEST CRITICISM. You should be able to spot the differences – @zeeautiful_atelier
Always seek to be a person of value; don’t do to others what you can’t accept yourself – @oremicraft
Be in competition with your best of yesterday. That’s is the one true way you can measure growth and progress, not by competing with others – @thefitmumhub
There’s so much to celebrate about the phenomenal African woman – from the richness of her mind to the vastness of her dreams. We hope these quotes help to inspire and unleash the greatness that lies within.
More inspo awaits you on our Instagram page by the way. We just kicked off a Women’s History Month series, remembering Nigerian women of old who caused impact in different fields. Make sure you follow and tune in:
“I’m convinced that we Black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us not only get down but to get up, to get through and to get over” – Janet Jackson