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.

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.

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

5 lady bosses, 5 fields and 1 tale of persevering against all odds.

We are super inspired by these five women and hope you feel the same way after reading their startup stories:

In beauty…
Tara Fela-Durotoye

Many people know Tara as the CEO/Founder of House of Tara, Africa’s leading makeup brand. But it took this phenomenal woman over a decade to get to the top, starting off as a makeup artist with a dream in the 90s. Bridal makeup was just taking off back then, as well as appreciation for the professional service. She didn’t let that stop her though.

Are you a female entrepreneur based in Ilorin? Or do you know someone who fits the bill?

Sterling Bank is pleased to announce that five lucky women entrepreneurs – or lady bosses as we fondly call them – stand a chance of winning seats at the upcoming Sterling MSME Academy event in Ilorin, Kwara. The program has been specially crafted to equip budding and established entrepreneurs with the knowledge, network and financial support they need to thrive in the business landscape.

Benefits include:

“It’s not an accident that successful people read more books.” – Seth Godin

We recognise that you are constantly seeking opportunities to empower and add value to yourselves. Reading good books is a great way to do this. Below are some brilliant suggestions for you. Enjoy!

1. A-Z of Personal Finance by Nimi Akinkugbe: We love how this book provides useful step-by-step money management tips and practical strategies for financial success. Also worth noting – how easy the book is to read, and that knowledge shared can be simply applied by the average person in numerous circumstances.