Friday, 21 July 2017

Be True to Yourself - Osayi Emokpae Lasisi (Queen of Digital Media)

Be True to Yourself - Osayi Emokpae Lasisi (Queen of Digital Media)

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 “ Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

Many people are trying to be a copy of another person. I do not say this to spite anyone, it's just a reality I have come to discover overtime. Most times it's not like you want to be someone else - It's just that the expectations of friends, family, and the society at large can make you choose to conform. 

Our guest this week, Osayi Emokpae Lasisi, after spending 7 years studying Law at the United States of America, wasn't quite excited about her job. 

Today's episode of Lead Your Life Series features the story of how Osayi, discovered what she really loved and how it has impacted the world. Today, she is helping entrepreneurs (especially women) grow their businesses using social media. 

Lead Your Life Series, is a special edition of Lead Your Life Podcast. We share real life experiences of how personal struggles and seeming setbacks were turned into phenomenal stories of hope and grace.

About Osayi Emokpae Lasisi

Osayi Emokpae Lasisi, Osayilasisi.com



Osayi is the mommy of one amazing African Princess, She is an author, speaker, and is excited around all things digital. She is the Convener of a series of virtual summits, and she uses her knowledge to teach entrepreneurs how to get more clients and build their income using digital media.


Osayi would be telling us about her struggle(s), What were her redefining moments, the most important steps she took differently, what were the aftermath, and what lessons she would like you to take away from her story.

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Be Your Best - Victor Onyekere (Nigeria's Life, Behavioural Change & Productivity Coach)

Victor Onyekere, Nigeria's Life, Behavioural Change & Productivity Coach


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One of my core philosophies of life is that your life experiences are great assets. You might not have the best childhood like your colleagues and friends, but through those experiences, you can turn the story around.

Today's episode of Lead Your Life Series features the story of how Victor Onyekere - who we may say had a disadvantaged childhood, took charge of his life for Good. Today, he is helping passionate individuals live their best live by improving their productivity through coaching interventions.. He also leads a social enterprise that is dedicated to the development of human capacity in young leaders.

I must also say that I knew Victor from afar in the University. Out of over 500 students in our level at the faculty level, he had the 4th best CGPA and I was the 5th. I knew this because at one point, the faculty pasted the list of the 5 best students in each level.

Lead Your Life Series, is a special edition of Lead Your Life Podcast. We share real life experiences of how personal struggles and seeming setbacks were turned into phenomenal stories of hope and grace.

About Victor Onyekere



Victor Onyekere, The Strategist is a trained Health Educator and a Life, Behavioural Change and Productivity Coach with a top-notch penchant for excellence. He is very passionate about helping individuals achieve productivity and increase their value in their chosen path. 

He ultimately believes that everyone in life was designed to succeed by finding their own space and doing what they were built and wired to do. He helps passionate individuals develop a wholesome behaviour in order to create productive results in their life.

In April 2014, He started Love Care Community, a Social Enterprise focused on developing the human capital of young individuals via creating the right channels, platforms and environment.

He founded the Young Leaders Connect Conference in 2017, an initiative which he set up in response to the Nation’s failing standards on leadership. The platform is designed to connect, engage and build strategic, principled and excellent leaders who would ultimately lead within their environments with a new set of values and a culture of exceptional excellence.

Due to his undying passion for Leadership and Productivity, he has helped hundreds of young individuals across Nigeria and Africa to increase their capacity to lead effectively and to be more productive in their diverse fields. He does this through Coaching, Mentoring, Training and Speaking.

He is an Alumnus of Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy (OLCA) and an Associate member of the Life Coaching Association of Nigeria (LCAN). He speaks in diverse platforms and currently works with high performing young individuals in order to move them from passion to productivity. He does this majorly through Life Coaching utilizing sound and proven neuro linguistic programming models to achieve exceptional results.

He is a Strategic and Disruptive Thinker always questioning systems and challenging several primitive and conventional beliefs. He is currently working to become AFRICA’s NO. 1 BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE & LIFE PRODUCTIVITY COACH. He is charged to GROW individuals, TRANSFORM organizations and REBUILD nations.


Victor would be telling us about his struggles, What were his redefining moments, the two most important steps he took differently, what were the aftermath, and what lessons he would like you to take away from his story.

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Success Begins With Identity - Oluwatobi Adesanya (Creative Director, Heart2world Publishing)


Oluwatobi Adesanya (Creative Director, Heart2world Publishing)
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To know who you are is the greatest power of all. 

- Sherilyn Kenyon and Diana Love

Today's episode of Lead Your Life Series features the story of Oluwatobi Adesanya who from a tender age was greatly curious about his identity. Today, he is helping many people achieve their dreams of authoring their own books. He also leads amazing initiatives for teenagers leadership development.

Lead Your Life Series, is a special edition of Lead Your Life Podcast. We share real life experiences of how personal struggles and seeming setbacks were turned into phenomenal stories of hope and grace.

About Oluwatobi Adesanya

Oluwatobi Adesanya (Creative Director, Heart2world Publishing)

Oluwatobi Adesanya is a writer, inspirational speaker and currently the creative director of Heart2World Publishing; a company which provides end-to-end professional services for writer, and would-be authors. 

With his strong passion for young people, he also runs Relevance Initiative, a youth organization geared towards raising exceptional young leaders. 

He is the convener of Instructions for the Tertiary that gathers secondary school leavers and freshers in the university to prepare them for a purposeful life on campus. 

He is presently leading #Project25000, an initiative to impact the lives of 25000 young people across Nigeria.

Oluwatobi would be telling us about his struggles, What were his redefining moments, the two most important steps he took differently, what were the aftermath, and what lessons he would like you to take away from his story.

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

To Plan or Not to Plan: How to Enjoy Your Life to the Fullest



To Plan or Not to Plan: How to Enjoy Your Life to the Fullest


We all have plans. We make them because that’s how we’re taught life works. Some people even begin to think that living without a life plan is just like living for nothing. While many would agree, there’s the other side of the fence who proclaims that life should never be planned. Life is just life, and you just can’t expect it to go the way you want. 

Nevertheless, the majority of people cannot nurture a balance between the two mindsets. Yet, balancing the amount of planning and the amount of “just living” could be considered mastery. But why do some people plan and why do others hesitate to do it? 

A precise suggestion would be that most of us are living more types of fear. Among those fears, the fear of change is extremely strong for most of the people. We absolutely love to stay in our comfort zones, without having to make changes. Changes mean risk, and they also evoke the fear of failure. 

Well, during today’s post, we’re going to explore the pros of planning or not planning your life and goals. Remember: the key is to maintain the balance, but you should pick a perception and get accustomed to it all while staying open to the other perception. 


PROs of NOT Planning Your Life 


• Higher Degree of Diversity and Reduced Fear of Failure 


When you aren’t planning anything, you’re leaving enough room for diversity. More than often, individuals that aren’t planning out their future will come across different experiences. We attract these experiences by trying different jobs, different spouses, different habits, and different hobbies. 

Moreover, if you didn’t establish “ground rules” for your life, you’ll be tempted and willing to take more risks. When you take more risks, it means that your fear of failure is reduced. Less fear of failure means more success and opportunities. 


• You’re Staying Very Open to Opportunities 


Speaking of opportunities, you’ll get a lot of them. We often attract the things that we want, but when we’re not wishing for anything and we’re just letting things “choose us”, we become open to opportunities. Not that we’re just open, but we can definitely spot them easier than otherwise. 

Opportunities can benefit you only if you have enough room for them in your life. If you’ve already got plans, you’ll be less open to exploring the experiences and opportunities life’s going to throw at you. 


• You Give Yourself the Chance to Discover Your True Purpose and Passions 


Whenever we plan our future, we’re kind of deciding how our life will look like as the time goes by. This simple action makes you feel very focused on that specific purpose. So for example, if your purpose is to be the best marketer in the world, you’ll be studying marketing books, you’ll market products and services, and everything is going to be dedicated to the major goal. 

Yet, if you’re living life without plans, you give yourself the chance to discover other passions, and maybe, who knows, your true purpose. When we find the true purpose, we just know that we did. It’s an unexplainable feeling that will turn you into a different person. 


PROs of PLANNING Your Life 


• Your Life is More Organized and Controlled 


When you have a goal, you know what you stick to. Whenever you fail, whenever you have a personal issue, whenever life puts you down, you can get back up and align with your goal. Compared to not having plans, this is a huge advantage, because the ups and downs of life are always the hardest. 

Moreover, you can organize everything according to your major goal. You can split achievements into mini-achievements and take care of them each, all until the big piece is finally completed.


• Improved Focus and Commitment on Goals 


Planning out your life should give birth to two important benefits or traits. I’m talking about the ability to focus entirely on your objectives, and the power of staying fully committed to whatever you’ve previously proposed yourself. 

Having life plans and goals is often a more strategic way of going through life. Moreover, you’ll be able to get from Point A to Point B pretty quick as long as you’re dedicated. Of course, this will only happen if you know what Point B actually looks like. 


• You’ll Recover from Failures and Disappointments Quicker 


As previously mentioned, failures will no longer affect you that much. As long as you understand that every failure should be compared to a war battle. You can lose the battle, but the war is far away from being over. 

Michael Smith, CEO at Aussiewritings.com, suggests:


“Every disappointment should be treated like a temporary thing. Nevertheless, if you have a strong and stable goal to keep yourself attached to, you’ll be able to recover from even the most challenging moments.” 

Conclusion 

Both options give benefits. The question is – what benefits are best suited for your lifestyle? Maybe you prefer more stability and control. In this case, you should probably plan your goals and objectives. Doing so should give you a better sense of control over your life and future. In the opposite case, if you hate planning or you hate putting ground rules over your life, do not plan anything. 

But as I mentioned before, you should strive to find a balance between the two mindsets. Have plans, but don’t make them strict. Plan things, but leave room for the unpredictable. I wish you good luck in your journey!


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Olivia is a journalist who is always ready to experience new things and share this experience with others. She is passionate about art and writing. Therefore, she usually spends time writing new articles or travelling around the World. Follow Olivia on Facebook and Twitter.

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Have You failed? Try Again! - Adedolapo Osuntuyi (Founder, Dolly Children Foundation)


Adedolapo Osuntuyi  (Founder, Dolly Children Foundation)


Have you ever had a period in your life when you felt like you were trapped in your own body? There was so much going on at the same time and it appeared there was no way of escape and you just wanted to vanish from this world?

Our guest on today's episode has once felt like that.

Today's episode of Lead Your Life Series features the story of how Adedolapo Osuntuyi who at one time in her life was at the verge of committing suicide became a super woman. Today, she is helping to improve the quality of living of vulnerable children in rural communities through education.

Lead Your Life Series, is a special edition of Lead Your Life Podcast. We share real life experiences of how personal struggles and seeming setbacks were turned into phenomenal stories of hope and grace.

About Adedolapo Osuntuyi


Adedolapo Osuntuyi  (Founder, Dolly Children Foundation)


Adedolapo is a young woman with keen interest in promoting quality education in community primary schools in Nigeria. 

Dolapo graduated from the prestigious University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom with a Masters Degree in Child Health & Social Care. She obtained an Africa – America Institute Scholarsip to study Social Sector Management Course at the Enterprise Development Centre, Pan – Atlantic University (Lagos Business School). 

She has gained experience in child protection, early childhood and community development programs. 

Adedolapo is the founder of Dolly Children Foundation, a non - governmental organization which focuses on improving the plight of the less privileged children in Nigeria through Education; emphasis on quality education for all. 

Over 5000 children in 22 communities has benefitted through various interventions of the organization. 

She is currently a cohort 2 participant of the Young African Leaders Initiative, West Africa Regional Centre, a US Government Initiative. 

Dolapo enjoys learning and researching.


Adedolapo would be telling us about her struggles, What were her redefining moments, the two most important steps she took differently, what were the aftermath, and what lessons she would like you to take away from her story.

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Focusing on Your Inner Strength - Ayoola Efunkoya (Founder, Accessibility 360)


Focusing on Your Inner Strength - Ayoola Efunkoya (Founder, Accessibilty 360)


"When you meet someone with disability on the road, it's not time to give them money. It's more appropriate to find ways that they could be their best in their situation."

This is one of the most striking statement Ayoola Efunkoya made in this episode of Lead Your Life Series.

We live in a  society where there is no proper system for inclusion of people with disabilities and therefore they are being marginalized.  We often times subconsciously see them as helpless people who need pity.

Today's episode of Lead Your Life Series features the story of how Ayoola Efunkoya who might have been seen as just a blind man, took charge of his life and became independent. Today, he is helping individuals with disabilities access technology that help them improve their productivity.

Lead Your Life Series, is a special edition of Lead Your Life Podcast. We share real life experiences of how personal struggles and seeming setbacks were turned into phenomenal stories of hope and grace.

About Ayoola Efunkoya 

Ayoola Efunkoya (Founder, Accessibilty 360)


Ayoola Stephen Efunkoya is a journalist with more than five years experience in reporting, writing, interviewing, editing and producing for radio as well as sound recording and editing.

His interest in journalism dates to his days in elementary and high schools and has since grown because he believes the profession provides a rare opportunity to draw the attention of both government and the society to communities and issues which would otherwise have gained little or no attention because they are often under-reported.

As a visually impaired person himself, he considers blind persons as members of his immediate community. In service to this community, he started Accessibility 360 with the aim of researching, informing, educating and training other blind persons to use assistive and mainstream technology. 

He is motivated to do this because, according to him, his own achievements are largely the result of technology’s impact in equipping the blind to fit and compete in school, at work, at play and in other spheres of life. 

So far, at least 100 blind persons in Lagos and its surrounding towns come together through Accessibility 360 to learn, share ideas and resolve each other's challenges with technology via a WhatsApp group and on Facebook.

Efunkoya is also interested in marketing communication, social media, public speaking, small businesses, media research, leadership and management.

The communication professional and accessible technology enthusiast/trainer is an alumni of the President Barack Obama-initiated Young African Leaders Initiative and LEAP Africa’s Young Leadership Programme.

Efunkoya was the best graduating student in the 2009 class at the University of Lagos’ Mass Communication Department with a cumulative grade point of 4.36 of a possible 5.00 and where he also received numerous awards.

He has a Masters degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan and also attended Loyola Jesuit College.

When he is not working, you are likely to find him reading, listening to music or in conversation with someone. He loves traveling and meeting people.

Efunkoya would be telling us about his struggles, What were his redefining moments, the two most important steps he took differently, what were the aftermath, and what lessons he would like you to take away from his story.

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Friday, 9 June 2017

Repositioning Yourself for Success - Pelumi Obisesan (Founder, Teens Going for Gold Network))

Repositioning Yourself for Success - Pelumi Obisesan  (Founder, Teens Going for Gold Network))


How would you feel when your mother say to you, "I never prayed for a child like you." This was the reality of our guest today at some point in her life.

Today's episode of Lead Your Life Series features the brief story of how Pelumi Obisesan went from being an all-round failure as a teenager to the point where she discovers the way to succeed. Today, she is helping teenagers move from mediocrity to excellence.

Lead Your Life Series, is a special edition of Lead Your Life Podcast. We share real life experiences of how personal struggles and seeming setbacks were turned into phenomenal stories of hope and grace.

About Pelumi Obisesan

 Pelumi Obisesan  (Founder, Teens Going for Gold Network))

Pelumi Obisesan is a civic leader that inspires, educates and empowers teenagers on their path to self-discovery, encouraging them to live more purposeful lives.

She is the Founder of Teens Going for Gold Network and convener of Project Inspire and Editor-in-Chief of the TeenAchiever bulletin. In her own words, "my passion is to see young persons especially teenagers excel in their chosen fields."

A graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin, Nigeria, Pelumi is also passionate about the peace and development of the African Continent.

She is currently a recipient of ECOWAS Nnamdi Azikiwe Mobility Scholarship at Cheik Anta Diop University where she is studying for her Masters degree.

Pelumi would be telling us about her struggles, What were her redefining moments, the two most important steps she took differently, what were the aftermath, and what lessons she would like you to take away from her story.

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Dealing with Depression - Toluse Francis (Founder, The Mind and Health Center)



Dealing with Depression - Toluse Francis (Founder, The Mind and Health Center)


The World Health Organisation (WHO) in its 2017 World Health Day message says over 7 million Nigerians suffer from one of the most ignored and misunderstood form of mental disorder in the country – depression. 

Today's episode of Lead Your Life Series features the brief story of how Toluse Francis fell into depression and how he eventually got out.Today, he is helping people with similar experience find true happiness.


Lead Your Life Series, is a special edition of Lead Your Life Podcast. We share real life experiences of how personal struggles and seeming setbacks were turned into phenomenal stories of hope and grace.

About Toluse Francis

Founder, The Mind and Health Center
Toluse Francis

Toluse Francis was born in Nigeria. He is passionate about seeing people live healthy and productive.

He obtained his Bachelors degree from Bowen University, Osun State Nigeria.

He obtained diplomas in Mental Health Studies and Human Nutrition respectively from Alison Educational Institute in the Republic of Ireland. Toluse also obtained his psychology certification from same institute.

He is a Certified Life Coach and Master Practitioner, Neuro-linguistic programming by the American Union of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

He helps people live through the past or present that may want to threaten their future. This is seen in his mental health help to people ranging from eating disorders to depression, low self-esteem to mention just a few.

He is deeply moved towards the total wellness of the human race.

His core message is to make sure that everyone possess a renewed mind, illuminated spirit and a healthy body.

He is the author is Eat Fit: a Nutritional Blueprint for Healthy Living as well as on Amazon stores worldwide.
A Blogger, writer and speaker. He blogs and has his podcasts called the Eat Fit Podcast at tolufrancis.com as well as iTunes.

He is the founder of The Mind and Health Center. A group dedicated to helping people take control of their minds and live healthy lives.

Volunteering for Solid Foundation Teens and Youth Ministry since 2008 as a teen educator and counselor.

Interested in Mind health, therapy and recovery, he has featured on various media discussion the issue of mental health especially depression.

He was a nominee in the Nigerian Writers Award of 2016 in the Health Writer of the Year Category and a recipient of the Nigeria Blogs Awards 2015 as Health Blogger of the Year.

He is a recipient of the Nigerian Writers Award in the Health Writer Category for 2017.

He loves to travel, design websites, take up challenges and help people. You can reach him through the various social media platforms. Toluse resides in Lagos, South West Nigeria.

Toluse would be telling us about his struggles, What were his redefining moments, the two most important steps he took differently, what were the aftermath, and what lessons he would like you to take away from his story.

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