I’d known of Women4Africa for about two years, before I met one of the co-founders – Tola Onigbanjo – in person, at an event in 2014. And I have been fascinated ever since …
Name: Tola Onigbanjo aka WiseTola
Best Known For: Women4Africa, The Solid Woman
Describe yourself in three words: Unstoppable. Hard-working. Calm
Previous occupation(s): Hairdresser, Project Manager
12-month goal: To continue building the Women4Africa brand till it becomes a household name.
Describe your outlook & what makes your brand, unique: The determination to help as many people as possible, achieve their dreams.
Your greatest career highlights to date: To have built the Women4Africa brand to what it is today, in the space of five years.
Is international appeal important to you? Helping people is more important to me, no matter where they are
Most important piece of equipment you use in your career: My creativity
A typical day for you is: Wake up, pray, exercise or go for a 2-4 mile walk, then I respond to emails and do all that needs to be done in regards to work. I end my day spending time with the family, then reading at least a chapter before going to bed. Knowledge is power!!!
What legacy would you like to leave? I’d like people to remember me for being unstoppable in doing whatever I set out to do
What is the hardest professional decision you’ve ever had to make? I seldom take risks so I’ve never really had to make a hard decision
Most common & avoidable mistake you see in younger people in your career: They focus on ‘instant success’; people want results without taking the time to put in the work or endure the process.
Single piece of advice you give your mentees: Anything worth doing is worth doing well, so take your time to learn all you can about whatever you’re venturing into, and ask for help when you get stuck.
You live in: Kent
Favourite food: Abula
Biggest spiritual/life lesson you’ve learned: With God, all things are possible
What do you do for leisure? I listen to soft jazz/Afrobeats, or read a book.
One app or piece of technology you cannot do without: Twitter
Your most over&used word/phrase: “If you believe it, you can achieve it.”
The next Solid Woman Conference holds on 16 March 2017 & the sixth edition of Women4Africa Awards holds on 20 May 2017