Asking for help, take 1…

“Hello?” I tuck my phone underneath my ear.

“Ivy? Hi, it’s Ibk.” He paused. “You sent me a text about video editing and branding.”

“Oh, hi!” I squeal and I stop to clear my throat hoping I do not sound desperate.

“SoIneedsomehelpwithvideoeditingandpersonalbranding,” I mumbled.

“Dear I didn’t hear you,” Ibk answered.

I take a deep breath and repeat, “So I need some help with video editing and personal branding.”

“Oh, okay, I will help you,” Ibk replied.

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The day I decided to outsource…

I took off my glasses and groaned as I rubbed my bleary eyes. I tentatively stretched my aching back and then glanced at the clock by my bedside table, it read… 4am! I jumped up out of my chair and decided to take a power-nap until 6am which was when I had to wake up to go to my full-time job.

I was hunched over my computer since 6:30 pm the day before editing ONE audio interview and it still wasn’t close to perfect. What is going on? I need to outsource this ASAP.

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When I discovered Promise Excel, content creator/founder of the Maverick Excel blog, I was excited. I enjoyed the tone of his personal story and his passion that leaped off the page. I was also excited that Promise Excel is in the beginning of his blogging journey like me! I went through his entire website and was impressed.  His presentation is great. Promise is a guide to new African/Nigerian bloggers and entrepreneurs who are unable to attend university, obtain employment, or acquire capital; he will help you think creatively about your situation. Let’s support Promise Excel so he can grow his Nigerian brand, help him grow his African brand globally.

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Yesterday my pastor said, “words create worlds.”
Let me say that again and let it sink in, “words create worlds.” 

The Importance of Positive Self-Talk

I have transformed my life, career, dreams, goals and mindset with positive nourishing words. I have done a complete 180 in the past due to implementing positive self-talk. I talk aloud to myself because if I think something, say it and then hear the words it helps me remember and believe it.

I urge you to speak positive words aloud.
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I reached out to Alex Adetokunbo Gansallo via Linkedin. I reached out to him because he is an entrepreneur film director based in South Africa. But secretly, I was excited to get a non-Nigerian on my blog. Epic fail, Alex is half Brazilian & Nigerian and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. He told me in our first conversation that he considers himself a Najia boy. Although he is Nigerian :P,  I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview such a talented and multifaceted individual. Let me introduce the actor/entrepreneur/film director Alex Adetokunbo Gansallo.

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Speaking With An Authentic Voice

“Why did I do that?” I started to panic after deleting a 2,800-word resource guide about the importance of African small business owners creating a strong African brand.

I deleted my guide at 5pm on June 7th, 2016. The day and time are not very important to you, however this website goes live in seven hours and that African brand guide was going to be my big professional splash.

However, I just could not publish it, the first line was “how thoughtful branding can transform an African business.” Whose voice is that? Not mine.

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Good morning! I am here to introduce Cuthbert Ayodeji Onikute.  I had the privilege of watching Cuthbert speak at the 2016 Africa Business Conference at Harvard Business School. He was one of the top 10 finalists chosen to participate in the new venture competition. He had to pitch his business in 5 minutes to 4 judges in front of a packed auditorium.  The passion he feels about his business shined when he was on stage and I know when you read his interview below you will also sense his passion as a social entrepreneur working in Guinea.

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