PERSONALITY OF THE MONTH (#WCF): Esther Sanda

Hi guys!!!

It’s another spotlight on the “Personality of the Month” series. So moving on, our personality for this month, the month of June is none other than a daring, audacious young lady who would go beyond her limit to achieve her set goals and ensure that her dreams become a reality. She has been able to successfully juggle Law school along with her side hustle. It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you, Esther Sanda.

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The Interview…

1.)~~ Hi Esther, we are glad to have you on here… I won’t spill the beans this time around, like in the last series. So Esther, kindly tell us a little about yourself and what you do…

I’m Esther Sanda, the 1st child out of three girls, I’m a law student, I run an online beauty store called AfriBeautyHub and also kicking off a mini campaign and charity against child hawking (CharityWithAyaoba).

2.)~~ Oh wow!.. How is it that you’ve been able to combine running your business (AfriBeautyHub), kick starting an NGO and being a Law student… Cos’ I mean, that’s a hard nut to crack. What’s your secret???

To be honest the only secret I can say it is, is God’s Mercy, Grace, Favor and Divine Help. Is nothing easy but that is just the secret… Jesus, Holy Spirit, God

3.)~~ Knowing fully well that being a Law student can be quite demanding and overwhelming, what exactly prompted the passion for AfriBeautyHub and CharityWithAyaoba and fuels it till this moment?

I always say that there is an assignment God wants everyone to fulfill and I see myself running Afribeautyhub as one of those assignments. When God gives the assignment, He will always make a way.

The passion behind Afribeautyhub is my belief in the possibilities in Africa. Afribeautyhub is a platform for Africans to know, appreciate and purchase beauty brands manufactured by our own people with our resources. If a child is not loved by his own parents, it will be difficult for an external person to do. So when we Africans appreciate and purchase beauty brands manufactured by our people, we will improve the society economically and also make other people(foreigners) to appreciate us.

Charity With Ayaoba is an initiative to support kids who hawk during school hours. I see it as a privileged and a blessing not to have gone through that in life. So helping a few of them as much as we can and making their dreams come through is the goal.

4.)~~ Do you live with your parents???

Oh..yes I do

5.)~~ Really?.. What was their initial reaction to your decision to juggling school alongside your passion and how have they been able to concur to your bold steps, cos the average Nigerian parent may not give the go ahead to such decisions but would rather advice that you focus on school first???

At the initial stage it was just between my mom and I. But since my dad got to know, he has also supported greatly. They encourage me to balance my time properly especially because of the course am doing. I have my warehouse and office space in the house, they help monitor my sales rep regularly which gives room for me to concentrate on other things. They have being so proud of me and I really appreciate them, though they never hesitate to always remind me to focus on my education.

6.)~~ What are your greatest challenges so far and how have you been able to overcome them???

One of it is the funds. It is a major one especially to buy products out of stock, to market a lot but God has been faithful. Also regarding the making brands aspect, the deferred payment agreement is a challenge, as well as my location. People most times appreciate people in Lagos than they do to any other place. Basically, managing everything together has been a challenge as a whole, but God’s Strength is all that has helped. I can’t exactly say “this is the way” I’ve been able to overcome them.

7.)~~ What would you say your greatest sacrifice for your passion is??? 

Hmmm… Forfeiting to buy all the things I should because I rather spend on the business.

I mean not purchasing material things just to save up to get things done and fixed for the business. Also staying up late to research, while others are either reading or sleeping/resting for the next day’s activities.

8.)~~ Hmmm.. Well done!… So tell us, what’s a successful daily routine for you???

A successful daily routine for me is making sure I win over at least one Customer and a brand as much as I can.

9.)~~ Where do you see yourself in the next 5years?.. Would you still be a practicing Lawyer???

Yes, by God’s Grace I will still practice. I see myself having one of the biggest online beauty store in Africa and the globe, giving opportunities for a better life and impacting the society and economy.

10.)~~ The last but not the least, what’s your advice to the youths out there who are striving to make their dreams become a reality???

Know what you want early enough, stand for it and daily develop yourself and learn more. Giving up is not an option, always remind yourself what the end result of hard work, consistency and integrity would be.

Also, let God be at the center of all your decisions.

Wheww!.. Thank you very much The audacious Esther!.. We have no doubt that you’re definitely going places. This is just the beginning as the sky is not even anywhere close to your limit. Keep up the good work.

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As Esther said earlier, Afribeautyhub is a platform for Africans to know, appreciate and purchase beauty brands manufactured by Africans. Do not hesitate to visit their website (http://afribeautyhub.com) for the purchase of a variety of African quality beauty branded products. You can as well follow the Instagram handle (@afribeautyhub) for more updates.

Also to support and be a part of CharityWithAyaoba, the project of raising hope for a child by eradicating child hawking, visit their Facebook page (http://facebook.com//charitywithayaoba) or send an email to charitywithayaoba@gmail.com. Their Instagram handle is @charitywithayaoba.

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Feel free to share this post and/or leave your comments below. Thank you and have an amazing weekend. TGIF!!!!!. 🙂

~ Mary Agaruwa

PERSONALITY OF THE MONTH (#WCF): Funto Ibuoye

Hi guys!

How are we doing???.. I’m guessing fine?… 🙂 Okay so to shake things up a lil bit, we are glad to introduce to you the Feature Friday Series (Personality Of The Month)“. This section of the blog is aimed at featuring people we draw inspiration from, who have attained and are still attaining great levels of success in their lives and may want to share some pieces of advice with us… This section is set to be updated every first Friday of each new month. So watch this space!!!

To set the wheels in motion, we bring to you the very 1st Personality Of The Month who is none other than FUNTO IBUOYE!!!… Let’s hear what she has to say…

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INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Funto!!! It’s really nice to have you on here. For those who do not know Funto Ibuoye, she’s a young, vibrant and purpose-driven young lady, a certified Chartered accountant, the founder of The Beautified Network,  author of ‘Beautified’ and ‘The 31 Woman’, Mother to a charming baby boy and the wife to the youthful gospel artist Gaise Baba…

1.)~~~ Lol…I know I’ve practically spilled ALL the beans, my bad! But can you tell us more about what you do?

LOL at spilling the beans… hmmmnn what I do? I love to say, I’m just a small girl madly in love with a mighty God. I run a for-purpose initiative; The Beautified Network which is focused on enabling women discover and live in the fullness of their God given purposes.

2.)~~~ Funto you started ministry at a relatively young age, what prompted your passion and what fuels it till today?

I started gathering young girls together to teach and inspire them back in 2011 when I was doing my youth service and I did not think of it as a ministry, I just had this genuine passion to help young ladies realize that there is more to just living an ordinary life; and it started in my family sitting room with just about 12 teenage girls. I invested my time, my resources, my knowledge in them without expecting anything in return, of course it’s not like they could pay me back anyway. I did not even know it was related to my purpose back then, I just did it because I had this compassion for young women, which I still strongly have. I did not consider this a ‘ministry’ until late last year (2015) when people close to me started referring to it as one. What fuels this passion till today is pure compassion to see women live above the norm and become all God has created them to be.

3.)~~~ What would you say the greatest sacrifice for your passion is?

I would say my greatest sacrifices are times when I have to forfeit a lot of personal wants to fund my passion; I could use my salary and other incomes to buy human hair, bags, clothes, shoes and all that, but instead,  I have had to invest in publishing my books, attending personal development workshops/seminars as well as organizing gatherings and conferences for young women.

4.)~~~ Being young in ministry is inspirational. What would you say are the key factors for success in ministry?

One key factor for success in ministry is maintaining and growing in your relationship with God. For me, I have realized that the more I grow in my relationship with God the more He increases my sphere of influence as regards my purpose. Truly you cannot give what you do not have; I cannot be light to the world if I don’t spend quality time with the One who is Light of the world. Another factor is recognizing that ministry is not about making yourself popular but about making Jesus famous and spreading the gospel.

5.)~~~ In a nutshell, please tell us what your relationship with God has been like so far? Have you always been firebrand or we’re getting there?

Hmmn, I wish I could say I have always been a firebrand; I don’t even consider myself a firebrand now. My relationship with God can be likened to the type David had with God. Several times I fall and fail, but His mercies cover me. I’ve not always been the perfect daughter, but I love God so much I cannot afford to go against His will and even when I stray, He has a way of bringing me back on track. So in a nutshell, my relationship with God is a continuous work-in-progress; I grow daily.

6.)~~~ You’re young and you’ve attained this commendable level of success and MARRIED as well!.. Lol! We didn’t forget that part. In the marriage journey so far, what are the lessons you wish you knew before marriage and the lessons learnt in marriage?

I think I prepared myself well for marriage so it’s hard to think of any lessons I wish I knew before marriage. However, one major lesson I have learnt in marriage is that marriage reveals who you truly are. I used to think I was the sweetest and nicest person anyone could get married to until I got married and all the not-so-sweet and not-so-nice part of me started to come out. But I thank God for grace and for wisdom to keep growing and learning.

7.)~~~ What’s a successful daily routine for you?

Since our son came, it’s been difficult to have a defined daily routine. Before our son, my routine used to be: Wake up by 5/6am, take a prayer walk for an hour, bible study for 30 minutes, clean up and get dressed, make breakfast and then every other thing. Now, I am still trying to find a full hour daily that I can spend alone with God; but as our son grows, I’m sure I would be able to create a routine that’s workable.

8.)~~~ Finally, what’s your advice to the youths out there who are striving to “Become”?

My advice to youths out there, will be to focus more on pursuing Jesus rather than pursuing the things Jesus can do for them. When we focus on chasing Him, then everything we need will be given to us. Matthew 6:33.

🙂 Thank you very much Funto, indeed you are a great inspiration. Keep soaring higher… God bless you!

 

NOTE TO CONSIDER:-

You’re not too young and it’s not too late to start fulfilling your God-given purpose here on earth. Rome was certainly not built in a day, so it’s okay to start taking baby steps towards the journey of fulfilling that purpose God has specially carved out for you. If you have to crawl now, please do because in no time, by God’s grace, you’ll be flying so high. Also some day, we all will individually give account to God on how we spent our lives here on earth.

Not to forget to mention, Funto Ibuoye and her team are putting together, the 2nd flagship conference of The Beautified Network, tagged “Becoming”, which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, 16th of July 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria. However, registration is required and here’s the Link for registration: http://bit.ly/becomingconf2/ . Therefore, tell every lady you know to tell other ladies who will tell many other ladies, because no lady will certainly want to miss out on this year’s conference.

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