Today is not just any day. It is Africa Day. What is Africa Day to you? To me, Africa Day is a day to reflect on the evolution of our dear continent. It is a day to reflect on our contribution to Africa. It is a day to reflect on our past, present and future actions. It is a day to reflect on the discourse we want to hear, read, write on, perpetuate and see emerge. It is a day to stop procrastinating, stop planning and start making action towards paving a better way of live for our peoples, the men, women and children of our continent. It is a day we come together to put forward a positive vision for African men & women. A vision where Africans will be able to afford great education, where unemployment rates will drop thanks to the abundance of outstanding African entrepreneurs in the continent, where women and children will have access not only to basic education but to all the skills that will give them a fair pursuit of jobs, health, wealth and anything else they will dream of. On this special day, I interviewed a dear friend of mine, fellow Greatness Engineer and incredible advocate of education for all, Ms Ijeoma n. Obiajunwa-Ajiamah, CEO of Markengee group. She is doing a tremendous job in Nigeria. Let’s Touch Lives on Africa Day. Just like Ijeoma, let’s reflect on our role as African children, as African leaders.
As most of you know, I am an Ambassador to Mireille Toulekima Gobal Leadership and so is Ijeoma. I got to meet that incredible woman, sister and friend through MTGL and witnessed the fantastic job she is doing in her community. Ijeoma is an asset to our continent and an example to follow. I thought inspiring to share her passion and her work with you on this special day as we celebrate #AfricaDay2018. Let’s Touch Lives on Africa Day with Ijeoma.
EA : Ijeoma, also known as Mama #SDGs, you are the CEO of Markengee group, Markengee Touchinglives International, an advocate of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), a YALI fellow and a Greatness Engineer, please tell us more about your background and how you found your purpose in life.
Ijeoma : I grew up as an orphan and the challenges I had to face to become literate are some of my scariest memories. I managed to use them as a steppingstone to empower women, girls and young people in general. I am committed to do whatever it takes to ensure they get good education.
EA : What is the defining moment in your life that led you to this day?
Ijeoma :The moment I decided to sacrifice my degree and use it to empower others.
EA : As Spryte Loriano eloquently said, “Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going no matter what”… What or who keeps you going ?
Ijeoma : Failure is what keeps me going. Failure is what drives me. I see every failure as a lesson to be learnt and as a way to move forward.
EA : You are actively working as an advocate of Sustainable Development Goals (#SDG). Tell us more about the actions you undertake to implement SDGs.
Ijeoma: #SDGs are indeed at the heart of our actions.
- We are building capacity of Nigerian Youths so that they are not left behind on the implementation of the SDGs.
- We are teaching SDGs in secondary schools.
- We are teaching SDGs on Social media.
- We are teaching SDGs through Music (Lyrics SDGs)
- We are partnering with other organisations who are working on the SDGs to ensure that agenda 2030 becomes a reality.
EA : What is your philosophy of life ?
Ijeoma : Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.”
EA: Any upcoming projects?
Ijeoma : I strive to reward those who are contributing towards the implementation of SDGs.
EA : Any advice for the readers of http://www.newmoi.org?
Ijeoma : Yes. We all need to be our brother’s keeper.
EA : That’s truly profound. Be your brother’s keeper. I love it. If someone is interested in working with you, how can he or she contact you?
Ijeoma : I would love to be in touch with anyone who is interested in working towards nation building. My contact details are as follows : firstname.lastname@example.org or whatsapp +2348035232872. Thank you for the opportunity Eva.
Ijeoma’s passion is to touch lives. From being an orphan to being a leader of a nation, she has accomplished a lot and is working towards a brighter future for her country and for the continent as a whole. I don’t know about you but I am inspired by that woman. Every single day, each one of us has to overcome challenges and climb mountains, that’s a fact, but every single one of us has a duty towards our communities, towards our continent and towards the world as a whole. As we celebrate Africa Day 2018, think about what is being done to make this continent work, what is still to be done to make this continent a land of rights and opportunities for his peoples and what YOU as an individual can do to change the discourse and make Africa a land of equal opportunities for every one. Let’s Touch Lives On Africa Day.
Happy Africa Day to all,
Eva Arissani, Published Author of New Moi New Life : Five Ways to Build a New You and Live an Extraordinary Life, Inspirational/ Motivational/Business Speaker, Blogger, Founder of http://www.newmoi.org runner up as best religious/spiritual blog in 2015, Founder of She Phoenix, Femme Phoenix, Women’s & Girl’s Empowerment Champion, Brand Ambassador to South Africa – Mireille Toulekima Global, Mentor, Entrepreneur, Translation Expert, FLE Expert, Facilitator, French Voice Over Artist, Great 2020, Yes I Am Great, Step into your greatness.