She is a creative industrialist passionate about people, innovation and impact.
She started her first business at the age of 16. Who is she, and what does she have for us, find out all these and more on the blog tomorrow. do keep a date with us!
Her name is Adaora Mbelue-Dania. She has this word for you, “Be the best version of yourself”.
This chat with Ijaysworld is one loaded with lessons for everyone; Young and old.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
My name is Adaora Mbelu-Dania. I’m a creative industrialist who is passionate about People, Innovation, and Impact. I am a Director at Trellis Group Co, a group of companies that specializes in Brand Development, Experiential Marketing, and Talent Management. I am also Founder of Socially Africa, a social enterprise that is focused on raising a generation of Impact Drivers, through community development projects.
WHAT DO YOU DO AT A2 CREATIVE?
I am Head Of Innovation at A2 Creative. I lead the team on strategy and execution of client projects.
YOU STARTED YOUR FIRST BUSINESS AT 16, WHAT MOTIVATED YOU? AND WHAT WAS IT ALL ABOUT?
I actually started my first business at 16, but my first company at 22. It was a magazine that profiled young impact drivers in the Diaspora market. I started it because I felt that there was little focus on the young, amazing, people in the Diaspora making an impact in their community, and it was important for me to tell their stories to the world.
HOW DID YOU FEEL STARTING A BUSINESS AT 16?
I didn’t feel like it was anything special, because in my mind it was just another way of solving problems. I’ve always been focused on solving problems, and wherever that leads me, I follow.
WHAT WERE SOME OF THE FACTORS THAT SHAPED YOUR DECISION AT THAT TIME?
The primary factor that shaped my decision was my passion for people and problem-solving.
CHALLENGES YOU ENCOUNTERED & MISTAKES YOU MADE DURING THIS PERIOD?
One of the big mistakes I made was assuming that the people who I called to journey with me, shared my vision, and were willing to take the risk with me. Unfortunately, this was not the case, and when we faced challenges with the business, the primary blame and risk was left with me.
DOES THE BUSINESS STILL EXIST?
The business no longer exists. It was definitely a big part of my journey.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE VALUES THAT KEPT YOU FOCUSED ESPECIALLY AT THAT AGE?
Love, Faith, Fairness, Altruism, Vision, Excellence, and my favorite one----Continuous Improvement.
WHAT ROLE DID YOUR FOLKS PLAY IN ALL OF THIS?
My parents have been a constant source of encouragement throughout my journey. There were times that my goals didn’t align with the vision that they had for me. My dad always wanted me to work in a corporate organization or the United Nations. However, regardless of their vision for me, they supported my choices.
LOOKING BACK, WOULD YOU ADVISE TEENS YOUR AGE THEN TO VENTURE INTO WHAT YOU DID?
Absolutely. Follow your heart. If you believe in something, go for it. Understand that you will make mistakes, and things won’t always work out as you have planned them. However, that is part of your journey, and you must trust that it will all work out for good.
WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE THEY DO DIFFERENTLY?
Document. Document. Document. Don’t assume anything when it comes to partnerships and collaborations. Documentation allows you to formally commit to a common goal in writing.
Be yourself, and don’t apologize for your authenticity. In a world that is filled with stardom, and motivational speakers, it’s easy to get lost and try to be like someone else. Focus on being the best version of yourself. Don’t be in a hurry to “make it”. Live life one day at a time, and enjoy the entire journey in moments. Trust your Journey.
Hi there, My name is Faith Ijeoma Ezenwere. I am a Broadcast Journalist/OAP and a teen coach. I am passionate about building a community of impact driven Teens and young adults in all spheres of life. In simple terms, I help Teens/Young adults live their dreams. Welcome to my World!
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