Funmi “Iyawolangbe” Alaga Extraordinaire; how a young girl rose above her circumstances

My name is Olufunmilayo Omolabake Ajibade (nee Balogun) I was born into a Muslim background on the 16th June 1986. My parents broke up when I was just 2 years old. That separation led me to start living with my uncle and his wife, which is my paternal uncle.

The split-up had me putting up with four different families while growing up and that gave me a lot of sad experiences, such that nearly ruined my life. I was maltreated and raised with so much hatred and bitterness by the ones I called my family. At the age of thirteen years old I was sexually molested by my own uncle. It was a painful experience that I’m unable to forget. I had no one to care for me or my needs. All I wore throughout my teen days are worn out and torn clothes passed unto me by my cousins.

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HOW OAU STRIKE CHANGED MY LIFE

It dawned on me in May, 2016  it was that strike season again; a time students always dread, a time when some students tend to lose focus, gain weight, get pregnant, start something new, take up new skills, make new friends and visit new places. Yes, it was about that time that my life changed for the better. It was during this time that I took a major decision in my life.I started my Instagram platform during the OAU strike in 2016.

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You’re full of it and here’s why…

I’m an unwitting people-watcher, I use the word “unwitting” because I really don’t care to put my nose in people’s business. Instead, I find that I look at random people in random situations and ask myself questions like: Why is this person like this? What has he been through?  If his situation were different, would he do this? What is he really like, behind the façade? Why is the world like this on issues like this?

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My Brief Chat with Lady Boss, Arese Ugwu

About two weeks ago, I attended another Wimbiz RoundTable meeting where Arese Ugwu was the Speaker of the month. At this meeting, she shared some of the ups and downs of her journey to becoming a best selling Author of The Smart Money Woman, a sought after Speaker and respected voice in the field of Personal Finance in Nigeria and beyond.

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