Lessons Learned from She Leads Africa #SheHiveToronto Boot Camp (Part 1)

Lessons Learned from She Leads Africa #SheHiveToronto Boot Camp (Part 1)

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  This weekend (July 15-16th, 2017) I had the pleasure of attending the She Leads Africa #SheHiveToronto boot camp. It was such a humbling experience being in a room filled with inspiring women (fondly called #MotherlandGurus) who came to connect, learn from one another and find out ways they can make an impact in their societies. Some of the amazing speakers whom I had the pleasure of learning from include: Njeri Rionge, one of Forbes Africa’s Most Successful Women & founder of Wanachi Online Patricia Bebia Mawa, President, Editorial Director & TV Host at Silvertrust Media & Planet Africa Group Dr. Olutoyin Oyelade, Founding Partner at InVcap & President of CASA Foundation In this article, I will share what I learned from Mrs. Patricia Bebia Mawa’s talk. She shared 5 Ps from her upcoming book The 10 Ps: The 10 Powerful Secrets of Successful People (which I cannot wait to get my hands…

5 Money Mistakes Millennials Are Making

5 Money Mistakes Millennials Are Making

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According to the Huffington Post, millennials are quite susceptible to making a lot of money or financial mistakes call it naivete, call it ignorance, whatever the case may be these money mistakes are costing millennials a lot of money. While mistakes are certainly part of life and prove to be vital learning curves, millennials need to learn quickly in order to save enough money to meet their financial goals. Sure, it can be quite tempting to have the same money habits as the rest of your friends and “live your best life” by buying the newest iPhones and even splurging on mimosas and avocado toast at Sunday brunch. However, with discipline comes its rewards. Let’s take a look at some of the most common investing and saving mistakes that many millennials make. 1. Not taking advantage of employer’s contribution plan Many employers offer employee contribution plans as part of their retirement…

5 Ways I Motivate Myself Everyday

5 Ways I Motivate Myself Everyday

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I will be the first to tell you that doing awesome stuff is HARD. Like REALLY… HARD. Most times I just want to watch Netflix (currently, Orange Is The New Black) and eat ice-cream in bed. But since I’m not a millionaire yet (one of my goals); I can’t afford myself that luxury. [P.S how long do I have to wait till I see my bank account balance rise like bread dough? 🙁 ] However, juggling my 9 to 5 at a Big 4 firm (really a 9 to 9 in my chosen career); managing a blog; and volunteering with several organizations amongst other things on my every increasing commitments list has taught me a thing or five about motivating myself. I’ve found that most of the time I just have to do what I have to do ESPECIALLY when I do not feel like it. I’ve learnt that feelings…

Featured on CBC – Up Close

Featured on CBC – Up Close

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On Canada Day (July 1), I was featured on CBC’s Up Close segment.  “Up Close tells the stories of 150 black women from cities across Canada who are making a difference in this country. Whether it is forging new paths or reshaping already existing narratives, they are committed to empowering themselves, and paving the way for the next generation of young, black leaders who are making this country better.” I am honoured to have been recognized as one of the 150 women making a difference in Canada. Read my story below: I was born in Nigeria to Igbo parents; I’ve only ever identified as Nigerian. When I moved to Canada in 2010 at the age of 17, I learned that I am also black. As a black Canadian immigrant who grew up in an African country, the change came with its pros and cons. Some people made fun of my…

Career Conversations With Jay Bala, CFA

Career Conversations With Jay Bala, CFA

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Jay Bala is the CEO and Senior Portfolio Manager of AIP Asset Management, an award-winning asset management firm in Toronto.  Jay has over fifteen years of industry experience.  He previously worked as an Associate Portfolio Manager with Kingsmont Investment Management and Third Eye Capital as an Investment Analyst which manages the Sprott Private Credit Trust.  Prior to that, Jay was an Equity Research Analyst at a leading independent boutique investment bank and worked at the family office of one of Canada’s wealthiest families. Jay holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder. In 2014, Jay was a nominee for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Safe to say he’s made quite a name for himself in the asset management industry in Canada. It is no wonder that I jumped at the opportunity to interview Jay. For a lot of…