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Cover Story: Genius Mag Goes One-On-One With Marilyn Oma Anona

“Being a woman is not any kind of handicap…. So there is no special challenge for me that comes because I am a woman. If I face sexual harassment, it’s not because I am a woman but because I unfortunately had to meet an irresponsible person and so on.”

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In the midst of changing societal and global trends and digital culture, Oma Anona, a media icon, has continued to defy the world of business and social work by pushing herself and her team towards the edge of positive impact. In this interview with Rose Jonathan, of Genius Gist Mag, she shares her life’s travails and triumphs in business, social work and the future that lies ahead.

The ever resilient show host was the spotlight for the 4th edition of Genius Gist Magazine 2021. Oma let us in on her early life, sharing insights on the perceived chronic nature and difficulties associated with running businesses in the present day Nigeria. She also talks experience, career drive, the perceived gender discrimination, core challenges, and successes in poverty and unemployment alleviation with her locale and beyond. Read excerpts from the interview below.

Commenting on her background and early life, she said;

“I had a reclusive upbringing where we were not allowed to mingle or socialize. There was no one to learn anything from except from within… I would say my management skills came as a result of self-discovery and gaining clarity early enough… Furthermore, I am very multitalented. I can do a lot with so much ease, so I thought “why waste all that ability sitting behind a desk doing routine jobs?” So I left my high paying job and wandered off in pursuit of purpose.”

When quizzed about her venture in business, Oma had this to say;

“I am an entrepreneur not a business person. I am more about providing solutions, making impact and changing the world. Making money is secondary and not the direct purpose. The desire to make a difference in the world, you know make the world more beautiful than I met it inspired me into the work I do. If you talk to anyone who knows me closely, they will tell you that I value excellent execution and results first before financial rewards. Inevitably, money will come when the impact has yielded fruits.”

About her perception on the level of difficulty associated with developing, building and sustaining a business in Nigeria as alleged by startups and entrepreneurs, the icon was of the opinion that she “won’t describe the situation as regards building business in Nigeria as very difficult”.

“…. I just think that as a developing country, many of us are just laying the foundation for a better tomorrow. For me, this is the stage where and when we should be giving to the country to grow it. Our children will enjoy the Nigeria of our dream.  So I see Nigeria as green and prospective. The multiple problems we have is proof that there are tons of opportunities that need exploitation. Problems need solutions, don’t they?”

Bothering on the challenges she faced daily in the work sphere, coupled with the gender-based misconceptions about career women, women in the media and women in business generally, the spotlight said;

“I am not one of those entrepreneurs who mask their struggles and put up the facade of ‘I am well and things are smooth.’ No!”

“Being a woman is not any kind of handicap…. So there is no special challenge for me that comes because I am a woman. If I face sexual harassment, it’s not because I am a woman but because I unfortunately had to meet an irresponsible person and so on.”

 

 For the full interview or to get a copy of the magazine, click here

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I was defiled at the Age of 11 by my uncle: Ayo Mide

LGBTQ activist popularly known as Ayo mide on Instagram recount how his uncle molested him at age 11.

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LGBTQ activist is popularly known as Ayo mide on Instagram recount how his uncle molested him when he was 11years old.
LGBTQ here stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.

Is an umbrella term that is used to refer to the community.

He wrote:

“News has been going around concerning Baba idea, how he def! led a small girl, The justice needs must be Accomplished this is the Right Time I’m speaking out on myself, I was defiled at the Age of 11 old by my dad junior brother. I don’t have the boldness to speak out because of the fear of being beaten…

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I could remember when I lost my both parents at tender Age, no family, nobody to care for me, only my uncle was there for me, not Knowing my uncle was a Pedophile he has been sleeping with me countless times?! don’t know how this all happened, what I can only flashbacks is that he always offers me fruit juice at night, I believe my drink is being injected with sedative drugs,’ always feel dizzy whenever I sip my drink at night my uncle sleep with me at midnight if I wake up in the morning, my KP*kus always get wet…I’ve been trying to have the courage to ask him, each time I try to,l got the beating of my Life….he threatened to kill me, abuse my parents for not taking care of me before they gave up the ghost I attended boys boarding school in Ogun state….each time I got a vacation, I’m always scared to come back home for holiday….cuz I’m scared of my Uncle big Gb*la….

I can’t count, how many times he………….”

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Photos from Jason Derulo’s and fiancée Jena frumes baby shower

Jena Frumes, Jason Derulo’s girlfriend and model, is now glowing with mo

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Jena Frumes, Jason Derulo’s girlfriend and model, is now glowing with motherhood.

An intimate baby shower was held for the pregnant parents to mark the imminent arrival of their first child. Jason wrote on his Instagram page after posting the photos:

Our baby boy already getting showered with so much love. Thank u to everyone that came to our baby shower.

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Photo credit: Jason Derulo

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Reading books about different things helped me shape my way of thinking:Erica Nlewedim

Erica Nlewedim, reality star, actor, and brand influencer, speaks about her upbringing, lessons learned,

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Erica Nlewedim, reality star, actor, and brand influencer, speaks about her upbringing, lessons learned, career highlights, and what’s next for her in an exclusive interview with Latizia Magazine as she covers the magazine’s new issue.

Latizia Magazine wrote about the former Big Brother Naija housemate

THE INTERVIEW

 What’s the most exciting thing about being Erica right now?

The most exciting thing is the fact that I am getting all the work I have always wanted and the fame is making people see all the work I have done before, and recognize my face from previous works.

What are the experiences that shaped who you are today?

Being an only child and growing up alone, and reading books about different things helped me shape my way of thinking. Also, having to be independent of a young age, some rejections and losses in my career helped me take out time to develop myself to be the best in different areas of my life so that when the fame came, I was ready all around; in my skills as an actor, work ethics, level of experience, carriage and packaging.

What are some of the highlights of your career and some of your least memorable moments?

First-ever billboard, the lead role in a commercial, winning the award of Miss Photogenic in Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria beauty pageant, getting my first acting role, being a brand ambassador to a leading makeup and cosmetic brand in Nigeria, landing my first ever role in a cinema movie, going to film school and coming out of the big brother house with everyone knowing my name, and since then becoming the brand ambassador of top international brands and landing major roles in big-budget movies.

Who inspires you in terms of what you do. Who do you look up to and why?

Beyoncé. Even though she is majorly in the music industry she inspires me with her hard work and how she sets her mind to something and achieves it. She has been working from childhood and she has grown to become the biggest and most respected entertainer in the world. She has achieved everything she set her mind to and what got her this far is her drive, working smartly, being disciplined, and hardworking. I feel like I can be the biggest in my field because if she can do it, then I can do it.

Social media has allowed you to have a wider footprint outside of Nigeria, what do you think your impact is on the African continent?

I know that I have fans in other African countries because I have been to Sierra Leone and Ghana and I have seen the reception, also my South African people have been telling me they can’t wait to see me (I’ll visit soon) Hopefully I have been able to inspire women and girls to be independent and go-getters with their own identity.

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As someone that’s always been very open with their lives to their fans, how do you negotiate what to share and what stays private?

I have just decided not to share things that are personal to me because I realized that when you come out of a show where everyone watched you 24/7 for a few months, they feel they know you and there are a lot of opinions about things that should be personal, so I have learned to keep my personal life private.

You’ve experienced being put on a pedestal by the media and later dragged by it. How do you plan on navigating those highs and lows in the future?

The worst level of public bashing has happened and I am still here, although, it might get to me because obviously, I am human, so I simply will not listen or read whatever anyone says about me and I will not overshare beyond what is necessary.

What’s your advice to people that are afraid of being true to who they are?

It is when you are yourself you will be able to get the highest level you can attain, so why would you want to be averagely acceptable when you can stand out and achieve greatness level in whatever field you are in.

What’s the one thing you have learned that you feel your fans should know?

I have learned that nobody is going to make your life exactly how you want it to be, it is in your hands so you better make your life the life of your dreams, even if it takes years.

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Read the complete interview HERE

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A Nigerian woman living in the United States explains why living in Nigeria is less costly.

A Nigeria woman on Twitter with the user name @Queenarikeade explained why people in Nigeria should be thankful

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A Nigeria woman on Twitter with the user name @Queenarikeade explained why people in Nigeria should be thankful and consider themselves blessed.

She gave the following reasons

  1. If you don’t know how you are blessed, you will think your father’s farm is worse than your friend father’s farm.

  2. $1 is N500 and so what?

  3. Let me elucidate from my little experience. Can anyone in the US use $1 for breakfast? No

  4. But in Nigeria, N500 will give you breakfast and lunch.

5.Majority of people’s monthly house rent (self contained apartment) in the USA is $1,000 and above… and that is your own 2 year’s

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  1. Have you ever paid for insurance before? Insurance in the US is $280 and that is almost N100,000 monthly.

  2. When last did you pay monthly phone bills? I pay almost N40,000 monthly and if I don’t, they are going to block my SIM. Your own MTN can be there for months without recharge.

  3. When last did you work on Saturday and Sunday?

  4. This I do compulsorily and on regular basis.

  5. Don’t get me wrong, the US is better than Nigeria, depending on which angle
    you are viewing it.

  6. Do you want to hear the truth?

  7. Many people in Nigeria live a more fulfilling life compared to their counterparts abroad.HERE

  8. Forget about all the packaging on social media and give credit to the good life you are living.

  9. Do you know why Nigerians living in the US always rush back quickly whenever they
    come home visiting?

  10. Because bills are counting and elongated absence (freedom) will put their lives in jeopardy.

  11. If you, as a black person, attempt to emulate the whites, they will kneel on
    your neck.

  12. Apart from Congo, no citizens in the entire universe enjoy life to the fullest than Nigerians.

  13. You are abundantly blessed but you don’t know until you get visa and relocate abroad, that is when you will know that your 8-hour job in Nigeria with free weekend is awoof.

  14. With 8-hour job abroad, you can only pay bills, you need other 6 to 8 hours jobs to save for the future and plan your life.

  15. The truth is that the grass is green everywhere, it’s lack of vision greed of our leaders/politicians and the skewed religious practices (which placed emphasis on miracles that ascended Nigeria onto a myopic tentacle of complete standstill.

  16. Always thank God wherever you may find yourself. Nigeria is good and will be
    better.

  17. God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria”

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Register now: as business owners you can now access N25 million as CBN opens it portal

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Since the pandemic federal government has helped pay salaries to workers of registered business owners.

Now The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has launched a portal for business owners and individuals to apply for a COVID-19 Support Loan of up to N25 million in collaboration with NIRSAL.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reopened its portal, allowing SMEs and households affected by COVID-19 to borrow up to N25 million from the NIRSAL Microfinance Bank.

On Wednesday, Bashir Ahmad, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Assistant on New Media, revealed this on Twitter.

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Register HERE

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